Spoonman is a song by American rock band Soundgarden. Written by former frontman Chris Cornell, “Spoonman” was released on February 15, 1994 as the first single from the band’s fourth studio album, Superunknown (1994).
“Spoonman” is often credited as one of the songs that launched Soundgarden’s career into the mainstream.
“Spoonman” was originally written for the soundtrack to the 1992 film Singles. At this time, Soundgarden, along with fellow alternative rock band Pearl Jam, was working on the soundtrack for the film.
The name was inspired by Artis the Spoonman, a street performer from Santa Cruz, California and later Seattle, Washington, who plays music with a set of spoons. Artis the Spoonman, played a prominent role in the song itself. The final version of the song featured Artis the Spoonman playing his spoons as part of the song’s bridge. Drummer Matt Cameron also plays pots and pans on the song.