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THE GRUNGE MATCH - 067

Match 067:

Jerry Cantrell "Breaks My Back" (1998)
Nirvana "Lake Of Fire" (Unplugged) (1994)
Pearl Jam "Light Years" (2000)
Soundgarden "Jerry Garcia's Finger" (1995)

I remember really liking "Breaks My Back", but listening to it now it sounds like a morose, boring genre experiment that doesn't go anywhere for seven minutes.  It's got cool leads but they're not even the focal point.  After the second chorus there's a change at least, which has some weird, dark sounding chords, but that lasts all of 30 seconds before collapsing back into the main snoozefest.  AND THEN THE WHOLE THING REPEATS.  There's no reason this should've been more than four and a half minutes.

"Lake Of Fire" is one of the big singles from this here "Unplugged" album.  The guitar licks on this song are really shit hot.  And Kurt Cobain tries his damndest to hit those high notes, managing to get a few of them.  Hippies made the word "groovy" so poisonous, but it describes this song perfectly.  It's all about groove.

"Light Years" is light years longer than everything else we've heard from "Binaurial", clocking in at a robust 5:06.  (That's almost as long as "Breakerfall" and "Evacuation" combined.)  It's also got that cool D major chord progression where the guitar is all bright and the bass is hitting the low that has a mystical quality to it.  (I ain't well versed in theory; I've picked up what I have through osmosis.)  And since the chorus says something about stars, mystical is the vibe they were probably going for.

"Jerry Garcia's Finger" is originally taken from the "Songs From The Superunknown" EP in 1995.  It's a bunch of bullshit.

"Lake Of Fire" (Unplugged): 4
"Light Years": 3
"Breaks My Back": 2
"Jerry Garcia's Finger": 1

TOTALS:

Alice In Chains: 176
Soundgarden: 170
Pearl Jam: 170
Nirvana: 154

Pearl Jam has re-tied Soundgarden, thanks to Soundgarden taking the day off!  Also, Nirvana picks up a much needed 4 to stay in the hunt.  Catch you on the flip flop.

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