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Grunge Rock Song of the Day

Song of the Day (The Chain): Alice In Chains – Them Bones

Day 30. The link today is actually the recording studio. Yesterdays Pearl Jam tune & Them Bones by Alice In Chains were both recorded at London Bridge Studios in Seattle.

Them Bones is downtempo Grunge done to perfection. Atmospheric, Black Sabbath riffs, driving rhythms & fantastic vocal harmonies combine to create an oppressive & expressive atmosphere. For me personally, Them Bones takes me right back to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. It’s inclusive on the rock stations fairly short playlist ensuring that I’ve probably heard it hundreds, if not thousands, of times in that particular setting.

I believe them bones are me 
Some say we’re born into the grave 
I feel so alone 
Gonna end up a big ole pile a them bones

Dust rise right on over my time 
Empty fossil of the new scene 
I feel so alone
Gonna wind up a big ole pile a them bones
Toll due bad dream come true 
I lie dead gone under red sky 
I feel so alone, 
Gonna end up a big ole pile a them

I feel so alone
Gonna end up a big ole pile a them
I feel so alone
Gonna end up a big ole pile a them bones

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Song of the Day (The Chain): Pearl Jam – Jeremy

Day 29. From a song about an American teenager opening fire on her school to a song about another kind of American school shooting. Jeremy is about a 15 year old boy, Jeremy Delle, who committed suicide in front of his English class by self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Interestingly, the same set of circumstances seemed to contribute to Delle’s suicide as many more famous school shootings. Chiefly that Delle, like many school shooters, was mercilessly bullied by his classmates.

Pearl Jam wrote Jeremy in a bid to increase awareness of gun violence (specifically in schools), teen suicide & the dangers of unchecked bullying. As the description to the YouTube video states, “the themes of Jeremy highlighted by Pearl Jam in 1991, have sadly only become more relevant in the intervening 30 years as gun deaths continue to increase.”

At home drawing pictures
Of mountain tops
With him on top
Lemon yellow sun
Arms raised in a V

Dead lay in pools of maroon below
Daddy didn’t give attention
Oh, to the fact that mommy didn’t care
King Jeremy the wicked
Oh, ruled his world

Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in class today
Clearly I remember
Pickin’ on the boy

Seemed a harmless little fuck
But we unleashed the lion
Gnashed his teeth and bit the recessed lady’s breast

How could I forget
And he hit me with a surprise left
My jaw left hurting

Dropped wide open
Just like the day
Oh like the day I heard
Daddy didn’t give affection

And the boy was something that mommy wouldn’t wear
King Jeremy the wicked
Ruled his world

Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in class today

Try to forget this (try to forget this)
Try to erase this (try to erase this)
From the blackboard

Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in
Spoke in
Jeremy spoke in
Spoke in
Jeremy spoke in class today

Uh uh uh uh (spoke in, spoke in, spoke in)
(Spoke in)
Uh uh uh uh (spoke in, spoke in, spoke in)
Whoa oh (spoke in)
(Spoke in, spoke in)
Whoa oh (spoke in)
Whoa oh (spoke in, spoke in, spoke in)
Ah ah ah yeah 
Ah ah ah ah (spoke in, spoke in, spoke in)
Yeah yeah ah ah ah (spoke in, spoke in, spoke in)
Ah ah ah ah ah

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Song of the Day (The Chain): Marilyn Manson – Tourniquet

Day 26.I’m rolling with the production angle here. Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor was also heavily involved with producing most early Marilyn Manson albums, up until Antichrist Superstar.

Tourniquet is a kind of Grunge/Goth combination, with Art Rock & Industrial colouring. Far from the pummelling Metal onslaught the hype & hysteria would have led you to believe. From the vantage point of 2020, it’s easy to forget how much reactionary christian & conservative groups were frightened by this. It’s absurd. Almost like they had nothing else to worry about.

I caught you watching me under the light
Can I be your line?
They say it’s easy to leave you behind
I don’t wanna try
Come and take that test
Hold courage to your chest
Don’t wanna wait for you
Don’t wanna have to lose
All that I compromised to feel another high
I’ve got to keep it down tonight
And oh, oh, oh
I was a king under your control
And oh, oh, oh
I wanna feel like you’ve let me go
So let me go
Don’t you remember how I used to like
Being on the line?
I dreamed you dreamed of me calling out my name
Is it worth the price?
Come and take that test
Hold courage to your chest
Don’t wanna wait for you
Don’t wanna have to lose
All that I compromised to feel another high
I’ve got to keep it down tonight
And oh, oh, oh
I was a king under your control
And oh, oh, oh
I wanna feel like you’ve let me go
So let me go
Yeah
Let me go
Just let me go
Let me go

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