Thursday, April 17, 2008

90/99MW: Ahhhh!

More Seattle. "Them Bones" by Alice in Chains off of Dirt. A pretty effective video for such a simple setup, I think. It's just the band in what's supposed to be a river gulch, or something, with some video images in the puddles.

Something that struck me as wrong, and it came up in conversation with a co-worker years after the fact, was the complete lack of recognition of Layne Staley and AIC after Staley died of a drug overdose in 2002, almost six years ago to the day actually. Yeah, they had the MTV News brief and all, but no tribute or anything. When Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes died in a car accident less than a week later they had a whole weekend — at least — of crap about her and TLC. Which is fine, but why no Layne Staley tribute? Because he died of a drug overdose?

If you've seen MTV over the last 10 years you wouldn't think AIC would have been aired as much as TLC, but they did a ton of videos that usually got a lot of air play, so it's not like it was some obscure metal band or anything. Coming out of the Seattle/grunge explosion, AIC really had legs, and were considered a huge band in the massive "alternative" movement on MTV, even if they were still basically a metal band.

As Riki Rachtman has said himself, AIC were definitely the best Headbangers Ball guests. That episode where they spent the day at the water park was hilarious.

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