* AuthorExistenceFailure: Staley and Starr both died from drug overdoses.
* BlackSheepHit: "No Excuses, and "Nutshell" is also a very gentle song.
* BreakawayPopHit:
** "What The Hell Have I" from the ''Film/LastActionHero'' soundtrack. While the film [[VindicatedByCable has started to pick up a following]], now no one really remembers the ''song''.
** Arguably, "Your Decision". The song has replaced "No Excuses" as the go-to Alice In Chains acoustic ballad on rock radio. The song charted very high, since there was almost nothing new that sounded like it at the time of its release.
* BreakthroughHit: "Man in the Box", which brought them into MTV's Buzz Bin and served as one of the heralds of the imminent alternative explosion. The following year brought them even more critical and commercial success with their sophomore album ''Dirt''.
* CreatorBreakdown: Applies in more ways than one: Staley's problems with addiction increasingly influencing the group's music, and his physical deterioration affecting his singing ability.
* DoingItForTheArt: [[http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-alice-in-chains-20130529,0,950808.story As mentioned here.]]
* FanNickname: Fans usually refer to the self-titled album as ''Tripod'' because of the three-legged dog on the front. It's also been referred to as ''Lucky'', based on an old joke.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** [[Music/{{Heart}} Ann Wilson]], [[Music/{{Soundgarden}} Chris Cornell]] and [[Music/{{Mudhoney}} Mark Arm]] contribute vocals to ''Sap''. The song in question, "Right Turn", is credited in the liner notes to 'Alice Music/{{Mud|honey}}[[Music/{{Soundgarden}} garden]]'. (Wilson sings on "Brother" and "Am I Inside"; Heart at the time owned the Bad Animals Studio where Alice were recording.)
** [[Music/{{Slayer}} Tom Araya]] makes a guest appearance on ''Dirt'', {{Metal Scream}}ing on "Iron Gland".
* OldShame: The band's origins in hair metal. Layne Staley was originally the vocalist for the hair metal band "Alice 'n' Chainz" (or however they spelled it), but none of the other members of Alice in Chains were in Alice 'n' Chainz. However, the other members [[http://aic.gsg2007.de/Fotos/AIC-%20Gallery/Sleze/ExposedAIC2.gif weren't exactly clean, either]].
* OneOfUs: Layne Staley once boasted that when he got his first credit card, he maxed it out at a Toys R' Us buying video games.
** One of the very last photos taken of him had him wearing a MetalGearSolid t-shirt.
* ReclusiveArtist: Layne became this in his final years. Up near the end, it was apparently the norm for his bandmates and friends to go weeks without hearing from him; his days were likely spent playing video games, making art, or using drugs and passing out. The only people who saw him with any regularity were the patrons and employees of a nearby bar, where he was apparently a semi-regular patron (though he never bought anything and mostly just sat at an end table, usually in a drug-addled stupor; he left everyone who was there alone and they did the same). The only thing that raised any eyebrows was his accountants noticing that he had not made any bank withdrawals in two weeks, which eventually led to the police wellness check that resulted in the discovery of his body.
* UpdatedRerelease: ''Dirt'' sort of got one almost immediately after its release. The band looked at the tracklisting and noticed that "Down In A Hole" was the second to last track. Since they wanted the album to loosely tell a story from song to song[[note]]Although, contrary to popular belief, Dirt is not meant to be a full-fledged ConceptAlbum[[/note]], they requested that the song be placed between "Rain When I Die" and "Sickman." Thus, all pressings of Dirt released after its first few months on the market have "Down In A Hole" placed as the fourth rather than thirteenth track.

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