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Lists: Pearl Jam's post-"Vitalogy" highlights

By David Malitz and Chris Richards

The great grunge survivors, Pearl Jam, visit Jiffy Lube Live tonight. But is it really fair to call them "survivors"? It's hard to argue that the band's peak came in those halcyon days of the '90s, when flannel flowed freely and MTV showed so many videos that it was actually big news when Pearl Jam decided to stop making videos. "Ten," "Vs." and "Vitalogy" still account for many of the group's best moments, but their output since then certainly hasn't been devoid highlights.

We each picked five of our post-"Vitalogy" favorites. ("Worldwide Suicide" (above) from 2006's self-titled album was our one common pick.) Listen to the other eight after the jump, share your favorite post-"Vitalogy" tunes in the comments, and check Click Track first thing tomorrow for a review of tonight's show.

Chris Richards: Over the years, my ears have noticed Pearl Jam slumping into three distinct comfort zones: angry-rockin' tunes, moody-rockin' tunes, and boogie-rockin' tunes. I can do without the boogie, but when the band clicks in the other two realms it makes me wish I still had my "Alive" T-shirt from 8th grade. Below are some of my favorite, most slept-on, post-"Vitalogy" ragers and mood-swingers. ("Insignificance" is a weird hybrid of the two.)

"Life Wasted" from 2006's "Pearl Jam"

"Can't Keep" from 2002's "Riot Act"

"Insignificance" from 2000's "Binaural"

"The Fixer" from 2009's "Backspacer"

David Malitz: I may have missed the point of this exercise -- four of my five post-"Vitalogy" picks are still from the '90s. I never knew about "U" until they played it at Verizon Center two years ago and it became one of my favorite Pearl Jam rarities. The brawny tracks always sound good live but tend to blur together on the albums. I'd like to see Vedder bring his more jangly side to some more songs.

"I Got Id" from 1995's "Merkin Ball" single

"Sometimes" from 1996's "No Code"

"Given to Fly" from 1998's "Yield"

"U" from 1998's "Wishlist" single

By David Malitz  |  May 13, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Pearl Jam  
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Funny exercise, since three of Pearl Jam's four best records all came post-1994.

Fun band, a near perfect concert experience, but I would like them a lot more if there were more No Codes, Yields, or Backspacers in their catalogue...or if the rest of the world would just stop talking so much about the first two records.

Posted by: corymcmillen | May 13, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Pearl Jam 1995-2006

1. Long Road (Live - Touring Band 2000 DVD)
2. World Wide Suicide
3. Given to Fly
4. Wishlist
5. Nothing As It Seems
6. Off He Goes
7. Untitled / MFC (Live - Touring Band 2000 DVD)
8. Hail Hail
9. I Got Id
10. Last Kiss
11. Man of the Hour
12. Come Back
(plus hidden bonus track: Hummus, from the end of Yield)

Posted by: Miles_Standish_Proud | May 13, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Call me crazy, but I think the band's post-Vitalogy work with Matt Cameron on the throne is mostly superior to the early stuff - particularly live.

1. Do the Evolution
2. Insignificance
3. Nothing As it Seems
4. Hail Hail
5. Army Reserve

Posted by: mdlapin | May 17, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Matt Cameron didn't play on the studio versions of 'Do the Evolution' or 'Hail Hail'. Jack Irons was still the drummer on that album - 'Yield'.

Posted by: the4millerz | May 17, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

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