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Hail, Hail (single):Pearl Jam

"Hail, Hail" is a song by the American rock band Pearl Jam. Featuring lyrics written by vocalist Eddie Vedder and music co-written by guitarist Stone Gossard, bassist Jeff Ament, and guitarist Mike McCready, "Hail, Hail" was released in 1996 as the second single from the band's fourth studio album, No Code (1996). The song managed to reach the number nine spot on both the Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock Billboard charts. The song was included on Pearl Jam's 2004 greatest hits album, rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991–2003).


 [hide*1 Origin and recording

Origin and recording[edit]Edit

"Hail, Hail" features lyrics written by vocalist Eddie Vedder and music co-written by guitarist Stone Gossard, bassist Jeff Ament, and guitarist Mike McCready. Gossard stated, "People say that No Code wasn't like a rock record. The big comment you'd hear over and over again was 'experimental record.' But then you hear "Habit" and "Hail, Hail" and "Lukin", and those songs are totally rock."[1]


The lyrics of "Hail, Hail" refer to two people in a troubled relationship struggling to hold it together.[2]

Release and reception[edit]Edit

The commercially released single for "Hail, Hail" was exclusive to AustraliaCanadaJapan, and Europe. The song was released as a single in 1996 with a previously unreleased B-side titled "Black, Red, Yellow", of which an alternate version can also be found on the compilation album, Lost Dogs (2003).

The song peaked at number nine on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks and Billboard Modern Rock Tracks charts. It appeared on Billboard magazine's Hot 100 Airplay chart, reaching the top 70. In Canada, "Hail, Hail" charted on the Alternative Top 30 chart where it peaked at number two. "Hail, Hail" also reached number 24 on the Canadian Year End Alternative Top 50. "Hail, Hail" would peak at number 31 on the Australian Singles Chart.

David Fricke of Rolling Stone said, "Vedder queries with rubbed-raw enunciation in "Hail, Hail", measuring the strength and resilience of good, honest affection against the staccato punch of Gossard's and Mike McCready's guitars and Irons' urgent, emphatic drumming."[3] Ryan Schreiber of Pitchfork Media called "Hail, Hail" the "thrashing, typical Pearl Jam song."[4]

Live performances[edit]Edit

"Hail, Hail" was first performed live at the band's September 14, 1996 concert in SeattleWashington at The Showbox.[5] The band played this song when it appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman in September 1996 in support of No Code. Live performances of "Hail, Hail" can be found on the live album Live on Two Legs, various official bootlegs, and the Live at the Gorge 05/06 box set.

Track listing[edit]Edit

  1. "Hail, Hail" (Stone GossardEddie VedderJeff AmentMike McCready) – 3:44
  2. "Black, Red, Yellow" (Vedder) – 2:59

Chart positions[edit]Edit

Chart (1996) Position
Canadian Alternative Top 30[6] 2
Australian Singles Chart[7] 31
Polish Singles Chart[8] 22
US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay[9] 69
US Mainstream Rock Tracks[10] 9
US Modern Rock Tracks[10] 9

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