Aside from Man in the Box, Would? is one of Alice in Chains’ most popular hits. It might even be more well-liked, even by people who don’t usually listen to this kind of rock. Something about the song seems to draw people in, whether they know about the band or not.
Would? was released in 1992 on the Singles movie soundtrack. The band also makes a cameo appearance in the movie. It was also included on their album, Dirt, which was released on September 29, 1992. The song went to #6 on Billboard and the album was certified four times platinum by the RIAA. It was the band’s highest selling album to date.
Guitarist Jerry Cantrell wrote the song after the death of Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood, who passed away in 1990. In the liner notes of Music Bank (box set collection) he states, I was thinking a lot about Andrew Wood at the time. We always had a great time when we did hang out, much like Chris Cornell and I do. There was never really a serious moment or conversation, it was all fun. Andy was a hilarious guy, full of life and it was really sad to lose him. But I always hate people who judge the decisions others make. So it was also directed towards people who pass judgments.