Evolution Series: #17 – Crazy Mary

Ahh, our first Evolution episode of 2022! This episode features the evolution of our first cover, the Victoria Williams penned Crazy Mary. We’ll talk about how it came to be that Pearl Jam recorded this for the Sweet Relief benefit and how early versions of the song happened to include Victoria’s presence. While the song was held off on the live stage after 1992, it started to sprout back up as tags and teases in 1998, including one of my favorites as a Better Man tag. In 2000, the song is brought back, but clearly without the presence of the man who truly helped create this song’s identity – Boom Gaspar. When Boom joined the band in 2003, they were searching for a signature song for him. They had Love Boat Captain, but they needed to start integrating him on songs that were already setlist staples. And the rest is history. We’ll get into the duels, the long solos, sharing wine bottles, the jams and a rather scary moment in Philadelphia. Many great versions are discussed and loved here! We’re currently looking for the next Evolution episode and are taking ideas. We haven’t done anything off the first 3 records for a while, but we also haven’t done a single 2000’s era song. So we can use a little help on deciding! Some early favorites have been: Daughter, WMA, Indifference, Not For You, Nothingman, Off He Goes, Untitled/MFC, Light Years, Nothing As It Seems, Love Boat Captain, Just Breathe.

Evolution Series: #16 – Let Me Sleep

Happy Holidays! Bet you didn’t see this coming. I know we promised that Crazy Mary would be next on the list, but we figured we’d take a festive detour to cover a song that’s been played 8 times in their history. Believe it or not, Let Me Sleep does have a pretty interesting Evolution. A story of lore will tell us that the song’s creation happened earlier than we anticipated and that is a story we re-tell here. The song would be played once in 1994, and then again in 2006 to be featured on the Immagine En Cornice film, however that version wasn’t actually live. It would go 613 shows before being legitimately played again. The story of the song actually has a lot of depth and a big piece to this episode is hearing that story sort of unravel as time passed on. It isn’t just a Christmas song, but a look into what life is like for others who aren’t as fortunate to be celebrating the holiday in the presence of loved ones. We’ll talk all 8 versions and watch it evolve!

Evolution Series: #15 – Given To Fly

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“50 million years ago, a large hyena crawled into its way into the water and it would become the whale. It’s Evolution, baby!” Welcome to the 15th installment of our highly popular mini-series where we take a song and dig deep into it’s origin story and how the song has grown live from tour to tour. This episode is a biggie because we’re talking about Given To Fly – our first Yield song of the series. A staple of any setlist, memorable or standard, Given To Fly came into the game sounding like nothing that Pearl Jam had ever done before. Sure, In My Tree, Present Tense and maybe one or two Vitalogy songs had the patented soaring aspect that GTF thrives on, but Given To Fly was truly the first of its kind. A pop song with an edge that featured cathartic crowd participation moments. We’ll talk about how GTF not only evolved over time within the song’s pacing, and even pandering, but also how the band evolved around the song. Once it became a fan favorite, the outlook of setlist construction and song utilization for tours moving forward were drastically changed. Why? FLY! Tune in to find out! Stay tuned to the end of the episode for a reveal of what the next Evolution episode we’re covering is going to be! Hint: think a little outside the box, but nothing too crazy.

Evolution Series: #14 “Hard To Imagine”

It’s Evolution Baaaaaybaaaaay! We’re excited to bring to you our 14th installment of the Evolution series as voted on by you the Patrons. This episode we’ll cover Hard To Imagine. The song has such a unique and humble beginning starting out as just a little Stone teaser noodle evolving into an improv that would later become a more polished version of the song. Over the years Hard to Imagine had gone long spurts without being played, but it was also one of those ultimate chaser songs. We’ll get into the song’s elusiveness and why the band were reluctant to put it on 3 different albums, but also why they were finally able to accept it as being an incredible, euphoric track that elicits such a powerful emotional response.

Evolution Series: #13 “Present Tense”

It’s Evolution BAYBAY! It’s that time again to go fully in depth with a song’s live history and talk about the versions that make a song stand out over time. This episode we’ll evolve with Present Tense! You guys voted for it, and we’ve been wanting to do this one for a while so get ready as we get into every crevice of the song there is. We’ll start by talking about No Code’s impact, or lack thereof, and how potentially the #10 track off a record that didn’t really land could get overlooked. But it’s one that the band seemed to always feel, even to the point that Ed was using it as a healing process for himself. We’ll work through the years to find out the exact moment, and boy is there ever one, where Present Tense finally broke through and became that crowd favorite it was always meant to be. So now we sit here in need for a 14th episode for this series. What do we do? Well, this time we’d like to cover something a little more uncommon so we can talk about that. Why they wouldn’t play a certain song over a long stretch and what it’s like to be in the crowd hearing something that you’d thought you’d never hear. Got a good example of that? The floor is open! Let us know what uncommon track you’d like to hear us cover in our next episode!

