Posts Tagged ‘Pearl Jam’

Pearl Jam’s induction into the Hall of Fame could probably have been regarded as inevitable: I’m glad to see it though.

2017 was the first year they were eligible, according to the HoF rules. In a year that saw the legendary Joan Baez also inducted, along with the late rapper Tupac Shakur among others, David Letterman attended to give the speech inducting the Seattle legends. (more…)

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I know I’ve put up a number of ‘20th anniversary‘ pieces on this site, to the extent that it is becoming a cliche.
But it so happens that so many of the albums made 20 years or so ago are so worth commemorating; and happened to be the primary influences on me both as a music fan and as a musician. The album Above by Mad Season happens to have been one of those.

Above is particularly extraordinary for a bunch of reasons. For one thing, it was the only album made by Mad Season. For another, Mad Season was only supposed to be a minor side-project to give a group of troubled musicians something to focus on after emerging from spells in rehab: but it ended up being a major piece of work that is beloved and remembered by legions of fans even two decades later. (more…)

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Bit late getting this post up, but December marked 20 years since the release of Pearl Jam’s third album, Vitalogy, in 1994. While I’m not sure how many fans would consider it Pearl Jam’s best album, it is certainly their strangest strangest and most awkward.
Vitalogy could be said to have marked the first conscious step in the direction away from the kind of insane commercial success PJ had experienced with their first two albums.

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Nirvana legend Krist Novoselic has entered into the controversy over Eddie Vedder’s perceived “anti-Israel diatribe” at the Milton Keynes Bowl in July.
I already posted extensively on this subject, having been at that show, the last of Pearl Jam’s 2014 European tour. Now Novoselic, a friend of Vedder’s, has written in support of the Pearl Jam frontman’s position in his excellent blog This Is Krist Novoselic.

“Thank you Eddie Vedder for speaking up for peace in our world,” the former Nirvana and Sweet 75 bassist said in an article that further explores the highly divisive and toxic Israel/Palestine issue, further saying that “it is the knuckleheads on both sides that should be criticized and not the singer from a rock band.” (more…)

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It’s a testament to how much great music of genuinely enduring substance was being recorded and released 20 years ago that the term “20th anniversary” keeps cropping up in music journalism in regard to seminal albums that have more than stood the test of time.
I’ve written a couple of pieces on this blog along those lines, specifically in regard to Nirvana’s In Utero, Hole’s Live Through This, and a couple of others. Soundgarden’s classic 1994 album Superunknown is one of those era defining pieces of work that more than justifies the various coverage its 20th anniversary re-issues have garnered on-line and in the music press in the passed few months.

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Noticing that yesterday marked twenty years to the day of the release of Pearl Jam’s Dissident single, I decided to write a post highlighting my favorite 10 Pearl Jam singles over the years; then about a paragraph into doing that I realised it would actually be more interesting to talk about tracks that never were singles but so easily could’ve been.

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Pearl Jam‘s first album in four years is reason to be curious and (guardedly) excited.

There are definitely good omens in the air; the Dead Kennedy’s-inspired (according to Mike McCready) ‘Mind Your Manners‘, released in July as the album’s lead single, has whetted the apetite (along with its very cool video; Pearl Jam really do make some damn cool videos, especially for a band that generally doesn’t do videos – ‘Jeremy‘ and ‘Do The Evolution‘ remain two of the best music videos I’ve ever seen), boding well for the broader album to follow. (more…)