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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: PEARL JAM – ‘ALIVE’

January 21, 2019

This distinctive and memorable black and white video was directed by Josh Taft. A friend of guitarist Stone Gossard, he would later helm the videos for ‘Oceans’ and ‘Even Flow’.

The song was also the first track recorded by vocalist Eddie Vedder, and served as his audition tape for the band that would become Pearl Jam. The lyrics concern a young Vedder learning that the man he thought was his biological father was not.

The video was shot live during a concert at RKCNDY in Seattle and by a bizarre coincidence, future drummer Dave Abbruzzese was in the audience.

Even weirder is the fact that this was the first time that he’d seen or heard the band. The video was subsequently nominated for Best Alternative Video at the 1992 MTV Video Awards.

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