Did Alice In Chains Get A Little Too Inspired By Nirvana On Their New Album?

Maura / October 6, 2009

With the release of their first album since bringing in new frontman William DuVall, Black Gives Way To Blue, the dark Seattle rock band Alice In Chains has been making the promotional rounds lately. And a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! made one fan of dark Seattle bands wonder: Did Alice In Chains borrow from Nirvana — specifically, the Nevermind track “Polly” — when sitting down to hash out their new song “Your Decision”? Let’s go to the videotape!


Nirvana – “Polly” (MTV Unplugged version)




Alice In Chains – “Your Decision” (Live on Jimmy Kimmel Live!



I kind of hear a similarity, although I think they’re more rooted in the similarities between the two bands’ unplugged styles than anything else. (Oh c’mon Nirvana partisans, you know I’m right — there’s a reason that I liked both bands back in the day.) And actually, hearing this song is making me want to get the whole record!


Meanwhile, one commenter at MetalSucks thinks that there’s a link to the two songs, and it’s “heroin”:

EVER THINK THERE IS ALOT MORE TO IT.BEIN A FELLOW HEROIN ADDICT (NOT PPROUD AND ACTUALLY OFF OF IT FOR NOW) IN MY OPINION ITS TO WHAT WE DO TO OURSELVES EVERYDAY IS THE POINT ,KURT AND LAYNE NOT BEIN HERE TO TELL THE STORY CUS ITS OVER .THE PEOPLE AROUND THEM CAN BE THE ONLY ONE UNDERSTAND THE HURT AND MAYBE IN SOME WAY UNDERSTAND .IT PROBABLY STILL HAUNTS THEM ALL EVERYDAY LOSING THE BEST FREINDS AND MUSICIANS THEYVE EVER KNOWN.IT HARD TO STEAL FROM DEAD FRIENDS WHO NEVER GAVE A FUCK IN THE FIRST PLACE.SORRY FOR THE CAPS I DIDNT FEEL LIKE REWRITING



Uh, or something!


Alice In Chains’ “Your Decision” vs. Nirvana’s “Polly” [MetalSucks]
[Pic via Alice In Chains]