But if someone won't help themselves, what, really, can anyone else do? Or Rooster but it is better than Man in the Box. Excitement! They're an awesome band! When I hear his voice growl in this song, it sends chills down my spine. This song is one of my favorites by AIC if not my absolute favorite by them. It features songs from Sap, Jar of Flies, Dirt, and Alice in Chains. One of their most awesomely dark, ominous songs, and that's saying something for this band! Read Full Biography. It speaks to me on more levels than it should, and it's pure Alice in Chains. [45][10] Staley designed the sun logo on the album's inlay. A new song called “Killer is Me” was also debuted. How is this not number one? MTV eventually picked up on the song, and Facelift started to rapidly gain traction. Curtis and Silver passed the demo on to Columbia Records' A&R representative Nick Terzo, who set up an appointment with label president Don Ienner. Peaked at #3 on 16.03.1996. [96], In 2010, in an interview on VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Staley's mother, Nancy McCallum,[97] former Alice in Chains bass player Mike Starr said that he was the last person to see Staley alive and had spent time with him the day before he died, as Starr's birthday was on April 4, 2002. [102][103] Staley's body was cremated and a private memorial service was held for him on April 28, 2002, on Bainbridge Island in Washington's Puget Sound. It has so many different genres of music wrapped into one song: acoustic, grunge, metal, and orchestral elements all make this completely unique. We rode the good times together, and we stuck together through the hard times. [11] In 1984, Staley joined a group of Shorewood High students in a band called Sleze,[4] which also featured future members of The Dehumanizers and Second Coming. The composition is perfect. Although never officially disbanding, Alice in Chains was plagued by extended inactivity from 1996 onwards due to … To place an order or for customer service, call toll-free 1-800-336-4627 or outside the United States, call 1-610-649-7565 Having sold just 40,000 copies in its first few months, it shifted more than 400,000 copies in six weeks on the back of Man In The Box. Jerry Cantrell's father was a Vietnam veteran. The big task for Alice in Chains on their 2009 comeback Black Gives Way to Blue was to prove they could carry on battered and bruised, missing Layne Staley but still in touch with their core. Alice in Chains released their debut LP, Facelift, 30 years ago today (August 21), and three decades later, the album remains one of the darkest, most-influential titles in rock. It's just excellent. Definitely one of their best songs. [39] Based on The Treehouse Tapes, Terzo signed Alice in Chains to Columbia in 1989. Love' is very similar in that retrospect for me.. 'Would? ' Another one of their greatest songs. Layne Staley was a genius. I don't like to chose the best songs of an artist's, especially the ones I highly respect and endlessly love, It's not easy for me to play favorites, but I can't help but notice how Nutshell stands out from AIC entire repertoire. Should be on the Top ten, it's their real Message, Man in the Box may be too, but this Song sure is their Main Message they wanted to deliver, Layne was the best example for it. Greatest Hits is not, alas, the antidote to the botched Nothing Safe: Best of the Box compilation, but rather a lower-priced, ten-track sampler of Alice in Chains' career. A photo taken of Staley backstage at this show is the most recent photo of him that has been publicly released. At least we can all agree they don't make music like that no more! The solo is so exquisite, should be at top ten! Great comeback.. Thumps up if you like this song.. Maybe not there best but definitely deserve in the top 5 position.. [98] Starr was found dead on March 8, 2011 as a result of prescription drug overdose. However, the painfully sobering emotion throughout "Down in a Hole" is as deep and as heavy as any Alice in Chains song. But sea of sorry, man in the box, and love, hate, love are some of the best tracks on that record! It debuted at number one, making it the first Alice in Chains release—and the first-ever EP—to do so. It's a very dark song for the war veterans who suffered from PTSD. [132] Staley's former bandmates also thanked him in the album's liner notes. It has since been certified four-times platinum by the RIAA and gone on to sell five million copies worldwide, making Dirt the band's highest … )! Bad thing no one can make