Video of the Moment #136: Pearl Jam

By on Thursday, 17th September 2009 at 6:00 pm

Pearl Jam may not be in your lexicon, especially if you weren’t old enough to have witnessed the ’90s Seattle grunge scene firsthand, you weren’t born yet, or maybe you just decided that grunge, accompanied by its dingy plaid shirts and scary looking dudes with long, unwashed hair, was a passing phase. (I own up to doing the third option when I was in grade school.) Pearl Jam, one of the acknowledged heavy hitters of that era, are now back with a new single, ‘The Fixer’.

As described above, I’m not a Pearl Jam fan from way back. But even I got into the excitement when frontman Eddie Vedder got interviewed on Zane Lowe’s Radio1 evening programme a couple weeks ago. Whenever a band comes back from years of hiatus or they’ve been around and not making hit records, people get apprehensive because they want to know, will the new material ever live up to their glory days? Will they ever get the magic back again? I don’t have “memories” to look back on like other grungeheads, so I don’t have any reference points to compare back to – but I have to say, I do like this song an awful lot. Regardless of whether you were a grunge fan back in the day or not, I say give them a chance on this go-around.

The new promo video for ‘The Fixer’ has been getting steady airplay on the video channels here in America. Watch it by going to the video’s youtube page – sadly their record company has decided not only to only provide a low quality version of the video, but also prevent embedding the video. Their loss.

‘The Fixer’ single was released on 24 August. ‘Backspacer’, Pearl Jam’s new album-length offering, will be released on 20 September via Universal Music Group.

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