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    Mad Season

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    1I Don't Know Anything lyrics
    2Locomotive lyrics
    Long Gone Day lyrics
    4Artificial Red lyrics
    5Black Book Of Fear lyrics
    6Lifeless Dead lyrics
    7Mad Season lyrics
    Mad Season feat. Matchbox Twenty
    8November Hotel lyrics
    9I Don't Want To Be A Soldier lyrics
    Wake Up lyrics

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    Above [1995]


    Mad Season was a grunge supergroup, formed in late 1994, and consisted of:

    Layne Staley (Alice in Chains) - vocals, guitar
    Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) - lead guitar
    John Baker Saunders - bass
    Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees) - drums and percussion

    Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) was not an official membet; however, he performed vocals on two of the band's songs.

    The band started out when guitarist Mike McCready went into rehab in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he met bassist John Baker Saunders. When the two returned to Seattle they formed a side band in 1994 with drummer Barrett Martin. All three had long been a part of the Seattle music community. Immediately the trio set up rehearsal time together and wrote two songs, "Wake Up" and "River of Deceit", both of which would later appear on the band's album Above. McCready then brought in friend and Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley to round out the line-up.

    Despite not having a single song completely prepared (only beginnings of songs, according to Martin) and not even having a name for the band, McCready scheduled an unannounced show at the Crocodile Cafe in October 1994, which turned out to be a big success. The song "Artificial Red", which was also to appear on the album, actually came together during the show itself. Two more gigs were scheduled at the same venue, with the band calling itself the Gacy Bunch, after both the notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy of Chicago and the 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch. On January 8, 1995, the band made an appearance on Pearl Jam's Self-Pollution radio worldwide broadcast, performing "Lifeless Dead" and "I Don't Know Anything". After gaining more popularity, the band recorded its only album and changed its name to Mad Season, which is an English term for the time of the year when psilocybin mushrooms are in full bloom.

    The band only released one album, called Above, on March 15, 1995 on Columbia Records, which achieved critical and commercial success. The band continued to play shows during the spring of 1995 before going on hiatus so that the members could return to work with their main bands.

    In 1997 attempts were made by McCready, Saunders and Martin to revive Mad Season although by this point Staley's health had worsened due to severe drug addiction. As a result he declined to participate in the project any further thus leaving Mad Season without a singer. With Staley now out of the picture, the band recruited vocalist Mark Lanegan (of the Screaming Trees) who had previously guested on the Above album (as well as at live shows) as its new permanent singer. With the switch in frontman the group also switched names adopting the 'Disinformation' moniker in late 1997.

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