Ongoing History Daily: Pearl Jam’s weirdest song

The strangest song in the entire Pearl Jam catalogue can be found on the Vitalogy album. If you’re a fan, you already know that I’m talking about a track called “Bugs.” It features Eddie Vedder screaming about insects that have appeared in front of him like he’s in the middle of a really bad tequila-and-LSD hangover. What’s the deal with that song?

There’s actually not much of a story, really. Eddie found an old accordion in a thrift shop, took it into the studio, turned on the tape machine, and started ad-libbing some gibberish. The song appears on Vitalogy as sort of a joke, a poke at people who thought Pearl Jam is too serious.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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