Pearl Jam, from Seattle, Washington, could arguably be regarded as one of the most successful rock bands of all time. The band has released 10 albums since they formed in 1990, and have sold an estimated 60 million records worldwide. “Even Flow” is the second single from the band’s debut album, Ten, and is this week’s #ThrowbackThursday selection.
The songs lyrics were written by Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder, while the music was written by guitarist Stone Gossard. The song reached #3 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and was used in the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
The original video for “Even Flow” was shot at a zoo, and featured different wildlife. The members of Pearl Jam were filmed individually and as a band, standing on the side of a cliff playing their instruments, and the footage was cut with the shots from the zoo set. After the shoot, the band was not pleased with the result; it was considered a waste of time and money by Pearl Jam. The music video was eventually replaced with footage of the band, filmed during a January 17, 1992 show at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, Washington.