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Pearl Jam

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Columbo, Mar 16, 2006.

  1. Columbo

    Columbo Active Member

    Pearl Jam has always been in my cultural mirror's blind spot.

    They started hitting the airwaves right after I graduated college.

    In the near 20 years since, my new music exposure has atrophied in a major way. Life got in the way.

    It seems, though, that I should get my ass in gear and catch up with these guys.

    I trust that this board can set me on that path.

    What would be a top 5 list of their songs?
  2. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    No way it's been almost 20 years since they hit. It was late '91 when "Ten" was released. And they didn't really explode til mid-'92. Stop making me feel old! :D

    There are other bigger Pearl Jam fans here who can direct you to the best and most obscure parts of their catalogue, but if you've ever moved out of your hometown, "Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town" will strike you as especially poignant. And if you've ever had your heart broken, "Black" will take you back.
  3. Columbo

    Columbo Active Member

    Thanks, BYH.

    It HAS been closer to 15 years than 20.
  4. abesimpson22

    abesimpson22 Guest

    A Pearl Jam virgin? I'm totally jealous.

    Beginners Top Five:

    Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
    Better Man

    Really hard-rocking PJ: Spin the Black Circle, Porch, Animal, Once, Evenflow, Lukin
    Mellow PJ: Yellow Ledbetter, Footsteps, Indifference, WhoYou Are, Release, Immortality

    I really like: Red Mosquito, Rearview Mirror, Hail, Hail, Alone
  5. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    1. Rearviewmirror (By far the best song they perform live, especially given the way the song starts)
    2. Alive
    3. Black
    4. Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
    5. Indifferent/Even Flow/Jeremy/Why Go?

    Great band...

    Pube, you're about 20 years older than I thought...
  6. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Baba O'Reilly.
  7. I'll never tell

    I'll never tell Active Member

    They've got a new single out which they're giving away. I don't remember the Web site (maybe somebody else can help).

    To me, they're a band that has a really, really broad sound depending on which CD you pick up. Anywho, my 5 ... in no particular order.

    1. Garden
    2. EWBCST
    3. Glorified G
    4. Daughter
    5. Black

    I really wanted to put Yellow Ledbetter and Last Kiss on here, too.
  8. kokane_muthashed

    kokane_muthashed Active Member

    To paraphrase, "I celebrate their entire catalog."

    You can't go wrong with the No Code album. My favorite. Also Lost Dogs is a great 2-disc collection of B sides. As far as songs, check out "All Those Yesterdays" and "Love Boat Captain."

    Really, check out any of there last couple of albums. You may be surprised.
  9. sportsed

    sportsed Guest

    Speakin' as a child of the '90s...

    Given To Fly

    But none of these three are on their best album, "Vs."

    And stay away from "Last Kiss." That, in no way, shape or form is Pearl Jam.
  10. Columbo

    Columbo Active Member

    One of my favorite posts ... ever!
  11. abesimpson22

    abesimpson22 Guest

    I forgot about the single that had "I Got Id" and "Long Road" on it. I might put "I Got ..." into my top five, on second thought.

    The single is now available on iTunes with a second song that's even better called "Unemployment."
  12. Bill Brasky

    Bill Brasky Active Member

    Present Tense
    Not For You

    Honorable mention: Whippin', Wishlist, Even Flow, Light Years, Deep, Dirty Frank, Blood, Hail Hail, Nothing As It Seems
    Vitalogy is their best album.
    And look for live cover versions of Sonic Reducer, Baba O'Reily and Rockin' In The Free World
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