- Oceans (Pearl Jam song)
"Oceans" Single by Pearl Jam from the album Ten B-side "Why Go" (live) / "Deep" (live) / "Alive" (live) Released 7 December 1992 Format CD single, Cassette Recorded March 27 – April 26, 1991 at London Bridge Studios, Seattle, Washington; overdubs recorded in June 1991 at Ridge Farm Studios, Dorking, England Genre Grunge Length 2:41 Label Epic Writer(s) Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament Producer Rick Parashar, Pearl Jam Pearl Jam singles chronology "Jeremy"
Ten track listing "Jeremy"
Music video "Oceans" on YouTube
"Oceans" is a song by the American rock band Pearl Jam. Featuring lyrics written by vocalist Eddie Vedder and music co-written by Vedder, guitarist Stone Gossard, and bassist Jeff Ament, "Oceans" was released in 1992 as the fourth single from the band's debut album, Ten (1991). Remixed versions of the song can be found on the "Even Flow" single and the 2009 Ten reissue.
Origin and recording
I remember for "Oceans", someone asked me to put change in the parking meter for them. I went and did that and then I came back and was locked out. It was drizzling and I wasn't dressed for an outing in the rain. I had a scrap of paper and a pen in my pocket, and they were playing this song [inside]. All I could hear was the bass coming through the wall, this window that was boarded up. So I wrote the song to the bass. I wasn't even listening to hear the song at first. When I heard a break, I'd start pounding on the door...trying to get out of the rain. So as I was doing that, I thought, fuck it, I might as well write something.
Gossard on the song:
We wrote it, we played it and Ed sang it, which is another thing that he does. I'd never seen anyone engage with song writing the same way. Here's the song, let me play it for you. It goes like this. OK theres a change here, let's do it and he would sing it. I'd hear the melodies and I'd think OK hes gonna write words or whatever and then I realized later that he actually had written the words right there. I couldn't understand how somebody could do that. Since then I've met a lot of people that can do it so it was an eye opener but he does it better than anyone I've ever seen do it.
Drummer Dave Krusen on the song:
We originally tracked drum kit on that song. Then I added three tympani parts. I remember we were all in the control room listening to the tympani part with the drums muted. Someone commented how cool it sounded like that, so we kept it that way. I'm glad we did.
When the band joined the album's mixer, Tim Palmer, in June 1991 in Dorking, England for mixing, Palmer overdubbed a pepper shaker and a fire extinguisher as percussion on the track. Palmer said, "The reason I used those items was purely because we were so far from a music rental shop and necessity became the mother of invention."
"Oceans" was performed in open D tuning. The song is musically and texturally different from the rest of the album. Ament said, "When we were picking songs for Ten we thought it was important to pick the weirder moments, like "Oceans", because we wanted to be able to explore those areas down the line."
Gossard on the song:
I love "Oceans". That probably sums up why I get excited about song writing. It's like open D tuning where the first chord's just straight across and it's just two fingers that come on and off to create the whole thing and then it moves down one position and it moves back up. It has a tiny little change in it but it's also got three big movements. What I love about music is aesthetic chords; the simpler the better and then another set that does something to those original chords. It's a really simple arrangement.
"Oceans" was inspired by Vedder's affinity for surfing. Following Pearl Jam's performance of the song at the band's 1992 MTV Unplugged performance, Vedder stated, "[that was] a little love song I wrote about my surfboard...no actually it's to somebody named Beth who hopefully I'll see tomorrow."
Release and reception
While the "Oceans" single was released commercially to international markets in 1992, the commercial single was not released in the United States until June 27, 1995 and was only available as a more expensive import version beforehand. Outside the United States, the single for "Oceans" was released commercially in Australia, Austria, and the United Kingdom. "Oceans" reached the top 30 in the Netherlands and was a moderate top 20 success in New Zealand.
In March 2009, "Oceans" was made available as downloadable content for the Rock Band series as a master track as part of the album Ten. The drum kit which was originally tracked by Dave Krusen was included on this release, unlike the remixed Ten which it was released to support.
The music video for "Oceans" was directed by Josh Taft, who had previously directed the "Alive" and "Even Flow" music videos for the band. The video was filmed in Hawaii in September 1992. The black-and-white video features scenes of the band members and other people in Hawaii, including Vedder surfing, Gossard driving, people swimming and running, and small planes flying. It also features performance footage of the band filmed in Maui, Hawaii at War Memorial Gymnasium. The video was only released to areas outside of the United States in late 1992. The video was not released in the United States as the band felt Ten was already too big. The video clip for "Oceans" can be found on the Touring Band 2000 DVD as one of the Special Features.
"Oceans" was first performed live at the band's May 17, 1991 concert in Seattle, Washington at the Off Ramp Café. Pearl Jam performed the song for its appearance on MTV Unplugged in 1992, however this performance of the song was not aired when the show was broadcast on MTV. Live performances of "Oceans" can be found on various official bootlegs and the live album Live in NYC 12/31/92. A performance of the song is also included on the MTV Unplugged DVD included in the Ten reissue.
- "Oceans" – 2:44
- "Why Go" (live) (Vedder, Ament) – 3:30
- "Deep" (live) – 4:24
- "Alive" (live) (Vedder, Gossard) – 5:46
Chart (1993) Position New Zealand Singles Chart 16 Dutch Singles Chart 30
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Pearl Jam Studio albums Live albums CompilationsLost Dogs · Rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991–2003) · Pearl Jam Twenty Videos Singles"Alive" · "Even Flow" · "Jeremy" · "Oceans" · "Go" · "Daughter" · "Animal" · "Dissident" · "Spin the Black Circle" · "Not for You" · "Immortality" · "Who You Are" · "Hail, Hail" · "Off He Goes" · "Given to Fly" · "Wishlist" · "Last Kiss" · "Nothing as It Seems" · "Light Years" · "Bu$hleaguer" · "I Am Mine" · "Save You" · "Love Boat Captain" · "Man of the Hour" · "World Wide Suicide" · "Life Wasted" · "Gone" · "Love, Reign o'er Me" · "The Fixer" · "Just Breathe" · "Amongst the Waves" · "Crown of Thorns" · "Olé" Other songs"Once" · "Black" · "State of Love and Trust" · "Breath" · "Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town" · "Glorified G" · "Rearviewmirror" · "Yellow Ledbetter" · "Tremor Christ" · "Better Man" · "Nothingman" · "Corduroy" · "I Got Id" · "Red Mosquito" · "In Hiding" · "Do the Evolution" · "Grievance" · "Thumbing My Way" · "½ Full" · "Brother" ToursMookie Blaylock 1991 United States Tour · 1991 United States Tour · Ten Tour · Lollapalooza 1992 · 1993 European and North American Tour · Vs. Tour · Vitalogy Tour · No Code Tour · Yield Tour · Binaural Tour · Riot Act Tour · Vote for Change · 2005 North American and Latin American Tour · 2006 World Tour · 2007 European Tour · 2008 United States Tour · Backspacer Tour · Pearl Jam Twenty Tour Related articlesArticlesBandsAlbums
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