PEARL JAM: Self Pollution Radio 1995 (CD)

The four-and-a-half hour show, broadcast on January 8, ‘95, was a Seattle scenester’s delight, featuring live sets from Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, The Fastbacks, and Mad Season, a spoken word piece from Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, tracks from ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl’s ‘upcoming solo album’ (at least that was how it was credited at the time), impromptu interviews and much more.

Records played came from Sonic Youth, Daniel Johnston, American Music Club, The Who, The Gits, Babes in Toyland, Louis Armstrong and numerous others. The Pearl Jam set played that legendary evening, now presented in full on this CD, was stunning.

The session also featured new drummer Jack Irons, original sticks-man with Red Hot Chili Peppers, playing live with the group for the first time. The venue for the live music (the DJ part was pre-recorded) was a house in Seattle owned by Vedder which was used for rehearsals by both Pearl; Jam and by other bands and musicians. The ‘live room’ apparently was the front bedroom!

The tracks on this release are taken from A Live FM Broadcast Recorded In Seattle

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