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THE GRUNGE MATCH - 107

Match 107:

Alice In Chains "Your Decision" (2009)
Nirvana "Pay To Play" (1990)
Pearl Jam "The Fixer" (2009)
Soundgarden "Sub Pop Rock City" (1988)

"Your Decision" is a sunnier take on the slow acoustic Alice In Chains song, a nicer equivalent of songs like "Heaven Beside You" and way less twisted than something of the "I Stay Away" ilk.  It's middle of the road.  It gets the job done.  And it's catchy, despite being droll; not an easy line to walk.

"Pay To Play" is "Stay Away" with a word swap for the chorus and the second verse.  It's all around an almost identical but not as good version of the one from "Nevermind", so there's not a whole lot to say about it.

"The Fixer" was all over rock radio in 2009.  I remember really liking it, and it got me genuinely interested in Pearl Jam for the first time in almost fifteen years.  Then, I listened to the samples from "Backspacer" and didn't really get back to the band until I wrote entry one of The Grunge Match.  I guess this was just the time.

The song has new wave tinges to it, which makes it unique in Pearl Jam's catalog.  This is the most 80's sounding thing they've ever tried.  It's catchy and punchy in all the right places.  It's maybe not as gutsy as it could've been, it sounds a bit thin, but that's not really the point.  It's a frickin' pop song.  Just let it be.

"Sub Pop Rock City" comes from the Sub Pop Records compilation "Sub Pop 200" from 1988.  It's legit one of Soundgarden's worst songs.  The vocals are especially terrible.  It's supposed to be fun but like most grunge bands, Soundgarden's idea of fun is to suck as hard as they can on purpose.

"The Fixer": 4
"Pay To Play": 3
"Your Decision": 2
"Sub Pop Rock City": 1

TOTALS:

Soundgarden: 292
Alice In Chains: 274
Pearl Jam: 266
Nirvana: 237

Things continue to get stranger as we venture forth.

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