Many people love the music from the Seattle “grunge rock and roll” scene of the 1990’s. Many have hung all their hopes and dreams on such phantasmagorical hopes as that of Kurt Cobain walking again or of Alice in Chains resurrecting their careers. It’s almost like Graceland and Elvis the way that the people and the culture and the music have been capitalized off of and from time and time again.
Some of the artists, though, have persevered and have been able to maintain their poise and a cohesive identity while still being able to produce consistently good music in spite of “the scene” that they were allegedly bred from or born unto. Quality and longevity in good music is so rarely appreciated these days that it’s something of a chronic situation. But there has been one band that have been able to persevere through the troubled waters and have been able to stay out of the glare of the klieg lights and still been able to maintain that steadfastly loyal audience.
Pearl Jam is the Seattle sound band and yes they are still around. Fans of the band are well aware of their goings on and those who aren’t are truly missing out. But singer and songwriter for the band Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder, with his consistently incomprehensible, garbled style has finally stepped into the wings and is now ready for his close up.
For the first time as a solo artist, many people may be aware that he contributed music to the Sean Penn directed motion picture “Into The Wild.” Mr. Vedder’s contributions were rewarded with not just a Critics Choice, but also for a Golden Globe and Grammy nominations for the song “…Guaranteed…”
Finally, say many fans, the video for said song is set to premiere. Directed by the critically acclaimed writer and director, Marc Rocco, the video for this song, according to a Pearl Jam fan club myspace post, will premiere this Monday, January 7th at 6AM Eastern time on VH1. If you’re not setting your alarm clock that early (or staying up that late) and you don’t have TiVo or some other means or recording there will be repeated playing of the video throughout the morning hours as well as online at VH1.com.
Later that evening you can view the 13th Annual Critics Choice awards, live at 9PM EST and see if Mr. Vedder and Mr. Penn are able to take home any honors for their work.