Pearl Jam’s Unreleased ‘Even Flow’ Video Briefly Surfaces
A version of Pearl Jam’s abandoned video for “Even Flow” recently appeared on YouTube – and fan reaction suggests it's a good thing the band never released it officially.
Filmed in a zoo on January 31, 1992, the clip, which has since been removed from the video sharing service, was shelved after Pearl Jam decided it didn’t work for them. A live performance video was instead created for the track, released as the second single from the band's debut album Ten. With the exception of “Jeremy,” the band stuck to the live style of promos for all their other singles of the era.
Alternative Nation noted that the “Even Flow” clip was “similar to many popular grunge videos of the time, including Alice In Chains' 'Them Bones' and Stone Temple Pilots' 'Sex Type Thing.'”
You can watch both the official video below.
Pearl Jam - Official ‘Even Flow’ Video
The unearthed video was uploaded by YouTube user Uncelestial's Pleasuredome, who reported that the clip was “a fresh mixing of the several takes done for the shelved 'Even Flow' video shoot at the L.A. Zoo in 1992.”
In a comment the channel operator added: “The shoot took hours, and the band was not pleased with the end result. [Rocky] Schenck's shoot was considered a waste of time and money by the band; it also damaged [Dave] Abbruzzese's wrists significantly. After shooting had finished, he was taken to the emergency room where he was advised not to put strain on his wrists. Abbruzzese would drum on the band's European tour with a splint attached to his hands.”
Responding to a series of comments in which fans said they were glad the video was never released, Uncelestial's Pleasuredome said, “Super cringe tbh; I'm glad they had the sense to reject this given that it was Stone [Gossard]’s idea." The YouTuber later added that watching the video was "sort of like looking at an awkward picture from middle school.”