Alice In Chains

Alice In Chains

Alternative Rock / Modern Rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987.
Years active: 1987–2002, 2005–present

The Seattle grunge movement of the late eighties spawned many a band, and Alice In Chains was one of the most well-known, as well as one of the more traditionally metallic (more so than they are given credit for). Their crooning harmony vocal style has been imitated by many bands over the last decade, certainly enough to qualify them as an influential band. Well-publicized drug problems (mostly centering around Layne Staley) surfaced as early as the Dirt era, making it rather plain that the band was probably not going to survive long term. They have been dormant for several years, during which time guitarist Jerry Cantrell has embarked on a successful solo career.

Vocalist Layne Staley was found dead in his apartment on April 19th, 2002.

Current lineup:
William DuVall - vocals
Jerry Cantrell - guitars, vocals
Sean Kinney - drums, percussion
Mike Inez - bass, guitar

Alice In Chains Discography


467201 2 Alice In Chains Facelift (Album) Columbia, Columbia 467201 2 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
CCT 52475 Alice In Chains Dirt (Album) Columbia, Columbia CCT 52475 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
C2 57804, C2 57804 S1 Alice In Chains Jar Of Flies / SAP (MiniAlbum, Comp, EP) Columbia C2 57804, C2 57804 S1 US 1994 Sell This Version
cd 481114 Alice In Chains Alice In Chains (Album) Columbia, Columbia cd 481114 Mexico 1995 Sell This Version
CK 67703 Alice In Chains MTV Unplugged (Album) Columbia, Columbia CK 67703 US 1996 Sell This Version
CK 85274 Alice In Chains Live (Album) Columbia, Columbia, Columbia CK 85274 US 2000 Sell This Version
CDEMCJ(WF)6544 Alice In Chains Black Gives Way To Blue (Album) Virgin CDEMCJ(WF)6544 South Africa 2009 Sell This Version
478002 Alice In Chains The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (Album) Capitol Records 478002 Canada 2013 Sell This Version
474855 2 Alice In Chains Jar Of Flies(CD-ROM, MiniAlbum + MiniAlbum) Columbia 474855 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CAS 2095 Alice In Chains We Die Young (Single, EP) Columbia CAS 2095 US 1990 Sell This Version
CSK 2257 Alice In Chains Man In The Box (Single) Columbia CSK 2257 US 1990 Sell This Version
CS7-04013 Alice In Chains Bleed The Freak / Put You Down(7", Promo) Not On Label CS7-04013 US 1991 Sell This Version
CSK 4072 Alice In Chains Sea Of Sorrow(CD, Single, Promo) Columbia CSK 4072 US 1991 Sell This Version
CT 67059 Alice In Chains Sap (EP) Columbia CT 67059 US 1992 Sell This Version
CSK 4946 Alice In Chains Rooster (Single) Columbia CSK 4946 US 1992 Sell This Version
658888 2 Alice In Chains Would? (EP, Single, Maxi) Columbia 658888 2 Australia 1992 Sell This Version
658916 1 Alice In Chains Angry Chair (Single, EP) Columbia 658916 1 Australia 1992 Sell This Version
XPR 1848 Alice In Chains Them Bones (Single, Maxi) Columbia, Columbia XPR 1848 UK 1992 Sell This Version
CSK 5391 Alice In Chains Down In A Hole (Single) Columbia CSK 5391 US 1993 Sell This Version
81026193 Alice In Chains What The Hell Have I (Single) Columbia 81026193 Costa Rica 1993 Sell This Version
CSK 5614 Alice In Chains No Excuses (Single) Columbia CSK 5614 US 1994 Sell This Version
11-002208-17 Alice In Chains I Stay Away (Single) Columbia 11-002208-17 UK 1994 Sell This Version
474855 4 Alice In Chains Jar Of Flies (EP) Columbia, Columbia 474855 4 Malaysia 1993 Sell This Version
662576 2 Alice In Chains Grind (Single, Maxi) Columbia 662576 2 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
663441 2 Alice In Chains Over Now (Single) Columbia 663441 2 Australia 1996 Sell This Version


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September 30, 2013
Layne Staley met Jerry Cantrell in 1987 at the Music Bank Warehouse. Cantrell would soon contribute to the band by adding members. He knew a bassist called Mike Starr and a drummer called Sean Kinney. This, of course, made the lineup complete.

Soon the band would be touring Seattle and the success of this tour led to Columbia Records' signing of the band. This culminated in the release of the We Die Young, which was a precursor to their debut Facelift.

Following their debut, the EP Sap was made, followed by their most acclaimed album, Dirt, which became part of the Singles soundtrack through the hit "Would?". This song was not the only one that AIC did for a film. "What the Hell Have I?" and "A Little Bitter" appeared on the Last Action Hero soundtrack and "Got Me Wrong" was included in the Clerks soundtrack.

Then came another EP, Jar of Flies, which became the first ever EP to chart at number 1 on the Billboard 200. The EPs that AIC have made are widely known for sounding completely different from their full-length albums.

Next would be their self titled album, Alice in Chains. Sadly, this would be their last studio album, due to drug problems within the band. The only real material fans got came from the MTV Unplugged perfomance (MTV Unplugged). In 1996, this was their first gig in three years, which highlights the problems within the band.

"Get Born Again" would be their last single. Layne Staley's voice would be recorded for Alice in Chains in 1999. This is, of course, because of the sad and premature death of Layne in April 2002, which would ultimately spell the end for the band. The sad truth, though, is that, due to personal problems, Alice in Chains had stopped functioning as a band many years before.

In 2006 Alice in Chains reunited with William DuVall as their new vocalist.

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