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For Rock Hall’s Consideration: Alice in Chains

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Though they are widely associated with the grunge movement in the 1990s, Alice in Chains were one if not the most distinctive, of all the other Seattle bands, which included Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden.

Along with their incorporation of heavy metal and acoustic elements, Alice in Chains would also be notable for their harmonized vocals, something that is more heard in R&B and pop music, than in rock. That vocal style coincided with the dark imagery of the songs (with themes including drug abuse and personal relationships). And it is that kind of musical combination, which would go on to inspire countless bands including Queens of the Stone Age, Staind, Nickelback, and even Metallica.

Throughout the 1990s, some of the greatest moments set by Alice in Chains, includes landmark albums Facelift (1990), Dirt (1992), and Alice in Chains (1995), yielding the first-ever EP (1993’s Jar of Flies) to debut at number one, and their live Unplugged album. Among the classic tunes coming from that era includes “Rooster”, “Man in the Box”, “Heaven Beside You” and “Would?” And despite inactiveness between 1996 and 2002, as well as the deaths of singer Layne Stayley and bassist Mike Starr, the band continued on, with two top five albums, 2009’s Black Gives Way to Blue, and 2013’s The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Alice in Chains, eligible in 2015.


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