good rock music like this anymore. Layne's vocals are mind-blowing, his talent is raging. Alice in Chains has many great songs. [52] Cantrell said of "Angry Chair" on the liner notes of the 1999 Music Bank box set: Such a brilliant song. Would is an amazing song BUT the first time I ever heard this song I got goosebumps. [150] The content of Rubio's book, including what she referred to as Staley's final interview, was called into question in journalist David De Sola's 2015 book Alice in Chains: The Untold Story. ... Alice In Chains. Love the strings, rare for this band which makes the song unique, and amazing vocals from Layne Staley. Graduated in 98 from a tight nit suburb city of Cleveland Ohio, Last of the Rockers/jocks/everyone. Mostly, we are feeling heartbroken over the death of our beautiful friend. By far their best song. Very strong vocals and guitar riff. [68][69] In November 1998, the group recorded the song for the soundtrack to Robert Rodriguez's 1998 horror/sci-fi film, The Faculty. I listen to this daily and show all my friends. Hip-Hop. Starr claimed that Staley was very sick but would not call 911. [128] Cantrell invited Elton John to join Alice in Chains and pay tribute to Staley playing the piano in "Black Gives Way to Blue",[129] the closing song in the album. 'Love. This should be in top 10. This song is #1, most powerful in my opinion, no such thing as a bad one but seems like mainstream created this list, where's "junkhead"? [149], Staley was featured on the books Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music (2009) by Greg Prato,[151] and Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge (2011) by Mark Yarm. [11], Staley shared lead vocals with Ann Wilson for a cover of Bob Dylan's "Ring Them Bells", featured on Heart's 1993 album Desire Walks On. Great harmonies in the chorus, chugging, heavy guitar riffs during the verses, awesome, catchy odd time- it truly has it all! View All. However, one day before the band was due to record at the Music Bank studio in Washington, police shut down the studio during the biggest cannabis raid in the history of the state. [27], — Johnny Bacolas describing an 18-year-old Staley, Staley met guitarist Jerry Cantrell at a party in Seattle while working at Music Bank rehearsal studios in 1987. Similar to Dirt, the album's songs focus on heavy subject matter such as depression, isolation, drug use, anger … One of the best AiC songs! He made great music and gifted it to the world. This should definitely be TOP 10. Often overshadowed by other Alice in Chains' classic hits. Rooster is the 5th song of the album ''Dirt'' (my favorite). Medical examiners had to identify the body by comparing dental records. [84], Thereafter, Staley was thought to have left behind his "self-imposed rock & roll exile", when in November 1998 he laid down additional vocal tracks as part of a supergroup called Class of '99, featuring members of Rage Against the Machine, Jane's Addiction, and Porno for Pyros. Should be in the top 10. [68] A music video was also released. If you still haven't found what you're looking for, please send to us. Alice In Chains Albums. It is the troubles of man all in one. This page was last edited on 24 January 2021, at 10:34. Below is a complete listing of all our titles, both studio released and collector DVDs, in alphabetical order. Facelift's such a cool album, though. I was raised in the church until I was 16 and I've disagreed with their beliefs as long as I can remember, so when I had the choice I chose not to believe in anything apart from myself. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times F /13 - … Greatest Hits will serve the needs of casual fans who just want ten of Alice in Chains' best songs on one disc … compassionate, empathetic, kind and friendly. We are looking for all the usual things: comfort, purpose, answers, something to hold on to, a way to let him go in peace. [133], On September 6, 2011, Hank Williams III released his Attention Deficit Domination album and dedicated it to Staley. [26] The final demo, completed in 1988, was named The Treehouse Tapes and found its way to the music managers Kelly Curtis and Susan Silver, who also managed the Seattle-based band Soundgarden. Besides the meaningful and beautiful lyrics, this band also I can said the one of the visual Kei band that have a good looking members. I agree this song is their best song, just the vocals, intensity of Laynes voice, the final stage of his life. Much softer from 'the usual' Layne' vocals, yet so him..This song is not only conceptual for its time, this masterpiece is toped off with endless emotions. The chorus is haunting, guitar and bass are sublime, and Layne and Jerry have some of their best harmonies in this song. this is one of those songs. [25] In 1986, Sleze morphed into Alice N' Chains, a band which Staley said "dressed in drag and played speed metal. 