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Like Nirvana, Pearl Jam came out of the early-‘90s Seattle music scene that gave birth to the decade’s alternative-rock revolution. But where Nirvana spiked their punk with classic-rock riffs, Pearl Jam sheltered their classic-rock muscle in punk-rock fury. Frontman Eddie Vedder helped the other members of the band pick up the pieces of their previous group, Mother Love Bone, after their singer died. Vedder was smarter, sharper and a better singer than most of his alt-rock peers, which helped drive their debut album, ‘Ten,’ to the top of the charts. For the next few years, Pearl Jam were untouchable, debuting at No. 1 with a string of records. But by the end of the decade, Vedder and the band started to get more contemplative, and the music turned less anthem-sized. They’ve become a more ambitious group in the process, while maintaining some of their rock ‘n’ roll toughness.

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Richard E. Aaron / Michael Putland, Getty Images

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Samir Hussein / Christian Petersen / Kevork Djansezian / Dave Kotinsky / Vittorio Zunino Celotto, Getty Images

Journey, Yes, ELO and Pearl Jam Elected Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Epic

25 Years Ago: Pearl Jam Score a Perfect ‘Ten’

Pearl Jam's debut, 'Ten,' was released on Aug. 27, 1991.

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Watch Tom Hamilton Join Pearl Jam to Perform Aerosmith’s ‘Draw the Line’

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YouTube

Watch Pearl Jam Cover the Doobie Brothers’ ‘Takin’ It to the Streets’

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Epic

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The Story of Pearl Jam’s First Show

Pearl Jam began their career as Mookie Blaylock on Oct. 22, 1990 at the Off Ramp Cafe in Seattle.

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Epic

The History of Pearl Jam’s Angry and Defiant ‘Vs.’

Selling millions of records has helped more than a few artists mellow out, but watching their debut album climb the charts only made Pearl Jam angrier.

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Roger Kisby / Mark Davis / Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Queens of the Stone Age Vets Collaborating as Ten Commandos

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Danny Clinch, PearlJam.com

Pearl Jam Reportedly Planning New Album for 2016

Pearl Jam fans may not have to wait much longer for a follow-up to the band's 2013 Lightning Bolt LP.

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