10 Things You Didn’t Know About Pearl Jam
But did you know that Kurt Cobain really, really hated everything Pearl Jam stood for? It's one of the 10 Things You Didn't Know About Pearl Jam.
In the mid-'80s, Pearl Jam's founding bassist and guitarist were in Green River -- one of Seattle's first grunge bands -- with Mark Arm and Steve Turner, who went on to form Mudhoney.
After Eddie Vedder was given a tape of the band's demos, he wrote a handful of songs and recorded vocals for three of them -- including 'Alive' -- which he referred to as the 'Momma-Son' mini-opera.
Before they settled on Pearl Jam, the group was calling itself Mookie Blaylock, named after the New Jersey Nets All-Star. The band's debut album, 'Ten,' was titled after Blaylock's jersey number.
Pearl Jam's debut album was recorded in March and April 1991. Before it was released in August, they had already had three drummers: Dave Krusen, Matt Chamerblain and Dave Abbruzzese.
After 'Ten' became a hit, Nirvana's frontman called Pearl Jam sellouts, claiming that it wasn't a real indie-rock record because of all the guitar solos that were on it. Cobain and Vedder eventually became friends.
In Cameron Crowe's 1992 movie 'Singles' -- a romantic comedy set among Seattle's burgeoning music scene -- pre-fame Ament, Gossard and Vedder played a band named Citizen Dick.
The band's crucial third album came out on old-fashioned vinyl on Nov. 22, 1994. Two weeks later, it was released on the more popular CD and cassette formats. Spin the black circle, indeed.
Pearl Jam were Neil Young's backing band on his 1995 album 'Mirror Ball.' But because of legal reasons, they couldn't be identified as such and settled for individual credits in the album's sleeve notes.
In 1998, the group recorded a cover of J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers' 1964 No. 2 hit 'Last Kiss' for its annual Christmas fan-club single. Eventually released to the public, it ended up reaching No. 2.
Pearl Jam recorded and released every concert they played in support of 2000's 'Binaural.' By 2001, there were 72 of them. Several hit the chart, with the band's Nov. 6, 2001, gig in Seattle making it to No. 98.