Continuously compared to ‘90s grunge-giants Nirvana, Pearl Jam set the template for post-grunge outfits over two decades later. With Eddie Vedder’s wounded yowl and Mike McCready’s ominous guitar riffs, the band’s legacy can be heard in the likes of Nickelback, Creed, and Kings of Leon.
Their breakthrough album, Ten, was released in 1991 but took a full year to reach the Number Two slot on America’s Billboard 200. While the singles Alive and Even Flow were critically-acclaimed, it was Jeremy that finally saw the band appealing to a larger audience. Full of seething, angry guitars and Vedder’s yearning vocals, it was inspired by the death of high-school student Jeremy Wade Delle.
Since their commercial peak, Pearl Jam have resolutely steered their own ship,making less-mainstream records, refusing to take part in interviews, and eschewing videos. However, none of this detracts from the fact that they remain one of grunge’s greatest bands. Check out our collection of rare and collectable Pearl Jam pictures and posters.