Blog Archives

Maniacal Mondays: Pearl Jam Performs Alive

The start of the 1990s found music listeners and music lovers constantly being asked one thing:

Nirvana or Pearl Jam?

As the grunge movement gained momentum in the late 80s, little did the world outside of Seattle know what would be hitting them square in the nads in the coming years. ┬áIt would be an unabashed embrace of American rock and roll-loud, raucous, and completely balls to the wall. Of the countless bands that rose to prominence under the grunge flag that quickly found a home atop many a flagpole during this time period, two always seemed to be the centre of attention for the ‘sides’ that seemed to form out of nowhere:

Nirvana and Peral Jam.

Even though both of these groups found massive success in the early 90s, and both came out of the clubs of Seattle, during their initial foray into the big leagues it was hard to find a true fan of both bands. It always seemed you loved one, hated the other. Thought Kurt Cobain was King Slacker who wrote awesome songs even though you could never quite tell what the hell he was singing? Then Eddie Vedder was a whiny surfer from San Diego with a mother complex. Vedder was your introspective lyrical hero? Then Cobain was a one hit wonder who no doubt would fade into oblivion sooner rather than later.

Ah, kids.

Of course, we all know how the stories of both Nirvana and Pearl Jam have unfolded over the years. And even though one of the biggest knocks against Pearl Jam was that they were ‘corporate’ rock since their label, Epic, was a subsidiary of Sony BMG, they’ve done a pretty good job of playing the game by their own rules, thank you very much. Refusing to release singles, not filming videos, avoiding awards shows, brawling with Ticketmaster-all the things a record label loves. While I haven’t always been onboard the Pearl Jam train (they lost me for a bit in the late 90s), I do give them credit for what appears to be a career that, once it comes to a close, they’ll be able to look back on and not feel like they made a living short changing anyone. Which, I suspect, might be a little more difficult down the road for many of today’s current batch of pop stars.

From their debut album 10, here’s Alive.

Pearl Jam Hates The Past But Decide To Make Sweet Love To It…For an Entire Year

Pearljam Looks like grunge scene survivors Pearl Jam are going to bite the bullet and spend 2011 at least admitting that they have made music in the past, with a yearlong celebration of the 20th anniversary of their debut album, 10.

The band has announced that they will release box sets of several of their earlier albums throughout 2011, plus be the subject of a Cameron Crowe directed documentary scheduled to hit theatres sometime this summer.

It's all a bit odd for a band that has never been known to get too comfy with past success, instead choosing to focus on the 'now' and keep new material coming. Since the band has often refused to release official singles, film videos, or play the usual hits at live shows, the unusual altering of their game plan comes as a bit of a surprise to hardcore Jam fans. I don't think they'll be complaining, although I'm sure some will start screaming "Sell outs!!!" when they find out the idea for the 20th anniversary celebrations came from the band's manager, Kelly Curtis. By most accounts, it appears as though the band themselves could really care less. 

Let's have a looksy at one of the many classic tunes from 10 that helped launch the band. Here's Even Flow at what looks like a pre-gig soundcheck, so no audience. The energy is still there, though. Crazy kids and their wickedly awesome hat collection.