(1995, Columbia)

Dismissed in some (somewhat idiotic) circles as ‘the album that killed Grunge’, this superdrug group may have been formed primarily with the aim of keeping Alice in Chains vocalist Layne Staley off the heroin for a bit,but in their sole recorded outing they found a weird alchemy.

One which brought about one of the most interesting albums to come out of Seattle. It’s fair to say that not everything recorded here works, but somehow the shambolic bar blues lounge grunge hangs together in a totally captivating way.

LISTEN: You can listen to the album on Spotify here, or check out the expanded edition, which has a few excellent nuggets, including recordings of their infamous show Live at the Moore.

READ: There’s a good look back on the album over at Diffuser, and in the latest installment of ‘Pitchfork being wrong about good albums’ here’s the review of the reissue that lays the demise of Grunge solely at the feet of this album for no good reason.

WATCH: Here’s ‘I’m Above’ from the previously mentioned Live at the Moore show, a song that posesses one of the best choruses to ever come out of Seattle. The rest of the show is there to be found, also.

https://youtu.be/L87RAkgU5i0