Friday, September 02, 2005


Friday semen blogging

I honestly did not know this:

The band formed in 1990 from the ashes of Mother Love Bone, whose singer Andrew Wood died of a heroin overdose. Guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament were impressed by the work of a young singer named Eddie Vedder. Long story short: They hit it off, formed a band, scored a deal with Epic Records and changed their name from Mookie Blaylock - to avoid confusion with a basketball player who also happened to be named Mookie Blaylock - to Pearl Jam. Depending on who you believe, the name comes from a hallucinogenic condiment made by Eddie's grandmother; either that or it's a term for semen.

Confirmed here.

Perhaps I should invite Eddie Vedder to guest-blog here one week?

Off-topic: this hurricane is extremely horrific. There is no excuse for the lagtime between recognition of the extent of the tragedy and a coordinated response. It's not too late to minimize some of the damage, and I'm relieved to see that it seems to have started. But the past 48 hours has been a disgrace. There has to be some political fallout from this. More likely, we will all go on with our lives, and let someone else (hopefully) bear the brunt of the failures of this administration. All of us, that is, except the good people of the great city of New Orleans.


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