Wednesday, March 9, 2011

90s Music: Alice In Chains

With the sad recent news that former Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr passed away due to an overdoes, I'm reminded of the great music they made while he was in the band.  This post will go past Starr's tenure in the band (he left the band while touring for the album "Dirt") but in general, this post is dedicated to the memory of Mike Starr and Layne Staley, who also died of an overdose.  Just say "NO" to drugs kids. 

"We Die Young"

Appropriately titled, this foreshadowing of what was to come for the two original band members I mentioned above.  This song was on their original EP and became the lead song on "Facelift." It rocks:

"Man In The Box"

You're not going to get many Alice In Chains lists without this song included. This song still gets radio play from time to time and continues to rock by today's standards.

"Bleed The Freak"

A more brooding song that is underrated in the grand scheme of Alice In Chains' catalog. Enjoy:

"Got Me Wrong"

One of my favorite AIC songs comes from the Sap EP. This song is also on the "Clerks" soundtrack. The harmonies in the eventual chorus ("I haven't felt like this in so long") are just amazing.


Also from the Sap EP, this recording is from their "Unplugged" album. I have to say, Nirvana's "Unplugged" is probably my favorite of all the "Unplugged" series followed closely by Alice In Chains. Just awesome.

"Them Bones"

Look, I could easily post every song from "Dirt" on this list. It is one of the best albums released in the 90s. I know I love a lot of music, but I can safely say that "Dirt" is really one of the quintessential alternative/grunge/rock/metal albums of the 90s. It belongs in the same category as Nirvana "Nevermind" and Pearl Jam "Ten." This is one of hell of a rockin' song!


Another fine composition from "Dirt." This song is also a strong addition to the "Singles" soundtrack. You know you love this song.

"Rain When I Die"

Another appropriate song. These guys definitely lived out their music, which wasn't the best thing for their health, but I suppose the music is coming from a dark yet honest place.

"Down In A Hole"

A slower jam with a soaring chorus. Such a melancholy song.


This video has gruesome scenes depicting Vietnam. The song is amazing. Excellent use of the Wah Pedal Mr. Cantrell. Seriously.

So I lied, I didn't go past Mike Starr's tenure with the band! I started going through the songs and realized I didn't have to get into the excellency that is "Jar Of Flies" or their self-titled album (both great records.)

RIP Mike Starr and Layne Staley. Like I said, do NOT get into hard drugs. They haven't worked for anyone yet, so they won't work for you either. I suppose showing you all the awesome music drug addicts have made is the worst PSA of all time, but these guys were talented without the junk and died needlessly.


GMoney said...

OK, seriously, will you marry me? Bleed The Freak is one of my favorite songs of all time (and an underrated coming-out-of-the-bullpen song). NAME YOUR GOD AND BLEED THE FREEEEEEAK! No idea what that means but it's badass.

I have to admit though, I did not care for Jar of Flies. Facelift and Dirt were more up my alley. But their Unplugged set was terrific.

Tony B. said...

You'll have to talk to Mrs. B. about marriage, G$. I'm doubtful she, the state of CA, or the state of OH will be cool with it, though.

I'm glad you enjoyed the Bleed The Freak mention. I deserves a mention as many general alternative fans (rather than Alice In Chains fans) overlook that song.

I hear what you're saying about Jar Of Flies, but it is still awesome. It's just awesome in a different way. If you want to rock, go with Facelife or Dirt. If you want to chill, Jar of Flies is where it's at. Do not sleep on "Nutshell."

I'm interested to know if you like their self titled album with "Grind," "Heaven Beside You," "Sludge Factory," "Over Now," and "Again." Thoughts?

Mrs. B said...

everything is negotiable

GMoney said...