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THE GRUNGE MATCH - 117

Match 117:

Alice In Chains "Stone" (2013)
Nirvana "Milk It" (Live In The Studio) (1993)
Pearl Jam "Mind Your Manners" (2013)
Soundgarden "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey" (1989)

"Stone" has the most bad-ass riff of comeback-era Alice In Chains.  That shit sinks its teeth into the listener hard and because I hadn't heard the song in years, I forgot the relatively melodic elements of the...pre-chorus?  Second half of the verse?  Whatever.  This is the best thing they've done with William DuVall.  The middle section kills, the leads are tasteful, the melodic parts are a nice counterpoint...an all around kick-ass song.  I wish they were all this good.

This is a studio session recording from Brazil, ten months before "In Utero" came out.  It has different lyrics than the album version, other than that, there's nothing to say about it.  It's a less good recording of the album version performed pretty much the same.

Holy shit, I had NO idea Pearl Jam still had something this rocking and this sinister sounding in them at this point in their career.  I'm starting to regret not checking out "Lightning Bold" sooner.  This sounds like it sits in a Venn diagram of "Once", "Spin The Black Circle" and "World Wide Suicide".

This version of the Beatles' song came from a Peel Session in 1989.  It's perfectly serviceable.  It's more uptempo than the original and of course insert your Matt Cameron > Ringo Starr comparison here.  It's a more focused version of the "fun" Soundgarden of the period.

"Stone": 4
"Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey" : 3
"Milk It" (Studio Session): 2
"Mind Your Manners: 1

TOTALS:

Soundgarden: 319
Alice In Chains: 303
Pearl Jam: 292
Nirvana: 255

Despite Pearl Jam fielding a song more interesting than most of the songs since "Yield", I just like "Milk It" better as a song, and "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey" was just more fun to listen to than both.  It was a hard one to parse.  But the bigger news is Alice In Chains has stormed into the 300 Club!  And even bigger than that: There are only ten more matches to go!  Place your bets!

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