Once known as one of the most
commercially successful “grunge” bands,
Pearl Jam is still one of the
world’s most-loved rock bands.
Formed in Seattle in 1990, Pearl Jam was one of two bands that formed out of the ashes of Seattle rockers Mother Love Bone, a band left in tatters by the shock death of its singer Andrew Wood.
Mother Love Bone members Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard recruited Eddie Vedder as frontman for a new band, while also paying tribute to Wood with the band Temple of the Dog, which featured Chris Cornell and Matt Cameron of Soundgarden and Mike McReady. Soon McReady joined the band that would be known as Pearl Jam and they quickly wrote and recorded their debut “Ten”, signing to Epic Records. Pearl Jam experienced almost instant and enormous mainstream success with “Ten”.
Like fellow Seattle grungers Nirvana, Pearl Jam’s rise to the top of the charts was meteoric and unexpected.
Ten (named after Ament’s favourite basketballer Mookie Blaylock’s jersey number) contained eleven tracks dealing with dark subjects like depression, suicide and murder, but was more radio-friendly than much of the more punk-influenced music coming out of Seattle at the time. It spawned three hit singles, “Alive”, “Even Flow” and “Jeremy” which catapulted the band into super stardom.
Unlike many of their contemporaries, Pearl Jam have remained one of music’s most reliable and most-loved bands.
Their closeness as a group has seen them through nearly three decades at the top of the rock game; even tragedies like the devastating Roskilde Festival disaster haven’t managed to break this seemingly evergreen band. Their tenth studio album Lightning Bolt was released in 2013.
Pearl Jam – Top Tracks