Jar of Flies

Release date
25 Jan 1994
Running length
12 tracks
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1 Rotten Apple 6:58 134,582
2 Nutshell 4:57 332,324
2 Nut Shell 4:19 578
3 I Stay Away 4:14 266,812
4 No Excuses 4:57 354,023
5 Whale & Wasp 2:37 102,538
6 Don't Follow 4:21 123,701
7 Swing on This 4:04 93,021
8 Brother 5:27 188,393
9 Got Me Wrong 4:09 209,240
10 Right Turn 3:14 88,806
11 I Am Inside 8:54 9,157

About this album

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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