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Pearl Jamming From Epic

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Though Pearl Jam aren’t the chart-toppers they once were, they do represent a certain kind of steady rock ‘n’ roll integrity in their approach to music, fans, ethic, etc. They are an almost unique bridge between the alt-rock, classic rock, and jam-band factions, and exactly the kind of critically prestigious, reliable, career-oriented band that the old Columbia/Epic Records used to develop and cherish (Dylan, Springsteen, Santana, etc). So this is more than just another band leaving just another label:

    Pearl Jam has quietly confirmed reports that it’s no longer on Epic Records. In the Q&A section of the latest Pearl Jam Rumour Pit, the band’s official online newsletter, the question “Have Pearl Jam left their record company yet?” is answered by a simple “Yes.” Neither the band’s management nor Epic–Pearl Jam’s home since its debut album in 1991–are making official comments on the matter.

    Prior to the start of Pearl Jam’s North American tour, bassist Jeff Ament expressed the band’s dissatisfaction with Epic and its parent company, Sony Music. “Our record company’s in shambles right now, so we’re (chuckles), we’re gonna wait for the label to get their sh-t together before we put anything else out,” Ament said. “It might be the sort of thing where, 10 years or 12 years, it’s kind of run its course a little bit. I mean, the good thing is that we have nothing but time right now, so we can enjoy our free agency.”

    Ament said that Pearl Jam has started talking to other labels, including Clive Davis’ J Records, but nothing has been decided yet. “We want to be somewhere where people are really excited about us being at their label, and we have tons of ideas about how we want to do things, but we also want to hear somebody who has equally as many ideas about how we can do things,” Ament said. [Launch]

This is absolutely emblematic of the way things are going in the music industry, very sad.

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  • http://www.temptationwaits.com visualsimplicity

    There’s an exclusive interview with Eddie Vedder on the new Rolling Stone Magazine (issue 923) in which he discusses George W. Bush and even Kurt Cobain. Though I’ve long since been a Pearl Jam fan, it was an interesting read none the less.

  • Marty Thau

    Clive is real clever and J Records would be a perfect label for Pearl Jam. I’d like to see that happen. Pearl Jam can be bigger than ever.

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    I would not lay the blame for the Pearl Jam career slide on Epic.

    The problem with Pearl Jam is that their songs really suck. Their first album was pretty good, though really nothing to write home about. “Jeremy” was a good single. They’re basically a glorified one-hit-wonder.

    Since then, they’ve done little music of worth. Oh, they play their instruments well enough. Vedder’s a decent vocal performer.

    They just don’t have many good SONGS. I could give you back maybe a couple of titles, but could not sing back even ONE hook line for anything past the first album. Their main specific problem is lack of interesting MELODY.

    They have a loyal fan base. Hey, so does Celine Dion. Maybe some other label can figure out how to trick people into buying their crappy music.

  • http://www.themasterspen.com John Adams

    They’re the kind of band you have to listen to several times through to appreciate. I love them, I just wish they’d get their heads on straight when they start babbling about politics.

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    I could disregard a fair amount of political babbling if the music was better. Hell, I’m jamming on the Clash right this second, and they shoveled a dozen times more political nonsense than Pearl Jam would ever be able to dream up.

    In fairness, I’ve not paid real close attention to most of the Pearl Jam records. Maybe if I listened to them repeatedly and intensely I’d find a little more to them. They just haven’t shown me much to convince me that they’re worth the bother.