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THE GRUNGE MATCH - 121

Match 121:

Alice In Chains "Low Ceiling" (2013)
Nirvana "Immigrant Song" (Band Rehearsal, 1988)
Pearl Jam "Infallible" (2013)
Soundgarden "Can You See Me?" (1992)

Hmm...how can we get people to like this new album better?  I know!  Let's put that Dave Jerden style gated reverb on the drums!  That'll totally make them nostalgic enough to ignore how milquetoast and boring this "Low Ceiling" song is!  (Ron Howard's voice: It didn't.)

This is kind of fucking great.  It's Nirvana at Kurt's mom's house playing Led Zeppelin, Cobain uses his yell of aggro-anguish (aggrish?) to do the famous call in the song, and the best parts are a) There's one guy in shot sitting against the wall looking bored, and b) They have a strobe light going.  This is the level of adorably ghetto that only bands just starting out can get away with.  (Also helps this isn't the worst cover of "Immigrant Song" either.)

"Infallible" has me remembering through gritted teeth all the worst parts of 2000's radio rock and late 00's credit card commercials.  But because Pearl Jam are performing it and have a soul the haven't displayed much over the last twenty years of their career, they manage to make it not just tolerable, but somehow have a good chorus.  Actually not terrible somehow.

A BBC session that later became a B-Side to "Outshined", "Can You See Me?" is a Jimi Hendrix cover.  And they make some...dumb changes to the lyrics about washing sheets and flossing teeth.  Other than that, it's a bland cover of a song that should by all rights have fire to it but doesn't.

"Infallible": 4
"Immigrant Song": 3
"Can You See Me?": 2
"Low Ceiling": 1

TOTALS:

Soundgarden: 329
Alice In Chains: 311
Pearl Jam: 306
Nirvana: 264

Suddenly, Alice In Chains's #2 position doesn't look so tenable.  Only six more to go!

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