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Body found in home may be that of Alice in Chains singer
Seattle PI ^ | Saturday, April 20, 2002 | Seattle PI

Posted on 04/20/2002 1:57:32 AM PDT by WDG55513

Body found in home may be that of Alice in Chains singer

Group soared with grunge movement

Saturday, April 20, 2002

By CANDACE HECKMAN
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER

A body was found Friday at the University District home of Layne Staley, the lead singer of the seminal Seattle grunge band Alice in Chains.

Law enforcement sources said the body was Staley's, but would not give specifics and referred all questions to police spokesmen -- who did not return repeated calls for comment.

According to the Seattle Fire Department's dispatch log, an aid response was called to Staley's last known address in the 4500 block of Eighth Avenue Northeast in the University District, a section of the city where many boarding homes are located.

The Medical Examiner's office said late last night that they responded to a call at Staley's address and found someone who appeared to have been dead for several days.

They have not officially identified the person.

Staley, 34, wrote lyrics that dealt with the darkness of his struggle with heroin abuse.

Alice in Chains debut album, "Facelift," was released in 1990 and the group quickly rose to prominence along with other bands from the tight-knit local music community like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden; one of Pearl Jam's first shows was as an opening act for Alice in Chains.

In 1992, the group released their critically acclaimed album "Dirt," which featured the hit singles "Would?" and "Rooster." The band distinguished itself from its Seattle peers with a hard, morbid sound, and Staley's music often touched on drugs.

According to a fan Web site, Staley was born in 1967 in Kirkland.

The first instrument he played was the drums at the age of 12. He later played in different bands around Seattle.

At a party in 1987, Staley met Jerry Cantrell, who introduced him to Mike Starr (bass) and Sean Kinney (drums).

They decided to start a band and Alice In Chains was born.

In a 1996 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Staley spoke of how his drug use influenced his lyrics.

"I wrote about drugs, and I didn't think I was being unsafe or careless by writing about them," Staley told the magazine. "Here's how my thinking pattern went: When I tried drugs, they were (expletive) great, and they worked for me for years, and now they're turning against me -- and now I'm walking through hell, and this sucks."

In the same article, he said: "I'm gonna be here for a long time. I'm scared of death, especially death by my own hand. I'm scared of where I would go. Not that I ever consider that, because I don't."

Staley told the magazine he did not want to be seen as a rock god or martyr.

"I saw all the suffering that Kurt Cobain went through. I didn't know him real well, but I just saw this real vibrant person turn into a real shy, timid, withdrawn, introverted person who could hardly get a hello out ... At the end of the day or at the end of the party, when everyone goes home, you're stuck with yourself."


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To: cgk
is there any doubt that it IS him?

I don't know. The only place I've seen any reports of this are in the PI. I've heard nothing about it anywhere else - not even MTVNews. Maybe they're waiting for it to become official.

It's kind of disappointing.. if this had happened a couple of years ago it'd be huge news. No one seems to care anymore.

51 posted on 04/20/2002 5:46:10 PM PDT by WDG55513
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To: WDG55513
Down In A Hole

Bury Me Softly In This Womb
I Give This Part Of Me For You
Sand Rains Down And Here I Sit
Holding Rare Flowers
In A Tomb.....In Bloom

Down In A Hole And I Don't Know
If I Can Be Saved
See My Heart I Decorate It
Like A Grave
You Don't Understand Who They
Thought I Was Supposed To Be
Look At Me Now A Man
Who Won't Let Himself Be

Down In A Hole, Losin' My Soul
Down In A Hole, Losin' Control
I'd Like To Fly
But My Wings Have Been So Denied

Down In A Hole And They've Put All
The Stones In Their Place
I've Eaten The Sun So My Tongue
Has Been Burned Of The Taste
I Have Been Guilty
Of Kicking Myself In The Teeth
I Will Speak No More
Of My Feelings Beneath

Oh I Want To Be Inside Of You

Down In A Hole, Losin' My Soul
Down In A Hole, Feelin' So Small
Down In A Hole, Losin' My Soul
Down In A Hole, Out Of Control

I'd Like To Fly
But My Wings Have Been So Denied

52 posted on 04/20/2002 5:56:30 PM PDT by WDG55513
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To: WDG55513
No one seems to care anymore.

