I Stay Away by Alice in Chains.

Not surprisingly, you’ll have to click the link after hitting play to watch the video. It’s that way with most Alice in Chains songs. I was going to look for a live version but this video can’t be ignored. Unlike their other videos, everything seen is animated clay figures (claymation), including each guy in the band at a circus. I’m not sure where the idea came from, but I think it’s pretty cool and funny. Rumor has it that the figures of the band are actually in a museum now but I have no idea where, or if it’s really true.

Now here’s some history…

Released in 1994, this was Alice in Chains’ second single from their EP Jar of Flies and their first song written with new member, Mike Inez. It went to number 10 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock tracks and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1995.

My favorite thing about this track is the music during the verses. I really think it’s beautiful and Layne’s voice is always amazing. I found an orchestra performance online but it was newer and as we all know, Layne isn’t here with us anymore. It’s still kinda strange listening to AiC without Layne, especially when it’s one of the songs he sang…now being done by William DuVall. I think it will always feel that way for me, and a lot of other people. Even though it’s been almost 10 years since Layne’s death, it still hurts sometimes. This August he would have been 44….

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3 thoughts on “I Stay Away by Alice in Chains.

  1. thanx for that…do you know of any concerts (with Layne)..that they performed this song..?…Cant seem to find one….thnx…

    1. Wow, that’s a great question actually. I never realized there wasn’t a live version but I just did a search and couldn’t find anything either! My suggestion would be to look for the full concerts (many people have uploaded the old ones recently) and see if you can find a performance in there.

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