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Thursday, July 9, 2015

ROCK AND/OR ROLL 083 - PEARL JAM AND THE ALTERNATIVE BANDWAGON (WITH PODS & SODS)



BJ is once again joined by Craig Smith and Eric Miller, the hosts of Pods & Sods, this time to discuss the fascinating career of Pearl Jam and the part the band played in the "Alternative Revolution" that temporarily dominated pop culture in the nineties.



1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this great episode. I was expecting some Pearl Jam bashing, but glad to find out that wasn't case.

    I came from a similar background listening to heavy metal / hard rock, and I was also excited by Pearl Jam's first album. I considered them another hard rock band, not some new revolutionary genre. To me Poison and Pearl Jam were just different ends of the same spectrum rather than mortal enemies.

    I liked PJ's first 2 albums, by number 3 they were losing me. At first I found the angsty and introspective lyrics to be a breath of fresh air compared to 80s metal but the constantly depressing themes got tired and boring quickly. The main turnoff for me was Eddie Vedder acting like such a wanker (as we say in Australia). In the mid 90's Pearl Jam seemed so self-conscious about their image, terrified of making a feel-good commercial hit song. To me they were more constrained and image conscious than a band like Poison.

    But then in the late 90s (just after Yield I believe) I heard a live show on the radio, and they were simply awesome. Vedder's vocals were undeniably powerful and full of raw emotion. Since then I have enjoyed some of the songs from each album, and ignored the other stuff.

    They seem much more comfortable and less self-conscious now, and some of the lyrics are even positive.

    Thanks again for the great episode and especially for reminding me about the song The Fixer.

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