from the Quietus interview (Mark Eglinton, November 16th, 2009) with Jerry Cantrell: http://thequietus.com/articles/03227-alice-in-chains-interview-jerry-cantrell-layne-staley
“Jerry, you’ve always been careful over the years to avoid pigeon-holing the band. Was that because you thought grunge wouldn’t last?
Jerry Cantrell: ‘Well we were what we were before that word was even invented so… and I’d say that probably all the other bands from Seattle were doing what they were doing before that word was invented too. So I don’t know if anyone really feels comfortable with that title, that was the catchphrase which encompassed us at all, but as far as I look at it we’re all rock & roll bands to various degrees, drawing from all sorts of different influences. From pop to punk, to metal to rock, you name it. It’s kind of a mix of all of that stuff. So you’re correct on that. You just do what you do.’
“So the grunge tag was retrospective?
JC: ‘Yes totally. I mean when we first came out we were metal. Then we started being called alternative metal. Then grunge came out and then we were hard rock. And now, since we’ve started doing this again I’ve seen us listed as: hard rock, alternative, alternative metal and just straight metal. I walked into an HMV the other day to check out the placement and see what’s going on and they’ve got as relegated back to the metal section. Right back where we started!’ [ laughs]”
In other words, people – stop getting stuck on any particular label someone throws at you regarding your band… unless you are absolutely pure “punk” – if that is even possible – and someone calls you “country-western” or something else evil… then I think you have a legitimate gripe!