In a conversation with Gibson TV, Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell talked about their 1990 album ‘Facelift’ and revealed that his song ‘Would?’ was actually dedicated to the late singer Andrew Wood.
Alice In Chains released their first studio album ‘Facelift‘ on August 21, 1990. The album gained huge success and in 1992, their song named ‘Man In The Box‘ was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.
During a recent interview with Gibson TV channel on Youtube, the talented guitarist of Alice In Chains, Jerry Cantrell, answered questions about the ‘Facelift‘ album and its preparation process.
Initially, Jerry Cantrell explained how the songs in their album, ‘Facelift,’ was created:
“We’ve never been a band that needs somebody to tell us how to write a tune. It’s good having direction and having somebody on the wheel to take the pressure off the members while you’re making the record, and also to have a neutral mediator when you have a disagreement.
What you got on ‘Facelift’ is us almost in focus. It’s about 95% focus; we were right there, so we were peaking at the right time for our first record rather than coming to focus on your second or third.”
Furthermore, Jerry was asked to reveal the person to whom he dedicated his famous song ‘Would?.’ Apparently, he wrote the song for the late singer of Mother Love Bone, Andrew Wood. The 24-year-old musician was found in a comatose state caused by heroin overdose at his house. After losing all brain function, Andrew was removed from life support by his doctors and pronounced dead on March 19, 1990.
Here’s what Jerry Cantrell stated about his song ‘Would?’ and its connection to Andrew Wood:
“Facelift’ was a big thing for us, and we started to think about working on some stuff, playing some tunes, or at least jamming some tunes that would become ‘Dirt.’
We had a bunch of other stuff too, kind of acoustic-type stuff. So, Cameron Crowe was gonna do this movie called ‘Singles,’ and I remember him asking me to write a song for it, and I demoed a song called ‘Would?’.
I’d written a song for Andy Wood, who had just passed. He asked us to come up with a song, so we’re like, you know, making a film for a major film studio – they got cash to burn, so they gave us a couple of grand go demo the tune for real. And I gave him a little four-track version of it, and he’s like, ‘Yeah, that’s great, perfect.'”
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