And then she sees him, and at first she doesn’t even remember who he is, and then she realizes who it is. Pearl Jam 30 continues with a look back at our 2016 list of the band’s best shows ever. 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. 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. “Jeremy” is based on two true stories. Light Years It’s interesting to hear Pearl Jam’s take on a Beatles style song. She turns him in, then she has to live with the guilt and the realization that she’s betrayed the one thing that gave her life meaning. Pearl Jam Lost Dogs (2003) [Compilation] Hard To Imagine: Hard To Imagine: 18: 18. Become a member today to receive. 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. Then, they left it off the set list for five years straight between 1995 and 2000. I swear to God it was a nightmare. That’s what this song is. Fun fact: The guitar riff for “Dissident” was first revealed during a commercial break after playing “Black” during their MTV Unplugged session, which was filmed a year and a half before Vs. was released. As that genre evolved, so did they. Label: Epic. It’s a sad song, and titled to represent the healing process that Vedder was going through after the loss. 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. Stone Gossard commented on this in a radio interview, saying, “When people talk about ‘pop’ I think it’s about a simplicity of melody and a simplicity of arrangement that doesn’t over complicate a good idea or a great lyric. Really want Of The Earth (12) and Hard to Imagine (41), though, when it comes to songs played next tour that are rarely played. It remains an acoustic guitar driven, alternative rock classic, that 20 years later still sounds great live and on the radio. There’s an emotion there. Vedder explained that they found common ground on “Release,” saying, “We were strangers, but we were coming from a similar place.” It was the beginning of their long and beautiful relationship as collaborators and friends, and a song that listeners who experienced similar loss could emotionally connect with as well, releasing their own inner anguish. Not only was “Alive” Pearl Jam’s first single and the song that put the band on the map, but it was also the first song they ever recorded together. Label: Epic. This song was on Pearl Jam’s earliest demo, and originally titled “Breath and a Scream,” which eventually made its way to the Ten reissue. In Pearl Jam- An Illustrated Story, Vedder says, “The child in that song obviously has a learning difficulty. They came from a small scene and ended up representing a whole genre. Take a trip down the Pearl Jam rabbit hole at Livefootsteps.org. Get the Pearl Jam Setlist of the concert at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA on April 29, 2016 from the 2016 North American Tour and other Pearl Jam Setlists for free on setlist.fm! A list by Cal_R [List134577] | | ADVERTISEMENT. Here are a few others that come to mind, and if any of them have a solo I don't mean that's easy to play, just the main song. And these kids, because they seemed unable or reluctant to learn, they’d end up getting the shit beaten outta them.” This is one of many social issues we’ve seen Pearl Jam tackle on this list in their songwriting. COMPLEX participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means COMPLEX gets paid commissions on purchases made through our links to retailer sites. Rate 5 stars Rate 4 stars Rate 3 stars Rate 2 stars Rate 1 star . It was also released on the charity compilation No Boundaries: A Benefit for the Kosovar Refugees, and helped earn roughly 10 million dollars for Kosovo relief. The guitar work is brilliantly human and emotive, and the melody is undeniable. But the re-recorded version Pearl Jam fans are most familiar with (they’re very similar) appeared on the Singles soundtrack. Genesis' key-man re-examines his solo career and the early days of music video. For Benny, it took him to hell and back. But she couldn’t hold on. We can all thank his bandmate Stone Gossard, whose “E Ballad” demo inspired the lyrics. “Of The Girl” is described in the Pearl Jam Twenty book as “a bluesy strut written by Stone Gossard on which the thick bass and galloping drums give the impression of charging through twilight.” It’s organic, and comes off as if they were performing at a local coffee house, which is a setting we dream of seeing them perform an acoustic set in. Label: Epic, As explained by Mike McCready in a 1992 interview with Guitar World magazine, “Dirty Frank” was written while Pearl Jam was on tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, saying, “The song’s about our bus driver, Frank. Maybe that’s why my goal is the dull moment. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers always put on an entertaining show and keep fans on their feet with ever-changing and evolving set lists consisting original and cover songs, but certain songs always seem to be a must. Vedder explained further, “They kept her there for quite a long time. Exclusive Access It’s a captivating tune, and one that we’ve revisited heavily at P & P in the last six months. We were so emotionally charged and moved by the imagination and humanity that we felt because of the movie.”