On October 26, 1993 Peal Jam set the record for first week sales when their album Vs. sold 950,000 copies. Pearl Jam just released their new album Lightning Bolt, and the album has earned the number one spot on the Billboard 200 list. The new album has sold 166,000 copies in its first week which makes it the biggest opening for a rock album in a year. That may not be the numbers they had back in 1993, but the music world is a lot different now than it was in the 1990s. Since this week is a big one for Pearl Jam, both in the past and in the present, we put together some of our favorite songs from Vs.
“Go” is the first song on Vs. and was the first single from the album. The main guitar riff on the song was actually written by the drummer Dave Abbruzzese. As if drummers didn’t get enough ladies.
“Daughter” was the second single off of Vs. and the song spent several weeks at the number one spot on rock charts. This would end up becoming Pearl Jam’s first top 40 single.
There has been a lot of speculation about who is the object of the anger expressed in the lyrics in “Animal.” After a record executive suggested that the band turn up the vocals so people could understand the lyrics better, he listened to the track and said, “You’re right. Let’s leave the vocals as they are. Maybe we don’t really want people to understand it.”
“Dissident” was the fourth single released from Vs. and peaked at number 3 on the Billboard charts. “Dissident” began as a riff during commercial breaks of the band’s MTV Unplugged performance.
“Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town” managed to get to number 17 on the Billboard charts depsite not having a commercial single release.