Lighter fare …

Because Pearl Jam is playing at Wrigley Field this Summer, and because Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein loves Pearl Jam, the latter’s Twitter account shot out the following picture yesterday:

favorite pearl jam songs

This is, of course, cool on many levels. What I’d like to point out is the casually eclectic mix of favorites Epstein has. It’s not just a list of radio songs – ‘Jeremy,’ ‘Better Man,’ ‘Yellow Ledbetter,’ and ‘Corduroy’ are among the notable omissions – but there are some of the bigger ones on there (‘Daughter,’ ‘Black,’ ‘Alive’). Huge plaudits to Theo for including five of my favorites – ‘Smile,’ ‘Release,’ ‘Off He Goes,’ ‘Low Light,’ and the best of the best, ‘Nothingman.’ And I can only assume Theo would have included ‘Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town’ if it would have fit on the Old Scoreboard.

If I had to throw in some more of my own, they would undoubtedly include ‘I Got ID,’ ‘Immortality,’ ‘Given to Fly’ … I could go on. Man, Pearl Jam has a lot of good songs.

(Note the Easter Egg nod in the “Batter” section.)

  • Sully

    Totally cool Brett. Tough to pick just one favorite song from PJ but I’ll have to go with “Corduroy”. Wondering if they’ll add a Saturday nite show. Hope so.

  • EQ76

    21. “Black” – as smart as Theo is, I completely disagree.. “Black” is a top 5 PJ song… sorry Theo, you’re wrong on this one. Also, where’s “Elderly Woman Behind a Counter in a Small Town” and “Yellowledbedder”? Come on Epstein!

    • TonyP

      Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein’s Top 25 Pearl Jam songs (in no particular order). Which song is your favorite?

      • TonyP

        from Facebook. It is not a ranking

      • EQ76

        ahh, ok.. much better then. I was beginning to wonder.

        • PRcajun

          still…no Yellowledbedder?

  • Joker

    You’ve got good taste, Ace. Let me throw out “Lukin” and “Spin the Black Circle” especially when they are played live. Can’t wait for the Wrigley show.

    • TonyP

      Saw EV in Tulsa in November. He rocked Lukin and went right into Porch. Highlight of the night for me…

      • Scooter

        I was at that Tulsa show as well! Loved it more than words can say. Great musician and a great band.

        • TonyP

          The Sunday or Monday show Scooter? I was at the Sunday show. I was the drunk in the back hollering for him to Lukin… And he did about 15 minutes later. (I’m sure he was planning to play it already but I like to think he played it at my request.)

      • Joker

        Wow. I’m jealous.

  • Atfinch

    Glorified G….

  • Idaho Razorback

    I’m not a Pearl Jam fan, or a fan or music of the 90’s, but Black at #21?

  • Miggy80

    Glorified G

  • hansman1982

    I can only identify one of thse songs. Better Man.

    I am a sad and pathetic man.

  • @cubsfantroy

    I used to be a Pearl Jam fan a long time ago, but I kind of got out of listening to them. I do recognize a lot of those songs though. My fiance knows all of them and likes his list.

  • James

    Their cover of Last Kiss is really good, too.

  • ReiCow

    Needs Indifference, Even Flow, and Garden for me.


  • TWC

    Eddie’s solo song “Rise” is my favorite non-bluegrass use of the mandolin. Plus, I can even play it fairly adequately!

    • Lou

      Yes, exactly. That album from “Into the Wild” is quite amazing, esp. Hard Sun.

  • waittilthisyear

    gotta get some indifference in there, but he knows his stuff

  • EQ76


  • sdcoddi

    my favorite part of the sign is where it reads “VIS – lose” and “CUBS – win.” hoping that’s something we hear much more often!

  • Bart

    ‘Off He Goes’ is unbeatable. ‘Go,’ Insignificance,’ and ‘Tremor Christ’ are pretty tasty, too.

  • Jacob

    I don’t know much, if anything, about Pearl Jam (too young), but is there a symbolic reason for the 10/0/2/1 Batter/Ball/Strike/Out numbers?

    • HCS

      Ten being the title of the first album (And the name of the fan club), howerver, I can’t put together anything for the rest of the digits.

    • waittilthisyear

      “10” is a great PJ album, and ron santo’s #. not sure about the rest

    • TWC

      Yo, kid: you ain’t too young for Pearl Jam. Start by listening to Ten several times a day for a few weeks straight. You’ll get it.

      • Jacob

        Alright, I’ll check it out sometime lol.

        • TWC

          No, seriously, man: do it. Now. Report back to us in March.

