Pearl Jam - Brother

slsI'm submitting a song for SLS21 consideration. I'm submitting "Brother" by Pearl Jam.

I almost refused to submit "Brother" by Pearl Jam. A few weeks ago, while listening to 102.1 here in Toronto, the deejay teased us by saying they'd play new Pearl Jam after the break. I stuck around, pretty excited to hear new Pearl Jam, and then they played "Brother."

I'm a pretty big Pearl Jam fan. I've seen them live six times and I've been collection Pearl Jam bootlegs since Ten. You can read my Pearl Jam primer here.

"Brother" is not new Pearl Jam. Yes, it's getting an official release now that they're reissuing Ten, but "Brother" is almost twenty years old. I first got my grubby mitts on a version of "Brother" with lyrics in the late 90s and I've been spinning that in MP3 format for over five years now.

It's not new, but it's new to many of you, and it's an awesome tune. That's why I'm putting it on SLS21.... because it rocks.

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Frank the Tank

I knew this wasn't a new tune, but figured as it has radio play it should make it much like MIA's paper planes made your last list

March 3, 2009 @ 6:43 PM


Any tune of Pearl Jam is worth listening to. Hail the Jam!

March 3, 2009 @ 8:59 PM


Roshan - you are correct, we should all Hail The Jam.
Long live the Modfather!

March 4, 2009 @ 7:27 AM

James Edgar

Great tune!

March 4, 2009 @ 7:55 AM


This version sounds a bit more produced then the original version that appeared on those B-sides and rarities CDs back in the day, but I still love this song. They had an insturmental version on the Lost Dogs collection that came out a few years ago, but its nice to see a proper version released.

March 4, 2009 @ 9:14 AM

Toronto Mike

Hey Alexi,

I think I may have got this particular rarities disc from you! It's the one with the awesome "It's Okay" tag on Daughter and History Never Repeats.

Fantastic bootleg - and Brother was one of my favourite tracks on that.

March 4, 2009 @ 9:17 AM

Jason |

"It's not new, but it's new to many of you"

Finally you know how I feel ;-)

March 4, 2009 @ 9:38 PM

Toronto Mike

Yeah, but the OJ new lasts six months. And Paper Planes was only a year old when I picked it for SLS.

Brother is almost twenty years old!!!!!

March 5, 2009 @ 8:02 AM

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