Five-Star Fridays: 90s Edition

Friday, January 14th, 2011

The Onion has put up a nice appreciation of Layne Staley and the great 90s grunge band Alice in Chains. Their EP Jar of Flies is one of the most hauntingly beautiful albums I own. Here’s the gorgeous and appropriately solemn cut, “Don’t Follow.”

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10 Responses to “Five-Star Fridays: 90s Edition”

  1. #1 |  pam | 

    not bad for a grunge band.

  2. #2 |  MDGuy | 

    A.I.C. was and still is my favorite 90′s band. I can listen to any one of their albums straight through without skipping a track.

  3. #3 |  witless chum | 

    Not a Sublime fan, Radley? I think I probably listen to “Dirt” and “40 oz. to Freedom”, equally. 40 oz. is much better than the one with all the hits that, according to the article, was originally called “Killin’ It” and was changed because of the whole dead lead singer issue. (Not as good as (Marxist rappers) the Coup being about to put out album showing Roots Riley dynamiting the World Trade Center in Sept. 2001, though.)

    I really need to get Jar of Flies in a digital format.

  4. #4 |  ClubMedSux | 

    I think the further we get from the ’90s, the more people will realize that “grunge” wasn’t really a musical genre. I tend to see grunge more like a filter that music was run through (analogous to image filters for Photoshop). Nirvana was punk, Pearl Jam classic arena rock, Soundgarden was pop metal, and Alice in Chains was old school metal crossed with folk (which isn’t as odd as it sounds, since old Zeppelin and Sabbath definitely had folk influences). The things that united the bands were location and aesthetics, but if you strip away the distinct grunge production (specifically the fuzz) you’re left with bands that really didn’t sound much like each other.

  5. #5 |  Nick T. | 

    I don’t think that’s Staley singing on that track, as a point of fact. I forget the guitarists name at the moment, but I remember seeing that he was actually their primary singer much of the time. Of course, his later solo stuff was pretty bad compared to the AIC stuff. Rooster is the jam though.

  6. #6 |  InMD | 

    Jerry Cantrell does most of the vocals on this one.

  7. #7 |  Ben | 

    Cantrell sings the lead in the first part of the song, with Staley doing the harmonies. Staley then sings lead for the ending.

    I have always been a huge fan of Alice in Chains in general, and Jar of Flies in particular. And Staley’s voice is one of the main reasons for my fandom. He is greatly missed.

  8. #8 |  TGGP | 

    Alice in Chains is one of my favorite bands. They could do really heavy, depressive stuff but also had great harmonies.

    I like Cantrell’s solo double-album “Degradation Trip”, but the latest Alice in Chains release was something of a disappointment. Maybe Jerry has gotten too comfortable singing, but I could barely detect Duvall a lot of the time.

  9. #9 |  Dan | 

    Arguably the best group of the 90′s. Definitely in the top 5.

  10. #10 |  Tolly | 

    Anyone who likes this later AIC stuff would do well to track down the songs off of the ‘Sap’ EP. Four really excellent tracks on there in this same slower, more restrained vein. Lots of great guests contributing on the songs – Anne Wilson, Mark Arm and Chris Cornell…

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