Also, take a moment to revisit our trio of Wrigley Field reviews from 2013, 2016, and 2018. It was like, ‘Oh man! Vedder described the emotion of the song in a 1994 Los Angeles Times article, saying about the upbeat nature of the music, “It made me feel like I was in a car, leaving something, a bad situation. Shit, even we forgot about it, and overlooked it until the very end, until we remembered how great it is. It’s still unknown who the anger on the song is directed at, but Eddie Vedder stated once that when a record label rep asked him to turn the vocals up on the song in the mix so that people knew what he was singing about, which prompted Eddie to tell him the true meaning behind the lyrics, the label rep conceded, saying, “You’re right. See Pearl Jam in the Top 90 Hard Rock + Metal Albums of the '90s, Maynard: Social Media Is 'Very Narcissistic' + 'Not Very Healthy'. Jeff Ament said of the recording process, “I felt that it was the best song that we got the worst take of on the first record. It was also nominated for a Grammy in 1993 in the category Best Rock Performacne by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Since its inception, the band's line-up has included Eddie Vedder (lead vocals), Mike McCready (lead guitar), Stone Gossard (rhythm guitar), and Jeff Ament (bass). I was kind of bummed at the time. “Indifference,” “Porch,” and their highly energetic cover of The Who's “Baba O’Riley” round out the band’s top five closers. Pearl Jam didn’t release another music video again until 1998. Label: Thirsty Ear/Chaos. One thing to note about this song, other than it’s possibly the most beautiful composition in their entire catalog, is that it was written by Vedder on his bus ride to Seattle to meet the band for the first time. Pearl Jam 30 continues with a look back at our 2016 list of the band’s best shows ever. Label: Epic. Hell, we’re second guessing ourselves right now. He was even reluctant to put it out on Vitalogy, trying to pull it off the record at the last minute. But regardless of placement, it’s vintage PJ all the way. Satan’s Bed is one of the lesser played songs from Pearl Jam’s extensive catalogue. Label: Epic. Pearl Jam is an American rock band formed in 1990 in Seattle, Washington.The band's lineup consists of founding members Jeff Ament (bass guitar), Stone Gossard (rhythm guitar), Mike McCready (lead guitar), and Eddie Vedder (lead vocals, guitar), as well as Matt Cameron (drums), who joined in 1998. Critics chided Pearl Jam for humourlessness, but their most explicitly political track was an act of darkly brilliant wit, which continues to be a highlight in their live set. Are you a fucking singer? It was a true bonding moment for all of them, as Vedder was still dealing with the news that who he thought was his father was actually his stepfather, and his real father had passed away before he had a chance to connect with him. They came from a small scene and ended up representing a whole genre. This song was inspired by a good old fashioned rock star night on the road, getting a little too wasted and staying up late talking with an Academy Award nominated actress. It made her life difficult. “Wash” is second on the list of the top openers with 78 show intros, while “Long Road,” “Oceans,” “Sometimes” and “Corduroy” follow. It was written specifically about a girl from Chicago, who Eddie Vedder said in an interview with a Houston radio station in 1991 was caught smoking pot by her mom, and due to the trouble she was having with her parents, was sent off to be hospitalized. Pearl Jam have spent the past few months looking back at their 20-year career, so it seemed like a good time to ask our readers about their favorite songs by the band. The Judgement Night soundtrack was one of the first full rap/rock mash-up projects, pairing hip-hop’s elite with the greatest in grunge. This minute and a half punk ditty is Eddie Vedder’s response to what he calls “a pretty intense stalker problem” that was going on during the time of the band’s involvement in Neil Young’s Mirror Ball sessions. Label: Sony Classical, Director Tim Burton reached out to Eddie Vedder about having Pearl Jam contribute an original song to Big Fish. The woman never left town, but the man did. I remembered all the times I wanted to leave.” This was actually one of the first songs that Vedder himself wrote the music for in addition to the lyrics. The fact that “Given to Fly” is the featured song in the PJ20 trailer sums up how much the sound of it represents the band as a whole. “Go” jokingly has been said to be about Vedder’s pickup truck, giving the line “don’t go on me” a much different meaning than the listener may naturally interpret. According to -- a data-driven site that keeps statistics for every Pearl Jam concert -- the group has performed 1,034 concerts dating back to the “Mookie Blaylock” days of 1990. It’s fairly straight-forward, but powerful enough to crash into our Best 50. About Pearl Jam Founded in 1990 in Seattle, Pearl Jam is one of the most successful bands out of the grunge movement, if not of the whole alternative rock scene from the early 90s. “Footsteps” is the final song in what is known as Eddie Vedder’s “Momma-Son” trilogy that begins with “Alive” and “Once.” The trilogy, which essentially was the demo tape Eddie Vedder sent to Seattle that first peaked the interest of Stone Gossard (who had written and recorded the music Eddie sung over), tells the story of a boy who learns that his father is actually his stepfather, which is something that in real life happened to Eddie Vedder, and goes on a killing spree in reaction to finding out. The controversial video for the song won MTV’s Best Video of the Year award in 1993. “Black” (1991) Album: Ten. It’s a chilled out tune for sure, and one we felt needed some