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Hand Of God
Soundgarden
Hand Of God

Soundgarden | Hand of God

Some time prior to recording, Jack Endino found old rolls of quarter-inch tape at a garage sale, and some contained recordings of a Christian preacher giving sermons in the early 1950s. Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell had the idea to have the preacher’s voice on Hand of God. The recording was synched with the eight-track machine, copied to an empty track and by coincidence (or because, as Endino says, “God smiled upon us”) the tape rolls matched perfectly with the song. Cornell also added his own sarcastic preacher-style vocals, with the lines “Let it be known today, if you’ve got two hands/You’re supposed to pray.” According to Endino, the labels on the rolls of tape were near-illegible and thus the name of the preacher remains unknown.