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Mad Season

Quite a few side projects containing members of renowned Seattle-based rock bands appeared through the '90s. Most failed to expand past a small cult following comprised mainly of fans of their main bands (Brad, the Rockfords, Three Fish, Tuatara, etc.), but there were a few exceptions to rule, especially Temple of the Dog and Mad Season. The latter outfit included members of Alice in Chains (vocalist Layne Staley), Pearl Jam (guitarist Mike McCready), and the Screaming Trees (drummer Barrett Martin), as well as the only non-Seattle based musician, bassist John Baker Saunders (who previously played with such blues artists as Hubert Sumlin and the Lamont Cranston Band, among others).

The band's roots go back to the summer of 1994, when McCready checked himself into a Minneapolis, MN, rehab center to battle a drinking/substance problem. It was there that McCready met local musician Saunders, and when he returned back to Seattle, called up Staley, who was also at the time attempting to battle problems with substances. With Martin rounding out the lineup, an undeniable chemistry between all four musicians was discovered at their very first jam session, resulting in bits of music that would eventually become fully realized songs ("Wake Up" and "River of Deceit"). Going by the name of the Gacy Bunch (which paid homage to both brutal serial killer John Wayne Gacy and the corny TV show The Brady Bunch), the quartet made its live debut on Sunday, October 16, 1994, at Seattle's Crocodile Cafe. Amazingly, the group had few songs written at the time of the show (Martin later admitted that the group really had "only jams and beginnings of songs" prepared at the time), but the performance convinced the participants that a subsequent studio recording would be in cards.

Changing their name to Mad Season (an English expression for the time of year when hallucinogenic "psilocybin" mushrooms are in full bloom), the quartet set up shop at Seattle's Bad Animals recording studio, co-producing the subsequent sessions themselves along with Pearl Jam's sound engineer, Brett Eliason. Mad Season gave fans a taste of their upcoming album by performing a pair of songs on Pearl Jam's Self-Pollution Radio program on January 8, 1995, before the resulting ten-track album, Above, was officially issued in March. A mix of melancholy ballads and hard rock, the album (which also featured a few vocal contributions from Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan) proved to be a gold-certified hit, just missing the U.S. Top 20 while its leadoff single, "River of Deceit," became a major rock radio hit.

