Pearl Jam – Ten (1991)
I was not always a Pearl Jam fan. See my attached letter (recently found by my parents), written as a 10-year-old, to Much Music!
Now the times have changed somewhat. Past-me clearly misunderstood what video-Jeremy actually did at the end.
Of all the 90s Seattle groups, Pearl Jam is also now my favourite.
Although many point to Ten as their pinnacle, I do not. Black is certainly up there, Jeremy has a fantastic bassline & outro, and side A could easily be mistaken for a Greatest Hits package.
I might give the full album nod to Vitalogy, or I definitely would if Bugs were removed from the running order. As it is arguably the worst song in the history of recorded music, the Bugs-free Yield and Vs. are also worthy of consideration.
My surprise with this list is that Pearl Jam made but one appearance. Surprised only scratches the surface; I was more like Jackie Chiles, shocked and chagrined, mortified and stupefied!
This is one of the few instances where I find such an oversight unacceptable.
– Some bands, I get it, you’ve heard one album, you’ve heard them all. Pearl Jam is not even close to being one of those groups.
– If the 1001 records included are based on musicianship, has there been a better guitar pairing than Stone Gossard & Mike McCready?
– The unique & unpredictable career path: Formed out of the remnants of Mother Love Bone. Recorded Temple of the Dog. Fired their Drummer. Abandoned the music video format. Fought with Ticketmaster. Backed Neil Young on Mirror Ball. All while the core lineup (Vedder/Gossard/McCready/Ament) remained intact. Not to mention the entire catalogue has aged remarkably well.
The ONLY possible explanation for such a snub I think can be explained by the karaoke scene in the movie Ted (thanks LeBrain & Kamertunes for the clip):
Eddie, and all of PJ for that matter, should not be held responsible for the wave of vastly inferior imitators that followed.
Post-script: I’m not sure if Much Music ever wrote back. Especially considering what is shown on TV in 2013, I stand by my Grade 6 argument that banning Baby Got Back was misguided!