Sound Opinions Halloween Special & Opinions on Pearl Jam

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot get grisly with their favorite Murder Songs for Halloween. They also review Lightning Bolt by Pearl Jam.

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Murder Songs for Halloween

With Halloween looming large, Jim and Greg are feeling a bit morbid. They've got Murder on the brain. Here are their favorite“killer”tunes:

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Pearl Jam Lightning Bolt

Grunge rock stalwarts Pearl Jam are back with their tenth studio album called Lightning Bolt. It comes 22 years after their landmark debut Ten. Jim and Greg would happily trade Ten for this tenth release. Nonetheless, Greg does find some interesting experimentation in Lightning Bolt, noticeably on songs like "Pendulum" and "Yellow Moon" which show enough growth in the band's sound to earn the record a Burn It. Jim, however, thinks those same tracks are some of the weakest with their misguided allusions to the U2 and Elton John ballads. He prefers the faster pace of songs like "Lightning Bolt," which combined with a few others, might make for a decent EP. Therefore this LP gets a Burn It.


Featured Songs

  1. Goose Island Credit Music: Pure Sunray,“Caramel,”Pure Sunray, 2013
  2. Iron Maiden, Murders in the Rue Morgue, Killers, EMI, 1981
  3. Ike & Tina Turner, Stagger Lee and Billy, Stagger Lee and Billy (Single), Sue, 1965
  4. Violent Femmes, Country Death Song, Hallowed Ground, Slash/Rhino, 1984
  5. Dwight Yoakam, Buenos Noches From A Lonely Room (She Wore Red Dresses), dwightyoakamacoustic.net, Reprise, 2000
  6. The Beatles, Maxwell's Silver Hammer, Abbey Road, Apple, 1969
  7. Johnny Cash, The Long Black Veil, Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison, Columbia, 1968
  8. Eleventh Dream Day, Death of Albert C. Samson, Prairie School Freakout, Thrill Jockey, 1988
  9. Dixie Chicks, Goodbye Earl, Fly, Monument, 1999
  10. Snoop Dogg, Murder Was the Case, Murder Was the Case, Death Row/Interscope, 1994
  11. Fairport Convention, Matty Groves, Liege and Lief, Island, 1969
  12. Warren Zevon, Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner, Excitable Boy, Asylum, 1978
  13. Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Down By the River, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Reprise, 1969
  14. The Adverts, Gary Gilmore's Eyes, Gary Gilmore's Eyes, Anchor, 1977
  15. Talking Heads, Psycho Killer, Talking Heads: 77, 1. Pearl Jam,“Mind Your Manners,”Lightning Bolt, Monkeywrench/Republic, 2013
  16. Pearl Jam, Pendulum, Lightning Bolt, Monkeywrench/Republic, 2013
  17. Eprom, Vogel, Vogel (Single), Rwina, 2013
  18. Blondie, Hanging on the Telephone, Parallel Lines, Chrysalis, 1978
  19. Elvis Costello and The Roots, Wise Up Ghost, Wise Up Ghost, Blue Note, 2013
  20. Haim, The Wire, Days Are Gone, Columbia, 2013
  21. Willis Earl Beal, Everything Unwinds, Nobody Knows, XL Recordings, 2013
  22. Willis Earl Beal, Nobody Knows (Live on Sound Opinions), Nobody Knows, XL Recordings, 2013


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