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NEW YORK - APRIL 17: Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains performs as part of the 10th Anniversary Benefit Supporting Road Recovery at the Nokia Theater in TImes Square on April 17, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)

On today’s FourPlay At 4 I’ll be flashing back to the year 1999. Grunge was a huge factor in the music of the 90’s, but by time the end of the decade hit, that scene was in disarray. Nirvana was done, Soundgarden had broken up and Alice In Chains wasn’t doing anything. It started me thinking about that era and my top 3 bands. See if yours match with mine.

1 – Alice In Chains. This is a no-brainer for me. It all stems around one guy – Jerry Cantrell. He IS AIC. I had the privilege to interview him recently on my Talkin’ Rock podcast. We talked about the band, touring, the RNR Hall Of Fame and lots more. You can listen to it here. After seeing them open for Korn a few weeks back, Alice is just as good today as they were in 1991 when I saw them for the first time opening for Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax.

2 – Soundgarden. I can still remember playing Outshined for the first time on the radio. My first thought was that it was the second coming of Black Sabbath. The thickness of the band and the vocals from Chris Cornell blew me away. That Bad Motor Finger record is bad ass!

3 – tie Nirvana/Pearl Jam. This may be a little bit of a cop-out. Nirvana didn’t last long enough but you can’t diminish the legacy they left behind. PJ is still around today but their best albums are from the early 90’s.

What does your list look like?