Alice in Chains were possibly the most heavy metal inspired grunge band. They are considered to be among the Big 4 of Grunge with Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. Today is the 25th anniversary of the release of their massively successful EP Jar of Flies.
Alice in Chains were coming off their breakout album Dirt from 1992 and just like the gap between their first and second album they chose to record an EP in between full length releases. Their first was Sap, a short EP of 5 acoustic songs. Jar of Flies is primarily an acoustic album as well. When it was released it was the first Extended Play to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200.
The album spawned 3 strong singles, including No Excuses, and I Stay Away. The album cuts include Nutshell which has since become a trademark for the band. Jar of Flies is considered to be among Alice in Chains’ best work and one of the strongest works of the grunge era.
The band would continue to play unplugged with an appearance on MTV for their Unplugged series. Its considered to be one of the stronger episodes of the show and it ended up being one of the last performances of Alice in Chains with lead singer Layne Staley who died in 2002 from an overdose.