Merry Christmas to All!

by John Reynolds on December 24, 2009

This Rudolph Fared Better

This Rudolph Fared Better

To all our readers, a Merry Christmas!

If you are still *gulp* working today (like me) and you’re practically the only one in your office building (like me), what better way to pass the time than to read about some of our Christmas-related articles:

Who gave Eddie that guitar pedal at The Showbox?

Prior to the second encore, Ed came back on stage with a smoke and something behind his back, indicating he wanted to show the crowd some of his early Christmas presents. “One of the most random gifts I’ve ever received was tonight. Someone brought this to the show with no note, no nothing, and I have to say: I appreciate that. Just giving unconditionally, he gave me this [holds up pedal]. It is a giant-sized Morley pedal, and I didn’t have one. I’m very hard to buy for. Thank you, whoever you are.”

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Fan Club Single #1: Band’s First Christmas

Any ordinary Joe can go to a record store or go online and buy one of Pearl Jam’s albums. But if your fandom goes a little deeper, you have probably joined the Ten Club and discovered the joy that is Pearl Jam’s tradition of sending fan-club-only vinyl with unreleased material around holiday time. PJ’s first Fan Club single delivers a tender yet somber Christmas reflection on Side A, “Let Me Sleep (Christmas Time)”, and a genuinely heartfelt audio letter to their fans on Side B, “Ramblings”.

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Fan Club Single #2: Sorry Rudolph

By the time Pearl Jam turned two at the end of 1992, turntables were well on their way to being only the domain of audiophiles, DJs, and old-schoolers and band fan clubs were mostly nostalgia. But the young band had other ideas. They’d sent their fan club the same holiday gift in 1991 that the Beatles had back in the day: an exclusive 45rpm single with their greetings on the b-side. 1992 would be no different.

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Fan Club Single #3 – Like An Angel, Part 1

Christmas, 1993: Pearl Jam’s “Ten” was already an instant classic, Lollapalooza had earned them legions of fans, and “Vs.” sold like 839 billion copies in its first week of release. Wouldn’t that be a great time to break Christmas tradition and mass-produce the band’s third Fanclub-only Christmas single? Try again.

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Fan Club Single #3 – You F**kin’ Little What? Part 2

One definition of “Ramblings” as an adjective is “straying from one subject to another; desultory”. While I don’t know what the word “desultory” means, the “Ramblings” B-sides on Pearl Jam’s first three Christmas singles surely live up to their name.

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John Reynolds ( Twitter: @jjjrrr )
A New Jersey based programmer, John handles TFT’s programming and technical aspects. He also conceives and writes his share of TFT’s articles and sections. John’s first Pearl Jam show was at Lollapalooza on August 12, 1992.

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