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THE GRUNGE MATCH - 125

Match 125:

Alice In Chains "Hung On A Hook" (2013)
Nirvana "Territorial Pissings" (Live '91)
Pearl Jam "Sleeping By Myself" (2013)
Soundgarden "Twin Tower" (1988?)

Holy SHIT that lead is trying and failing to be "Down In A Hole".  The whole song feels like it wants to be "Down In A Hole" part two.  At least they let William DuVall sing a clear lead on this one.  It's not as bad as the dregs of this album, but it sounds like a lesser version of something Alice In Chains has already done.  (For real, it's almost "The Unforgiven II" up in here.)  The other problem "Hung On A Hook" has (besides not living up to its awesome title) is it's too sleepy to be threatening, even during the bridge where they try to tighten the noose, it doesn't rock nearly hard enough to do what it wants to do.

A shitty bootleg of Nirvana's fastest song from 1991.

Dude, if "Infallible" gave me commercial flashbacks, the beginning of this song is only missing whistling and xylophone to be LITERALLY EVERY COMMERCIAL YOU'VE HEARD IN THE LAST SIX YEARS.  To the point where I can't take this song seriously.  It's not bad, I just...I just can't.

It says "Twin Tower" was recorded in 1988, but Soundgarden had to have done something with the production because it sounds closer to "King Animal" than "Fopp" sonically.  Musically, it's a clumsy instrumental attempt at becoming the Soundgarden they would become, trying out technical prowess and masterful dynamic and not quite getting there, though not failing completely either.  And with a kick ass solo.  That helps.

"Twin Tower": 4
"Hung On A Hook": 3
"Sleeping With Myself": 2
"Territorial Pissings" (Live '91): 1

TOTALS:

Soundgarden: 339
Alice In Chains: 319
Pearl Jam: 317
Nirvana: 274

And then there were two!

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