. Instead, it appeared as a B-side to “Alive,” and a bonus cut on the European version of Ten. Label: Epic. by WhereTheFishLive Plays Quiz not verified by Sporcle . I don’t want to be a part of it. Binaural is the sixth studio album by U.S. alternative rock band Pearl Jam, released May 16, 2000 through Epic Records.Following a full-scale tour in support of its previous album, Yield (1998), Pearl Jam took a short break before reconvening toward the end of 1999 to begin work on a new album. But we’ve got one more that’s super special. Relatively, Vedder says the song itself is pretty obviously about the pressures of fame, and “one person’s relationship with a million people.”. I’m glad we’re still alive! Pearl Jam opened up their sophomore album Vs. with this aggressive cut, showing critics who were ready to put them in a box that they were capable of much more than just making songs like “Jeremy.” In fact, they at times despised songs for being too catchy. © Complex Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved. To flip the style of the song, the band sometimes opts to play a slow version of “Lukin,” which comes off dope live. Eddie Vedder found an old record of J. Franklin and the Cavaliers original 1964 version of “Last Kiss” at the Fremont Antique Mall in Seattle, and stayed up all night listening to it. Let’s leave the vocals as they are. I don’t think the band wants to be part of it.”. It’s amazing that a song as beautiful as this was written in less than an hour. Beginning with their debut album, 1991's multi-platinum hit Ten, Pearl Jam eclipsed even breakthrough alternative acts like Nirvana in popularity. Label: Epic. 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. It’s fairly straight-forward, but powerful enough to crash into our Best 50. In fact, after 1996’s experimental album No Code was met with mixed reviews and a stale response from their fan base, “Given to Fly,” the first single off Yield, showed that they still had the potential to make a quintessential Pearl Jam song. It was recorded by the band a few days later. Album: “Go”/”Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town” (acoustic)/”Alone” (Single) PEARL JAM TOP 20 SONGS . We were convinced he was a serial killer. By the time the Seattle group formed in 1990, its members had already played in several crucial early grunge acts, including Green River and Mother Love Bone. Consider it a curtain call. “Black” (1991) Album: Ten. And it’s the song we’ve picked to close out our list with. “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. 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. Very cool song. The next song on the most played list is “Alive,” which they have performed 776 times. Let’s see some talent!” Then he grabbed his bozack. Originally titled “Brother,” “Daughter” was the second single off Vs. and their first Top 40 single on the mainstream Billboard charts. 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 gorgeous ode to Eddie Vedder’s inability to be a good friend is an unlikely candidate for a Top 10 spot. Album: “Alive”/”Once”/”Wash” (Single) Their iconic cover of Neil Young’s “Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World,” is next with 156. Album: No Boundaries: A Benefit for the Kosovar Refugees “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. He says the song’s subject is actually a friend of his from Seattle who received a “yellow letter” saying his brother had died in The Gulf War, which relates to one line fans have been able to decipher from live performances, “I don’t know whether my brother will be coming home in a box or a bag.”, It’s a shame that this song wasn’t on Ten, but it was released on the “Jeremy” single and reduced to B-Side status, probably because no one at Epic knew what the fuck Eddie was singing. It’s interesting to note that Pearl Jam has never performed “Gremmie Out of Control,” “Whale Song,” or its tribute to Layne Staley “4/20/02” off the Lost Dogs album. It’s been rumored that this song is about Kurt Cobain’s death, but in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Eddie Vedder shot that down, saying, “It’s not about Kurt. The song is dedicated to Eddie Vedder’s love of surfing, specifically his surfboard, though at their MTV Unplugged taping in 1992, he mentioned that it was actually a love song dedicated to a woman named Beth, who he eventually married in 1994. Bassist Jeff Ament didn’t like the punk rock direction it took, saying, “I really didn’t want to make music like that at that time.” Interestingly enough, Stone Gossard’s original guitar riff was much slower, but Eddie Vedder requested that it be sped up. After he sent his recordings to Gossard, Vedder was invited to come to Seattle, and Pearl Jam was born. I think the thought of the song is that there are things that you know, and they’re in us, but we just haven’t thought of them. Album: “Love, Reign O’er Me” (Single) 21: 21. At a ’94 gig at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Vedder announced that “Better Man” was “dedicated to the bastard that married my Momma.” Vedder actually wrote the song when he was in high school, and in a Los Angeles Times interview from ’96, he says, “Sometimes I think of how far I’ve come from the teenager sitting on the bed in San Diego writing ‘Better Man’ and wondering if anyone would ever even hear it.”