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THE GRUNGE MATCH - 007

Match 007

Alice In Chains "It Ain't Like That" (1990)
Nirvana "Negative Creep" (1989)
Pearl Jam "Oceans" (1991)
Soundgarden "Fopp" (1988)

Weird enough, I didn't appreciate how cool "It Ain't Like That" was until Nickelback pointed it out.  For those that haven't left this blog and disavowed its existence, I'm talking about a segment the band did for MTV in 2002 when they were touring with Jerry Cantrell.  They asked if Cantrell could do a song with them onstage, and he was like "Sure, what'd you have in mind?"  This is the song they picked, and they pointed out the bendy riff at the beginning as the reason.  I'm quite inclined to agree.  It's a neat little riff with gutsy pre-chorus chugs and though the lyrics are a bit lame, Staley again saves the day with a good showing.

"Negative Creep" is one of Nirvana's heaviest songs, so heavy that Machine Head saw fit to cover it.  Again, Cobain's vocals are a detractor but the song manages to overcome that with raw aggression and the fact that though the delivery is annoying, it fits the unhinged lyrics.

"Oceans" (the unlikely trivia answer to the question "What was the fourth and final single released from 'Ten'?") is an unconventional song in these proceedings, as the drums are entirely tympani, rim hits and a shaker.  It sounds like there are three guitar parts (acoustic, clean and lightly distorted) and a three part harmony to go with it.  It's got an Oceanic feel to it.  I'm really starting to realize that I don't just like this album.  I love it.

"Fopp" is an Ohio Players cover that, other than Chris Cornell's high notes, sounds like some garage band trying to make a hard rock cover of a funk song and kind of succeeding.  It's catchy but sloppy, though in sort of an endearing way.  Still not their finest hour or anything.

"Oceans": 4
"It Ain't Like That": 3
"Fopp": 2
"Negative Creep": 1

TOTALS:

Pearl Jam: 26
Alice In Chains: 20
Nirvana: 13
Soundgarden: 11

Match 008 tomorrow!

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