I had nowhere to go, too, so that’s how Layne and I ended up sharing a room at the Music Bank, which was a warehouse with 60 band rooms.
He was so quiet, he wouldn’t really tell you what was going on in his mind at all.
He would sleep on the couch, and I would sleep on the floor in a sleeping bag.
Right above the couch, he had a picture of his family, but apparently he wasn’t able to make the family photo session so they superimposed Layne into the photo - they’d taken a picture of Layne put it on top, and took a picture of that.
It was hilarious because he was too big and he looks like this giant in the photo, like this super-Layne.
Gypsy Rose singer
Not that the others weren’t heavily into drugs, too, but Layne was clearly so deep - it was so dangerous - that all of our lives centered around how to aid him. It was never about, “How are we going to prop him up to get him on a tour?”
I had this conversation with Layne over and over and over after the success of Facelift: “Your health is the most important thing. You need to get well. Stop this. You have enough money, you can go buy a cottage on the beach and be there with Demri” - who was also very artistic - “and you can go and create whatever art you want.”
During Dirt, recording vocals, Layne and I got into arguments. He’d come in loaded on heroin, and I told him I didn’t want him to sing on heroin. He could use heroin afterward, but when he sang he had to be somewhat together because he was singing all out of tune on heroin.
I remember making a phone call to Layne and I told him, “Listen, I’m not trying to be mean, all I’m trying to do is get these vocals out of you.” We didn’t have any problems after that.
Jerry and I got along fine. Jerry’s morale was good. Sean’s always great. At that point, they were having problems with Mike Starr. Mike had a song that he wanted on the album, and they didn’t want to put it on the album. Layne sang on it and Mike said Layne didn’t sing it right and Layne got really mad.
Layne was worse off. He had a drug dealer that was hanging out with him the whole time while I was mixing the record. In fact, Layne came in to listen to it, and he brought his drug dealer with him. His drug dealer made some comment about the mix, what he wanted to have changed on the mix, and I blew up. I said, “FUCK YOU! WHO ARE YOU?” And Layne told the guy to settle down and shut up. The ‘DRUG DEALER’ had some input on my mix!!!
[1994’s] Jar of Flies was crazy man. We had already done Sap, so we had set a precedent. Between Dirt to the dog record [aka 1995’s Alice in Chains], we were going to do another ep. I think it was after we had planned on having a vacation. Before the vacation, the guys were like, “We want it to be more of a band thing — so don’t write a bunch of shit to bring in.” I’m like, “ok, that’s cool — no problem.” I went on vacation and didn’t play my guitar at all. We booked a week and came in off of vacation. Everybody gets in, and they’re like, “ok, what have you got?” Walked in with nothing, and walked out seven days later with that record — pretty much from scratch. I think I might have had “Don’t Follow” from the Dirt tour in Europe, when we were just burned — you can feel that in the lyrics. Everything you hear on that record was written, recorded, and produced in a week. To this day, it’s the only ep to reach or debut at number one. - Jerry Cantrell