20 Years today since Pearl Jam – Ten was released
Ten is the debut studio album by the American grunge band Pearl Jam, released on August 27, 1991 through Epic Records. Following the disbanding of bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard’s previous group Mother Love Bone, the two recruited vocalist Eddie Vedder, guitarist Mike McCready, and drummer Dave Krusen to form Pearl Jam in 1990. Most of the songs began as instrumental jams, to which Vedder added lyrics about topics such as depression, homelessness, and abuse.
Ten was not an immediate success, but by late 1992 it had reached number two on the Billboard 200 chart. The album produced three hit singles: “Alive”, “Even Flow”, and “Jeremy”. While Pearl Jam was accused of jumping on the grunge bandwagon at the time, Ten was instrumental in popularizing alternative rock in the mainstream. The album has been certified diamond by the RIAA in the United States, selling over 9,800,000 copies, and remains Pearl Jam’s most successful album.
Pearl Jam have released the first track from the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe’s forthcoming documentary Pearl Jam Twenty. “Crown of Thorns”
What do you think is Pearl Jam still as good as it was 20 years ago, or has it past its used by date?