I care. I've been in mourning all day. Truly, truly sad news. At least for music lovers.

There will never be another AIC. They had a sound and style all unto themselves.

I think I'm going to go drown my sorrows now (don't worry, drug warriors, it will be with LEGAL alchohol).

53 posted on 04/20/2002 5:59:32 PM PDT by WhiteKnuckles
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To: MadameAxe

Would?

Know me broken by my master
Teach thee on child of love hereafter

Into the flood again
Same old trip it was back then
So I made a big mistake
Try to see it once my way

Drifting body it's sole desertion
Flying not yet quite the notion

Am I wrong?
Have I run too far to get home
Have I gone?
And left you here alone
If I would, could you?

RIP Layne.


54 posted on 04/20/2002 6:05:29 PM PDT by nunya bidness
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To: WhiteKnuckles
I Believe Them Bones Are Me
Some Say We're Born Into The Grave
I Feel So Alone
Gonna End Up A Big Ole Pile A Them Bones

Dust Rise Right On Over My Time
Empty Fossil Of The New Scene
I Feel So Alone
Gonna End Up A Big Ole Pile A Them Bones

Toll Due Bad Dream Come True
I Lie Dead Gone Under Red Sky
I Feel So Alone
Gonna End Up A Big Ole Pile A Them Bones

55 posted on 04/20/2002 6:08:22 PM PDT by WDG55513
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To: WhiteKnuckles
OK, one more ...

-----------

"Got Me Wrong"
Unplugged

Yeah, it goes away
All of this and more of nothing in my life
No color clay
Individuality not safe
As of now I bet you got me wrong
So unsure you run from something strong
I can't let go
Threadbare tapestry unwinding slow
Feel a tortured brain
Show your belly like you want me to
As of now I bet you got me wrong
So unsure you run from something strong
I haven't felt like this in so long
Wrong, in a sense too far gone from love
That don't last forever
Something's gotta turn out right

You sugar taste
Sweetness doesn't often touch my face
Stay if you please
You may not be here when I leave
As of now I bet you got me wrong
So unsure we reach for something strong
I haven't felt like this in so long
Wrong, in a sense too far gone from love
Strong, I haven't felt like this in so long
Wrong, in a sense too far gone from love
That don't last forever
Something's gotta turn out right

RIP Layne.

56 posted on 04/20/2002 6:10:43 PM PDT by WhiteKnuckles
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To: WDG55513
What's really horrible also is he couldn't go on the road and let us hear his great Vocals in a Live Setting.I only heard the MTV thing several years ago.Talk about letting your emotions out in music.This guy did exactly that.He made you "FEEL IT".He and 'Andrew Wood'.Auughhhhhhhh!!!
57 posted on 04/20/2002 7:37:22 PM PDT by Pagey
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To: nunya bidness
Would? is my favorite. I was always holding out hope that Alice InChains would get back together. You'll be missed, Layne, you'll be missed.
58 posted on 04/20/2002 8:16:36 PM PDT by Bella_Bru
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To: WDG55513
Staley told the magazine he did not want to be seen as a rock god or martyr.

OK. Bye.

59 posted on 04/20/2002 8:26:01 PM PDT by Romulus
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To: Romulus
Which of course does not mean his fans may not mourn his passing.
60 posted on 04/20/2002 8:27:10 PM PDT by Bella_Bru
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To: WhiteKnuckles
Know me broken by my master
Teach thee on child of love hereafter

Into the flood again
Same old trip it was back then
So I made a big mistake
Try to see it once my way

Drifting body it's sole desertion
Flying not yet quite the notion

Am I wrong?
Have I run too far to get home
Have I gone?
And left you here alone
If I would, could you?

I worked a 14 hr shift to come home to have e-mails to me about this. What a dark day for music. An amazing waste of talent and a unique voice like no other. I saw AIC open for Van Halen over 10 yrs ago. Would? Is one of my favorite songs of all time. He will be missed. But I have to say one thing...DAMN YOU LAYNE. How could you?