Evolution Series: #12 “Footsteps”

It’s evolution baybay! The evolution episodes are easily some of our favorite to work on and this episode was no different. Since you guys made your picks in a secret ballot, after tallying the votes Footsteps came out the winner! And you picked a great one! In this episode we’ll go through the origins of the song starting with it’s place on the Gossman Project and how it got into the hands of Chris Cornell around the same time that Ed received the Mamasan tape. The song was played as a part of the Mamasan trio very early on and gained some notoriety with fans with the appearance as a b-side on the Jeremy single. As the song grew over time, we got to witness the addition of the harmonica and a grander, more theatrical performance of the song that was played on big stages in acoustic settings and ballparks. Hey if you haven’t been participating on Twitter, we’ve been doing the evolution episode vote over there! Only a few days left before a winner is selected. It’s a tight contest right now and there are still some surprises left. Let us know which song you’d like us to cover next!

Evolution Series: #11 “Release”

I’ll wait up in the dark for you to speak to meeeeee! Welcome to the newest edition into the Hall of Evolution episodes as we now add Release to the pantheon! Are you new to Patreon and haven’t listened to an Evolution episode before? The premise is quite simple. We take a deep dive into a song and look at how it’s grown from the original debut up until how we view it in our current era. This episode will be a little bit of a different storytelling presence than say an Immortality or Rearviewmirror where so much of the discussion was based off of how performances of the song changed musically. We don’t really got much change to the arrangement of Release, no tags, no “fast Release” like you had with a song like Wash. But what you do get is a change in an emotional connection. From Ed’s connection to his father bringing a spiritual aspect to the song that many have held a similar connection to, as well as the song being many people’s first that they’ve ever heard at a Pearl Jam show, the song might have only been played 172 times but it feels like almost each and every one of those performances is significant in some manner. Enjoy this episode, we really love doing the Evolution episodes and don’t get to do enough of them. However, we want you to vote on the next one! Listen in for the end of the episode as we give details as to how you can vote and which way to vote. We’ll be doing an official post about this very soon!

Evolution Series: #10 “Rearviewmirror”

It’s time to emancipate! In our 10th installment of our live song evolution series we’ll discuss the 11th most played song in the band’s catalog – Rearviewmirror! We’ll talk about this song’s humble origins going from a little random jingle that Ed has in his pocket for some time to being Ed’s first major musical writing contribution to the band and it being a pivotal track for Vs. The live evolution is interesting because of course it all begins with Dave A (who infamously throws his sticks at the end of the recording) and shows some struggle in the very early stages before this song revs its engine and finds its power. We’ll talk in thorough detail about the Atlanta 94 and SNL versions that are among the best, the spacey and lengthy bridges that were started with Jack and polished by Matt and an absolutely epic version from Buenos Aires in 2005 that takes the song in so many different directions. Don’t give thanks or apologize, just enjoy the episode!

Evolution Series: #9 “Immortality”

In this episode we take on the task of dissecting the evolution of Immortality – a song that does not have a single bad version to its name. We’ll go through the early origins of the song and the time period in which it was written, potential why it was written and that one powerful version of it from the Orpheum Theater that still takes people’s breath away. The performances from that point on have changed drastically, but its always been a song you could feel in the room, whether it’s the emotional reverb from Mike’s guitar or the Keith Moon wild style drumming from Jack. We dig deep into classic versions of this song and take it from when it was an arena rock giant to nowadays where it fills the atmosphere at legendary venues of the likes of Wrigley Field and Fenway Park. And we’ll obviously come full circle with it. What song would you like to hear us evolve on next? We’ll do another tournament, new submissions only! Any option from the previous tournament is now off the table!

Evolution Series: #8 “In My Tree”

The newest installment in our Evolution Series features popular No Code track In My Tree. We’ll break down the song’s early stages with Jack Irons presence on drums and how the song transitioned when Matt Cameron took over. In 2003, the song after going through numerous layoffs where they didn’t play it, would go through a major change live as it was popularized during the Live At The Garden show. We break down some of the best versions of the song and talk about the influence of the drummers, and why this seldom played No Code song has become such a favorite for fans over the years. Enjoy!

