Archive for January 2011

On the twelfth day of Christmas

January 6, 2011

Wow, was it really March the last time I put anything on here……

As it is officially the last day of Christmas what better time to post my prized collection of Pearl Jam Christmas Singles which I’ve been collecting ever since I posted a $10 note off to the address in the back of the then newly released Vitalogy to somewhere in Seattle in order to sign up with the Vitalogy Health Club back in 1994.

Sometime in early 1996 a double 7″ dropped through the letterbox, double to make up for the lack of a previous year’s single, it was the first single I owned that had the larger hole and I didn’t realise you had to use the adapter to play so used to spend ages aligning it perfectly on the centre of my Dads record player, not sure when the penny finally dropped.

Fortunately¬†with the advent of the internet, membership renewal became much easier and rather than having to find someone who’d been to the US to beg for their change to send off it was just a case of entering your details online. Each year a new single would arrive, ¬†rarely at Christmas though which in my opinion adds to the fun as you never quite know when it’s coming. As well as the surprise a lot of thought seems to have gone into the design and packaging, each one is unique and not tied to any recent album release which makes them all feel individual and they look great.

The songs are covers, live tracks, outakes, demos, collaborations, sometimes Christmas themed other times not. It’s always fun to dig them out each year and have a listen which has now formed part of my festive routine. Unfortuately I’m missing the first two from 1991 and 1992 which I will track down, they are obtainable but at a price, I was missing 1993 but thanks the the fan club’s mystery vinyl lottery at the end of last year I managed to get a copy for just $10. Also just to confuse matters 2003’s single was a 10″ which I always forget about since it’s stored¬†separately from the others.

Due to the way the fan club works I seem to have quite a low membership number which means I need to go to see them live in the US one day since it’s all seated and fan club tickets are sold based on seniority which apparently would get me pretty decent seats up front. The chances of that happening anytime soon though are quite slim and I’ve been fortunate enough to see them quite a few times over the last few years as they’ve re-found their love of Europe although since these are always general admission standing my number means nothing so I need to travel to make it count.