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A collection of early songs demoed by singer Eddie Vedder before he got the call to join Pearl Jam has surfaced online thanks to Antiquiet. The 13-track collection contains material recorded between 1988 and 1989. Some of the songs feature Vedder performing by himself, while others are recorded with Bad Radio, the band that Vedder was playing with in San Diego before heading to Seattle to join the group that was first called Mookie Blaylock and eventually turned into Pearl Jam.


  • Among the tracks is an early live version of what would eventually become the Pearl Jam song "Betterman," along with acoustic and studio versions of "Homeless" and an excerpt from the Sam Cooke classic, "Wonderful World."
  • There is also a cover by Vedder of Kenny Rogers' "Something Inside So Strong."
  • Antiquiet claims to have obtained the music from a tape that Vedder dubbed for a co-worker at his old job at San Diego Petroleum.
  • Pearl Jam recently confirmed that it will play two shows this summer, one on July 19th at Chicago's famous Wrigley Field and the other on July 16th at London, Ontario's Budweiser Gardens. More U.S. concert dates for the fall are expected to be announced soon.

CHECK IT OUT: Listen to Eddie Vedder's rare early demos at


  • Eddie Vedder was both Edward Louis Severson III on December 23rd, 1964 in Chicago.
  • His parents divorced early and his mother remarried a man named Peter Mueller, who Eddie thought for years was his biological father. Vedder was his mother's maiden name.
  • He moved back and forth between Chicago and San Diego as he grew up, playing in San Diego bands like Surf And Destroy, The Butts and Indian Style, the latter with future Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk.
  • In 1990, Vedder was given a tape of three songs by ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons, who said it was from a Seattle band looking for a singer. Vedder sang lyrics over the three tracks and mailed it back to the group, who invited him to come and audition for what would become Pearl Jam.

INTERNET COMMENTS at Antiquiet -- agree or not?

Axel wrote: "Good thing this isn't what Stone and Jeff first heard out of Eddie or he probably wouldn't have gotten the job."

Nerdypjfangirl wrote: "Always love hearing 'new' old stuff. Makes waiting for the new stuff bearable. :)"

Dave wrote: "Thank you for these...if EV was singing bah bah blacksheep and it was recorded, I would want it as a 'completist.' This is much appreciated!"

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