14. “I DON’T THINK THIS MEANS ANYTHING”
Pearl Jam won a 1996 Best Hard Rock Performance Grammy for their track “Spin The Black Circle,” which presented Eddie Vedder with one of those rare opportunities to speak before a worldwide audience. He used the opportunity to lambast the Grammys as a sham, declaring “I don’t know what this means, I don’t think it means anything.” Unsurprisingly, the band hasn’t won any other Grammys since, but we’re safely assuming that no one in the band gives a rat’s ass.
15. “WISH LIST” ON LETTERMAN
Distracted by their ongoing fight with Ticketmaster and success in general, the band hit a bit of a creative morass from 1996 to 1997. However, when it came time to release Yield in February of 1998, the band headed to the Ed Sullivan Theater to perform “Wish List” on the 1,000th episode of Late Night With David Letterman. The song showcased a decidedly more mellow Pearl Jam, a direction that the band’s now-solidified fanbase accepted with open arms.