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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, Rovi
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Pandora keeps playing this n I'm good with that R.I.P. Layne and Mike
I listened to a lot of the Seattle sound in the mid-'90s, yet I somehow missed Mad Season. It wasn't until 2006 when I got a copy of their only album. I played it once and kind of forgot about it. A few months after that I put the Mad Season album in my CD changer, again, and spent some time with it. And my goodness, what a fantastic piece of art the entire thing is. Layne was truly something else. What a voice. Incredible musicianship from all the members of the band.
Layne Staley a born natural
What an incredibly great album !!! played it to death for like the first two years did it was out..my soundtrack for the mid to late 90's a time when their were frequent unpleasentri e s . . . s u c h a perfect fit.. it seems my whole musical life was predetermine d an orchestrated just perfectly !!!
Layne had an awesome voice. I wish I had it.
best voice of our generation that never gets talked about, love niravana also, however laynes talents overshadow kurts by a ton
I spent a lot of time with Baker and Otis and mikey zerachas out at the farm never new he was gone till just now what small fukin world we waste everyday
Layne got me through high school. Had/have depression. Layne, you are an angel and your voice inspires me because I know.
Epic band staleys pain was self chosen and he really was a poet of pain and could translate his angst into beautiful music the guy was a legend in my eyes
Haunting tune.. love the lyrics
lakoehler
This ain't no Justin Bieber or Lady GaGa but I guess it's not bad
Woweee wow!
Damn wish ya'll would play I'm Above
Aljoy 35. Hey man nirvana came on the music circuit at the same time all the other bands you mentioned for exampke pj tenl album came out too weeks before nevermind. They all exploded at the same time
Our pain is self chosen
This band flowed perfect together.
Cool song with the percussion and the Sax! Layne's Voice is the Best!
rogerblocke
If you were a male child born to an abusive man hating lesbian you would have been caught up in drug abuse as well...Anyth i n g to put your brain to sleep
@ marshallpete r s o n 1 9 : I feel the exact same way. I've heard AIC on the radio for years throughout the 90's but never bothered to buy any album until just recently. The more I listen to these songs and the more I read about Layne and the depression he experienced the more it made me sad and appreciate the music and his talent even more.
It's sad. I've listened to alot of Alice in Chains, but recently I've learned more and it's sad to hear the passing and depression Layne was put through. Only wish I could know what he would've been singing about if he was still here...
wow Layne Staley had the pipes
This reminds me of my big sister. I love you Yoly. RIP
I seem to always discover bands after they have passed. I can't believe I missed Mad Season! Layne's voice was awesome. Wish I could have met him to say hello and thank you.

Although 55 yo, I love music and new and old and classic. Layne has a Classic voice!

God Rest Your Soul and Voice Layne!

Thank You!!
I could not agree more Paulie
Layne conveyed more emotion in his voice than most singers are capable of. Legend gone before his time. RIP...
nowangels
Moomoo you just try to start crap... go away! Laynes a beast in whatever he sang in mad season or AIC...and he was hot! RIP LAYNE!) <3 and I wont even mention that other so called "artist " useless as tits on a tomcat!
If I ever saw Beiber in the streets I'd smack his jaw loose. Pu**y.
GWAR is better. Way better.
I love Layne, and his voice.
Me and my dad love this song.
Love em :)
Wow I miss the 90's great bands/music
When music stopped the world or the world stopped for the music
@ aljoy35 - I agree totally my man, it's all rock and roll dude! The stuff from the 60's, 70's, and 80's were all different, but all had great bands -same thing in the 90's!! AIC & PJ are first ballot hall of famers dude!!!
Layne Staley was a truly beautiful and talented HUMAN BEING with flaws just like everyone else except he was honest about it. As the man said himself,"My bad habits aren't my title,my strengths and my talent are my title." So to those that have to post misprinted lies because having an original thought would retard you, go listen to that Bieber clown and smoke your fake weed and f**k off. And to the asshat that got when Layne died wrong ask your grandma to show you how to use Google you dumb fuc
I wish all you fucktards would stop calling AIC,Mad Season,Sound g a r d e n and Pearl Jam grunge!!! If any of you posers knew anything about these bands or the real rock scene in the early 90's you would know how they all detested being called grunge. Kurt Cobain was the only one who was truly grungy looking and he was no where nearly as talented as the above mentioned ROCK bands who had been rockin out for years before Nirvana became famous and f**ked up everything by appealing to the teeny bopper p
I so relate to this , its like they picked my brain ,1 of a kind,.Layne ,plz be resting in peace.
Might be the best one off EVER.
Great song R.I.P layne, sucks that some of are greatest musicians are gone way before there times. Escape from are own troubles,hap p i n e s s and pain come with a terrible price when the only way to find that inner peace is from a pill or a rigg. :( \m/
I STILL love Layne's voice! Piercing! God Rest Your Soul Layne! Miss U!
Great song to hear when you kinda feel down gives you a sense of calm makes me think of the times in my life when I struggled with addiction and where I'm at now,not perfect but I know il be waking up to see another day
Gonna finally checkout AIC2, Uproar, prob JANE'S helped inspire. Panty-in-a-B u n c h Ppl not goin'2 support ALICE2 simply cuz LAYNE'S gone, I get it. I was there too. BUT- I've been blessed w/an OPEN MIND in this LIFE- & I'll NOT wrap barbed-wire around my spirit! Jerry, Mike & Sean HAVE ALWAYS ROCKED! I saw CANTRELL's BOGGY DEPOT tour w/Metallica (Kinney drummed). As expected- KICKED-A**! I didn't set myself up4 disappoitmen t - ANTICIPATING STALEY'S surprise cameo...nor shall I again-expect the sam
Layne died April 5
That sludgy guitar mixed with layne's voice is perfection!! ! !
petroczi74
Love it!
This whole album is a masterpiece!
I knew I knew tht voice....... a w e s o m e band gonna go find more......
Gone way to soon ..sad .R.I.P Layne Staley
Roadburner66 is on target. That's why I'm exploring a new direction.
Have Every album a/c ever made from day one. Still play all cd's over and over. Just had mad season live concert on palladia tv. Every morning before work watch it. Only thing that motives me.
Never knew about this band, Layne yes. Boy, did I miss something in its time
I agree with that comment amandanichol s o n 6 6
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