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Cantrell also got stuck in traffic and saw people pulling each other out of their cars and beating them. They took Slayer vocalist Tom Araya with them and went to the Joshua Tree desert for four or five days until things calmed down, then moved back into the studio and started recording the album. When recording the album, Staley had Down In A Hole - Alice In Chains - Dirt (CD checked out of rehab and quickly went back to using heroin.
And what's my job as a producer? To produce a record. I'm not getting paid to be Layne's friend. Staley was not the only one who went through heavy drug use; drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Starr were also struggling with alcohol addiction.
Dave Jerden got the album's famous guitar tone by blending three different amps - a Bogner Fish preamp for the low end, a Bogner Ecstacy for the mid frequencies, and a Rockman Headphone amp for the high frequencies. With songs written primarily on the road, the material is darker than Facelift. There's a lot of intense feelings.
All of the poison that builds up during the day we cleanse when we play". Three tracks "Sickman", "Junkhead" and "God Smack" specifically reference heroin use and its effects. Staley revealed that the album is semi-conceptual and that there are two basic themes in it.
The first theme is about "dealing with kind of a personal anguish and turmoil, which turns into drugs to Down In A Hole - Alice In Chains - Dirt (CD that pain, and being confident that that was the answer in a way.
Then later on the songs start to slip down closer and closer to hell, and then he figures out that drugs were not, and are not, the way to ease that pain. Basically, it's the whole story of the last three years of my life. Staley later expressed regret about the lyrical content of some songs on Dirtexplaining, "I wrote about drugs, and I didn't think I was being unsafe or careless by writing about them I didn't want my fans to think that heroin was cool.
But then I've had fans come up to me and give me the thumbs up, telling me they're high. That's exactly what I didn't want to happen. There was always an optimism, even in the darkest shit we wrote. I still think we have all of that intact, but maybe the percentage has shifted.
Cantrell told RIP magazine in that not all of the lyrics have drug references:. I think "Sickman" is not that bad. I thought most of the hassle would come from "Junkhead" and "Godsmack". Those songs are put in sequence on the second side those five songs from "Junkhead" to "Angry Chair" for a reason: Because it tells a story.
It starts out with a really young naive attitude with "Junkhead", like drugs are great, sex is great, rock'n' roll, yeah! Then, as it progresses, there's a little bit of growing up and a little bit of a realization of what it's about, and that ain't what it's about. I've been using this phrase a lot, but it makes a lot of sense: It's really easy to die; it's really hard to live. It takes a lot of guts to live. It doesn't take a lot of guts to die.
Those five and "Sickman" are the only ones talking about that type of mentality [drugs]. The rest of the stuff is not like that at all. There's a lot of Down In A Hole - Alice In Chains - Dirt (CD on it. A good portion of it is a story, and it's meant to be that way.
It's kind of overwhelming and unpleasant at times, unsettling maybe, but that's why all those songs are together. Even if it's disturbing, it's not something anybody else needs to worry about or the way somebody else needs to live their life. In the liner notes of 's Music Bank box set collection, Cantrell cited "Junkhead" and "God Smack" as Album) most openly honest" songs about drug use.
Cantrell said he wrote " Them Bones " about "mortality, that one of these days we'll end up a pile of bones. It's a little sarcastic, but it's pretty much about dealing with your mortality and life. Everybody's going to die someday. Instead of being afraid of it, that's the way it is: so enjoy the time you've got.
Live as much as you can, have as much fun as possible. Face your fear and live. I had family members die at a fairly early age; so I've always had kind of a phobia about it.
Death freaks me out. I think it freaks a lot of people out. It's the end of life, depending on your views. It's a pretty scary thing. Use what you have left, and use it well. Cantrell was inspired to write "Dam That River" after a fight he had with Sean Kinney, in which Kinney broke a coffee table over his head. Discussing the title track "Dirt", Cantrell stated that "the words Layne put to it were so heavy, I've never given him something and not thought it was gonna be the most bad-assed thing I was going to hear.
The second "Iron Gland" was developed out of a guitar riff that Cantrell would play that annoyed the other band members, so he created the song adding in a reference to Black Sabbath 's " Iron Man " and promised to never play the guitar riff again,  although the track is played as intro music in concert. It's to my long-time love. It's the reality of my life, the path I've chosen and in a weird way it kind of foretold where we are right now.
It's hard for us to both understand The album's final track, " Would? The album's cover art features a woman half buried in a cracked desert landscape. The cover was photographed by Rocky Schenckwho also created the image along with the album's art director, Mary Maurer. The cover shoot took place at Schenck's Hollywood studio on June 14,with the supervision of drummer Sean Kinney.
Schenck then snapped a few photos, which were later used for the box set Music Bank. For many years, fans believed that the model on the cover was Staley's then-girlfriend, Demri Parrot, but Schenck revealed to Revolver Magazine in that the girl was actually Mariah O'Brienwith whom he had previously worked on the cover of Spinal Tap 's single " Bitch School ". Everyone always asks if that is Demri Parrott on the "Dirt" Cover. I think Demri's name might have been mentioned as a possible model once or twice, but it was never a serious consideration.
In an interview with the Canadian magazine M. This album cover I like to refer to it as "revenge". The song 'Dirt' was written to a certain person who basically buried my ass, so the woman on the album cover is kinda the portrayal of that person being sucked down into the dirt laughsinstead of me.
The picture is the spitting image of her, and that wasn't even planned. Actually, I was pretty angry about it when I first saw it — she's not happy about it either laughs. It was real eerie. At the mark of the video, a woman played by Sacha Senisch is seen lying on a cracked desert floor similarly to Dirt' s cover. Upon its release in SeptemberDirt peaked at number six on the Billboard and charted for weeks,   ending at number in the week of September 24, Dirt received critical acclaim, and is considered by many critics and fans alike as the group's best album.
In a retrospective review, Steve Huey of AllMusic said " Dirt is Alice in Chains' major artistic statement and the closest they ever came to recording a flat-out masterpiece. It's a primal, sickening howl from the depths of Layne Staley's heroin addiction, and one of the most harrowing concept albums ever recorded.
Michael Christopher of PopMatters praised the album saying "the record wasn't celebratory by any means — but you'll be hard pressed to find a more brutally truthful work laid down — and that's why it will always be one of the greatest records ever made.
Pearl Jamwith its moody, classic rock-indebted sound, would land in third. So Kurt Cobain and Co. Alice in Chains are the Kings of Grunge, and today Sept. There is no more nihilistic or aggressive album of the era.
But no other band so blatantly addressed its dark spiral, both lyrically and musically. Others were less direct, but clear enough.
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