Sunday, April 03, 1994
Was this Radio Event broadcast and do we have a transcription of it?
People who stepped up to the mic during the broadcast.
Ed Vedder (Eddie)
Singer for Pearl Jam
Stone Gossard (Stone)
Pearl Jam Guitarist
Jeff Ament (Jeff)
Pearl Jam Bassist
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Release, Rearviewmirror, Whipping, Even Flow, Dissident, Why Go, Deep, Jeremy, Glorified G, Daughter, Go, Animal, Garden, State of Love and Trust, Black, Alive, Blood
W.M.A (White Male American), Better Man, Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town, Rats, Satan's Bed, Once, Sonic Reducer, Porch
Hard To Imagine
"Are we on the air? Wow!" April 3, 1994 was not just Easter to many Pearl Jam fans. For on that night, Pearl Jam would make their first debut - aside from Westwood One programs - on the U.S. airwaves with a live broadcast from the beautiful Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA. Fans in attendance and the millions listening and taping at home would here a powerful two-hour-plus show speckled with songs from Ten, Vs, a few "new" songs that would eventually turn up on Vitalogy, and "Sonic Reducer" thrown in for good measure. The fan interaction during "Daughter" could be felt from wherever you were listening and the lenghty encores made you feel like the band could see all of our faces, wherever we were.
But probably the biggest surprise for those lucky listeners whose broadcast didn't end, was the occurrence of a post-show DJ session with the band led by a very tired and hoarse Ed. Sticking to their analog roots, most of the songs played weren't even on vinyl, but on cassette - adding to the feeling that you were in on a post-show mellow-out session hosted by the band and their personal road tapes. The show also gave the band the opportunity to play a recent collaboration with Steve Cropper on "Dock of the Bay" which they had done a week earlier in Murfreesboro, TN. Ed, Jeff and Stone all made references to this event conveying the fact that it was a highlight of their musical careers.
1994 is often viewed as the year where the pressure almost made the bubble burst, but somehow the bubble continued to just drift along. The ticketmaster war had started, Ed was drinking and his voice was paying the price, and a tour was ending while a friend in Seattle had ended his life. Ed's voice during this seemingly meaningless DJ session transmitted that wavering fear, but always letting us know that it would be alright ("I'll see you guys later...Take care.").
Who knew that the denoumont of a classic Pearl Jam concert - occuring as the result of utilizing the allotted satellite time - would spurn further insight into a band through future radio shows. Four years later - after two four-hour radio shows and a whole US Tour accompanied by a travelling low-power radio station - this 45-minute DJ session can truly be looked back upon as "the first Monkeywrench Radio".
Radio ShowJeff, Stone and Eddie all represent the band for this radio session which lasts just over 45 minutes. Unlike shows from the 1995 tour where James the DJ would spin tunes while the band wound down, the band seemingly goes on the air just minutes after finishing an inspired set. Ed's voice is audibly hoarse and a bit timid; but as the show moves on, he loosens up a bit. As for the songs played, with the exception of Daniel Johnston all songs played are from bands who had opened or would open in the future for PJ: Mudhoney, Rollins Band, Shudder to Think, The Frogs, Sonic Youth and King's X. You can hear the sincerity and respect in Ed's voice towards the end as he glowingly talks of playing with Steve Cropper - mentioned in another interview as one of the "highlights of their career". Lastly, you can hear a pin drop as Ed closes by mentioning Kurt Cobain ("Hope he's alright, please be alright."), close to five days before he is pronounced dead.
(Transcription by: Karisa Keating)
|Stone|| Too serious. Sounds like Eddie is on his way out here they're going to turn the truck over.|
|Jeff|| I just want to play this one song then I'll split.|
|Stone|| I, I just have one song to but I'm really anxious to hear this Cropper song.|
|Eddie|| O.K play it.|
|Stone|| Lets play it.|
|Eddie|| can we play it? What's it in ?|
|Stone|| It's cassette format.|
|Jeff|| Can we play this CD?|
|Eddie|| So people are listening to us now? Are people listening to us? Whoops there goes my tapes. Ar...Are people listening to us? Are we on the air? Wow! Hi. Hi everybody! Ha ha...|
|Song|| "Give me a dollar or give me fifty cents let me take it back..."|
|Eddie|| Hi everybody, I don't know if anyones listening or who's listening, short-wave radio people can listen commercial radio might have turned us off by now because were not going to be playing any commercials. Uhmm (music starts)|
|Eddie|| Who's this?|
|Jeff|| King's X song, its called cigarettes|
|Song|| King's X - Cigarettes |
|Eddie|| Hey that was Jeff's choice I guess, Jeff... choosing to play King's X's, who's been opening as he said. Hey, so did you like the show? Heheeheh. Ah man, I'm tired..How are you? Hey, um, I'm not into this radio thing ya know I'm not rrr ya know, radios cool I don't know how good I'm gonna be at switching tapes, but we just thought we'd play you some tapes as your leaving or maybe play some songs that wont be ah played normally on the radio. Radio, radio, on the radio on the...This band is from Milwaukee and have been around 13 years and they're brothers I got brothers too in fact one of them its his birthday so happy birthday Chris and um back to talking about brothers uh name are Dennis and Jim and they make up a band called The Frogs along with another guy named Damian this is a song that's one of my favorites...|
