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THE GRUNGE MATCH - 008

Match 008:

Alice In Chains "Sunshine" (1990)
Nirvana "Scoff" (1989)
Pearl Jam "Porch" (1991)
Soundgarden "Kingdom Of Come" (1988)

"Sunshine" is one of Alice In Chains's most forgettable joints, with a lazy riff and vocal line, but the chorus tightens up and gut-punches you with a dark and groovy crunch.  Unfortunately, it's gone as soon as it's there, like a drunk guy grabbed you, threatened you, then forgot he was mad.

"Scoff" is sloppy and lame.  It's forgettable, and the only thing it has going for it is it's more melodic than "Paper Cuts".  (That, and the transition into the second verse is the first use of double-bass pedals in this whole exercise.)

"Porch" is my least or second least favorite song on "Ten"; it's the song that sounds most like you've already heard it on the album before.  Its lyrics aren't that compelling, the solos are competent, but don't really do much for me.  But it does have energy, and it's well constructed.  It's not bad.

"Kingdom Of Come" sounds pretty new wave, which if we weren't comparing grunge songs might work to its advantage.  But it's not particularly interesting new wave.  There's not really much else to say about it.  (Note: Originally, "Fopp (Fucked Up Heavy Dub Mix)" was supposed to go here, but due to having to even out how many songs each band gets, I made an executive decision to cut it, since it's just a remix.)

Yes, "Porch" might be near the bottom of the "Ten" barrel, but a) That's a pretty special barrel, and b) It's competition here today has been pretty piss poor.  Even when they kind of took the day off, Pearl Jam carried it.

"Porch": 4
"Sunshine": 3
"Scoff": 2
"Kingdom Of Come": 1

TOTALS:

Pearl Jam: 30
Alice In Chains: 23
Nirvana: 15
Soundgarden: 12

Match 009 tomorrow!

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