Pearl Jam - Ten (1991) album cover.

Pearl Jam - Ten (1991)

Thirty years later and rock fans are still at odds about what qualifies as "grunge" music. But despite Cobain's commentary on the band's underground cred (and their lack of sincerity with the flannel), few would argue Pearl Jam's grunge status and impact on the Seattle scene at the birth of the movement. In 1991, the year that grunge broke, Pearl Jam released their debut Ten just a month before Nevermind. With Mother Love Bone and Green River alumni Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard, Eddie Vedder's emotional vocal delivery made the album's dark themes of suicide, depression, and violence that much more impactful and powerful.

Episode Tracklist

  • Pearl Jam - "Alive"
  • Pearl Jam - "Why Go?"
  • Pearl Jam - "Black"
  • Pearl Jam - "Garden"
  • Echo & The Bunnymen - "Do It Clean"
  • Miserable - "Gasoline"
  • Stone Temple Pilots - "Meatplow"

Sidetrack: Temple of the Dog - "Your Savior" (1991)

Out of tragedy came a collaboration between two of Seattle's most legendary acts. Lead singer of Mother Love Bone Andrew Wood passed away from a heroin overdose in 1990. His former roommate was none other than Chris Cornell, who wrote a couple of songs as a tribute to his late while touring Europe with Soundgarden. Cornell reached out to former Mother Love Bone bandmates Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard to make a record out of it, who had just recently invited Eddie Vedder to rehearse for their newly formed band Pearl Jam. The result was Temple of the Dog, a snapshot of two massively successful rock bands months before both hit mainstream success.


  • Temple of the Dog - "Hunger Strike"
  • Temple of the Dog - "Your Savior"
  • Third Person Lurkin - "The Silver Key"
  • David Bowie - "God Knows I'm Good"