. Actually, one of their producers had heard them play it live once, and tried to persuade him in to putting it on Vs., but Eddie wasn’t having it. Pigeons & Planes is all about music discovery, supporting new artists, and delivering the best music curation online and IRL. “Release,” a ballad from the band’s debut album Ten, is the band’s go to song to open a show appearing in the slot 143 times. As explained earlier, “Alive” is the first part of the “Momma-Son Trilogy,” about a boy who finds out his father is in fact his stepfather, and that his real father is dead. He’s on the run, and she offers him a refuge. She was so strong that she refused to accept many of the accusations of her doing terrible things when she wasn’t really doing anything and the next thing you know, she’d been hospitalized for like two years.” In the liner notes to Ten, the song is dedicated to a girl named Heather, who we assume was the song’s inspiration. At a show in Vedder’s hometown of San Diego in 2006, he revealed that “Long Road,” the second of two songs off Pearl Jam’s collaborative EP with Neil Young, was written after he heard the news that his former high school drama teacher and mentor had passed away. 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. While introducing it during a ’94 gig in Miami, Vedder commented on the homeless community living across the street from the venue, saying, “You should just know that those people ain’t all crazy and sometimes it’s not their fault.”. The song is essentially about a young man saying goodbye as his father is about to pass away, as Vedder sings, “The man of the hour has taken his final bow, goodbye for now.” It’s heart-wrenching to say the least. Eddie Vedder shared our sentiments, telling Spin about the song, “Any time I can nail down a song, a thought, in a half hour, that feels really good.”. Vedder has said the song is about mutual love, and making sure not to fuck up or else you “are left with less than nothing.” He told the Los Angeles Times it was an idea that he kept in mind when dealing with his own relationship with his wife, saying, “I just know that without her, I’d be a kite without a string, a nothing man.” Interestingly enough, they were divorced in 2000. Vedder said that he felt “the need to take that small article and make something of it—to give that action, to give it reaction, to give it more importance.”. 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. Find the most recently played songs on 93X // KXXR-FM // Minnesota's Rock Station We can dig it. The chorus “I’m going to Lukin’s” is in reference to Matt Lukin, a founding member of slept-on Seattle bands The Melvins and Mudhoney, who Vedder was boys with. Jeff Ament says, “Arguably, it’s the biggest song we have.”, Epic Records pushed to make “Black” a single, but in classic Pearl Jam fashion, they refused, fearing that the song was too personal to be released as a single and have a video made about it. It was also nominated for a Grammy in 1993 in the category Best Rock Performacne by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Can you picture him, on the brink of forming Pearl Jam, writing one of the most remarkable rock ballads in history? 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. Mike McCready, who helped write the music, says of the song not making their debut, “For some reason, it didn’t make it on Ten. I really wanted it to be on our first record.”. Album: Judgement Night (Soundtrack) “Porch,” “Black,” “Jeremy,” “Better Man,” Daughter” and “Do the Evolution” are also high on the list with over 500 appearances each. 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. Bizarre, right? Exclusive Access That’s what I get most excited about, the stuff that’s just a little bit outside of our comfort zone.”. I love music and animals. But they’re there, and we base decisions on them.” We’re glad you pushed it, Eddie. This September, Pearl Jam will headline the first ever Made In America festival in Philadelphia, along with its curator, Jay-Z. It was not as successful on the charts as “I Am Mine,” but this was another one of Riot Act‘s best moments. We would find piles of empty beer cans under his driver’s seat after a whole night’s drive. “Wash” is second on the list of the top openers with 78 show intros, while “Long Road,” “Oceans,” “Sometimes” and “Corduroy” follow. Fed up with Ten‘s one word titles, Eddie Vedder gave this beautifully written, acoustic gem the total opposite. 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. Album: Big Fish (Soundtrack) But regardless of placement, it’s vintage PJ all the way. “I Got Id” (from Merkin Ball, 1995) “I Got Id” is in many ways one of the definitive Pearl Jam songs, … That’s the tragedy of the song.”. Pearl Jam Riot Act (2002) Help Help: Help Help: 20: 20. I still don’t think Stone is satisfied with how it came out.” Maybe that’s why an alternate version appears in the video for the song, and also on their 2004 greatest hits double disc Rearviewmirror. Proving that they weren’t just one-hit wonders of the early 90’s alternative rock era, Pearl Jam followed up their breakout hit “Alive” with “Even Flow,” a song which describes the experience of being homeless. As Vedder said, “They lifted the curse.”