By Crooked Steps

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"By Crooked Steps"
Single by Soundgarden
from the album King Animal
ReleasedFebruary 12, 2013 (2013-02-12)
LabelSeven Four Entertainment/Republic Records
Songwriter(s)Chris Cornell, Matt Cameron, Ben Shepherd, Kim Thayil
Producer(s)Adam Kasper
Soundgarden singles chronology
"Been Away Too Long"
"By Crooked Steps"
"Halfway There"

"By Crooked Steps" is a song by American rock band Soundgarden. It is the second single from their album, King Animal. The song premiered on television November 27, 2012, on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[1] It reached number 1 on the US Mainstream Rock chart.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "By Crooked Steps" was directed by Dave Grohl.[2] The video depicts Soundgarden as a motorcycle gang who rides Segways. Midway through the video, the band is shown shutting off an electronic music DJ's laptop, then taking over the stage and playing a show. The DJ proceeds to call the cops, and then the band flees the stage and rides again on the Segways with police in pursuit, ending with the band being arrested. One of the police officers who was arresting the band was played by electronic music artist Deadmau5. Rolling Stone referred to Soundgarden in the video as "badass."[3] Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron said he felt it was "refreshing" that Dave Grohl decided to make a humorous video for "By Crooked Steps" when it is such a serious song. Cameron went on to say that this was a new experience since Soundgarden had only made "more traditional rock music videos" in the past.[4]


Chart (2013) Peak
Canada Rock (Billboard)[5] 4
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[6] 1
US Rock Airplay (Billboard)[7] 17


  1. ^ "Video: Soundgarden Unleash 'By Crooked Steps' on 'Kimmel'". Rolling Stone. 2012-11-27. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  2. ^ Hogan, Marc (2012-12-20). "Deadmau5 Is Somehow Involved in Dave Grohl-Directed Soundgarden Video | SPIN | Newswire". SPIN. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  3. ^ "Video: Dave Grohl Directs Soundgarden's Raucous 'By Crooked Steps'". Rolling Stone. 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  4. ^ Tait, Adam. "Watch: Dave Grohl directs new Soundgarden video, 'By Crooked Steps'". Gigwise.
  5. ^ "Soundgarden Chart History (Canada Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  6. ^ "Soundgarden Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  7. ^ "Soundgarden Chart History (Rock Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved November 9, 2016.