So this past Friday, Pearl Jam was given the highest honor of an artist or band in the music industry by receiving their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. This is an honor to me I feel is much larger than any Grammy. An American Music Award. It is the height of ultimate achievement for a musical artist.
Is Pearl Jam deserving of such status? Abso-fuckin-lutely.
As I ponder on all of this, I myself have tried to figure out something that has befuddled me for years. A die hard rock music head that I am who has embraced MANY different bands from all sections of the hard rock genre, why is it that in the case of Pearl Jam that I never fully embraced them?
They are a very likable band. Catchy. Even sprinkles a tad of progressive rebellion in their music -- which I respect.
What I want to know is why is it that Pearl Jam never grabbed my attention in the same way that bands like Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains and Live did?
I've longed since acknowledged years ago that Pearl Jam's 1991 smash album "Ten" should be recognized as one of the ten best rock albums. And yet this is where the buck stops for me. Everything before or after "Ten" never resonated with me.
The worst part is I truly do not have a justifiable answer for it.
Maybe I didn't give Pearl Jam the chance to make the impact it has made unto others.
Maybe it's due time to give Eddie Vedder and the boys another shot.
Thank God for my Apple Music subscription.