No Boundaries: A Benefit for the Kosovar Refugees album cover

No Boundaries: A Benefit for the Kosovar Refugees album cover

A band whose quixotic impulses endeared them to fans, Pearl Jam was, by 1999, nevertheless shedding the mass audience that had made Ten the best-selling rock album of the Cobain Era. A quickie Wayne Cochran cover recorded for a Kosovo Albanian refugees benefit album became their first—and only —Top 5 hit. “You can try album after album to write a hit and spend months getting drum sounds and rewriting lyrics,” guitarist Stone Gossard told The Boston Globe, “or you can go to a used record store and pick out a single and fall in love with it.” Like Bruce Springsteen recording “Dancing in the Dark” out of pique – a hit that also peaked at #2 – Pearl Jam were convincing under pressure. When Eddie Vedder wonders, “Where, oh, where, can my baby be?” it trembles with an adolescent yearning that’s the match of Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” also a hit that summer. — ALFRED SOTO

Links:
https://www.spin.com/featured/best-alt-rock-songs-1999-list/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Boundaries:_A_Benefit_for_the_Kosovar_Refugees
https://pearljam.com/music/album/no-boundaries-a-benefit-for-the-kosovar-refugees