Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

Around the time that this album was released I was driving my car and I heard ‘Man In The Box’ [from 1990’s Facelift] playing on the radio. To me it sounded like another style of music that was completely out of the leftfield. The incredible combination of Layne [Staley]’s voice and Jerry [Cantrell, guitarist] is just so cool. They were making music like a lot of these bands that was getting played on the radio, and even today in America you need to have songs that can make it onto the radio. They knew that, and they got played all the time.

Their vibe was entirely different to KoЯn, and KoЯn’s was entirely different to Nirvana, who were in turn different to Pantera. All of these bands were coming out at the same time but they were all making their own unique impressions. It’s incredible really. If you look at the history of rock & roll, the beginning of that decade was one of the most exciting times. There was never really anyone with a similar vocal style to Layne though, and that’s important too. I think a lot of it is always down to the singer to some extent.

Selected in other Baker’s Dozens: James Dean Bradfield
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