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YMMV: Pearl Jam
  • Accidental Innuendo: No, the band's name wasn't based on semen. They had to replace "Mookie Blaylock". The bassist came with "Pearl", and after a Neil Young show in which every song was a jam...
  • Anvilicious: "Bu$shleaguer" can come across this way, since its lyrics are much more direct than other politically-charged songs in their catalogue.
  • Archive Panic: If you start seeking the official bootlegs, that is.
  • Awesome Music: Ten is one of the highest-selling debut albums of all time, up there with Boston's self-titled and Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction, and their live shows are commonly agreed to be this. "Given To Fly" from the Yield album also qualifies.
    • "W.M.A.," the centerpiece of Vs., is certainly this. It builds from a complex tribal drumbeat to a furious anti-racist rant, backed by an eerie bassline and even militaristic chanting.
  • Covered Up: "Last Kiss" and its B-side "Soldier of Love"; lesser-known examples include "Leaving Here", "Sonic Reducer", "It's OK" and "Gremmie Out Of Control".
  • Epic Riff: "Even Flow", "Jeremy" (at least on the bass), "Rearviewmirror", and "Save You".
  • Face of the Band: Eddie Vedder, to the point where "Weird Al" Yankovic made a song about him.
  • First Installment Wins: Ten is generally considered to be an iconic album; none of their other albums have matched its popularity.
    • Although .vs and Vitalogy rival said album among critics and fans.
    • And helped by a Broken Base, almost every album is accompanied by reviews saying it's "the best since Vitalogy".
  • Funny Moments: During the 96 Olympic Games, they recorded a Power Ballad written by the engineer who mixed No Code, "Olympic Platinum". It's hysterical.
    How hard can it be?
    How high can I jump?
    How high can I throw?
    How high can I run
    How long can I hold my breath and stay underwater and wave my legs around in perfect unison with my partner who doesn't really understand me and my Olympic dream, my Olympic dream
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "Jeremy", especially its accompanying video, after a rash of school shootings in The Nineties, even though in the song Jeremy shoots himself. Once again after the Sandy Hook shootings.
  • Hype Backlash: From anyone who felt either the production on their debut album Ten was sloppy, or that they were too classic rock to be part of the whole grunge/alternative insurgence. Most infamous among them: one Kurt Cobain. Eddie Vedder actually agreed, which contributed to the experimental nature of Vitalogy.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The video for "Jeremy" mixed this and Tear Jerker. Also, the Animated Music Video "Do The Evolution", a great illustration of Humans Are Bastards.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Just about every Post-Grunge band has aped the band's vocals and guitar sound. The band is not happy about it.

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