Check My Brain (3:59)

Cover of Black Gives Way to Blue

From Black Gives Way to Blue and 5 other releases

“Check My Brain” is a song by Alice in Chains, featured on their fourth studio album Black Gives Way to Blue (2009). It was released as the second single from the album on August 17, 2009. The single topped the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and Billboard Rock Songs charts in September 2009. This is the first time an Alice in Chains song would hit #1 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart since their 1994 single “No Excuses”. “Check My Brain” received a nomination for “Best Hard Rock Performance” at the 52nd Grammy Awards.

Jerry Cantrell told The Pulse of Radio that he wrote this song about his move from his home city of Seattle to Los Angeles in 2003. He explained: “There’s a certain aspect of sarcasm, I guess, being a guy from Seattle who lives in L.A., ex-drug addict who lives in the belly of the beast and doesn’t partake, and being totally cool with that,” he said. “It’s like being the bad gambler and living in Vegas. It’s right there. It’s just the irony of that and a little bit of sarcasm. And it’s not putting this place down at all. It’s just kind of like, ‘Wow, you know, check my brain, wow.’” (Source Check My Brain Songfacts).

On August 12, 2009, the band released a 30 second sample of the new single. On August 14, 2009, the full version of the song was released to radio stations. On August 17, 2009, “Check My Brain” was released as the second single from the album and as of October 10, 2009, it has peaked at number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at number one on the Billboard rock charts — Rock Songs, Alternative Songs and Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. In Canada, the song reached the top 70 on the Canadian Hot 100.


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