Audioslave is the group that rose from the ashes of Rage Against the Machine. After the departure of frontman Zach de la Rocha, the remaining members of Rage hooked up with Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell to form the band. "Cochise" was the first single from their first album.
Cochise was an Apache chief born in 1812. His name never shows up in the lyric, which has nothing to do with him. Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello came up with the title based on the vibe of the music - he was reading about Cochise at the time. Said Morello: "Cochise was the last great American Indian chief to die free and absolutely unconquered. When several members of his family were captured, tortured, and hung by the US Cavalry, Cochise declared war on the entire Southwest and went on an unholy rampage, a warpath to end all warpaths. He and his warriors drove out thousands of settlers. Cochise the Avenger, fearless and resolute, attacked everything in his path with an unbridled fury. This song kinda sounds like that."
This song takes aim at someone who seems to be wasting his life away, warning him that he needs to save himself.
Chris Cornell did have someone specific in mind when he wrote it. He said the song is, "Me yelling at me, looking in the mirror."
The video was directed by Mark Romanek, who has also done videos for Nine Inch Nails and Lenny Kravitz, among others.
This was produced by Rick Rubin, who has done albums with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, System of a Down and Tom Petty.
Morello originally used the guitar riff for a song called "Enola Gay," which he released in 1995 as part of a side-project called The Weatherman.
Nick - Paramus, NJ
One of Audioslave's first performances was playing this on the Late Show with David Letterman
, outdoors on top of the show's marquee.
Bertrand - Paris, France
When the band Europe reunited in 2003, this song inspired their new sound. "We re-started, and we used that record as a benchmark," lead singer Joey Tempest
told us. "It's amazing."