Eddie Vedder Having ‘Literal Breakdown’ In Pearl Jam Studio Revealed

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On Pearl Jam’s new 25th anniversary of Vs. radio special on SiriusXM, Eddie Vedder discussed having a breakdown at the end of recording the album. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.

“At the end of the record I didn’t feel like it was done. I still had some changes, and lyric changes, and changes in the production of it all. I pretty much had a breakdown in the kitchen the last night, because we were closing up, and I felt like what we just did, they were going to put it out real quick. Things were happening quick, and there were forces stronger than us that were dictating things at that point.

I literally had a breakdown in the kitchen, what is going to happen here? Brendan O’Brien assured me it would be okay, ‘We’re not ready to put it out, we’ll do a few fixes,’ which we did. We all kind of went our separate ways after that for a week, which felt like the longest we’d ever been apart at that time.”

Stone Gossard said, “Everybody just got out of there, and Brendan I think took those tracks, and he must have mixed them there. I remember leaving with some mixed tracks, I don’t think they were mastered, but I remember leaving with some mixed tracks and driving home from California with Mike McCready, and listening to some of those and thinking we did a good job. I was excited about the heaviness, and the non-heaviness. I was excited that we had a record that had these extremes on it.”

  • Stone Gossardish

    Stone knew that was their best record right then and there, even thought the self sabotaged Betterman and left it off.

    Perhaps revisiting their best work will inspire another great record. Perhaps.

    • Michael Dolce

      love the optimism…. but we all know we’re going to get straight fwd 2/4 1/4 beats songs with Eddie’s Yarl a smoker’s yarl now and way past the prime. And dude, im HOPING im wrong. But im being realistic

      • Stone Gossardish

        Realistically they won’t make a record as good as Vs. again. Even more realistically, they won’t make a record as good as the Avocado record again. That’s not bc they can’t, it’s just so unlikely to make a record as good as either of those this deep into a career.

        I don’t know if we’re going to see any kind of album again. If we do, I hope they learn from the last one and make an entire record that goes one way. Either a harder rock LB or an all quiet ones LB would’ve been a better album than what we got. We got an album that was not as good as it songs actually are. I think that’s bc of the bad left hand turn it took in the middle. Either path was fine, but both were not.

        • Michael Dolce

          Couldn’t agree more. LB is actually pretty great … until about halfway through. Would love if EV had The Neil Young motivation this late in his career

          • person

            correct – Lightning Bolt is excellent up until the title track…the second half is pretty bad…although Let the Records Play has a good riff

          • Michael Dolce

            I have mixed feelings about the title track. The chorus is horrible, but there’s some good stuff in the bridge. I’d actually argue everything up until LTRP is all listenable with Swallowed Whole being an absolute favorite and Pendulum the should havebeen album opener. But like SG said above, collection of decent to really good songs, disjointed record. Expect a handful of the same on future records

          • Stone Gossardish

            It’s a bit odd. Typically, the 50s are just about the most productive decade for artists. Boss was that way, Cornell was on his way, Neil was cranking during his 50s. Pearl Jam and Eddie have morphed into a live-only act here for a while, which is fine and is certinally better than nothing. I mean, come on, they’re still the best live band in the world by miles. Yet, it still looks like they don’t really want to work together right now. It still looks like they’re all stuck in the massive change of direction their lives too last May. Make no mistake, 2018 was set to be a monster year for ToTD. With that gone you might have hopes Pearl Jam would work again. We really “ain’t seen nothing yet,” if you will.

  • Rizz

    Vs is a great album. I listened to that record so much I thought I was in the band.