My friends Robyne and Heather finally got to see Pearl Jam Twenty and loved it as much as I did. They were the ones I spent the most time obsessing about the band with back in the day, so it has been fun reminiscing with them and being reminded how great the music is.
But this has all reminded me of Temple of the Dog which was a one-off project to honor Andy Wood who was in a band called Mother Love Bone with PJ’s Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard, as well as a roommate of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell. Andy OD’d and his talented friends (led by Chris) pulled together this phenomenal record that in one song, featured a new guy no one had ever heard of before named Eddie Vedder. (There’s your early-90’s music history lesson for the day kids!)
To me, this album and in particular this song and video personify the “Grunge” era better than anything else, yes, even Nirvana (who have always been overrated, IMO and I even thought that when I was rocking out to them in flannel!) This right here is a Grunge Supergroup with the two biggest (and longest surviving) members of the genre and they are pulling out ALL the stops for what it looked and sounded like: Flannel! Long hair! Shorts over long johns! Sullen Seattle skies! Clanging grinding guitars!
My mom lived in Seattle in the mid-late 90’s and whenever I would visit her this CD is the first one I’d put in the Discman (yes, Discman!) so for me it just captures that era and the city and my love for those bands more than anything else. It’s been wonderful getting reacquainted with it again and hearing how well the songs hold up.
Here’s a more recent performance of the Hunger Strike with Chris joining Pearl Jam – damn I would have LOST IT if I had been at this show, talk about a thrill!: