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Thursday, November 17, 2005

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I love Jack Irons. He gave some unique beat that enrich Pearl Jam musical layers. Unfortunately he had to quit. I've seen the copy from Unofficial Footage World Tour 1995, and Irons was great. And in the Single Video Theory when he beat that trash-can? Awesome! I think, he's the most underrated drummer from Pearl Jam history. Dave Ab maybe great, he gave that "macho" image from his style of drumming, but Irons gave Pearl Jam the richest layers of music happened during No Code and Yield (even that minimalistic album concept from Yields produce a magnificent output).

All in all...they're legend!

Scott

I love Jack Irons. He gave some unique beat that enrich Pearl Jam musical layers. Unfortunately he had to quit. I've seen the copy from Unofficial Footage World Tour 1995, and Irons was great. And in the Single Video Theory when he beat that trash-can? Awesome! I think, he's the most underrated drummer from Pearl Jam history.

You may be right. I haven’t heard enough Irons to form a solid opinion—all I know by him is his studio work, which was certainly nice.

Dave Ab maybe great, he gave that "macho" image from his style of drumming

Yes! Exactly. Well put. And I think that’s what Pearl Jam needs. I think it’s the dichotomy between the "macho" musical style and the, frankly, rather sensitive, almost singer-songwriter lyrics the band frequently has that provides much of its most fertile material.

I mean, you’ve got McCready, who looks like a really seedy ex-sailor turned punk gone to pot who plays those incendiary leads, and the jockishness of Vedder, Gossard and Ament. It’s a pretty macho band, yet its lyrics are not only deft, they’re introspective and nuanced.

And that’s where I think Cameron is such a mismatch. I’ve been listening to a lot of live stuff from their 2000 tour and watching the tour DVDs. And he’s really, really good. He’s just wrong for them. I think they require exactly that macho approach. I think it’s that juxtaposition that creates their greatest moments.

Now, I can’t emphasize this enough: Cameron’s an excellent drummer. On technique alone I suspect he’s better than what may be my holy trilogy of drummers from the 1980s: R.E.M.’s Bill Berry, Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley and Chris Mars from The Replacements. None of them were terribly adept technically, but all three (especially Berry) were certainly good, and were imaginative and were personality-wise a perfect fit for their bands. Which, I guess, PJ feels Cameron is for them. They’re wrong, of course. :) But hey.

but Irons gave Pearl Jam the richest layers of music happened during No Code and Yield (even that minimalistic album concept from Yields produce a magnificent output).

I shall endeavor to study more of Iron Jack’s playing. Certainly can’t fault a guy for taking his loot and going off to raise a family.

All in all...they're legend!

Ayuh. That they are.

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