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THE GRUNGE MATCH - 086

Match 086:

Alice In Chains "What The Hell Have I?" (1993)
Nirvana "You Know You're Right" (2002)
Pearl Jam "Green Disease" (2002)
Soundgarden "Switch Opens" (1996)

If "What The Hell Have I?" had made it on "Dirt" instead of the "Last Action Hero" soundtrack, it would have been one of the best songs on the album.  The verses are creepy without being morose and their seething energy feeds into the bombastic chorus.  The band was rarely this explosive again.

Holy chronological whiplash, Batman!  How can Nirvana suddenly jump into a millennium they didn't even exist in?  Well, there was a greatest hits disc released in 2002 simply called "Nirvana".  Just the band logo in silver, centered on a field of black.  The selling point was a newly cobbled together song called "You Know You're Right", which Kurt Cobain obviously tracked sometime before his demise.  I can tell they were going for a production sound similar to "In Utero", but it packs a lot less punch.  It's not a bad song; it's a clear single.  If the chorus wasn't just Kurt yelling "Heeeey" over and over again, followed by the phrase "You know you're right", it could've been an anthem.  I owe this to the song perhaps being in the "I haven't written all the words yet phase", which is common with demos, but then again, "School" only had three lines of lyrics so who knows?

"Green Disease" is the second fastest Pearl Jam song, behind only "Spin The Black Circle".  It's a lot more melodic and in control of itself, which actually works to its advantage; "Black Circle" was a bit too out there for its own good.  "Green Disease" is breezy, sounds like good spring/summer driving music, and is a welcome burst of vitality into these proceedings.

"Switch Opens" is a slower, more thoughtful affair.  It's got weird keys and note choices, it's laid back without being sleepy, but in spite of the verses being on point it's not particularly memorable.  The chorus just feels like they gave up and did some delay/echo thing to obscure the fact they didn't really have a chorus.  Not bad, but not enough against today's combatants.

"What The Hell Have I?": 4
"You Know You're Right": 3
"Green Disease": 2
"Switch Opens": 1

TOTALS:

Alice In Chains: 228
Soundgarden: 225
Pearl Jam: 208
Nirvana: 199

Alice In Chains re-asserts their lead, and Nirvana gets within a hair's breadth of 200.  Next Matchup: the beginning of Nirvana's Boxed Set.  Stay tuned.

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