'If I can't be my own, I'd feel better dead'..simple genius. 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[13] On April 10, 1996, the band returned with a performance on MTV Unplugged performance in New York; it was their first concert in two-and-a-half years. Guest vocals on the song "Ring Them Bells". We didn't agree with it at first." Nancy and Phil worked with Seattle's Therapeutic Health Services clinic to create the Layne Staley Memorial Fund to help other heroin addicts and their families in the Seattle music community. But ya. endlessly. Should be in the top 10. [8] His parents are Phillip Blair "Phil" Staley and Nancy Elizabeth Staley (née Layne). [43] Alice in Chains made a cameo in Cameron Crowe's 1992 film Singles, performing the songs "It Ain't Like That" and "Would?". The best vocal harmonies, the best riffs, the best vocals, the best solo, the best chorus, the most cathartic lyrics, and the most emotion in any AIC song. "Down in a Hole" may not have the same signature "Alice in Chains sound" - melodic, yet sludge-driven guitar riffs, or the rumbling, murky bass lines. Eventually, Staley would receive credit for about half the lyrics from the entire Alice in Chains catalog prior to the release of Black Gives Way to Blue in 2009. It's my favorite. This has always been one of my favorites. loyal, strong, protective over family and loved ones. I can't believe this isn't in the top ten. [74] Kurt Cobain's death in April 1994 scared Staley into temporary sobriety, but soon he was back into his addiction. This is in my top three Alice in Chains songs, up there with Frogs and Dirt. [67] In the film, the song was credited to "The Bondage Boys featuring Layne Staley",[72] but the song had been credited to "Layne Staley and The Aftervibes" and "Layne Staley and Second Coming" when it leaked on the internet years before. This song is amazing. Sunshine is my favorite from AIC. Alice In Chains. [11], Staley's physical appearance had become even worse than before: he had lost several teeth, his skin was sickly pale, and he was severely emaciated. [32] Cantrell said this about Staley's voice: "I knew that voice was the guy I wanted to be playing with. And what a lyrics man, Jerry Cantrell is the soul of the band truly! I mean come on, its no Would? They have lot of great lyrics which is the main reason why I've become A9 fan. This should if been played on unplugged and it should be on their best of album, One of the best from Alice. 8th - The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (4.5/10) Bloated. William DuVall joined the band in 2006 as co-lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, replacing Staley, who died in 2002. No faltering whatsoever. The song that introduced Alice In Chains to the world was written by guitarist Jerry Cantrell about gang violence after he observed 9 and 10 year old kids dealing drugs in Seattle. Alice in Chains Lyrics, Songs, Albums And More at SongMeanings! Guest vocals on the song "It's Coming After". [22] He also cited Prince and David Bowie as two of his biggest idols.[23]. This is song is just amazing. [115] Vedder also paid tribute to Staley during a Pearl Jam concert in Chicago on August 22, 2016, which would have been Staley's 49th birthday, and dedicated the song Man of the Hour to his late friend. Written By Mike Inez, Layne Staley, Sean Kinney & … Such a fantastic song with incredible vocals and a killer chorus. I don't really like much off the self- titled album, but this song is quite good. One of best in grunge history. This song always makes me reminisce over everything, and tones down my emotions. AIC for life. Płytę promowały trzy single – „Grind”, „Heaven Beside You” i „Again”, z czego pierwsza i … Dirt producer Dave Jerden—originally chosen by the band for the production—said, "Staley weighed 80 pounds…and was white as a ghost." KRS-One, & La Rock, S.; REC: Boogie Down Productions. Drummer Sean Kinney added: "I wasn't digging it [Laughs]. Also, this is one of Layne's most disturbing works. If Sara decides to help Alice reconcile with Reko with her bongos, there is an extra scene where Alice lives just long … It has a beautiful guitar intro followed by both their softer and heavier sides showing diversity. "Man in the Box" is widely recognized for its distinctive "wordless opening melody, where Staley's peculiar, tensed-throat vocals are matched in unison with an effects-laden guitar" followed by "portentous lines like: 'Jesus Christ/Deny your maker' and 'He who tries/Will be wasted' with Cantrell's drier, and less-urgent voice. It also gives a direct look into the mond of lane stayle. This should be a lot higher than 23. 