61 posted on 04/20/2002 8:38:50 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: Bella_Bru
Alice in Chains debut album, "Facelift," was released in 1990 and the group quickly rose to prominence... In a 1996 interview with Rolling Stone magazine,... "now I'm walking through hell, and this sucks."

So by his own account, fully half of his career -- much enjoyed by his fans -- sucked. Let's at least hope that in their safe, clean, pseudo-taboo vicarious descent into junkie hell they got good value for their money.

62 posted on 04/20/2002 8:43:29 PM PDT by Romulus
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To: Chad Fairbanks
We need a billboard: "Welcome to Seattle: More Dead Rock Stars than you can shake a stick at..."

Or maybe Mr. Allen will build us another hideous pile and call it a museum.

63 posted on 04/20/2002 8:54:23 PM PDT by Anthem
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To: WDG55513
Saw them open for Van Halen just after facelift was released. Never even heard of them but friend had me come along to an instore to get some stuff signed. I took in something of his - wish I would have had a cd to have them sign.

I agree, they are the best that seattle had in the early 90's. The songwriting, lyrics, performaces, and sound were and still are incredible.

At least jerry cantrell is still around-I believe he is the songwriting force behind the band. Now if Chris cornell would drop out of Rage against the machine and become the new AIC front man, I would be in musical heaven --- There would actually be some new music out there that I would buy.

64 posted on 04/20/2002 8:55:03 PM PDT by good_ash
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To: Anthem
Hmmm... The Layne Staley Experience Museum... interesting idea - however, do you think the city is ready for a change in it's skyline - Would the Space Needle be ready for competition from The Heroin Needle?????
65 posted on 04/20/2002 8:59:49 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: FITZ
It's kind of sad when someone with talent, fame, enough money destroys themselves with drugs or alcohol.

If he was living on 8th off 45th, he didn't have any money. Spit in any of three directions and you'll hit either the freeway or a very busy arterial. It's not a ghetto, but you'd starve trying to sell house paint in that neighborhood.

66 posted on 04/20/2002 9:01:20 PM PDT by Anthem
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To: Chad Fairbanks
Don't know his stuff, but by the looks of his lyrics an underground crypt would be fitting.
67 posted on 04/20/2002 9:14:28 PM PDT by Anthem
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To: Moonman62
Perhaps his early, lonely death will convince the people he's influenced not to follow the same path he did.

Maybe, but I doubt that's what the original guy meant...

68 posted on 04/20/2002 10:21:30 PM PDT by Nate505
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To: WDG55513
Personally, I always found Chains to be the top Seattle group. Facelift and Dirt really walk all over anything put out by Nirvana, Soundgarden, or Pearl Jam.

Me too. For those that have only heard a few of their songs on the radio, most people don't know the range this band had. They could play songs acoustically as well (and in some cases better) than electrically, their voices harmonized perfectly, and both Staley and Cantrell could sing very well and very on pitch. It's too bad about Staley, mostly because he knew and everyone knew that this was going to happen one day. It's like watching a real slow moving train wreck into a car with the car just resting on the tracks...

69 posted on 04/20/2002 10:25:45 PM PDT by Nate505
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To: Romulus
So by his own account, fully half of his career -- much enjoyed by his fans -- sucked. Let's at least hope that in their safe, clean, pseudo-taboo vicarious descent into junkie hell they got good value for their money.

By 96, there wasn't much of a career left. The self titled album, the last full length studio album of theirs came out in 96. Only the Unplugged album and a couple songs came after that. They quit touring that year as well....and only released box sets/best of/unreleased material after that.

70 posted on 04/20/2002 10:32:18 PM PDT by Nate505
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To: Romulus
I got my value. Their music was great.
71 posted on 04/20/2002 10:42:40 PM PDT by Bella_Bru
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To: Rainbow Rising
Alice in Chains were one of my favorite bands. Layne Staley was one of my favorite singer. It is a shame that he died all because the drugs. Layne Staley will sure be missed. I feel devestating that my idol is dead. RIP Layne Staley.
72 posted on 04/21/2002 1:09:01 AM PDT by RepublicanMetal
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To: Chad Fairbanks
That's a given... Anyone who drives under the influence of any mind-altering drug, whether it's legal or not, prescription or not, is a moron..

And people who DUI-Marijuana cause accidents and death.

73 posted on 04/21/2002 8:34:09 AM PDT by syriacus
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To: nunya bidness
Thanks. Got me Wrong was my favorite AIC.

RIP Layne

74 posted on 04/21/2002 9:20:13 AM PDT by MadameAxe
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To: syriacus
I don't really see that we are in disagreement - I don't care what mind-altering drug you are on, but if you drive while under it's influence you are being selfish, idiotic, and a menace to society - I think I was pretty clear on that...

That being said, I don't understand where the danger to society is if someone decides to smoke a little pot in the privacy of their own home. It's no different than people who want to get drunk in their own home - as long as they stay there until they "sober up", it's really no one else's business is it? Until they step out their door and go out into society and do stupid crap, and/or endangering others it's their own business...

But, as I stated before, it's crap like Asset forfeiture and the "self-funding" aspect of the drug war that I have a problem with - it opens the door to abuse of power, and tramples our constitution into the dirt - end that aspect of the war on drugs and I'll reconsider my opinion, but right now, as it stands, I will not support the war on drugs as it currently is implemented...

75 posted on 04/21/2002 9:27:42 AM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: Chad Fairbanks
Notice that his so-called "statistics" don't mention whether the people with cannibas in their systems were at fault in the accidents, or even whether they were driving, and that they only include illegal drugs. They are therefore meaningless.

Overwhelmingly, the most common drug found in people who cause traffic accidents, is alcohol.

76 posted on 04/21/2002 9:33:35 AM PDT by MadameAxe
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To: wardaddy
I liked "Rooster" too. Saw them perform it on the 1993 Lollapalooza tour - really rocker. I think that Cantrell wrote it about his dad's experiences in Vietnam.
77 posted on 04/21/2002 9:40:33 AM PDT by bleudevil
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To: RepublicanMetal
King5 TV News in Seattle has this info on their website:

SEATTLE - Layne Staley, lead singer and guitarist for the Seattle grunge band Alice in Chains was found dead in his Seattle apartment Friday.
Police were called to Staley’s apartment Friday afternoon in the heart of the University District. Inside they found a body, apparently dead for several days. Medical examiners confirmed on Saturday that 34-year-old Staley had died of a heroin overdose.

78 posted on 04/21/2002 9:44:17 AM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: MadameAxe
Well, of course, but since alcohol is a "social" drug, and it's deemed legal, it doesn't matter - pot is bad because it's illegal and anyone who smokes pot should should have all their assets taken by an administrative court (with no constitutional protections), regardless of whether they are convicted of anything or not, in order to fund the investigations of other people smoke pot... yeah, that's a great idea - I think I'll write a letter to congress and tell them that it's an idea who's time has come...

And then, to celebrate this victory against the Devil Weed, we can all go get drunk at the corner bar and drive home in righteous smugness - not caring if we run into a staion wagon full of nuns on the way or not because, at worst, we'll get a stern talking to and a suspended license for a few months...

79 posted on 04/21/2002 9:45:27 AM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: PrescottBush; yall
So did you know the deceased? Were YOU his friend? If so, then what did you do to help him fight his heroin craving? Where were his wonderful fans and friends when he took his overdose? Where were they as his body decomposed for DAYS in his little apartment? Yeah, your devotion means a whole hell of a lot.
80 posted on 04/21/2002 9:51:11 AM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: ValerieUSA
How do you know he ODd? Many of his lyrics were suicidal.
81 posted on 04/21/2002 11:12:35 AM PDT by MadameAxe
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To: MadameAxe
He did die of a heroin overdose - whether or not it was intentional doesn't change the fact.
82 posted on 04/21/2002 11:15:06 AM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: ValerieUSA
Opps, never mind. I see your post of the update. Looked at the original story and didn't see where you got it from. My bad.
83 posted on 04/21/2002 11:15:14 AM PDT by MadameAxe
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To: WDG55513
The wages of sin is death
84 posted on 04/21/2002 11:16:19 AM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: good_ash
I saw Cantrell here in New York last summer. His set was about 90% Alice in Chains, and the crowd knew every word of every song. Great show. He's a terrific singer in his own right, and he's got a new solo album coming out next month. I heard the first single "Anger Rising" on the radio last night, and it was great. Reminded me of some of the heavier stuff from Facelift. I hope he doesn't make the same mistakes that Layne did -- it'd be nice to have him around for a while.
85 posted on 04/21/2002 2:56:45 PM PDT by Rainbow Rising
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To: MadameAxe
Overwhelmingly, the most common drug found in people who cause traffic accidents, is alcohol.

