Sunday, January 10, 2016
Song Of The Week: 1/10/16
Song: "The Longing Goes Away/Starboy"
Artist: Eddie Vedder w/ Jimmy Flemion
Place Of Origin: Evanston, Illinois
Years Active: 1984-present
WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:
For this week's Song Of The Week, you get a bonus... 2 songs for the price of 1!! "The Longing Goes Away" is a song that reads like a letter to someone who has passed away. They say things are supposed to get easier with time, but if you maybe have some regrets or there are things you wish you said to this person before they passed, it makes it much harder on you. "Starboy" is a tongue-in-cheek song about making it in the business and what you have to do for record execs and bigwigs to become a star. Dirty dealings with "the man" is the price for fame!! Both of these songs were performed live by Eddie Vedder at a show in Austin, TX on 11/11/12. He was joined by the writer of both songs Jimmy Flemion, who recorded these songs with his band The Frogs. The Frogs were a band that was really taken in by the grunge era bands, including Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana. They were a quirky band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin which was active from 1980 till 2012 when Jimmy's brother Dennis passed away.
EDDIE VEDDER DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):
2007 - "Into The Wild" (J Records)
2011 - "Ukulele Songs" (Monkey Wrench Records)
CURRENT STATUS OF EDDIE VEDDER:
Eddie Vedder was recording home demos as early as 1984. In the mid to late 80's, he moved to San Diego, California and was a part of many small local bands including Surf And Destroy, The Butts, Indian Style and Bad Radio. Of course, in 1990, Vedder would become the lead singer of a new band from Seattle called Pearl Jam and the rest is history. With Pearl Jam, Vedder was an intregal part of the whole "grunge" or Seattle music scene and would become one of rock music's greatest voices no doubt. Pearl Jam would go on to release 10 studio albums and are still very much an active band, selling out major tours at each and every stop. In 2007, Vedder was asked by actor/director Sean Penn to create the music soundtrack for his film "Into The Wild". As a major songwriting contributor to Pearl Jam, it was no surprise to see Vedder be successful at a solo venture. In 2011, Vedder released an all ukulele album titled simply "Ukulele Songs". This album was full of personal songs which shine a light on Eddie's songwriting and vocal prowess. Though Vedder has had several solo tours in between Pearl Jam ventures, Pearl Jam is and continues to be his main focus. The band's most recent release was 2013's "Lightning Bolt" and they just finished up a tour of South America in November of 2015. Eddie Vedder, along with Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and Alice In Chains' Layne Staley, really changed the face of rock and roll in the early 90's and beyond. His vocal style and delivery inspired a slew of bands that followed including the likes of Staind, Stone Sour, Bush, Seether and many, many more. It's also amazing the list of performers that Eddie has shared a stage with during his career. It's a who's who of rock and roll, Bruce Springsteen, U2, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Split Endz/Crowded House/Neil Finn, Neil Young, Mike Ness (Social Distortion), The Ramones, Tim Armstong (Rancid), Beck, The Strokes, Queens Of The Stone Age, Roger Waters, Bad Religion, Tom Petty, Pete Townsend and The Who. And there's more than that too!! I believe that Pearl Jam is lining up a North American tour for 2016 so I would assume new music from Vedder won't surface until perhaps late 2016 or early 2017, most likely in the form of a new Pearl Jam album.
TEN EDDIE VEDDER SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT (Non-Pearl Jam songs):
1. Hard Sun (Indio cover)
2. My City Of Ruins (Bruce Springsteen cover)
3. Against The 70's (w/ Mike Watt and Dave Grohl)
4. Constellations (w/ Jack Johnson)
5. The Waiting (w/ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
6. Ship Song (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds cover)
8. I'm One (w/ The Who)
9. Without You
10. Society (Jerry Hannan cover)