They Say It’s Your Birthday celebrates an artist’s special day with other people singing his or her songs. Let others do the work for a while. Happy birthday!
Some time ago, a rugged, righteous man made his presence known to the world. He had a great respect for certain past traditions, but also some funny ideas about how to move forward. And let’s not forget his wicked beard. He’s influenced western culture more than anyone would’ve first imagined, and people now worship him as an icon and maybe even a savior. His name is revered far and wide: Eddie Vedder.
Yes, the celebrated grunge/alt. rock trailblazer and Pearl Jam founder, born Edward Louis Severson III, turns 46 today, and we thought we’d celebrate with some pretty great covers that span his entire body of work.
MP3: David Ellul – Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog cover)
Before Pearl Jam, Eddie took part in the short-lived Temple of the Dog, a collaboration between members of his future band and Soundgarden. Here, Ontario performer David Ellul gives their only hit, “Hunger Strike,” the solo treatment.
MP3: P.O.S. – Why Go? (Pearl Jam cover)
To celebrate the 2009 rerelease of Pearl Jam’s debut Ten, MTV commissioned alternative hip-hop artist P.O.S. to cover the album’s fourth track, the furious “Why Go?”.
MP3: Sugarland – Better Man (Pearl Jam cover)
Wait, what? As it turns out, mega-popular country act Sugarland released a whole album of live covers last year, of which “Better Man” was a part. Their arrangement, which includes mandolin and accordion, does Eddie proud.
MP3: 17 Queens – Hard Sun (Eddie Vedder cover)
Finally, we end with a sampling from Eddie’s solo career, as Tacoma, WA singer/songwriter Bo Cappabianca (who releases material under the name 17 Queens) takes a whack at “Hard Sun,” the standout tune from Vedder’s Into the Wild soundtrack.
Check out more from Eddie and the gang on the Pearl Jam website!