|Song|| The Frogs - I Only Play For Money|
|Eddie|| Wow...From Milwaukee that was the Frogs, Wow, just makes me want to croak, hey um there's uh its Easter ya know or it was so we hope you got baskets and cases of baskets and basket cases and uh it's officially 12:10 I see but then ya know I never were a watch so I could still call it Easter, uh, and here's a little story a little story 's what it's called this is Daniel Johnston and uh this songs for Easter and its called "A little Story" |
|Song|| Daniel Johnston - A little Story |
|Eddie|| Wow! You know I was going to play you new Sonic Youth, but we should play uh the next song is really good on this tape too, let's play the next one its called "Joy without Pleasure"|
|Song|| Daniel Johnston - Joy without Pleasure |
|Song|| Sonic Youth - Androgynous Mind |
|Eddie|| So the next song is for Lisa and your going to have to buy the record to find out what it's like and who Lisa is an, It's very important you find out who Lisa is. Uh it changed my life when I found out. Hey uh some people aren't, probably not listening and uh guess what I don't care ahehehe we got a radio station hehehe you should get one, they're really fun, um these people are from Seattle, they're called Mudhoney.|
|Song|| Mudhoney - In the Blood |
|Eddie|| Hey it's 12:23, that's what I mean 23, 23 is an important number. I just had to mention that and Mudhoney is an important band, wouldn't wouldn't ya agree? Say yeah, Hey um what should we do? Um we could play a um there's a new Henry Rollins I am not sure if its uh available to the consumer yet, the cust-u-mer yet, but um all his friends have copies, ah so...I'ya I took one from a friend of his eheheh, but ah I think the song I'll play is a the first song on side one and its gonna be called "disconnect" but first maybe I should do my Matt Lukin impression, Matt Lukin from Mudhoney, he he he would maybe come up to me at a party and say somethin' like um "Hey, hey so ah I saw you on ah Jeopardy! Yeah Yeah I was watching, you're a question on Jeopardy" Then he'll come up to me at another party and say uh " Hey you know I was watchin' the TV and I ththought I saw you on a...yoyour name was on Wheel of Fortune, yeah" ehaha, this is kind a of a bad impression, and I said "No Matt, you mean Jeopardy" "No no Wheel of Fortune, Pearl Jam grunge band" and then of course I have to use the restroom really quick because I'm so sick.|
|Song|| Rollins Band - Disconnect |
|Eddie|| Hey Henry good song. Um, this next band if if we can get it up here it's umm, actually you know I should say something about Henry, someone was just telling me how cool this show they saw was with Henry, they were sitting in the balcony, front row of the balcony at Perkins Palace, if you lived in Los Angeles you would know where that place of course that's that was probably the big sell out show for Black Flag was Perkins Palace, here's a band who haven't sold out um, like us, nah uh the bands called Shudder to think, ah how could you sell out? Now what is all this talk? You know if we if we made records and we sounded a certain way and then nothing was selling and then we decided to change our style and change our clothes and do a big ad campaign and then we we'd be popular, but we didn't change anything, ah fuckit, as see I can't get defensive, this band is called Shudder to Think Um they are from Washington D.C. this would be number ah song number three it's called "Baby Drop".|
|Song|| Shudder to Think - Baby Drop |
|Eddie|| Alright, were gonna we only have a few minutes and I'ma play some rare stuff so don't go anywhere, but this is a song called uh uh actually it's a song by a band called uh Eleven, play this real quick. Here it goes (Ed whistles) eleven, not yet.|
|Song|| Eleven - Let Down, Left Out, Laughed At |
|Eddie|| Hey that's Eleven, with Jack Irons on drums, the album "We're Taught to Hate", this is um something you won't hear anywhere this is just a slower song its an old song um and we played it with the writer well which we were very humbled to do this was in Memphis like two three nights ago or something, but um it's a it's his song we learned it before and I was real nervous.|
|Song|| Pearl Jam with Steve Cropper - Dock of a Bay |
|Eddie|| Hey that was Steve Cropper he used to play uh or still no doesn't with Booker T and the MG's , see now we went into "Rocking in the Free World" Ya know hopefully its not crazy another good night we hope you had a good night uh tonight thanks for letting me embarrass myself on the radio and uh its kinda cool thing to do and we hope it was a cool thing for you too um and uh I don't want to hear about anybody not being able to get tickets ahehe, I'm just kidding uh um thank uh talking about influence of Steve Cropper its its been real important and uh if we're uh some influence on anybody out there.... umm, Pete Townshend and uh ... Kurt Cobain. Hope he's alright, please be alright. Thanks for letting us come into your houses and your cars and your ears (laughs) and uh, sorry about the mess. Sorry we left a mess. I'll see you guys later take care... bye."|