Pixies’ David Lovering Shares His Wrong Prediction About Eddie Vedder And Pearl Jam


Pixies drummer David Lovering recently sat down with Louder for an interview and opened up about his connection to Eddie Vedder. The drummer admitted he was wrong about assuming that Pearl Jam was just another band.

Since their formation in 1986, Pixies have distinguished themselves in the music world with their notable song structures and dynamic sound, which draws influences from punk rock, surf rock, and indie. Although the band produced relatively few albums and reached modest sales figures, they significantly impacted the alternative rock scene of the 1990s.

Many prominent artists and bands, including Radiohead, U2, The Strokes, and Kings of Leon, have cited the Pixies among their influences. The band also had a massive impact on the rise of Seattle’s grunge scene. The big four bands of grunge, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice In Chains, were all influenced by the new breath they brought to alternative music.

Pearl Jam’s frontman Eddie Vedder was such a fan of the band that he even sought advice from their drummer David Lovering. At the time, Pearl Jam had just released their debut album, ‘Ten.’ Vedder, who knew that the drummer was married to someone who worked with their record label, Epic Records, wanted some guidance from Lovering.

The drummer advised him to enjoy himself while playing music, and he didn’t take Vedder and Pearl Jam too seriously because he thought of them as another band. However, he was wrong about his prediction since Pearl Jam’s tremendous success came after.

David Lovering’s words on Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam:

“I was married at the time to a woman who worked for Epic Records, and Pearl Jam was a brand new band who had just signed to the label. Eddie was a Pixies fan, and he knew that I was married to the label’s publicist, and he needed some guidance, let’s say, so I went out with him early on in Pearl Jam’s career, and we talked.

It was funny because I just said, ‘This is something that I love, I love playing music, and I think you should do the same, enjoy yourself; that was the crux of it.’ I just wanted him to be confident about everything. When we parted, I didn’t think too much about it; I was like, ‘It’s just another band.’ And I was quite wrong about that because it seemed that Pearl Jam just took off and got huge almost immediately.”

The drummer also said that though they have received praise for being a significant influence by many artists, he doesn’t see this band in that way. He appreciates the statements praising them for shaping the modern rock scene, yet it is enough for him what they’ve achieved so far as a band.