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Staley appeared on all Alice in Chains releases from We Die Young up to the song "Died", later taking part in reissues and compilations containing material from his time in the band. [92] Staley's body was partially decomposed when he was found. [15], Staley was seven years old when his parents divorced, after which he was raised by his mother and stepfather, Jim Elmer. [126], In 2009, Alice in Chains released their first studio album in 14 years, Black Gives Way to Blue, with Cantrell and then-new vocalist and rhythm guitarist William DuVall sharing lead vocals. All this along with beautiful and deep emontional lyrics creates excellent track. For me, top 5. [107][108], Alice in Chains remained inactive following Staley's death. Excellent, one of their best songs, that riff is awesome!The verse is awesome to, the staley and cantrell harmony is awesome! The absolute peak of grunge, almost impossible to fault, right down to the guitar solo. [62][109] In 2005, Cantrell, Kinney and Inez reunited for a benefit concert for victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, with several vocalists filling in for Staley. My favorite AIC song, and it should be ranked in the top 5 at least! I love the way Layne sings it so much, especially the version on their live album. "[114], Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam, wrote a song eulogizing Staley, titled "4/20/02" (the day Vedder heard the news). Layne and Mike, Top 10 Best Things that Have Happened in 2021, Countries With the Most COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Cases, Best Fitness Center Chains and Gym Franchises. [144], William DuVall revealed that he was thinking about Staley, his grandmother and the late Soundgarden lead vocalist Chris Cornell while writing the Alice in Chains' song "Never Fade", from their 2018 album, Rainier Fog. Staley did not like his middle name "Rutherford" and would get angry every time someone called him by this name. I try to stay away from it as much as I can. He wrote this song to honor his dad by telling a story about his service in Vietnam. I think this song made alice in chains for who they are. Alice in Chains tabs, chords, guitar, bass, ukulele chords, power tabs and guitar pro tabs including angry chair, bleed the freak, again, a looking in view, black gives way to blue However-Would & Nutshell are my one and two. [141], In April 2017, Nancy Wilson revealed that she started writing the song "The Dragon" for Staley in the '90s. Since they’re such an influential band, let’s rank the best Alice in Chains albums, with the help of … Um, Jerry Cantrell is actually a really great guitarist, and Grunge has had some really great & iconic guitarists over the years! In many ways, Alice in Chains was the definitive heavy metal band of the early '90s. It deserves at least the second place of this list! [12] The band worked on material for several months and played their first show at the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle under the name "The Gacy Bunch" on October 12, 1994. Alone Again [Naturally] F /20 - Gilbert O'Sullivan. enough said. The lyrics are beautiful and Layne' Staley's voice has never sounded more powerful. Would is amazing, but Bleed the Freak is #1 in my opinion. [80] In April of that same year, Staley purchased a 1,500 sq ft (140 m2), three-bedroom condominium in Seattle's University District via a trust. But for us to not talk for a few months is par for the course. [131] The first concert that Staley attended was Elton John's and he was blown away by it. [91] The police went with McCallum and her ex-husband, Jim Elmer,[16] to Staley's home. Originally conceived to honor artists and track sound recording sales, Gold & Platinum Awards have come to stand as a benchmark of success for any artist—whether they’ve just released their first song or Greatest Hits album. This song really led me to understand the extent of Layne's addiction, and how he felt. The album debuted at the top of the U.S. charts,[59] and has since