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Taking sides... Better alterna-reunion: Soundgarden or Hole?

ralph stanleyCourtney Love or Chris Cornell? Which band's reunion will be better?

After challenging 2009s, respectively, Courtney Love and Chris Cornell seem to have bounced back with the same New Year's resolution: Get the band back together!

Cornell announced that Soundgarden would be reforming via a New Year's Day tweet that gleefully declared: "Knights of the Soundtable ride again!" Um, okay. Then, earlier this week, Love took to Facebook to announce what will be Hole's first show in over a decade. It'll take place in London on February 17 and Love is the only original band member scheduled to perform.

Who would you pay to see? For this week's edition of Taking sides, Click Track's contributors haggle over which reunion will be superior.

(Advantage: Knights, after the jump.)

Sarah Godfrey: Hole with no Melissa or Eric? Meh. Does that even count? I am no longer recognizing band reunions where there isn't any actual reuniting going on. Soundgarden all the way. Also, I'm on board with anything that might help Chris Cornell make up for "Scream."

David Malitz: I vote Hole. Soundgarden will give you a very professional show, no doubt. They'll play "Jesus Christ Pose" and "Black Hole Sun" and some dudes in their mid-30s might even form a pit during "Rusty Cage." But the whole thing will be sterile, safe and scripted. Now the Hole reunion ... who knows? So what if it's just Courtney Love and some no-namers? It's still guaranteed to be a spectacle. Will she make it through the entire set? Will she attack an audience member? Will she have her clothes ripped off? By herself? Who knows? There's not much unknown left in rock shows these days, and a Hole show should deliver plenty of that. And let's face it -- "Live Through This" is better than any Soundgarden album.

Allison Stewart: Soundgarden by far. Not only are they the better band, but they were an actual band, unlike Hole, which, after "Celebrity Skin" basically turned into Courtney Love and whatever devolving cast of L.A. session musicians would briefly put up with her. (And also, Billy Corgan.) The most interesting thing about the Soundgarden reunion isn't that they'll be making great new music together -- they probably won't be -- but that they generally seem like unpleasant people who greatly dislike each other, and only got back together for the money. This is true of lots of bands that reunite (I'm looking at you, Van Halen), but Soundgarden seem particularly combustible. When will the first onstage beat-down/offstage Twitter war happen? I'd like to see the over/under on that one.

Chris Richards: I like Allison's idea of turning to Soundgarden for a more interesting form of trainwreck (we all know the Hole reunion will likely be the hottest of messes), but I prefer my reunions drama-free. Plus, I still regard Soundgarden as genuine riff monsters. "Badmotorfinger?" Some of the illest guitar riffage this side of Black Sabbath. But will they be playing those songs? Or just the garbage from "Superunknown?" I'd pay recession dollars to find out. Air guitarists, unite!

Who would you pay to see reunite onstage? Soundgarden or Hole? Scroll down to comment.

By Chris Richards  |  January 7, 2010; 12:39 PM ET
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Courtney Love, Hole, Soundgarden  
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I'd pay to see Soundgarden, but I'd look at every Hole clip on YouTube.

I've seen them both once, would like to see Soundgarden again as they were a good live band.

Posted by: Hemisphire | January 7, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Or just the garbage from "Superunknown?"


Whoa, hold on there. There is no garbage on that album, it's a classic.

I remember being gutted when they broke up, nice to see the money finally got them back together.

Posted by: M__N | January 8, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Neither unless they end up on some festival bill I'm going to. Hole isn't even a reunion without any of their otheir 90s bandmates and I'm not interested in paying money to see a potential spectacle. I couldn't get through a Soundgarden show because Chris Cornell's voice is enough to make my ears bleed. No thanks to both.

Posted by: dcmc8377 | January 9, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

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