Evolution Series: #7 “Porch”

We’re back with our first Evolution episode of 2020! We’ve been promising this one for a while, but we’ve finally got around to doing Porch. We’ll talk about the early versions of Porch where the song was used as a platform on television for Ed to get his viewpoints out on being pro-choice as well as of course the antics of Ed during the early days of Drop In The Park and Pinkpop, and before my co-host kills me, of course we play Atlanta 94. We’ll also talk about the transformation Porch went through in the modern era of the band where they went to an alternate riffy intro. Thanks to Patron Brad Piasecki for joining me on this one. If you’d like to do an Evolution episode on a specific song we haven’t covered yet, let us know which one you’d like to do in the comments!

Evolution Series: #6 “Wash”

Hello Patrons! In this episode we will break down the live history of Wash. From it’s early days of being a b-side and a regular opener, it was one of their more uncommon song performances that instantly found popularity. From Speed Wash to Bridge School until delays so long without playing the song that Ed had to write the lyrics on a pizza box. We tackle the best versions of Wash throughout the next 50 minutes!

Evolution Series: #5 “Corduroy”

Happy patron’s day everyone! As a thank you to being a contributor to our show, we have a new Evolution episode out for consumption today featuring one of Pearl Jam’s best songs Corduroy. John hooks up with patron Patrick Boegel to dive into Corduroy’s past and present from the song’s identity developing with Jack Irons, the Bridge School versions that have been popularized and the versions in current day where Ed brings in a call and response. Enjoy the episode! It’s Evolution BayBay!

Evolution Series: #4 “State of Love and Trust”

In this episode of the ongoing Evolution Series, Randy and Chris break down the live history of State of Love and Trust. From the slow groove that Dave K developed with the song to Dave A’s monster rhythm and hard hitting grind, we dig deep back into the annals of the Pearl Jam catalog to focus on the versions of the song that made this an instant crowd favorite. From Unplugged to Drop In The Park with the birth of no added in, we cover all of the bases in this episode. We’ll also discuss how the song changed once the band grew, how it became a song that was all about speed with less of the attitude of the early 90’s version.

Evolution Series Vault Edition: #3 “Alive”

George would be upset with us, but today we’re opening up the vault to release for the first time on our public accounts an Evolution Series episode that is part of our Patreon subscription series! The plan for this week is to still get a fresh weekly episode in featuring the Springfield 1994 show, but to fulfill our weekly Wednesday episode spot we’ve decided to present you with something you may not have heard before – our Evolution Series episode on Alive! This was the third episode in our Patreon series that was released almost two years ago. It’s pretty raw production value wise for what we’ve become on this show, but it’s the content that matters! We tell the story about how Alive was performed as their most popular song for the early onset of this band’s lifespan, but ultimately the song soured on the band as time grew, even to one situation that caused the song not to be played for an entire tour. But the song absolutely has it’s redemption in the end, breaking a curse, and it becomes the end of show anthem that brings the crowd to a frenzy.

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Evolution Series: #2 “Leash”

Hello Patrons! First post in a while. I know we promised some new exclusive episodes for the platform and we’re finally on track to releasing some! Get ready for more episodes from our Evolution Series. Instead of breaking down a set list from a specific show, we’re looking back into the history of how certain songs were played live, the fans thirst for them and how they’ve evolved musically over the years. On our free platforms we released Yellow Ledbetter today, but for you guys you get a brand new episode that is exclusive to Patreon’s platform. This episode features the evolution of Leash and how it went from angry youth anthem in the early 90’s, to the band’s waning interest in it and the fans excitement to bring it back. ‘Play Leash, You Pussies’ has been a popular phrase over the years and we’ll talk about how that became popularized during the band’s 11 year hiatus of not performing it. Keep your eye out for more episodes to drop! Looking to record 1-2 a month just for the Patreon people. We thank you for your dedication to this podcast, you help throughout the last year has kept this podcast going.

Evolution Series: #1 “Yellow Ledbetter”

IT’S EVOLUTION BAYBAY! We’re bringing to you a brand new series under the Live On 4 Legs umbrella that takes a comprehensive look at the growth of individual live tracks throughout the years. For our first episode, we’re talking about Yellow Ledbetter – the set closing staple that has become a glorious celebration of the band and its fans. In this episode, we’ll discuss the live history of Yellow Ledbetter going all the way back from its live debut in 1993 and talk about some of the great renditions of the song throughout the years.

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