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THE GRUNGE MATCH - 084

Match 084:

Alice In Chains "Junkhead" (Demo) (1991)
Nirvana "Tourette's" (Live) (1992)
Pearl Jam "You Are" (2002)
Soundgarden "Tighter & Tighter" (1996)

Damn, dude.  This sounds like it could've been on Corrosion Of Conformity's "Blind" based on the production.  The vocals sounds like they haven't got the arrangement worked out yet, and the megaphone spoken word echoing everything is annoying.  It's present in the album version, but nowhere near as prevalent.  This recording is more lively, but it has kinks that need working out.  Also, the point of "Junkhead" is to paint a picture of what it's like to accept your heroin addiction and even celebrate it, so maybe lively is a negative?  Either way, it's a fresh take on a song I've heard a little too often.

This version of "Tourette's" comes to us from the 1992 Reading Festival, about 15 months before "In Utero" came out.  Cobain's actually more intelligible on this one than on the album, and energy wise it's about the same.  Much better than yesterday.

"You Are" has Pearl Jam tuning as low as they've ever gone: down to C.  It's a little Soundgarden-y, but that makes sense, since Matt Cameron wrote it.  It's dark and broody in a way PJ have never really explored before.  It's got guts without being heavy or even loud.  It's an interesting left turn.

"Tighter & Tighter", now that I remember it, is my favorite song from "Down On The Upside".  It's slower with a soul to it that's not really there on most of the other material on this album.  It's about resigning to fate, not just knowing you can't do anything about it, but making a commitment not to try to fix it anymore.  The solo is bad ass too.  Definitely a highlight.

"Tighter & Tighter": 4
"You Are": 3
"Tourette's" (Live): 2
"Junkhead" (Demo): 1

TOTALS:

Alice In Chains: 221
Soundgarden: 220
Pearl Jam: 205
Nirvana: 194

And just like that, Soundgarden snuck up on Alice In Chains.  Tomorrow, we bid a fond farewell "From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah".  Get the pontoon boats and the grills ready; we havin' a cookout.

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