Pearl Jam’s Top 20 Moments

by (@unclegrambo)

2. “THOUGHTS ARRIVE LIKE BUTTERFLIES”

Pearl Jam attempted to film a more “artistic” video for their second single “Even Flow,” but the footage never saw the light of day. Instead, the band turned to footage director Josh Taft had shot of them playing at Seattle’s Moore Theater in January of 1992. Frontman Eddie Vedder was particularly energized this night, and he scaled the lighting fixtures at the venue, which culminated in a massive trust fall into the arms of the band’s adoring fans. It’s a memorable moment in music video history, and one that sealed Vedder’s reputation as a lead singer that gave his everything during live performances.

3. “JEREMY SPOKE IN CLASS TODAY”

Having failed once in their attempt to make a video outside of the performance clip genre, Pearl Jam turned to director Mark Pellington to concept a video execution for their track “Jeremy.” The result was nothing less than exceptional on both a commercial and artistic level. The video won four awards, including Best Video Of The Year, at the 1993 VMAs, and catapulted the band into another plane of recogntion, culturally speaking, a stratosphere that the band would spend the rest of its career trying to escape from.

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