Alcohol may be the most common drug found, but even if you eliminate it,

Impaired driving is impaired driving. Injured is injured. Dead is dead.

I sure hope we work on the non-alcohol-related causes, too.

86 posted on 04/21/2002 3:39:10 PM PDT by syriacus
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To: Anthem
If he was living on 8th off 45th, he didn't have any money.

Then I guess he didn't save or invest his money and quit making it. Too bad ---I never understand why people who have a lot going for them have to end this way.

87 posted on 04/21/2002 4:24:09 PM PDT by FITZ
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To: WDG55513
The badn that's REALLY being ripped off wholesale is Faith No More. While AiC had a heavy sound, they're songs were interstingly structured. FNM was a funk metal band and that exact sound, down to the exact tom sounds on the drums, is being ripped off.

There's a band called Papa Roach, if you close your eyes, you hear FNM...there are plenty of other bands that sound just like FNM. I'd sue for damages. THe state of pop music isn't.

88 posted on 04/21/2002 4:30:41 PM PDT by Benrand
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To: Rainbow Rising
I hope he doesn't make the same mistakes that Layne did -- it'd be nice to have him around for a while.

I never thought the other members were really big druggies....just Layne.

89 posted on 04/21/2002 7:21:46 PM PDT by Nate505
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To: WDG55513
This is a damn shame. AIC was one of the best bands from the grunge era. Saw them open up for Anthrax, Pantera and Megadeth at the "Clash of the Titans" tour in 1991 or 92.

First and last time I ever wore sandals to a heavy metal concert (that's a whole different story).

Damn shame...

Can't say I didn't see it coming though.

90 posted on 04/21/2002 10:54:29 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Benrand
The musical guest on each of the last two Saturday Night Lives have both been reeeeally "reminiscent" of FNM. I might have missed a week, but I'm pretty sure it was the last two episodes.
91 posted on 04/21/2002 11:09:11 PM PDT by Semaphore Heathcliffe
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To: RepublicanMetal
RIP, Layne.

The river of deceit flows down...

92 posted on 04/22/2002 5:54:37 AM PDT by JohnGalt
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To: WhiteKnuckles
My favorite album. Sad to say but his death was expected. After reading a profile on the band in 1994-1995, I am surprised that this did not happen back then.
93 posted on 04/22/2002 8:02:45 AM PDT by Corporate Law
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To: bright_paper_werewolves
The "Man In the Box" is now the singer of the song of the same name. Irony or not?[/i] Yeah, there's about 4-5 different songs that are ironic now (even though I'm bummed about his death, like most people, I could see it coming years ago).

"Down In a Hole"
"Don't Follow"
"Over Now"
"Rain When I Die"

95 posted on 04/22/2002 8:26:13 AM PDT by Nate505
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To: WDG55513
RIP Layne, we will miss you.
96 posted on 04/22/2002 10:20:01 AM PDT by LurkedLongEnough
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To: wardaddy
DIRT Bump.

It always seems the best music is created by the least stable. Cobain was a complete basket case, barely able to function as a father and husband, but the dude positively ROCKED.

And now Staley, another apparent "victim" of his own creativity, part of a long history pioneered by Keith Moon and Bon Scott - maybe. Pehaps drugs were not involved? Tough sell.

AIC will certainly remain one of my all time fave bands. RIP.

97 posted on 04/22/2002 12:29:49 PM PDT by xsrdx
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To: WDG55513
Rest in peace.
98 posted on 04/22/2002 1:38:40 PM PDT by Soulcleaver
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To: WhiteKnuckles

That songs about gang violence ... not smack.


99 posted on 11/03/2006 8:57:58 AM PST by mcg2000 (New Orleans: The city that declared Jihad on The Red Cross.)
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