To be fair, “Spoonman” came off Soundgarden’s classic 1994 album Superunknown, and anytime you take from a classic, people are bound to get a little angry. According to Spin, Chris Cornell’s vocals are just absolutely not suited to a non-rock and roll world.
Critic opinions aside, we don’t think the song is that bad. Heck, it’s even kind of catchy. Considering it’s for a T-Mobile commercial that will be aired during the Olympics, it could have wound up a lot worse. After all, advertisers often have final say.
Listen to Steve Aoki’s mix of “Spoonman” here: