Pearl Jam Member ‘Cries’ Listening To Final Album By Deceased 90’s Legend

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The Sky I Scrape reports that Rolling Stone asked Jeff Ament for his favorite songs of 2017 in their latest issue (February 8-22,2018, Migos cover).  Ament told an emotional story about listening to late The Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie’s final album. Here is what he picked:


Mourning Sound by Grizzly Bear


“This has it all: killer bass and drms, both voices, signature guitar cords, and great lyrics.  Probably my favorite band of the past few years.”

Snowflake by Gord Downie


“Gord made an unbelievable swan song of an album.  I cried the whole first listen.  So beautiful and honest.”

Why Didn’t You Say That by Lemon Twigs


“I hear Queen, Beatles, 10cc and other radical prog-pop that I haven’t heard since Jellyfish left us.  Killer harmonies and incredible instrumental interplay.”


Deadly Valentine by Charlotte Gainsbourg


“This is lyrically centered around Christian wedding vows, with a tinge of sarcasm.  I love the big synth production.”


Shoot ‘Em Down by U-Men


“Sub Pop released the whole U-Men catalog in one package.  This song takes me back to the heyday of Seattle music.”

  • Stone Gossardish

    Just doing this list suggests to me that Ament is even more irked about the lack of Pear Jam work on new songs than he’s been on record of since sometime in 2013 when they last worked on a new record, in two distinct chunks.

    At that time and soon after Ament said he wanted the band in the studio every three or four months on a regular basis to see where that led. Since then other than Christmas Singles they’ve released absolutely nothing and there’s still no real sign of that changing anytime soon.

    There must be something left in that gas tank besides epic live shows.

  • makingconnections

    Thanks for sharing your feelings of grief over the loss of Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip. He’s loved and cherished by so many Canadian fans.

    • Olga Stewart

      He’s a national institution up here. *big smile*

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  • Olga Stewart

    I don’t think I have heard Gord’s voice sound more beautiful than when he sings this Tragically Hip song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6QDjDPRF5c

    • makingconnections

      Thank you for this Olga. Tears, over such a loss.

      • Olga Stewart

        You are most welcome. :).