This week marks the 25th anniversary of Pearl Jam’s MTV Unplugged set.
To commemorate this we bring you the top 5 MTV Unplugged performances you are unlikely to have seen. The magic of MTV Unplugged was the way in which it invited artists to reinvent their songs for an intimate crowd, and this led to some amazing music. Enjoy!
5. Let's Go To Bed - The Cure
Kicking off our list is the goth rock princes themselves, The Cure. Performing in 1991, this rendition of “Let’s Go To Bed” swaps out synths for xylophones and drums for bongos, giving it a more traditional feel.
4. Hello - Oasis
Performing without Liam Gallagher in 1996, Noel Gallagher gives an earnest approach to this rendition. The opening track of their magnum opus, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? (1995), “Hello” is given the blues treatment with added harmonica and horns to make up for the lack of shoegaze distortion.
3. Smokestack Lightning - Aerosmith
Faithful disciples of the blues, Aerosmith covered Howlin’ Wolf’s classic for their 1990 performance. Keeping the infectious groove of the original, vocalist Stephen Tyler gives a smoother vocal to the tune.
2. Sex Type Thing - Stone Temple Pilots
Some of the most rewarding performance from the MTV Unplugged series are complete re-imagining of songs, and this tune is a prime example. Originally a fast and hard grunge song, Stone Temple Pilots turn “Sex Type Thing” into an ominous swing track for the end of their 1993 performance.
1. Porch - Pearl Jam
It may seem a bit contrived to have Pearl Jam at the top of the list considering it is the 25th anniversary of this performance. However, one listen to this take on “Porch” from their debut album Ten (1991) and all doubts should be eliminated. An extremely passionate performance, it is only enhanced by the band running around stage and vocalist, Eddie Vedder shamelessly falling off of his chair.
What did you think? Did we miss anyone? Let us know in the comments!
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