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Flashback: Pearl Jam Finally Relents, Plays 'Bugs' Live in 2009

Near the end of Pearl Jam’s sessions for their 1994 LP Vitalogy, Eddie Vedder picked up a cheap thrift store accordion and began singing a bizarre, Tom Waits-like dirge about insects. “I got bugs in my room,” he howled. “Bugs in my bed/ Bugs in my ears/ Their eggs in my head.” Many interpreted it as him venting about the relentless fans and pressures that were circling around him in the wake of Pearl Jam’s huge success, but he claimed it was simply was about a bad case of poison oak he’d come down with. “I was itching out of my skin,” he told Spin. “The song really is about bugs.”

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