Corey Taylor (Slipknot) on Why Pearl Jam Belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Pearl Jam is one of the newest inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, along with the illustrious ELO, Joan Baez, Journey, Yes and Tupac Shakur. To celebrate Eddie and Co.’s achievement, TIDAL hit up Pearl Jam super fan Corey Taylor, of Slipknot fame, to create a playlist of his favorite tracks. Plus, he answered a few questions below about why and how he came to love these Rock Hall of Famers.
When did you first hear Pearl Jam? How old were you, where were you and how did you feel?
I remember a friend telling me about a band that featured members from Green River and Mother Love Bone. They didn’t know the name at the time. I loved both those bands so I was intrigued. When I saw the video for ‘Alive’ and heard the guitar line start, I was instantly a fan. I was almost nineteen and I didn’t know it, but I was on the verge of a massive shakeup in my musical tastes. Pearl Jam was at the head of that shakeup.
How did Pearl Jam inspire your own music?
One of the things I loved about Pearl Jam was the fact that the songs were great and nuanced, but you could sing and play them by yourself. You didn’t need a million people to play a song. Maybe that was a lesson I should’ve learned earlier. But Pearl Jam showed me I could really just pick up a guitar and sing and play. Eddie’s range was close to mine as well, so I could sing everything on Ten right away. It was awesome.
What’s your all-time favorite record and why?
Ten. I love their catalogue, but goddamnit, Ten is almost the perfect album. I love every song. I’ve played ninety-eight percent of that album live. From the massive sound to the catchy melodies, I fucking love it.
Why do you think Pearl Jam should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
Simple: it’s because they’re one of the biggest and best rock bands of all time. Plus, they’ve influenced so many different bands and artists across different genres. That’s the whole reason behind the Hall of Fame, right?
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