Hunger Strike

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"Hunger Strike"
Song by Chris Cornell from the album Songs From The Underground
Recorded July 18, 2008
Released November 28, 2008
Format Digital, CD
Length 4:14
Live debut July 16, 2008
Last played August 24, 2008
Writer Chris Cornell
Label Warner Bros. Records

Songs From The Underground track listing
  1. Announcement Service Public
  2. Qwerty (Studio Version)
  3. And One
  4. Sold My Soul To Yo Mama
  5. Dedicated (Demo 1999)
  6. Hunger Strike (Live From Projekt Revolution 2008): Chris Cornell featuring Chester Bennington
  7. My December (Live 2008)
  8. Part Of Me


"Hunger Strike" is a song written by Chris Cornell and released in 1991 as the first single from the only studio album by Temple Of The Dog, a band consisting of members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam.

Chris Cornell was having trouble with the vocals at practice, when Eddie Vedder stepped in. Eddie was sitting there waiting for a Pearl Jam (Mookie Blaylock at the time) rehearsal and walked up to the mic and started singing the low parts because he saw it was hard for Chris.[1] Cornell said, "he sang half of that song not even knowing that I'd wanted the part to be there and he sang it exactly the way I was thinking about doing it, just instinctively."[2] So the song ended up being a duet between both vocalists.

Chris Cornell started to perform "Hunger Strike" in his solo live set in 2007. In 2008, he performed the song on Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution Tour singing Vedder's part with Chester Bennington joining in to sing Cornell's part.

One of the performances was registered in audio and released on Linkin Park's compilation album Songs From The Underground. The track was recorded on July 18, 2008 in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania.

A video of the collaboration, filmed on August 24, 2008 in Woodlands, Texas was also released by Chris Cornell on YouTube but is currently private.[3]

Chester is godfather to Chris Cornell's and Vicky Karayanni's second child, Christopher-Nicolas Cornell, and baptized him.[4]


Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Hunger Strike Temple Of The Dog

Hunger Strike

Pushin Forward Back

4:03 November–December 1990 January 14, 1991
  • Features vocals by Eddie Vedder.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Hunger Strike (Live From Projekt Revolution 2008): Chris Cornell featuring Chester Bennington Songs From The Underground

A Decade Underground

4:14 July 18, 2008 November 28, 2008
  • Temple Of The Dog song.
  • Features vocals by Chester Bennington.


Originally by Temple Of The Dog, Chris Cornell performed the song during his set on Projekt Revolution 2008. Chester joined him for all performances of the song throughout the tour.


  • Chris Cornell - vocals
  • Chester Bennington - vocals
  • Yogi Lonich - guitar
  • Peter Thorn - guitar
  • Corey McCormick - bass
  • Jason Sutter - drums


  • Written-By – Chris Cornell
  • Mastered By – Brian Gardner
  • Recorded By, Mixed By – Dylan Ely, Ken Van Druten


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