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THE GRUNGE MATCH - 069

Match 069:

Jerry Cantrell "Devil By His Side" (1998)
Nirvana "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" (Unplugged) (1994)
Pearl Jam "Thin Air" (2000)
Soundgarden "Ghostmotorfinger (aka 'Motorcycle Loop' (Short Version))" (1994)

"Devil By His Side" is exceedingly generic with the exception of the chorus, and that only lasts 10 seconds at a crack.  There's a reason no one remembers this song.

And now we come to the conclusion of "MTV Unplugged In New York", and really to the end of Nirvana.  Everything after this is posthumous collections of unreleased material, live albums and boxed sets.  And it ends with an honest to God dirge in "Where Did You Sleep Last Night": a folk song from the 1870's (originally titled "In The Pines") that Lead Belly made popular in the 1940's.  The painful yell that Cobain turns the last verse into is another "means more in retrospect" moment as it sounds like the moment a man shatters, but ultimately the song is a slog.  In context to the album it's a little better, but I still think "All Apologies" was a more fitting choice to close the set.

"Thin Air" has Pearl Jam busting out the acoustics themselves.  I like the note choice of the verse, livening up the mere strumming of an E major chord.  The track positioning is a bit quizzical, since this was right after the dour, molasses-coated "Nothing As It Seems", but on its own it's uplifting in a sedate sort of way.

And as I suspected, "Ghostmotorfinger" is complete bullshit as well.

"Where Did You Sleep Last Night": 4
"Thin Air": 3
"Devil By His Side": 2
"Ghostmotorfinger": 1

TOTALS:

Alice In Chains: 180
Soundgarden: 175
Pearl Jam: 174
Nirvana: 161

Wow, if the other bands keeps sucking like this, Nirvana might still have a chance.  See you tomorrow for the first entry from "From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah".

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