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Layne Staley

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Few rock vocalists created this type of dark and eerie body of are Alice in Stores’ Layne Staley. Created in Kirkland, WA, on August 22, 1967, Staley demonstrated musical talent young, and used the drums. But upon becoming a member of garage rings and discovering rock and roll music as an adolescent (Dark Sabbath, the Doorways, etc.), Staley turned to performing. He fulfilled guitarist Jerry Cantrell soon thereafter, and both shaped a Vehicle Halen/Weapons N’ Roses-esque glam metallic music group, Alice N’ Chaynz (alongside drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Starr). Going for a hint from fellow Seattle rings (Soundgarden, Melvins, Screaming Trees and shrubs, etc.), the group declined their early showy path and only a far more straight-ahead strategy both musically and aesthetically, and ultimately transformed the spelling of the name to Alice in Stores. Staley was quickly creating a genuine vocal design — borrowing the creepiness of such metallic vocalists as Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper, and merging it using the such traditional rockers as Jim Morrison, because the group’s audio slowed down to some Sabbath-like crawl. Agreed upon to Columbia Information in the past due ’80s, AIC released their first record, Facelift, in 1990. Hardcore touring constructed a group of fans, nonetheless it wasn’t before summer months of 1991 which the one/video “Guy in the Container” became popular and broke the music group towards the big-time. Further produces (the hard rock and roll full-lengths Dirt and Alice in Stores, along with the acoustic EPs Sap and Jar of Flies) garnered even more attention and large product sales, solidifying the group as you of Seattle’s finest and gaining Staley the respect as you of rock’s most primary frontmen. Certainly, Staley’s impact permeated a lot of the past due-’90s alt steel landscape, therefore performers as Scott Stapp (Creed), Travis Meeks (Times of the brand new), and Sully Erna (Godsmack), obviously contained components of the Alice in Stores frontman’s vocal design within their delivery. Despite all of the success, things had been going incorrect behind the moments. Rumours that Staley acquired progressed into a hardcore medication user began dispersing by the middle-’90s, as well as the speculation just grew louder once the music group refused to support any substantial travels after an appearance on Lollapalooza 1993. With the past due ’90s, the group was on hiatus, being a greatest of (Nothing at all Safe and sound), a container set (Music Loan company), and an in-concert established (Live) made an appearance, but no brand-new album was prepared. Staley had made an appearance within the one-off Seattle supergroup Mad Period (1995’s Above), in addition to on the film soundtrack for The Faculty (a cover of Green Floyd’s “Another Brick within the Wall structure – Component 2”). However the sporadic function eventually ground to some halt, as Staley appeared interested in nourishing his medication habit than seeking music. His lifestyle took a switch for the most severe in 1996 when his fiancée passed away from medications, which friends state made the previous Alice in Stores frontman blot out the discomfort with further substance abuse. Over the last couple of years of his lifestyle, Staley rarely still left his Seattle condo, and refused to response the entranceway or mobile phone when previous bandmates or close friends came around to be sure of the singer’s condition (which got supposedly deteriorated to the idea that he previously lost the majority of his tooth and got abscesses around his hands). Though it shouldn’t attended as a significant surprise, the rock and roll music globe was stunned when Staley’s useless body was entirely on a couch in his condominium, the victim of a bad lethal overdose of heroin and cocaine. Because the body have been in the house for 14 days and had started to decompose, it had been hard to find out at first the precise day of Staley’s moving. Eventually, a day was decided, which became eerie — Apr 5, 2002 — precisely eight years to your day that another leading physique of the first ’90s Seattle rock and roll scene also required his existence, Kurt Cobain.

Quick Facts


Full Name Layne Staley
Died April 5, 2002, Seattle, Washington, United States
Height 1.85 m
Profession Singer-songwriter, Lyricist
Education Meadowdale High School
Nationality American
Parents Nancy Staley, Phil Staley
Siblings Ken Elmer, Jamie Elmer, Elizabeth Audreyann Staley
Music Groups Alice In Chains, Mad Season, Alice N' Chains, Class of '99, Alice Mudgarden
Music Songs Man in the Box, Rooster, Would?, Down in a Hole, No Excuses, Nutshell, Them Bones, Heaven Beside You, River of Deceit, Rotten Apple, I Stay Away, Bleed the Freak, We Die Young, Again, Love, Hate, Love, Sea of Sorrow, Junkhead, Don't Follow, Rain When I Die, Long Gone Day, Lifeless Dead, Sludge Factory, What the Hell Have I, Grind, Get Born Again, Angry Chair, I Don't Know Anything, Got Me Wrong, Right Turn, Sickman, Over Now, It Ain't Like That
Albums Dirt, Facelift, Alice in Chains, Live, Above, Jar of Flies, Sap, Unplugged, We Die Young, Greatest Hits, Jar of Flies / Sap, Nothing Safe: Best of the Box, The Treehouse Tapes, Music Bank


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
One Hit Wonderland 2012 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Metal Evolution 2011 TV Series documentary lyrics - 1 episode
Cry Baby: The Pedal that Rocks the World 2011 Video documentary writer: "Man In The Box" - as Layne T. Staley
Funny People 2009 writer: "Man in the Box" - as Layne T. Staley
Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Perfect Storm 2000 writer: "Man in the Box"
Alice in Chains: Music Bank - The Videos 1999 Video writer: "Man in the Box", "Angry Chair", "I Stay Away", "Again", "Get Born Again"
The Faculty 1998 performer: "Another Brick in the Wall, part II"
Marvin's Room 1996 writer: "Again" 1995
Unplugged 1996 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Epic of Detective Mandy: Book Four - Spoof of the Living Dead II 1995 TV Movie writer: "I Stay Away"
Lassie 1994 writer: "Man In The Box"
Dead at 21 1994 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Beavis and Butt-Head 1993 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Last Action Hero 1993 writer: "A Little Bitter"
Alice in Chains: Live Facelift 1991 Video documentary short writer: "Man in the Box", "Real Thing", "Love, Hate, Love", "Man in the Box Video"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Alice in Chains: Them Bones 1992 Video short Layne Staley
Alice in Chains: Man in the Box 1991 Video short Layne Staley

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Alice in Chains: Music Bank - The Videos 1999 Video video "Again"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Alice in Chains: Man in the Box 1991 Video short

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
1916 2009 Short dedicatee
The Rooster 2008 Short in memory of
Heart: Alive in Seattle 2003 Video thanks: from Mike Inez

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rage 1994-2009 TV Series Himself
Alice in Chains: Music Bank - The Videos 1999 Video Himself (Vocals) (as Alice in Chains)
Howard Stern 1997 TV Series Himself
Unplugged 1996 TV Series documentary Himself - Vocals
Saturday Night Special 1996 TV Series Himself
Hype! 1996 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Mad Season: Live at the Moore 1995 Video documentary Himself
The Nona Tapes 1995 Video short Himself
Alice in Chains: The Nona Tapes 1995 Short Himself
Alice in Chains: What the Hell Have I? 1993 Short Himself
Singles 1992 Himself - Alice In Chains (uncredited)
Alice in Chains: Live Facelift 1991 Video documentary short Himself (as Alice in Chains)
Hard 'N' Heavy Volume 16 1991 Video Himself
Pantera: Cowboys from Hell 1991 Video documentary short Himself
Alice in Chains: We Die Young 1990 Video short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pearl Jam Twenty 2011 Documentary Himself (uncredited)

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