Pearl Jam’s Top 20 Moments

by (@unclegrambo)

4. “THEY’RE GOING HUNGRY”

Before Pearl Jam, guitarist Stone Gossard and bass player Jeff Ament were in a band called Mother Love Bone, fronted by the wildly charismatic drug addict Andrew Wood. Wood died of a drug overdose before the band became famous, but in 1991, the members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam formed a supergroup called Temple Of The Dog that paid homage to Wood’s memory and legacy. In the summer of 1992, their label released “Hunger Strike”—which featured vocals from both Chris Cornell AND Eddie Vedder— as a single. The song was a smash on both radio and MTV, and arguably helped introduce mainstream audiences to Soundgarden.

5. THE SINGLES SOUNDTRACK ENCAPSULATES THE SEATTLE SOUND

If not for the overwhelming success of the Singles soundtrack, which was released in June of 1992, Cameron Crowe’s movie might never have been released. The film was languishing in the studio system until the soundtrack’s release, but as soon as that record dropped, the film was given a release date. Pearl Jam had two songs, “Breathe” and “State Of Love & Trust,” on the album that eventually went double platinum.