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THE GRUNGE MATCH - 019

Match 019:

Alice In Chains "Dam That River" (1992)
Nirvana "Territorial Pissings" (1991)
Pearl Jam "Rearviewmirror" (1993)
Soundgarden "Nazi Driver" (1988)

That RIFF tho.  "Dam That River" sounds like a dam buster, am I right?  (I'll...I'll shut up now.)  A weird trick this song pulls is it has a bulldozer riff right out of the gate, then seemingly goes up an octave for the verses, almost mocking whoever they're singing the song to.  The lyrics are kinda goofy, hitting people with the rake, pissing on their candle and such, but it still works because it's catchy and the chorus is a fucking sledgehammer.  It's possible to overlook the shortcomings it has.

"Territorial Pissings" starts off side 2 of "Nevermind" with what might be the fastest Nirvana song.  It's got a shitty effect on the guitar, the vocals are mumbled, but there's just so much urgency to it you don't seem to care.  Just go with it, man.  By the time you stop to think about the song, it's over.  And if you stop to think about it instead of breaking the nearest shit you can lay hands on in a fit of joy, then you're missing the point.

"Rearviewmirror" might be my favorite Pearl Jam song.  I've always loved it.  It always had a melodic melancholy in spite of being fast paced and electric.  It actually strikes a similar vein as the Foo Fighters' "Everlong", and "Everlong" might be the perfect rock and roll song, so that's pretty damn high praise.  (Of course, that would make this proto-"Everlong", since it came out four years before.) 

"Nazi Driver" continues the trend of songs barreling ahead at 70mph. (This is grunge, remember; 100mph would be thrash.)  By "Ultramega OK" standards this song is close to a masterpiece, which means by normal standards, it's decent.  Certainly the best Soundgarden has had to offer so far in this series.  That being said, it's a real tough choice whether "Nazi Driver" or "Territorial Pissings" gets the two points or the one.  Cuz let's face it, there's some real stiff competition today.  (Also, what the fuck is a "Nazi Driver"?  The song doesn't even give us a clue.)

"Rearviewmirror": 4
"Dam That River": 3
"Nazi Driver": 2
"Territorial Pissings": 1

TOTALS:

Pearl Jam: 65
Alice In Chains: 50
Nirvana: 46
Soundgarden: 29

Match 020 tomorrow!

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