#RocktoberMusicFest ♪ “Rooster” – Alice In Chains

Somewhere along the evolution of my musical life, when I was supposed to be moving away from my parents’ influence and discovering my own bands, songs and tastes, my mom pulled a 180, embraced her inner rocker and introduced ME to Alice In Chains in the early 90’s; not the the other way around. It was awesome! “Man in the Box” was her favorite and that’s still a popular hit, but when “Rooster” was released, it immediately became my #1 pick.

“Rooster” was written by Alice In Chain‘s guitarist, Jerry Cantrell, about his dad in the Vietnam War and the kind of emotional and mental state it left him in after. In interviews, Jerry reveals that “Rooster” had been his dad’s family-given nickname. The song was not only a huge commercial success for the band, it more importantly helped mend Jerry and his dad’s estranged relationship. The official music video has an interview with his dad in the beginning. I couldn’t stomach the graphic footage for the rest of the video, as my dad is also a Vietnam Vet, but it’s on YouTube for those who are interested. Enjoy!

I do not own any rights to this song, lyrics or video. All rights remain with the artists and their respective agents. No copyright infringement intended.

♫♪ Rocktober Musicfest is hosted by Mary B. at Jingle, Jangle, Jungle. Check out her website if you’d like to join the event. There’s no restriction against joining after October 1st or limit/requirement to how many times you have to post for the month. It’s really easy and fun! ♪♫

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4 thoughts on “#RocktoberMusicFest ♪ “Rooster” – Alice In Chains

  1. Melody,

    I’ve heard of the group, Alice in Chains but that’s only from fellow bloggers such as yourself who dig the heavier rock vibes. Vocally when the band isn’t bad. I’ve learned over the years to push past the metal to hear the talent but still the genre isn’t my favorite. I’m glad you gave a bit of the backstory on the song’s inspiration. Three of my uncles served in the Vietnam War which was grueling but then that’s war – ugliness in its purest form. One uncle was exposed to the chemical agent orange which left him with a life time of health problems since that war. All I remember about it all is how sad it made me. It was scary thinking about people I loved might die. Thankfully, all three uncles returned physically unharmed. Mentally was a different story I’m sure. It had to be! Anyhow, thanks for sharing today’s song pick. Mine will go live soon!

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    • You got that right about the ugliness. My dad and his brothers also made it back from the war physically unharmed, but since 9-11, two members of my extended family have become Wounded Warriors from the current war. It’s just pure ugliness, as you said. And more than their physical wounds and PTSD is the weight of suvivor’s guilt. I’ve seen that cause more lasting damage than almost anything else, I’m sure that was the same for our Vietnam Vets, too, for how could it not be? Anyway, thank you for sharing the story about your uncles. I’ll hop on over to your blog to see your song pick. 🙂

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