The sudden death of Mother Love Bone frontman Andrew Wood in 1990 sent shockwaves through Seattle. The band seemed to be right on the verge of making it big, and overnight they were finished. To pay tribute to Wood, the surviving members of the band teamed up with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell (Wood's former roommate) to record a tribute album under the moniker Temple of the Dog. They cut their LP in just 15 days in late 1990, right around the time that Mother Love Bone discovered Eddie Vedder and began jamming with him. Most of the songs were written and sung by Cornell, but Vedder chipped in on background vocals, including "Hunger Strike." The album didn't find a huge audience at first, but after Pearl Jam's meteoric rise in 1991, fans began seeking it out.