Unreleased Pearl Jam Song “Chinese”: Listen to the 1991 Demo
Hear One of the First Songs Pearl Jam Recorded—and Never Released 
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Jan. 3 2012 11:25 AM

Listen to an Unreleased Pearl Jam Song from 1991

Eddie Vedder in June 2010.

Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

On Saturday, Cameron Crowe spun some tunes on Sirius/XMU’s Pearl Jam station, and among the tracks he played was “Chinese,” a previously unreleased Pearl Jam demo written by Stone Gossard and recorded in 1991. Some of the song, Crowe said, will appear on the DVD for Pearl Jam 20, which Crowe directed. The song has no lyrics—just Eddie Vedder doing a sort of mellow wail in the background and someone else (I think) chanting in a rhythmic falsetto. But these vocal parts are set over a recognizably early-90s Pearl Jam instrumental.

It begins about a minute-and-a-half in on the recording below. (Via Stereogum.)

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

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