Pearl Jam > Better Man
back when you could sign up for those Columbia cd clubs and I did, and got like, 50 cd’s for FREE because i never paid for them and what was Columbia records gonna do, come to my house and shake down a kid in middle school? and anyway, i was obsessed with this record. to that point, music as art was a concept i understood but didn’t fully realize until i saw the liner notes of Vitalogy and i was mesmerized…
this bit of artwork drove me mad with curiosity, it literally didn’t fit anywhere in my world view and all i could do was think about what it meant to me and how strange and different the world was to what I believed it to be.
anyway, final anecdote about the cd club, was I also got the Nirvana discography from that haul (amongst other great albums, …311, Sublime, etc) and when the lyric in “Smells Like Teen Spirit” came on, and Kurt sang/screamed: “My libido, yeah!” I literally paused the CD player and went into the kitchen and asked my mom what the world “Libido” meant. So yeah, the 90’s were something!