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Pearl Jam has always challenged the idea of what a mainstream rock band is capable of, and this single serves as another testing ground for their bizarre experiments. Here they pair the best ballad from the otherwise spotty Vitalogy with a cover of "Rearviewmirror" by the Frogs, a controversial folk band who has been known to play live in blackface and sing pro-homosexual anthems. Where "Rearviewmirror" was originally a moody rocker, it is transformed into a quiet folk ballad performed with tongue firmly in cheek. The different tones of the two songs do not quite match up, making for an interesting listen, but ultimately a failed experiment. Both songs are good, but they do not belong together on this single. Maybe if Pearl Jam would have lightened up and performed a Frogs number, this would have worked. But the world is a long way away from hearing Eddie Vedder sing "Savior Number Two," so this is only recommended for completists.

Biography

Formed: 1990 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Pearl Jam rose from the ashes of Mother Love Bone to become the most popular American rock & roll band of the '90s. After Mother Love Bone's vocalist, Andrew Wood, overdosed on heroin in 1990, guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament assembled a new band, bringing in Mike McCready on lead guitar and recording a demo with Soundgarden's Matt Cameron on drums. Thanks to future Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons, the demo found its way to a 25-year-old San Diego surfer named Eddie Vedder, who overdubbed...
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