12. “THIS IS NOT FOR YOU”
Pearl Jam were at their angriest, artistically, on 1994’s Vitalogy. The fight with Congress and with their own fame left them embattled and embittered, which they ultimately used as creative fuel. This blistering performance of the band’s song “Not For You” on Saturday Night Live from April of 1994 came a full five months before Vitalogy‘s release, but showcases the band hitting on all creative cylinders.
13. PEARL JAM HIDES BEHIND THE MIRROR BALL
Pearl Jam often paid tribute to the pioneering spirit of Neil Young during the first few years of their career; their cover of his “Keep On Rocking In The Free World” was a staple of their live shows. So when it came time to make a follow up to 1994’s Vitalogy, the band decided to make a hard pivot and record with Neil Young himself. The album is recognized as one of the best of Young’s storied career, and also helped cleanse their PJ fanbase of a lot of dirty white baseball cap sporting bros.