Eddie Vedder

Deep Cuts: Pearl Jam- Green Disease

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This topic is pretty self explanatory. It’s all about exploring the deep cuts off certain albums.

Pearl Jam are one of those bands with an extensive catalog and so many great songs. A lot of these songs are not as recognized and that’s a shame because, there truly are a plethora of underappreciated songs. One song that I’ve always held in this regard is “Green Disease” from their 2002 album, Riot Act. The album itself features a diverse sound, including songs influenced by folk, art/alternative rock and some experimental rock. Lyrically, it’s one of the bands more political efforts as this album was influenced by the September 11 attacks and the changing political climate that followed. Which is where “Green Disease” plays a pivitol role on the album. Each Pearl Jam album always seems to have that one song that is very “punk” based in nature and this is that song for Riot Act. The song is all about greed and the despicable nature of it. The song is written by Eddie Vedder but, without the other guys in the band, it just wouldn’t have the same impact. This is also one of those songs that is a crowd pleaser too, though it’s only been played 65 times since the albums release.

Green Disease (from Riot Act):

 

 

Green Disease (live at Madison Square Garden):

 

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Soundtrack Only Songs: Pearl Jam- Man Of The Hour

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Back in 2003 director Tim Burton approached Pearl Jam to write a new song for his upcoming film Big Fish. After a screening of the film, Eddie Vedder went home after being blown away from what he just watched and wrote “Man Of The Hour” and brought it to the band the next day. The song itself is one of those true gems that when it’s played at Pearl Jam shows, the audience really digs in. Interestingly, back in 2006 while performing in New Jersey, Eddie mentioned to the audience that “Come Back” from the band’s 2006 self titled album (also known as The Avacado album) is set with the same young man from “Man of the Hour” talking to the departed two months later. To me, I love that he continued the story of what he started with “Man of the Hour.” Something else that I found interesting is, this song has been used as a dedication to those who have passed such as Johnny Ramone, Lou Reed and Layne Staley. 

 

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Album Anniversary: Temple Of The Dog

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It’s crazy to think that it’s been 25 years since Temple Of The Dog released their one and only album. For those that don’t know, this band and album was a tribute to singer Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone (The band before Pearl Jam). This is one of those albums that still stand the test of time. I remember first hearing “Say Hello To Heaven” and “Hunger Strike” and being totally in awe of how good those songs were. Not to mention the guitar solo by Mike McCready on “Reach Down.” Seriously, Mike is one of the most underrated guitar players in the last 25 years. The entire album is from start to finish tremendous. There are a few things I find very interesting about this album. One, that it was made and released before Soundgarden put out Bad Motor Finger. Two, “Say Hello 2 Heaven” and “Reach Down” were written by Cornell in direct response to Andrew Wood’s death. While the rest of the songs were written about various topics. This is one of those albums that should be in everyone’s collection. It’s just so damn good.

 

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Cover Thursday: Pearl Jam (Pink Floyd)- Comfortably Numb

Pink Floyd isn’t an easy band to cover. I’ve heard a lot of bands try to cover them and fall short. Pearl Jam absolutely nailed it. Eddie Vedder kills it vocally, Mike McCready slays the guitar solo. He’s so damn good!!! This cover is done so well.

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Cover Comparison: Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington vs Corey Taylor and Lzzy Hale

When I first heard “Hunger Strike” when I was a kid, I was absolutely blown away. The sheer magnitude of vocals from Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder… WOW! That Temple Of The Dog album is still one of the best albums of the 90’s in my opinion. Sadly though so many people have tried to cover “Hunger Strike” and fail miserably. A few years back Chris Cornell joined Chester Bennington on stage to do a version of it. And recently Corey Taylor joined Halestorm at an awards show to do a cover of it as well. Both versions are pretty bad in their own right. I’m curious as to which one you all prefer.

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Classic Soundtracks: Eddie Vedder- Into The Wild

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When I first heard this album I was completely taken aback. To me it seemed like an album Neil Young didn’t finish and handed it to Eddie Vedder and said here do your thing. Sean Penn directed the movie version of Into The Wild and hand picked Eddie to do the soundtrack. As The story goes Sean Penn set up a viewing of a rough cut of the film, after which Eddie quickly got to work. After three days, Eddie gave Sean a range of material to work with. Sean then placed into the film what Eddie had given him, and Eddie then continued on to work on more material that Sean could add to the film. The songs Eddie came up with are rooted in folk music. There are also a couple songs that weren’t written by Eddie. The song “Hard Sun” is a cover of Gordon Peterson’s (better known as Indio). Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney performs backing vocals on the song as well. For the song “Society,” Eddie worked with singer/songwriter Jerry Hannan. Also a fun note the song “Guaranteed” won Eddie A Golden Globe, but was interestingly not nominated for an Oscar for the song. The length of the songs are quite short and it leaves you wanting more. It’s a great album to relax to or play after a long night on your way home.

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