          • hansman1982

            Meh, I’ll just keep harassing you old folks about my wood and bushes and protectants.

            • TWC

              For those of you that don’t understand the context…

              well, there is no context. Joe has literally harassed me about all of the above things.

              • DarthHater

                Confirms my stereotypes about people named Joe . . .

                • hansman1982

                  oh…you’re just jealous

  • Sully

    “Army Reserve” is great too.

  • HCS

    No love for Angel, either. Personal favorite.

    • HCS

      Or Footsteps. Such a potent track.

  • EQ76

    wonder if they’ll cover “Go Cubs Go”?

  • OlderStyle

    Theo, you lost me, man. No “Jeremy”, I don’t care if it was an MTV sweetheart video back in the day, it is one of the most brilliantly written, performed and produced songs of the entire grunge genre. It still raises the hair on the back of my neck.
    Saw PJ at ’92 ‘Palooza at the nadir of the shooting star arc that they were at the time. They were so brilliant and full of fire, the rest of their career only seems to be a smoldering and fading remains of that supernova event in the fall of 1991.

    • TWC

      The “nadir of the shooting star arc”? It was their lowest point? Color me confused, especially in the context of your last sentence.

      • OlderStyle

        my bad, verbal dyslexia, I meant zenith.

        • TWC

          That’s what I thought you meant. I have no shame in calling mid-’91 through early ’93 as a great, great period for music. Much of the rest of the 90’s was meh, except for Radiohead, some nice developments in electronic music, and the rich explosion of what became the alt-country genre.

          • OlderStyle

            It was great but I am sometimes reluctant to trumpet it as such since I may be slipping into old man syndrome (everything was better in my day…).
            The 90’s were a wasteland after ’93 and so much of the underground and alt music scene had been co-opted by the major labels.
            Radiohead saved the nineties for me. Also, Unwound and Sleater-Kinney.
            I saw one of the brilliant forerunners of alt-country in a dingy nowhere bar in summer ’91- Uncle Tupelo. Blew. Me. Away.

            • TWC

              I agree with all of that. I loved Uncle Tupelo… I remain of the belief that they were always greater than the sum of their parts (and I really like Son Volt and Wilco). It was just so raw.

              • OlderStyle

                Absolutely, it was a shame they broke up. Maybe it was a John and Paul sort of thing.
                Of course, for the 90’s I’ve forgotten “Out Come the Wolves” and the emergence of a new wave of punk thanks to labels like Fat Wreck and Epitaph keeping it alive.

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          • Miggy80

            T-Dub, what about Tool, Sound Garden, AIC, Pantera?
            Or maybe I was just an angry young man. I’m much more chilled now. I just say Langhorn slim with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Now that was a good show.

  • TSB

    I’m too old to give an ES-335 about Pearl Jam. Let’s go back to hyperventilating about the DH or Tony Campana.

    • mudge

      I’m still waiting for the Tuvan throat singers to play Wrigley.

  • cubzforlife

    I thought it was butterman.

  • Forlines

    Good list for sure. I think it would’ve been even cooler if he did his top eight, equating PJ songs to the cubbies projected lineup. Not nearly enough songs (OR TALENT HARHARHAR), but a funny idea

    DeJesus – Worldwide Suicide
    Schierholtz – I am Mine
    Rizzo – Porch
    Soriano – Off He Goes
    Castro – Animal
    Stewart – Smile
    Castillo – Life Wasted
    Barney – Jeremy

  • ChicagoCubsTalk

    This concert would be a very awesome one to attend. I cannot wait for opening day at Wrigley!

  • Big Joe

    “Man of the Hour” is fantastic. My personal favorite is “Yellow Ledbetter”. I don’t see it on the list. To each his own.

  • clark addison

    HOw about “All the Way?”

  • Timmy

    My morale for the Cubs has already been at record lows, but that Epstein even likes Pearl Jam is enough to make me question his critical thinking skills. That he meticulously listens to the band and ranks their songs is a harbinger of doom.

  • fromthemitten

    I would have thrown in their collaboration with Neil Young, “I’m the Ocean”

  • Morken

    Theo must have been really busy putting this list together, during his final few seasons with the Red Sox.

    The signings of Crawford and Lackey make a lot more sense.

  • Gcheezpuff

    I’ve always been a fan of the No Code album. Favorite to listen to start to finish. I dig the songs Present Tense & In My Tree alot. Other favorites include Food Steps, State of Love and Trust, I Got I.D. and Yellow Ledbetter… I could go on without about 50 or so more songs. So pumped for PJ at Wrigley.