Pearl Jam in the 1990’s (60 mins. of music) #grunge

One of the few survivors of the 1990's Seattle music scene.

“Everybody got away from what Pearl Jam are supposed to be.” – Jeff Ament

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Pearl Jam are one of the biggest acts associated with the Grunge movement of the early 1990’s, and are one of the architects of what is known as the “Seattle Sound”, a guitar and groove based type of Rock and Roll that draws heavily from 1970’s influences, such as Classic Rock and Punk. The band formed in the Emerald City in 1990 out of the ashes of another Seattle band, Mother Love Bone, after that group’s lead singer, Andrew Wood, died of a heroin overdose.

After the  breakthrough success of Nirvana and Soundgarden in 1991 and 1992, Pearl Jam got off to a much slower start commercially than these bands, often being derided for initially signing to a major label, Epic, than their predecessors. Through constant touring and a breakthrough video for the track “Jeremy”, from their debut, the band were catapulted into next big thing status, including a Newsweek magazine cover story.

Pearl Jam, 1992. (l-r) Mike McCready, Jeff Ament, Dave Krusen, Eddie Vedder and Stone Gossard. Photo by Lance Mercer/The Hell Gate.

The band were uncomfortable with their sudden rush of success, and for the most part, decided to shun the machinery that makes or breaks most bands. They stopped doing videos, took the touring industry to task by touring with an alternative to Ticketmaster, supported a variety of causes for dispossessed populations and even made low-cost downloads of live performances available to fans, sometimes to mixed results. Regardless, they developed a legion of die-hard listeners and found positive critical support.

They are currently on tour now, and are about to release a brand new recording, 28 years since their debut. The band are also avid basketball fans, originally naming themselves Mookie Blaylock, after the NBA player, and named their debut album, Ten, after the number on his jersey. This program focuses on their recorded output in the first calendar decade of existence, the 1990’s.

Our tracks this week: Title, Year, Source

First Part
1. Even Flow, 1991, Ten
2. Catholic Boy, 1995, The Basketball Diaries soundtrack (Jim Carroll & Pearl Jam)
3. Go, 1993, Vs.
4. Daughter, 1993, Vs.
5. Push Me, Pull Me, 1998, Yield
6. Act Of Love, 1995, Mirrorball (Neil Young and Pearl Jam)
7. Yellow Ledbetter, 1992, originally “Jeremy” CD single B-side/radio promo single 1994

Second Part
8. Jeremy, 1991, Ten
9. Dead Man, 1996, “Off He Goers” CD single
10. Last Kiss, 1998, fan club single released commercially
11. Do The Evolution, 1998, Yield
12. Spin The Black Circle, 1994, Vitalogy
13. Gremmie Out Of Control, 1996, MOM: Music for Our Mother Ocean 

14. All Those Yesterdays, 1998, Yield

To download this program, please click here.

Love to you all.

Ben “Bear” Brown Jr., owner

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