On Sept. 29, 1992, Alice in Chains released their sophomore album, Dirt, which is widely considered the band’s greatest effort. The album defines the group’s signature sound with heavy dropped ‘D’ tuned guitars, droning vocal harmonies and drug-induced lyrical themes. Dirt peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard album chart and has sold over 5 million copies around the world.
Following the mild success of the band’s debut set, Facelift, thanks to MTV embracing the video for the band’s hit “Man in the Box," Alice in Chains had their sights set on breaking the mold and shattering expectations. They did exactly that with the brooding and dark masterpiece that is Dirt.
The effort got an early boost thanks to the song “Would?,” which was released via the Singles soundtrack well before the album was unleashed. The song was written by guitarist Jerry Cantrell following the death of his friend Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone. Wood died from a heroin overdose back in 1990.
Alice in Chains, "Would?" Music Video