Alice In Chains released “Rooster” as a single in 1993 and is featured on the band’s second studio album, Dirt. The song gets its title from Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell Jr., who wrote the song for his father, Jerry Cantrell Sr. who sometimes went by the name “Rooster” during his time in the Army in the Vietnam War.
The song peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and remains extremely with men and women serving in the the armed forces.
Directed by Mark Pellington, the music video features some very graphic re-enacted combat scenes as well as real Vietnam War documentary and news footage. Jerry Cantrell Sr. appears in the video, filmed in black and white, with the color re-enactment scenes serving the purpose of a flashbacks to his time in the war.