The fourth band on the Mount Rushmore of grunge was more of a metal band than the other groups from their hometown. Their breakthrough album covered dark topics ranging from heroin addiction to the death of their friend to the Vietnam war. This wasn’t your typical four million copy selling record. The album featured five hit songs from “Would” to “Rooster”, but with Layne Staley in the throes of a heroin addiction they would never quite match the success.
Fun Fact: Despite such a depressing album, the band did have some fun. For a “Headbangers Ball” episode they all went to the famed Action Park in New Jersey and went on the water slides, did some sumo wrestling and even tubed.
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