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THE GRUNGE MATCH - 124

Match 124:

Alice In Chains "Phantom Limb" (2013)
Nirvana "Sappy" (1993)
Pearl Jam "Let The Records Play" (2013)
Soundgarden "I Don't Care About You" (1992)

Yo, "Phantom Limb"'s riff is a ripoff of something I've heard before in 4/4 instead of the original 3/4 (really wish I could place it), BUT...it's so much better than 90% of "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" that I'll TAKE it!  This one is a heavy bruiser without being a dirge, and after seven full minutes it leaves you wanting more.  In fact, it's among their best with William DuVall.  Now that I look, this was his only writing credit with the band besides "Last Of My Kind".  And that was one of the better joints from the last album.  Let DuVall write more!

This is the song I thought was "Verse, Chorus, Verse", but that was because a) It plays perfectly in a loop; like, if you have it on repeat, the song ends and begins again on beat as if you're just starting another verse, and b) It was called "Verse, Chorus, Verse" when released on the "No Alternative" compilation.  It's one of the band's stronger B-Sides, almost like it took "Buddy Holly" by Weezer out back in the alley, beat the shit out of it and stuck it with a diseased heroin needle to get it hooked on smack.

Ooh, this title is not giving me a good feeling.  And then it sounds like a generic "Exes & Ohs".  It's got a nice "Lido" twist on it in the chorus though, so it's not like it's a clone (especially since it came first).  But there were...some number of songs that sounded like this during a three year span of 2012-15.  (The bridge is nice too with a hint of klondike piano to it that really needed to be there more and a good, fiery solo.)  Structurally sound and well played, this song won me over by the end, especially since the outro gets nasty with a D-tuned slide and more solo.

Compared with the Guns N' Roses version and the original "Fear" version, this has the least attitude by far.  For starters, they couldn't do the real chorus since this was recorded for BBC radio and "I Don't Care About You...FUCK YOU!!!" wasn't gonna fly.  It is technically the heaviest, because via chord inversion, they sound like they're tuned to B, but it's a parlor trick wasted on a merely okay cover where the best we could get is Cornell cheekily slipping a "Ffffff" into the last chorus.

"Phantom Limb": 4
"Let The Records Play": 3
"Sappy": 2
"I Don't Care About You": 1

TOTALS:

Soundgarden: 335
Alice In Chains: 316
Pearl Jam: 315
Nirvana: 273

And then there were three!

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