On this season of The Opus podcast, we’ve explored why Alice in Chains’ Dirt is considered such a classic album — from its place in the ’90s Seattle scene, to its unique sonics, to its deeply personal lyrics. All of that has folded into the lasting legacy of this iconic collection, something that continues to impact music to this day.
As the ‘90s grunge bubble burst, a new crop of bands emerged wearing their love of Dirt on their sleeves. The Seattle sound gave way to alt-rock radio, but AIC’s harder edge continued to have a presence across the charts. The band’s influence can be heard throughout the rock sub-genres that have evolved over the last 30 years and in the generations of musicians that have followed. Acts as disparate as Godsmack and Alter Bridge have cited Dirt as a major inspiration, cementing its place as one rock’s most important albums.
It takes a special kind of magic to maintain that hold on the cultural conversation, and it’s that legacy that we explore on the season finale of The Opus: Alice in Chains’ Dirt. Joining host Adam Unze in this discussion of AIC’s lasting influence on the charts and their fellow musicians are Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher, Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, City and Colour’s Dallas Green, Alter Bridges’ Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti, Tetrarch’s Diamond Rowe, and GOON’s Kenny Becker.
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