Despite a smattering of supporting live dates and talk of further writing/recording, Mad Season would ultimately prove to be a one-off project. Later in 1995, a live home video of a Seattle performance Live at the Moore, was issued, as was a cover of John Lennon's "I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier" for the Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon album. Reportedly, songs were penned for another Mad Season album, which ultimately went unrecorded. Mad Season then supposedly thought about replacing Staley with Lanegan (and changing their name to Disinformation), but no songs were recorded -- resulting in the musicians going their separate ways for good. Sadly, this proved to be the final word on Mad Season as both Saunders and Staley would eventually die from drug overdoses. ~ Greg Prato
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RIP Layne. Never another, none better!!!! See you soon only the good die young
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The only direction we flow is Down...such heart n soul...
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Was able to get my hands on a copy of this album. Let's just say its a prized possession
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Layne was a singular and distinctive voice. Miss him.
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I agree with the LukeSkyDude. . the music is killer..
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This band is one of the best collaboratio n s of musicians out there! Along with Temple Of The Dog these guys really rocked and left us with some great music!!! R I P Layne and Mike
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In the early years, before Nirvana's hit, Smells Like Teen Spirit, I had the pleasure of seeing Alice in Chains at an old place in Salt Lake City, the Speedway Cafe, it was an old warehouse converted into a cool concert hall. It had a small place with tables and chairs where you could drink, with the bands performing in a separate, much larger area. The show included the band Extreme. The venue was so intimate with a few people partying with the band members of Alice in Chains whilst Extreme was
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Awesome album. Layne will always be missed.
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So sad but so true. RIP Layne.
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lunas22
Just saw the Mad Season reunion performance in Seattle a couple month's ago. Of course Layne wasn't there, but Chris Cornell filled in. Absolutely amazing! They played this song live and had a recording of Layne's original singing. No kidding, there was hardley a dry eye in the house (and that includes the artists performing that night).
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Boring, pretentious and not at all listenable. Thumbs down losers
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Anyone that has ever been in a program will understand this but drugs and alcohol are a symptom of the problem not the problem at hand it is your reaction to the actual problem how u deal with pain of course you medicate drugs alcohol sex gambling anything in excess ! Quick fix .
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It isn't the drugs that really take anyone. Wake up and open your eyes to the reality of this world. Stop denying the pain. Layne didn't. He was just in the minority in a world in which most people would rather buy into stigma and prejudice and abandon you than put forth the effort to help.
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rogerblocke
Mad Season and Temple of the Dog, two that almost weren't, but then turned out best..
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bigdomsd
I love this album! Long gone day is my all time favorite song
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deannamestra d a 7 0
Layne was a unique and amazing artist, I just don't understand why the media would give him such a hard time. I know Layne had a lot of personal issues but, I think the media added to that pain, and now we lost an amazing artist, now all we have is his music, rip Layne...
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You can't replace Layne!!!
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charrison312 7
The best Seattle area artist collaboratio n of all time regardless of JBS'S roots.RIP Layne and JBS
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slimlucas14
Crazy a** band
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It's never too late. Bring Lanegan, Martin, McCready and Flea (or someone) together for number 2 cd.
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Layne is the best
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I needed to hear this song today.
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pagustinsilv a
Mad Season was a great collaboratio n . Thanks Layne, RIP brother!
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I had the extreme pleasure of meeting Layne at a house party while a student at UW. It was just before the Jar of Flies album. A soft spoken, surprisingly funny and very kind guy. We talked music for about 20-min before we both moved on. Sounds strange but when he passed I felt like a lost a friend. The fact that my 13 & 15 y/o kids now listen to AIC and Mad Season is a testament to the lasting impact he will have.
RIP Layne....... . D r u g s take another genius before their time.
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Layne. ...
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The best voice their ever was. And I sincerely mean that.
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Lanye rock on in heaven
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I definitely love Staley 's voice. The world suffered a great loss with his passing.
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So good too see many Layne fans he was and still is my god
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Layne staley is my idol
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My pain is self chosen. I still remember what I was doing when I heard Layne had been found dead. Makes me sad to this day thinking of the days that passed, him laying dead and all alone. No one should go out like that. Your music always moved me. R.I.P. Layne. Your music will always live on and continue to move myself and so many others!
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If one is Lucky? They will witness something so beautifull in their Lifetime!!
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This is one of the best bands of my childhood I still to this day play wake up to start my day right
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My pain is self chosen...at least I believe it to be..cut off my pride buy me some time...
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Say iPhone five times
Pick a colour
Post this on two songs
Look under your pillow
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Jar of flies... I rather have a jar of dro...
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Phenominal sic twisted talented amazing human look an voice live on memories cannot be taken
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How is it you're feeling so uneasy?/How is it that I feel fine?...

I've been blessed with eyes that see...

I'm above...
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My pain is self chosen..
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F**king awesome song.. layne I will see you on the other side...
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So sad I never got to experience layne in a live environment his voice amazing
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melinda.odon n e l l 5
What a great super group!!' Layne was the best and the worst.. I. E . Addict
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LAYNE T STALEY!!! One of a kind , never be another like him , scares me to think of that! No other with the voice, heart and soul !! makes me sad to think of how long he was all alone!!
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Great Album :-)
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Makes me think of my brother that passed away in 2010.
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What a great album, brings back so many awesome memories
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Greatest Voice EVER!
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There will never be another voice like Layne's!!!
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Wake up wake up your love affair has got to go!!!!
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justinmgipe
was just thinking that, xargonitex
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