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Pearl Jam vs. Alice in Chains (Pearl Jam is the better of the two)

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Started: 4/19/2013 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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gavinkeene

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Pearl Jam was a more prevalent rock band than Alice in Chains in America in the 1990's. By the band's unusual salience with listeners, and its loyal fan base, Pearl Jam has continued to remain more influential and preeminent than Alice in Chains after an impressive two decades as a band.

This debate will be decided by the better argument on the behalf of either of the two bands: Pearl Jam vs. Alice in Chains.
Kurta234

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I believe Alice in Chains was overall the greater of the two band and i believe i can prove they have been more influential over the years!
Debate Round No. 1
gavinkeene

Pro

Pearl Jam was a band that actually formed as a result of a tragedy at the start of the 1990s in Seattle, Washington. Previously, a local band named Mother Love Bone was gaining a pop influence among listeners for their new sound that fused the punk rock of the '80s with contempory heavy metal to form what would later be called grunge, or the "Seattle sound". The band's prospects were very positive as the Seattle music scene was beginning to evolve around Mother Love Bone, but then tragedy struck, and the band's lead singer Andrew Wood was left comatose by a sudden heroin overdose. He was taken off of life support days later, and died shortly after. Two of the remaining members, Stone Gossard, and Jeff Ament, eventually reunited with the hopes of returning with a new Seattle band. Over time, they were able to meet future band mates: drummer Dave Krusen, guitarist Mike McCready, and singer Eddie Vedder. By very instantaneous musical associations, and constructive mutual interests, the band was able to quickly release an album called Ten, under the band name Pearl Jam, in August of 1991.

As the Grunge movement swept throughout the nation, appealing to disgruntled young Americans the most, rock bands such as Nirvana and Soundgarden stood at the pedestal of the new era of rock, which started in 1990's Seattle, Washington. Pearl Jam was quickly swallowed up by the mainstream as well, with hits including the band's single, "Alive". While the band's first album was met with formidable success in the face of criticisms that labeled the band as "unoriginal" or "on the bandwagon" with contemporary pop culture, Pearl Jam continued on to make the biggest impact of ANY rock band in the 1990's. At the release of their sophomore album, Versus, Pearl Jam set a world precedent in music sales, becoming the first artist to sell one million records within the first week of marketed sales. In spite of the other premier performers of the time, from the "King of Pop" Michael Jackson to the heavy metal band Metallica, Pearl Jam was yet the first to set such a precedent in the music industry, immediately rendering significance to their existence as a rock band.

Pearl Jam's first album, Ten, was not just a commercial success that fueled the progression of the Grunge movement in the 1990's. It was a lasting album that rests at the peak of Rolling Stone Magazine's "10 Greatest Debut Albums" for all artists. By comparison, Nirvana's Bleach and Alice in Chains' Facelift were notable in their respective areas of influence, but Pearl Jam's first album went viral throughout the entire world and prompted an unprecedented record at the release of their second album. From their first initial successes, Pearl Jam proved to be more influential than Alice in Chains in the early 1990's.
Kurta234

Con

Alice in chains was superior to Pearl Jam.
It was also spawned from the grunge era. My opponent is using only fame as his argument. Fame is not a good characteristic of how good a band is. Many other factors such as originality contribute to a bands performance.


Alice in chains was overall more original.

Alice in Chains had a very original feel to them. They included elements of both metal and most famously acoustic. Their unplugged version was voted the best unplugged album of all time. Pearl Jam achieved its fame through going along with pop culture. Even my opponent claimed this in his argument. Alice in Chains however achieved their fame through their originality.


Alice in Chains has prevailed even through tough times


Alice in chains recently lost its lead singer Layne Staley in an overdose. That however didn't slow the band down. They continued on doing what they loved doing and created another album which has been a huge success.


Alice in Chains albums have always been a success...not just their debut.


Alice in Chains has continued making good albums throughout their career. My opponent has only focused on one of their albums. He failed to mention the largely unliked binural that was released. Alice in Chains however has proved to provide good music constantly including the album Dirt which went Quadruple platinum, facelift, and jar of flies all critically acclaimed.


Pearl Jam may be the more popular but Alice in Chains is the best overall band!



Debate Round No. 2
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