Monday, February 1, 2010

Love This Song

After Johnny Cash covered Nine Inch Nails' version of "Hurt" in 2003, I remember Trent Reznor saying that (paraphrasing) after The Man In Black covers your song, it no longer belongs to you. Not that my opinion means anything, but I would have to put Eddie Vedder in the Exclusive List of Two who can take any popular original and make you forget that another version exists.

I've often stated that I first became a music fan at the age of 12 after listening to Nirvana. I have neglected Pearl Jam's contribution in my Musical Journey. I may have heard "Smells Like Teen Spirit" first, but "Alive" came maybe a week later. I still remember watching them on SNL in '92 and being blown away as Eddie Vedder "headbanged" right out of his cap. Anyway, "I Am a Patriot", written by Stephen Van Zandt and performed by Eddie Vedder is one of my all-time favorite songs.

Top5 Pearl Jam songs are:

5. Alive

4. Yellow Ledbetter

3. Here's to the State of Mississippi (live)

2. Corduroy

1. I Am a Patriot (live)

Shoutout to Who You Are and Better Man (live)



The Franker said...

Hey first one here! I'm thinking this could be divided into two lists: one of originals and one of cover versions...but here goes...

5. Masters Of War (Bob Dylan cover)
4. Corduroy
3. I Am Mine
2. Given To Fly
1. Love Boat Captain

Honorable Mentions:
[a] Rearviewmirror
[b] I Am A Patriot

(I also am also quite fond of Here's To The State...but I didn't want too officially list so many angry protest songs!)

Joko said... about a post that is directly up my alley...

10. Thumbing My Way

9. Footsteps

8. Black, Red, and Yellow

7. Yellow Ledbetter

6. Faithfull

5. Alive

4. Off He Goes

3. Black

2. Man of the Hour

1. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town

sorry had to make it a ten....

B.J. said...

Frank you listening to a lot of angry protest songs, nah, never lol.

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Lazy Eye said...

I know that I'm late to the party, but I heard there was a PJ Jive and I had to get in on this action...

5. Yellow Ledbetter
4. Man of the Hour
3. Off He Goes
2. Daughter
1. Black

HM - Immortality/State of Love and Trust/Alive

P.S. - Can you listen to Ten or Vs. without having flashbacks of grandeur???