recognition. Bizarre, right? But she just can’t handle the responsibility. Year-End Hot 100 Songs; Year-End Billboard 200 Albums; 2020 Year-End Boxscore; Google's Top Hummed Songs 2020; All Year-End Charts; DECADE-END . “Just A Girl” is one of Pearl Jam’s earliest demos, back when they were known as Mookie Blaylock, after the popular and talented NBA point guard. For Benny, it took him to hell and back. And it’s only in the last few years that they’ve actually been able to diagnose these learning disabilities that before were looked at as misbehavior, as just outright rebelliousness. Vedder explained further, “They kept her there for quite a long time. And it’s the song we’ve picked to close out our list with. Pigeons & Planes is all about music discovery, supporting new artists, and delivering the best music curation online and IRL. Genesis' key-man re-examines his solo career and the early days of music video. It’s hard not to make this song number one our list. The original title for Vs. was actually Five Against One, which was taken from the “Animal” lyric, “One, two, three, four, five against one…” It was released as the third single from the album. “Escape is never the safest bet,” Eddie Vedder belts on the chorus, which is pretty good advice given in relation to the song’s storyline. The cover song got picked up by radio stations across the country pretty quickly, and became very popular, so Pearl Jam released it as an official single with the all proceeds going to the aid of refugees of the Kosovo War. Pearl Jam Ten (1991) Even Flow: Even Flow: 17: 17. Album: No Boundaries: A Benefit for the Kosovar Refugees He told MTV in an interview about the song, “I think until two or three years ago, I looked back at my childhood as being a fairly utopian situation where I had the freedom to ride my bike around town when I was five years old, and my parents didn’t have to worry about anybody taking me and killing me or whatever. © Complex Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved. But the re-recorded version Pearl Jam fans are most familiar with (they’re very similar) appeared on the Singles soundtrack. Label: Epic. Nothing on the album was written directly about Kurt, and I don’t feel like talking about him, because it [might be seen] as exploitation.” Of course, Vedder was never one to take advantage, but if he did subconsciously use the emotions surrounding Cobain’s suicide as inspiration for “Immortality,” he did it well, with lines like “cannot find the comfort in this world” and “some die just to live.”. Pearl Jam have played “Even Flow” 844 times, making the track -- by far -- the most played song … Music Quiz / Songs most played by Pearl Jam Random Music or Song Quiz Can you name the songs most often played by Pearl Jam in concert (as of 10/16/2009)?? Originally recorded by Victoria Williams, Pearl Jam’s cover of “Crazy Mary” first appeared on Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams, a tribute album inspired by the songstress being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Consider it a curtain call. It’s a long way from the Seattle grunge scene they started in, and a testament to how widespread their reach has become. He’s on the run, and she offers him a refuge. Label: Monkeywrench, It’s was Adam Sandler’s brainchild to have Pearl Jam cover this The Who classic for his post-9/11 film Reign Over Me. It’s a sad tale of reflection, sung with haunting beauty. And we love how Eddie introduced this song on stage in Poland, saying, “This is about being friends with an asshole,” and then pointed at himself. “Wash” was recorded during the Ten studio sessions, but did not make the album. Can you name the 5 most frequent and 3 least frequent Pearl Jam songs that are played live by the band per studio album? Decade-End Top Artists; Decade-End Top … I don’t want to be a part of it. Burton invited the band to a screening of an early print of the film, and Vedder was so moved by what he saw that the next day, he had a demo for “Man Of The Hour” in the can. Vedder was once asked about the words to this song and he joked, “Wait, you mean there’s lyrics?” The crazy thing is, regardless of the fact that you can’t understand 95% of the lyrics, the song is Pearl Jam’s most powerful. Vedder wasn’t around much for the sessions, but he lent vocals to “I Got Id,” which is also known as “I Got Shit.” Vedder explained before an ’06 live performance of the song in Toronto that the chorus melody of “I Got Id” was actually subconsciously inspired by Young’s “Cinnamon Girl” verse melody, though he didn’t realize it out until years after the song was recorded. As Vedder explained, “It’s about a conversation with Catherine Keener, and a book – I think it might have even been called Unthought Known. But it’s an homage of sorts from one legendary band to another. “Eldery Woman Behind the Counter In A Small Town” (1993). But as dark a story as was told in “Alive” and through the rest of the trilogy, fans saw the positive in the “I’m still alive” lyrics, and ended up changing the meaning of the song. Pearl Jam collaborated with the legendary Neil Young on his album Mirror Ball, and the Merkin Ball EP was made up of leftovers from that project. As Vedder said, “They lifted the curse.”. This song was originally recorded during the Vs. sessions, but was cut from the album because the band felt they already had enough mellow songs for it. According to an article on, the Pearl Jam name is “a reference to Vedder’s great-grandmother Pearl and some sort of hallucinogenic jam she allegedly made.” When Ten was reissued in 2009, “Just A Girl” was included. It’s no rip-off, no, never that from these dudes. Our editorial content is not influenced by any commissions we receive. 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