Jar of Flies

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1 Rotten Apple 6:58 139,946
2 Nutshell 4:57 348,388
2 Nut Shell 4:19 602
3 I Stay Away 4:14 275,152
4 No Excuses 4:57 366,935
5 Whale & Wasp 2:37 107,790
6 Don't Follow 4:21 128,677
7 Swing on This 4:04 96,486
8 Brother 5:27 193,977
9 Got Me Wrong 4:09 215,737
10 Right Turn 3:14 91,899
11 I Am Inside 8:54 9,316

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Jar of Flies is the third studio EP by the American rock band Alice in Chains, released on January 25, 1994 through Columbia Records. It is the first EP in music history to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 Chart and was well-received by critics.
According to Staley, the title for the album came from a science experiment Cantrell conducted in third grade: “They gave him two jars full of flies. One of the jars they overfed, the other jar they underfed. The one they overfed flourished for a while, then all the flies died from overpopulation. The one they underfed had most of the flies survive all year. I guess there’s a message in there somewhere. Evidently that experiment had a big impact on Jerry.”
Jar of Flies included the singles “No Excuses” and “I Stay Away”, both of which had accompanying music videos. “No Excuses”, which was a number one single on the Mainstream Rock charts, was Alice in Chains’ most successful radio song until 2009. The second single, “I Stay Away”, reached number ten on the Mainstream Rock charts, while the final single “Don’t Follow”, reached number 25.[9] The final single released from the EP was a bold offering for a grunge-oriented band; a promo of the string instrumental “Whale & Wasp” was released as a promo-only single in January 1995. “I Stay Away” was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1995.

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  • Malkamillian

    This is two EP's, Jar of Flies and SAP.

    22 Apr 11:30am Reply
  • sco703

    This EP evokes so many emotions. I remember when I was new to it, it really brought out the sadness that I felt. Such emotions in between the vocals and the music. IMO, this is their best work and one of the best EPs that I've ever heard. RIP Layne.

    5 Apr 10:14pm Reply
  • lucaslups

    This is quite obviously the best EP ever. [18]

    27 Jan 6:18am Reply
  • sirenonthe101

    some of laynes best vocals

    24 Jan 11:35pm Reply
  • felipetambs

    my funeral EP

    12 Jan 1:55am Reply
  • Sovietnam

    kids, don't listen to it if you're in a depression or close to suicide [3]

    5 Jan 4:44am Reply
  • MartianReaper

    This is quite obviously the best EP ever. [17]

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
  • touchthatSPACE

    Wow, can't believe I bought this over 20 years ago. I thought this band's run of great music would continue for a long time, but their next album was a dud in my opinion.

    3 Jul 2014 Reply
  • jarolito

    Layne's sorrow

    5 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Jeesse


    27 Feb 2014 Reply
  • TyDy94

    So deep and dark, I love it. I can almost feel the pain in Layne's voice on this album.

    18 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Enemy-of-Gods

    So dark and gloomy. Love it.

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • elf-culture

    uh, I don't see any problem with listening to Jar of Flies if you're depressed or suicidal. I for one find the music therapeutic because there's so many things to relate to.

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • RHCProy


    2 Aug 2013 Reply
  • St8of_Emergency

    All time best EP by far. [2]

    22 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Meloku666

    All time best EP by far.

    12 Jul 2013 Reply
  • JerryCantreII

    Who the fuck writes Nutshell like "Nut Shell"? What

    18 Jun 2013 Reply
  • NecroDoctor

    Perfectly... Best acoustic melodies I've ever heard.

    12 Jun 2013 Reply
  • MikahThompson

    kids, don't listen to it if you're in a depression or close to suicide [2]

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • gokunirvana

    This is quite obviously the best EP ever. [15] Don't ever doubt about it.

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
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