. It should also be noted that although there is a needle reference in the lyrics, the song is not about drugs, but rather old records. The song was even nominated for a Golden Globe in 2004, but lost out to Annie Lennox’s “Into The West” from The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King. It should be no surprise to fans that “Yellow Ledbetter” is used to close most concerts appearing 337 times in the encore slot. On “Footsteps,” he is given the death sentence, and is looking back on his life from a lonely cell. It was one of the first songs they laid down, and was Vedder’s way of addressing his unease of becoming someone his generation was looking to as a spokesman, singing, “I am lost, I’m no guide, but I’m by your side, I am right by your side.” Vedder’s going hard on this song, pouring his soul out, and the band’s rhythm section sounds tighter than ever, too. Decade-End Top Artists; Decade-End Top … And though he doesn’t sing on the song, that’s Neil Young on lead guitar, blending in beautifully with the band. Since 1994, it has only been played 32 times. The controversial video for the song won MTV’s Best Video of the Year award in 1993. Pearl Jam, Soundtrack: Big Fish. Vedder, Young, and Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready appropriately picked to perform the song together as part of the America: A Tribute to Heroes benefit concert, which was held ten days after the 9/11 attacks. Regardless of the meaning though, this is full force blam, and the perfect lead-in for the new material that was to follow on Vs. I was kind of bummed at the time. You can follow me on Twitter. List of songs with Songfacts entries for Pearl Jam. Satan’s Bed is one of the lesser played songs from Pearl Jam’s extensive catalogue. Due to legal reasons, they had to change their name to Pearl Jam, but still named their debut album Ten after Blaylock’s jersey number. Listen free to Pearl Jam – Ten (Once, Even Flow and more). But she just can’t handle the responsibility. Hell, we’re second guessing ourselves right now. It’s no rip-off, no, never that from these dudes. In their early days touring, they toyed with different live versions of “Garden,” but ended up reverting back to the original. This epic, nine minute song off Pearl Jam’s debut album, was one of the first songs Eddie Vedder wrote with the band. One about a boy named Jeremy Wade Delle from Texas who killed himself in front of his English class in 1991, who Eddie Vedder read about in a small newspaper article. In the last couple of years, there have been some things that have kind of allowed some darker things to come to the surface of my childhood, seeing things that I had kind of selectively forgotten for my own mental health or whatever.” This was one of two songs Ament wrote the lyrics for on Binaural. It’s not often that Pearl Jam showed off their heavy punk influence this blatantly, but we kind of wish they did more often. Since 1998, the band has also included drummer Matt Cameron (also of Soundgarden).Boom Gaspar (piano) has also been a session/touring member with … “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. Even Eddie Vedder was unsure of how to react when it won Best Hard Rock Performance in 1996, saying, “I don’t know what this means. 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). Pearl Jam have played “Even Flow” 844 times, making the track -- by far -- the most played song … 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: Epic. It’s a long way from the Seattle grunge scene they started in, and a testament to how widespread their reach has become. But no one knew what it was. 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 Ten (1991) Even Flow: Even Flow: 17: 17. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. The Mother Love Bone version can be heard on the Singles soundtrack, and Pearl Jam’s cover was the lead release off the PJ20 soundtrack, which was recorded at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in 2000. Become a member today to receive. Well, plenty of people heard it, though he held tight to it until they started making their third album, which Vedder got his chops busted for at a VH1 Storytellers Q&A. Label: Sony Classical, Director Tim Burton reached out to Eddie Vedder about having Pearl Jam contribute an original song to Big Fish. But it’s an homage of sorts from one legendary band to another. Album: Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams Vedder described the trilogy once as “a work of fiction based on reality,” because that really did happen to him, though the part about the killing spree the boy goes on after finding out the news on “Once” is made up. After finally getting it right not only on stage, but in the studio, “Better Man” made it to Vitalogy. Just ask Adam Sandler. Pearl Jam had been performing “Leash” live since 1991, but it wasn’t recorded until their second album. But it gave her a reason to be. 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. Shortly after, he convinced the band to give the song a try, and they ended up performing it during their 1998 tour. Vedder said the song was written during the time of The Gulf War, and is an “anti-patriotic song” named in part after an old friend of his from Chicago named Tim Ledbetter, though it’s not exactly about him. Ten is the debut album by the Pearl Jam, released on August 27, 1991 through Epic Records. And without it being released as a single (Vitalogy had no commercial single releases), it reached number one for eight weeks straight on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and it continues to be a crowd favorite at their live shows. 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. They have inspired us, given us hope, made us think, and grown older with us, and while other bands have come and gone, they have always managed to hold on to their spot. 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