There's no logical reason for doing a Top 10 list of Pearl Jam songs other than I simply wanted to.
From the Singles soundtrack, Breath is a very early Pearl Jam composition and didn't make the cut for Ten. Ultimately this was a wise decision, because Ten is a perfect album and another 'hit' in the shape of Breath could easily have affected the balance of grunge rock and swooning ballads of Black, Garden and Release.
From the annoying 'Vitalogy' album, the one with five great songs and a bunch of punk rock fillers is where you'll find this gem 'Nothingman'. Probably had the biggest effect on me as a young adult.
3. Sleight of Hand
My love for Pearl Jam wavered a bit around 'No Code', even 'Yeild' failed to lift my spirits somewhat but 'Binaural' is a fine album. Towards the end of the album you'll find the Jeff composed 'Sleight of Hand'.
The funny thing about Jeremy is that it's only in recent years have I felt anything strong for Jeremy. The song is brilliant, with a superb video but when I listened to the intricate tones in Vedders grunting towards the end of the track that the emotion hit me hard.
5. Army Reserve
Taken from the album 'Pearl Jam' is this gem of a tune again towards the end of the album. Th 3 minute song is full of energy, great guitar rifts and a proper message.
From V's is the anthem that is Daughter. Such great lyrics, great song but with Daughter it's Jeff's bass lines that are key to the beauty within:
7. Nothing as it Seems
Also from Binaural is Nothing as it Seems. Again the guitar rifts and the lyrics stand out ...
I just want to say ...... with this song Pearl Jam made it to my favourite band in the grunge era:
From Yield is a little funny 3 minute song that contains one of Pearl Jam's best melodies ....
One of Pearl Jam's perfect songs from Vitalogy
Long guitar solo .... check,
harrowing subject/tribute ...... check
great lyrics and vocals ...... check
It's been in the news that 25 years ago Irish Summers got a bit more interesting with the arrival of Féile festivals. I was lucky enough to be a mid teen attender at Feile 1994 with great memories of dancing to Blur, the dangerous mosh pit of 'House of Pain' the rock and roll swooning of Primal Scream and perfect pop of Bjork.
There are a few funny clips from Feile on Youtube but we'll start with the line-ups!
The poster for the first Féile in 1990 was .....
In 1991 we had:
And in 1992 there was .....
There are currently no posters online for the Feiles of 1993 or the last one in Turles is 1994. Taken from Wikipedia here are a list of bands from each year:
1994 was Féile's final year as an on-grounds camping festival and tagged 'The Last Trip To Tipp'. Acts included The Prodigy, Blur, The Cranberries, Björk, Rage Against the Machine, House of Pain, Kerbdog, Cypress Hill, Grant Lee Buffalo and Aimee Mann amongst others. This was the last year of the initial arrangement with the GAA for the use of Semple Stadium. Objections from locals prevented renewing the arrangement. Televised by MTV, many of the artists stated their praise for the crowd as one of the most electric audiences they'd ever had.Dance music dominated over rock in the lineups.[14
Best Videos from Feile:
Check out the crazy crowd and Tony Fenton RIP in this coverage of Turnip Fish from The Sultans of Ping in 1992:
In 1993 The Levellers were one of the headliners:
Iggy Pop from 1993:
MTV were invited for 1994, here's Bjork headlining the Sunday night
Also from MTV in 94 was The Cranberries with Linger:
Here's a fine playlist of Feile videos you can browse through.
There's a fine Irish Times podcast here with a fascinating discussion about Feile:
I'm going back to regular blogging by posting a song a day. I'm doing this by way of numerous random lists beginning with ..... .... Top 20 Songs of 2015 so far. Here's the full list .... what songs from this year did I miss out on?
20. R - Bubble Gum Geisha
19. Christof - Empty Handed
18. Gavin Glass - Better Left Alone
17. Cry Monster Cry - Postcards
16. The Blood Red Mountain Band - All The Times
15: Calexico - Falling From The Sky 14: Amano - Skies 13: Alabama Shakes - Gimme All Your Love 12: Vann Music - Boy
11: The Decemberists - Make You Better
10: JJ Grey & Mofro - A Night To Remember 9: Heartless Bastards - Hi-line 8: Hail The Ghost - Colony of Ants 7: Xavier Rudd & The United Nations - Warrior 6: The Hard Ground - Pucker 5: Alien Envoy - Break America 4: Father John Misty - Bored in the USA 3: Paul Tiernan - Happiness 2: Villagers - Hot Scary Summer 1: Glen Hansard - Being in Love In March of this year Glen released an EP of Jason Molina songs entitled "It Was Triumph We Once Proposed…Songs of Jason Molina" as a tribute to the late great Jason Molina. 'Being in Love' is such a beautifully composed song that Glen does justice to .....