During a recent interview with Motor Trend, Alice in Chains guitar mastermind Jerry Cantrell remembered purchasing his first car soon after the release of the band’s 1990 debut album “Facelift.” He said:
“I remember having cash in the bank to write a check – not put it on a plan, but actually to buy it, that’s what I wanted to do. There was a sense of pride that I had earned the money to do that and that I could – that was special.
“And it’s funny because the first car lot that I walked on, the guy wouldn’t even let me get in the car because of how I looked.”
Recalling how he used to sport “combat boots, long johns under cut-off jeans, leather jackets, and long hair,” Jerry added:
“I’m like, ‘Dude, are you serious? I’ve got cash to buy a car, a brand new car. I don’t have to have somebody to cosign it. I need to buy a car.’
“So I looked across the street – it was an auto row area – and I’m like, ‘You just lost a sale, dude. I’m going to walk across that street, I’m going to buy a car. I’m going to come back over here and I’m going to show it to you.’
“And I did. I walked across the street, bought a fuckin’ Ford Explorer, and when I got the paperwork done, I came back by the window and probably flipped him off and then drove off. [Chuckles]”