The band's breakthrough album, Dirt is widely regarded as Alice in Chains' best album, and classic from the golden age of grunge. Recorded while lead singer Layne Staley was suffering through a heroin addiction, the album's gloomy, drug-addicted music helped turn it into a hit, reaching #6 on Billboard's 200 albums chart.
The songs "Sickman", "Junkhead", and "Dirt" are based on Staley's experiences with heroin. The song "Rooster" is based on the experiences of Jerry Cantrell's father, who fought in the Vietnam war; the name was his nickname as a soldier.
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"Iron Gland" is also known as "Intro (Dream Sequence)". Some versions feature "Down in a Hole" as the second last track.
1992 Them Bones Mainstream Rock Tracks No. 24
1992 Them Bones Modern Rock Tracks No. 30
1993 Angry Chair Mainstream Rock Tracks No. 34
1993 Rooster Mainstream Rock Tracks No. 7
1993 Angry Chair Modern Rock Tracks No. 27
1993 Down In A Hole Mainstream Rock Tracks No. 10
1994 Down In A Hole Mainstream Rock Tracks No. 11
1996 Would? Mainstream Rock Tracks No. 19