|Single by Alice in Chains|
|from the album Alice in Chains|
|Released||October 6, 1995|
|Recorded||April–August 1995 at Bad Animals Studio in Seattle, Washington|
|Producer(s)||Toby Wright, Alice in Chains|
|Alice in Chains singles chronology|
|Alice in Chains track listing|
"Grind" is a song by American rock band Alice in Chains. It is the opening track and the lead single from their album Alice in Chains (1995). The single spent 16 weeks on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and peaked at No. 7. The song was included on the compilation albums Nothing Safe: Best of the Box (1999), Music Bank (1999), Greatest Hits (2001), and The Essential Alice in Chains (2006). Jerry Cantrell sings lead vocals on the song with Layne Staley harmonizing with him. "Grind" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1996.
Written by guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell, "Grind" addresses the various rumors that surrounded the band at the time. The opening lines, "In the darkest hole, you'd be well advised/Not to plan my funeral before the body dies", address the rumors that the band had broken up and the many rumors of vocalist Layne Staley's death that had occurred frequently around this time. In the liner notes of 1999's Music Bank box set collection, Jerry Cantrell said of the song:
That was pretty much at the height of publicity about canceled tours, heroin, amputations, everything, thus it was another "FUCK YOU for saying something about my life" song. Any single rumor you can imagine, I've heard. I've been dead a few times, Layne's been dead countless times and lost limbs. I get on the phone every time I hear a new one, "Hey Layne, radio in New York says you lost two more fingers." "Oh really? Cool." I'd spoof The Six Million Dollar Man; "Since technology's moved on it only cost us 2 million to put Layne back together and we got better parts."
Release and reception
An early cut of the song was leaked to radio prematurely, so the band released it via satellite uplink a few days later, on October 6, 1995, to combat illegal versions being played in rotation.
Editorial reviews frequently singled out the dark, compelling lyrics of the song. Jon Wiederhorn of Rolling Stone noted, "'Grind' shimmers and shudders beneath a web of trippy wah-wah guitar and half-distorted vocal harmonies, and features one of the album's many hook-filled choruses."
The music video for "Grind" was released in November 1995. It was directed by Rocky Schenck, who had previously directed the "We Die Young", "Them Bones", and "What the Hell Have I" music videos for the band. The video was shot at Hollywood National Studios from October 8 to October 21, 1995. It is a live-action video with animated sequences featuring the band underground of an old building where Sunshine the Dog is. The dog in the video is not the same dog on the cover of Alice in Chains' self-titled album, and contrary to false information spread on the internet, it did not belong to Jerry Cantrell either. It was a different dog hired just for the video according to Cantrell. The old man in the video was played by actor Richard Stretchberry.
Appearances in other media
|4.||"Love, Hate, Love"||6:26|
- Tracks 1 and 2 originally released on Alice in Chains.
- Track 3 originally released on Jar of Flies.
- Track 4 originally released on Facelift.
- Jerry Cantrell – lead vocals, guitars
- Layne Staley – backing vocals
- Mike Inez – bass
- Sean Kinney – drums, percussion
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||53|
|Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM)||3|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||23|
|UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company)||1|
|US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)||7|
|US Alternative Songs (Billboard)||18|
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