Jar Of Flies

by Alice In Chains

Original Release Date: 1994-01-25

Jar Of Flies

Jar of Flies is the third studio EP by American rock band Alice in Chains. It was released on January 25, 1994, by Columbia Records. The band’s second acoustic EP, after 1992’s Sap, it was the first EP in music history to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, with the first week sales exceeding 141,000 copies in the United States. The self-produced record was written and recorded over the course of just one week at the London Bridge Studio in Seattle. The tracks “No Excuses”, “I Stay Away” and “Don’t Follow” were released as singles to promote the EP. Jar of Flies was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 1995: Best Recording Package and Best Hard Rock Performance for “I Stay Away”. The EP was well received by critics and has been certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), making Jar of Flies one of the band’s most successful releases. In Canada, Jar of Flies was certified double platinum for sales of 200,000 copies. In the United Kingdom, the album was certified silver after selling 60,000 copies there.


  1. Rotten Apple (6:56)
  2. Nutshell (4:16)
  3. I Stay Away (4:13)
  4. No Excuses (4:15)
  5. Whale & Wasp (2:35)
  6. Don’t Follow (4:21)
  7. Swing On This (4:01)

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Wikipedia URL https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jar_of_Flies
Format Vinyl 12" 33 ⅓ RPM EP Reissue Remastered
Label Velvet Hammer
Catalog Number 19658800371
Notes Includes printed inner sleeve with credits & lyrics. For the North American release without [l=sony music] logo, please refer to [r=30106898]. © 1994, 2024 Columbia Records, A Division of Sony Music Entertainment. Made in the EU. Runouts are etched except -61933- is stamped.
Discogs URL Alice In Chains - Jar Of Flies