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
May 13, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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