25 years. Damn. Love this album. Dave Abbruzzese, their drummer at the time, made his recording debut on this album and in my opinion, was part of the classic PJ lineup. He also wrote and recorded on the follow up album, Vitalogy. He should have been inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. I believe he was robbed. Damn shame. Amazing drummer. Time flies when you don’t know what you’re doing. #Repost @loudwire
Sophomore slump? Never heard of it. In fact, on Oct. 19, 1993, @pearljam
released ‘Vs.,’ one of the most successful sophomore albums in rock history. ‘Vs.’ set the all-time record for first-week album sales at the time with 950,000 copies sold (back when SoundScan only counted the first 5 days instead of the full week), and spent five weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
For a good portion of recording, the album was going to be titled ‘Five Against One,’ referencing a lyric from their song "Animal," but toward of the end of their sessions with producer Brendan O'Brien, the title changed to ‘Vs.’ "For me, that title represented a lot of the struggles that you go through to make a record," revealed guitarist Stone Gossard to Rolling Stone. "Your own independence -- your own soul -- versus everybody else's.” The second single, "Daughter," would become the album's biggest hit, topping the Mainstream Rock Chart for 8 weeks and also spending time at No. 1 on the Modern Rock chart. "Daughter" would also crack the Billboard Top 40 chart, topping out at No. 28.
Eddie Vedder stated to Melody Maker, "The child in that song obviously has a learning difficulty. And it's only in the last few years that they've actually been able to diagnose these learning disabilities that before were looked at as misbehavior, as just outright rebelliousness. But no one knew what it was. And these kids, because they seemed unable or reluctant to learn, they'd end up getting the shit beaten outta them.” The album has been certified 7 times platinum. #pearljam #pearljamofficial #pearljamfan #pearljamfans #vs #animal #daughter #dontcallmedaughter #eddievedder #stonegossard #mikemccready #jeffament #daveabbruzzese #rocknroll #rocknrollhalloffame