Skip to main content

THE GRUNGE MATCH - 070

Match 070:

Jerry Cantrell "Keep The Light On" (1998)
Nirvana "School" (Live) (1991)
Pearl Jam "Insignificance" (2000)
Soundgarden "Bing Bing Goes To Church" (199?)

"Keep The Light On" is the only song with any fire since "Cut You In" from this album.  It's not remarkable, like at all, but it's still a sign of life in an otherwise DULL sea of forgettable.  It's a serviceable Alice In Chains knock off, and since the last few matches have been universally torporus, I'll take it.

"From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah" is not one single live performance but a collection of live tracks, so the dates and even personnel change from song to song.  This one came from November 1991, recorded in Amsterdam for television broadcast.  It's actually a more lively version of "School" than the "Bleach" version, and would hold its own pitted up against the original.  Pun intended: High marks.

"Insignificance" feels like its holding back at first.  It seems like it'll launch into a double time gallop going into the first verse, but holds back and stays in the tom-based, spacey zone until the pre-chorus, when it actually lets loose.  One of the best songs on "Binaural", to be sure.  Also, I totally forgot to mention Matt Cameron plays drums on this album.  This is the seventh matchup (and all of them going forward) where the same drummer will be on two of the four songs.  (Soundgarden broke up in 1997, but when they reformed in 2010, Cameron decided to be in both bands.)  Crazy.  Note wise, this song is reminiscent of "Corduroy" on "Vitalogy".  Even this song brings a fire that's been lacking for the last few jams from Pearl Jam.

This is bullshit too.  At least "Bing Bing Goes To Church" is a song instead of a bunch of feedback with a name.  Soundgarden thought they were funny, but it's just annoying.  To add insult to injury it ends with the line "You're free to go now."  As if I wouldn't have already left if I didn't make it a point to listen to these all the way through when I review them.

"School" (Live): 4
"Insignificance": 3
"Keep The Light On": 2
"Bing Bing Goes To Church": 1

TOTALS:

Alice In Chains: 182
Pearl Jam: 177
Soundgarden: 176
Nirvana: 165

Pearl Jam retakes second place while Nirvana continues their streak against a field of listless opponents!  I did not expect this.  Check back tomorrow to see what happens!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

THE GRUNGE MATCH - Conclusion

This has certainly been a heck of a thing.

Writing this started out as a labor of love to a subgenre of rock and roll that came along at the perfect time for me (both when I was entering middle school in the bottom 5 of the popularity pecking order and when I started buying albums at the impressionable age of 11).  It obviously took a long time to put together: August 29th, 2016 is when I began planning, May 24th is when I wrote the last entry, the wee hours of August 1st, 2017 is when I finished proofreading and uploading the entries to the blog with video links, and here I am typing these words on August 15th.

The elephant in the room is this genre seems to be built on death.  Three of the four frontmen of these bands are dead, one of which occurred during the run of this series.  (Shouts to Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr as well.  R.I.P.)  On top of that, Pearl Jam only exists because the lead singer of Mother Love Bone died, causing that band to break up.  If you go down the nex…

WHAT THE HELL IS A BLOG? - iTunes Music Reviews, April 2018

Being that it's been more than a year since I've attempted one of these and iTunes is gonna stop selling mp3's next year, this is probably my next to last chance to do this sort of thing.  I started doing hot take reviews of albums based off nothing but 30 second iTunes previews in 2007, and if I'd been smart, I'd've transitioned to YouTube with them in about 2009.  I didn't, so here we are.  If reading a slightly older gentleman trying to temper his apathy and vexation at modern pop music and give it a fair shake (or trying to be funny when shitting on things that he can't resist shitting on) is your jam, step up to the dance floor!

Scoring system goes from 0 stars (sometimes negative if it goes the extra mile of horrible) to five stars (which has happened three times in 11 years of doing this, and I'd take every one of them back because that's the thing with hot takes).  Here we go!


Cardi B "Invasion Of Privacy" ❂ & 1/2
(or ❂❂, dep…

WHO IS CHAMPION OF WRESTLEMANS?!?!? Wrestlemania IV VS Wrestlemania 34

Welcome to this crazy, ridiculous idea.  So, I've done current Wrestlemania cards VS old Wrestlemania cards before, but this one is different.  Wrestlemania IV was dominated by a one night tournament for the vacant WWF title (the only time Vacant got to main event Mania!).  It had a handful of other matches, but it was mostly about the fourteen man tournament for the belt.  So we're gonna do a 32-man tournament for the crown of Wrestlemania Champion!

Here's how it shakes out: I picked sixteen wrestlers from Wrestlemania 34 (one of which isn't official, but they've teased Undertaker so goddam hard I would be forgiven if it turns out to be an elaborate swerve) and sixteen from Wrestlemania IV.  I had to include the participants of the Intercontinental Title match from that one as well, since the tournament only had 14 wrestlers.  (Hogan & Andre got a first round bye and it was a whole thing.)  For this year, I picked the participants from the WWE and Universal t…