Throwback Thursday: “Hunger Strike” by Temple of the Dog

Young Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell recorded this awesome duet as Temple of the Dog before finding bigger success in their respective bands Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.



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Muruch Classic Albums Appreciation Club: Week 19

Last week’s selection, Pearl Jam’s debut Ten, has certainly held up well over time. Even if it were just released this week, I would still be as impressed with its brillance. There’s a strong undercurrent of blues and folk in the rock arrangements on Ten, something many of Pearl Jam’s grunge contemporaries lacked. Singles like “Jeremy,” “Even Flow” and “Alive” are certainly stand outs, but there are no filler tracks here. Ten flows seamlessly from beginning to end. The songs on the album are as solid and captivating individually as they are as a cohesive collection – the mark of a true classic album. “Alive” and “Black” are my personal favorites – the latter being such a beautifully structured and performed song it’s a wonder it isn’t covered more often. If Nirvana is the only band of the grunge era you’re familiar with, you have to listen to Ten.

This week’s classic album is…Garbage’s self-titled debut

To recap the procedure here: At the beginning of each week, I’ll post brief thoughts on the previous week’s listening experience along with the coming week’s classic album selection. Then sometime in the week that follows, we’ll all take the time to listen to the album from beginning to end with no distractions. It can be as simple as just getting away from the computer to listen alone or you can make an event of it with candles, beverages and friends. Whatever format you play the album in or the manner in which you listen, just give the music your full and undivided attention.

Feel free to comment or email your opinions of our selections and recommendations for classic albums (from any decade, including this one).

Muruch Classic Albums Appreciation Club: Week 18

Last week’s selection, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, is widely accepted as a classic pop-rock album due to its plethora of hit singles: “Dreams,” “Don’t Stop,” “Go Your Own Way,” “The Chain,” “You Make Loving Fun” and “Gold Dust Woman.” But those only familiar with the band’s commercial successes may be surprised to hear the delicate folk of the album’s non singles (of which, granted, there are few) or Christine McVie’s gentle croon on the ballad “Songbird” – probably best known as covered by the late, great Eva Cassidy. Rumours is generally viewed as Fleetwood’s Mac’s masterpiece, an opinion fueled almost as much by the romantic drama behind the scenes (particularly between lead singers Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks) as by the artistic merit of the actual music. Some of the softer songs suffered from poor audio quality – at least on the version of the CD I own – but otherwise, the album is as interesting and melodic a listen as ever and Buckingham/Nicks remain one of the most talented songwriting duos of all time.

This week’s classic album is…Pearl Jam: Ten

To recap the procedure here: At the beginning of each week, I’ll post brief thoughts on the previous week’s listening experience along with the coming week’s classic album selection. Then sometime in the week that follows, we’ll all take the time to listen to the album from beginning to end with no distractions. It can be as simple as just getting away from the computer to listen alone or you can make an event of it with candles, beverages and friends. Whatever format you play the album in or the manner in which you listen, just give the music your full and undivided attention.

Feel free to comment or email your opinions of our selections and recommendations for classic albums (from any decade, including this one).