15 things you didn’t know about Pearl Jam – Pixbear

“Pearl Jam was formed from the ashes of Mother Love Bone. No kidding ! It is obvious when one is interested in the group! » curse in front of your screen. Calm down for the love of grunge. Are you sure you really know everything about Pearl Jam ? To make sure, pixbear has collected 15 anecdotes about this inseparable group from Seattle (Washington).

01. Mookie Blaylock

Before calling Pearl Jamthe group was called Mookie Blaylock, named after a player on the New Jersey Nets basketball team. Once renamed Pearl Jam by their Epic label, the Americans have partly kept this reference by entitling their first opus Ten (1991), number worn by the player.


02. Vinyl version

Two weeks before its official CD and cassette release, the group’s third album Vitology (1994) was released on vinyl. It was a Tuesday, November 22, 1994 to be exact. On the other hand, the vinyls of Ten (1991) were released three years after the CD and cassette version, the Epic label having waited for the album to be several times platinum before embarking on vinyl publishing (a medium in decline at the time).


03. Mirror Ball

On the album Mirror Ball (1995), recorded with Neil Youngthe name of Pearl Jam is not mentioned for legal reasons. Band members are credited separately.

04. Surfing

Eddie Vedder said that the lyrics of the first songs of Pearl Jamespecially those ofalivecame to him while surfing.


05. Back to the top

The single from Pearl Jam which reached the top of the American charts is not an original song by the group. This is the recovery of J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers, last kiss. This title was first published in 1998 for the group’s fanclub. When it was released to the public the following year for the benefit of Kosovo refugees, it ranked number 2 in sales in the United States. It is found on the compilation Lost Dogs (2003). He is also present on the charity album No Boundaries: A Benefit for the Kosovar Refugees (1999).

06. Thanks to Jack Irons

In 1990, Eddie Vedder was introduced to the group through Jack Ironsthen drummer Red Hot Chili Peppers. The latter had been offered the position of drummer by Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament but he had refused.


07. Binaural Tour

In 2000, Pearl Jam recorded all the concerts of his tour Binaural Tour so that his fans can have access to good quality recordings at an affordable price. A way also to fight against pirate live albums.


08. Mauve

Eddie Vedder hated the cover of Ten (1991) because of its mauve color. But he had no say, having arrived last in the group. The artistic director at the time was none other than Jeff Amentthen hush…


09. Jeremy Wade Delle

The song jeremyfeatured on the band’s debut album Ten (1991), refers to Jeremy Wade Delle, a teenager who committed suicide in front of his classmates at Richardson High School in Richardson, Texas. Did you say good spirit?


10. Corporate pop rockers

During the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, Eddie Vedder and kurt cobain danced a slow dance on Tears in Heaven ofEric Clapton. However, the leader of Nirvana had not been kind to the members of the group in their early days, calling them “sold out” and “corporate pop rockers”. As they say, there are only fools, blah blah blah… The NMEeither, had not been kind to Pearl Jam accusing the group at the time “to try to steal money from the pockets of young alternative boys”


Stone Gossard had his own record company called Loosegroove Records. He was thus able to release the first album of Queens of the Stone Age in 1998. This label closed in the year 2000.


12. Greatest American rock band of all time

In 2005, Pearl Jam was voted the greatest American rock band of all time by readers ofUSA Today.


13. Jim Morrison

In 1993, Eddie Vedder replaced Jim Morrison (apparently too drunk to come?) during the induction of Doors at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He sang classics there with the surviving members of the group. What a look!

14. Jerome Turner

For his non-musical contributions to the albums of Pearl Jam (design, cover…), Eddie Vedder calls himself Jerome Turner…And, by the way, his real name is Edward Louis Severson III. Vedderis her mother’s maiden name.


15. Planet Defender

In 2011, Pearl Jam was voted “Earth Defender of the Year” by the organization Rock the Earth to recognize his environmental activism and his efforts to reduce his carbon emissions. The previous year, the band donated $210,000 to plant trees in Washington’s Puget Sound area to ‘offset’ the carbon emissions of their tour Backspacer Tower. For information, Linkin Park (2013), Incubus (2009) and Jack Johnson (2006) also received this distinction.


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Published on 04/17/2022

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