Pearl Jam broke bigger than anybody else in Seattle because the band’s 1991 debut, *Ten, *satisfied a social need: It was spectacularly good at making alienated teenagers (i.e. *all*teenagers) feel less alone whenever they felt misunderstood by the rest of the world (i.e. every waking hour of the day). http://www.avclub.com/articles/part-3-1992-pearl-jam-the-perils-of-fame-and-the-t,47099/

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