Pearl Jam’s Top 20 Moments

by (@unclegrambo)

8. KURT AND EDDIE HUG IT OUT

The two biggest bands of the grunge era were Pearl Jam and Nirvana. The music press of the time pitted them against each other, branding Pearl Jam as the commercial sellouts and Nirvana as the anarchistic good guys in the Battle of Grunge. Despite the tons and tons of press suggesting they were mortal enemies, the truth of the matter is that Eddie Vedder and Kurt Cobain barely knew each other but held a good deal of respect for one another. In this memorable scene from PJ20, you can see Kurt and Eddie hugging each other in a warm embrace while backstage at the 1992 Video Music Awards.

9. NO ONE KNOWS THE WORDS BUT EVERYONE SINGS ALONG ANYWAY

yellowledbetter

Just how popular were Pearl Jam in 1992? SO popular that millions of their fans tracked down an import single of “Jeremy” strictly so they could hear a B-side called “Yellow Ledbetter.” (Remember, kids, this was in an era where the Internet did not yet exist.) No one knew any of the words that Eddie Vedder was mumbling in the song, but that didn’t stop the track from becoming one of the most beloved in the entire Pearl Jam catalog, and also from entering the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart despite never officially being released as a single.

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