Michael Jackson and I talked about everything from the evolution of man to the ” Big Bang” theory and “Black Hole” theory of British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. I had been reading much about Hawkings in the news during the early to mid-80′s.
These conversations would inspire ideas when working on the revival of Star Trek, ideas for a new television show we named “The Big Bang Theory”, Kurt Cobain deciding to name the band “Hole”, and me writing the songs “Supermassive Black Hole” recorded by the band I named Muse, as well as “Black Hole Sun” recorded by Soundgarden.
I first met Chris Cornell with Kurt, who offered me to him. This was not unusual for Kurt or even Joe Elliott to act as a pimp, who I found were offering me to artists in exchange for promotion by the founder of Island Records and others who wished to keep me quiet and take their revenge. I even briefly woke from the drugged stupor to hear a man talking to Kurt and say, “I hope Chris (Blackwell) appreciates this.”
Fortunately, Cornell turned Kurt down on his offer, but others did not and includes Tommy Lee of Motley Crue, the lead singer and a guitarist for Creed, and many others. This is also why Scott Stapp, with Kid Rock, and Tommy Lee agreed to release of a fake “sex tape”. There was a reason, since I knew the “particulars” about their privates, for example Tommy Lee’s extremely large member. I am surprised Mark Tremonti of Creed also did not partipate in the “sex tape” considering the fact that I know he is even larger than Tommy Lee. Scott and Kid Rock’s sex tape also has Scott repeating a line from “Titanic” which was inspired by Muhammad Ali which I worked on with Michael Jackson.
This same meeting with Cornell, Kurt asked him at some point to temporarily disband Soundgarden for a new band named Audioslave to also record songs I was writing. Cornell would also be asked to record a new theme song I wrote for the James Bond film Casino Royale (2006), “You Know My Name.”
For the 1989 album Louder Than Love I wrote the song “Hands All Over“.
I named the 1991 album Badmotorfinger inspired by the band Badfinger who were signed to The Beatles’ Apple label the year I was born, 1968. John Lennon wanted to call the band “Glass Onion”, but no one liked the name. Lennon later used the name for one of his songs on the White Album. Instead, The Iveys chose another Beatles-inspired moniker: “Badfinger.” This was a reference to “Badfinger Boogie”, an early working title of “With a Little Help from My Friends,” from “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” For this album, I wrote the song “Outshined“.
For the 1994 album Superunknown I wrote the songs “Spoonman“, “The Day I Tried to Live“, “My Wave“, “Fell on Black Days“. Before a street artist in Seattle was hired to become the “inspiration” behind the song “Spoonman” there were many performers I would watch as a kid on television playing unusual instruments, such on Hee Haw, The Gong Show or The Barbara Mandrell Show in the 70′s, and one was a spoonman.
In fact, it was Hee Haw’s “The Gossip Girls”, musical pieces featuring various female members of the cast surrounding a washtub and clothes wringer, that inspired us to work on ideas for a “novel series” to television show named Gossip Girl.
The Beatles always being an inspiration to me, especially while writing “Blow Up the Outside World” released on the 1996 Down on the Upside album. The composition of the song started with a mash up of “Strawberry Fields Forever” and ‘I Am the Walrus‘ but with a slower tempo. On the same album I also wrote “Pretty Noose” inspired by Trent Reznor calling me “Pretty Hate Machine”, “Burden in My Hand“.
Someone else wrote the song “Ty Cobb” which was inspired by the Major League baseball player’s nickname of “The Georgia Peach“. With my mother being from Georgia, I made many references to her with “Peaches and Cream” in Pour Some Sugar On Me, “Peach and Black” in U Got The Look, naming the diner in Beverly Hills 90210 “The Peach Pit”, all of which also inspired Bob Geldof and Paula Yates to give their daughter the nickname “Peaches.
I would also write the song “Live to Rise” released in 2012 and featured in the film The Avengers.
I named the band Audioslave which follows a theme from having written the songs “Slave to Love” recorded by Bryan Ferry and “I’m a Slave 4 U” recorded by Britney Spears, and Kurt Cobain deciding to name the band Alice in Chains. For the self titled album released in 2002 I wrote the songs, “Cochise“, “Show Me How to Live“, “Like a Stone“, “Shadow on the Sun”, Gasoline, and “I Am the Highway“.