been awarded—along with Facelift and Jar of Flies—double platinum status. Smooth, like a fine scotch whiskey, amazing artistry, passionate lyrics, applicable to today's generations, the haunting sections fade into one another, such a legendary band! Lyrics: Know me, broken by my master / Teach thee on child, of love hereafter / Into the flood again / Same old trip it was back then / So I made a big mistake / Try to see it once my way Alice In Chains. I'm very proud of Layne for writing it. Lyrics to 'Nothin' Song' by Alice In Chains. Obviously my favourite one. [75][76] McCready had hoped that playing with sober musicians would encourage Staley. There is a video of him singing this from the 90's on YouTube... Amazing. [127] The title track is a tribute to Staley. ". [136], In 2013, Alice in Chains’ drummer, Sean Kinney, added the initials "LSMS" on his drum kit, a tribute to Staley and the band's former bassist, Mike Starr, who died in 2011. and 'Man in the box' and many others are definitely showcase of Layne's unmatched singing ability, but 'Nutshell' is a very compact yet absolutely fullfilling combination of what made him who he was - incredible talent, emotions, pain and his demons that we feel every time we listen to his voice. Along with Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice In Chains, Soundgarden was one of the seminal bands of the Seattle grunge scene. [105], Jerry Cantrell dedicated his solo album, Degradation Trip, released two months after Staley's death, to his memory. [43] The critically acclaimed album, also the band's most successful, debuted at number six on the Billboard 200, and was certified quadruple platinum. More unique than most of their material. Not the best, but really deserves a higher place. Ain’t That A Shame-Cheap Trick. We love you, Layne. This is also the longest Alice in Chains song, clocking in at 8 minutes and 18 seconds. I can't believe those soldiers are getting killed for fighting for their own countries. Starr still blamed himself for the death of Staley. 42 on Complex's magazine list of "The 50 Best Lead Singers of All Time" in 2012. that the members of Alice in Chains regularly hung out at Staley's house. Thanks! Got to be higher than 14th. [53], In 1994, Alice in Chains released their second EP, Jar of Flies. BRIT Certified. Layne Thomas Staley (born Layne Rutherford Staley, August 22, 1967 – April 5, 2002) was an American musician best known as the original lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which rose to international fame in the early 1990s as part of Seattle's grunge movement. I considered his voice to be my voice. Chains just puts things at ease and perspective. [98] Staley's private memorial was attended by his family and friends, along with his Alice in Chains bandmates, the band's manager Susan Silver and her then husband Chris Cornell, as well as other music personalities. Alone Again Or E /6 - Love. Songs like snuff by Slipknot, Jeff Buckley's hallelujah, or so far away by a7x are power ballads where you can feel the emotion that the artists put in the songs, making them capable of putting you in another place entirely. [116], Jerry Cantrell said Staley gave him the self-assurance to sing. McCallum has also claimed that she saw Staley on Thanksgiving of 2001, and again just around Valentine's Day of 2002, when he visited his sister's baby. I love listerning to this aweaome heavy metal song everyday before going for work.. Over the years I continued to grow, and Layne started to play guitar, and we inspired each other". Both books explored the history of grunge in detail and touch upon Alice in Chains and Staley's life and death via interviews with Staley's mother, friends and bandmates, including Cantrell, Kinney, Starr and Inez. I say this is the best song of the grunge era with another song that isn't as popular as this, and that is Release by Pearl Jam. Alice in Chains relies less on metallic riffs and more on melody and texturally varied arrangements than the group's previous full-length albums, finally … This is such an amazing accomplishment for an EP which they produced but I have to say that this is by far the best Alice in chains song to me. [152][153], In August 2015, journalist David de Sola released the biography Alice in Chains: The Untold Story,[154] which is mainly focused on Staley and features interviews with his friends and relatives; the surviving members of Alice in Chains did not partake in interviews for this book.[155]. 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