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Alice in Chains

One of my favorite albums the Grunge years.  Dust is simply put an absolutely perfect album in space and time.  Just like Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard and Mike McCready, it would seem that Jerry Cantrell didn’t get the memo about no guitar solo’s in grunge.  Dirt is jam packed with awesome guitar solo’s and riffs.  Alice in Chains just got it all right and the songs are so strong they could never get better in my opinion: ‘Down in a Hole’, ‘Angry Chair’, ‘Rooster’ and the incredible ‘Godsmack’.  In the end when it came to Layne Staley the words ”And God’s name is smack for some” turned out to be as much for him as it was for Andy Wood.  Fucking tragic man 🙁

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I never saw the video until I put this site together.  Knowing the history of Jerry Cantrell and his fractious relationship with his Dad it is a stunning piece of work.  Jerry’s old man was badly fucked up by the Vietnam War and this song was his son’s attempt to get into his dad’s head and understand it from his perspective. 

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