Whether accidental or on purpose, music finds its way into most every film or television show. Pearl Jam is no exception. Their music has been featured in films from "Singles" in the early 1990s to "Out of the Furnace" in 2013. Aside from their music and out-right references spoken by characters in television and film, Pearl Jam references have often shown up in more obscure manners. If you are viewing something from a good director, it is safe to say there are no accidents in what the viewer sees on screen no matter how far in the background it may be. So, where has Pearl Jam shown up? Check out the list to see........
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"Wilfred" channels "Jeremy"
When "Wilfred" moved from Australian TV to American TV, the character became darker. So dark he even knows the Pearl Jam song "Jeremy" and claimed it was his personal experience in one episode. You can see pictured in his artwork a rendition of the lyrics: "Alone, drawing pictures of mountain tops; with him on top. Lemon-yellow sun. Arms raised in a V....the dead lay in pools of maroon below."
Pearl Jam "Alive" shirt in "Chasing Amy"
This scene in Kevin Smith's "Chasing Amy" was shot in Jack's Music Shop in Red Bank, NJ. Whether it was intentional or not, the Pearl Jam 'stickman' shirt is clearly seen in the background. Check the upper right hand corner in the picture.
Concert posters in "Elizabethtown"
It's no secret director Cameron Crowe is a Pearl Jam fan. He made a documentary about them in 2011 entitled "Pearl Jam 20." What is hiding in the background of the "Elizabethtown" trailer is a Pearl Jam "Riot Act" poster and an Ames Bros poster from their Raleigh and Charlotte, NC concerts in April of 2003 (See the airline pilot with a martini? That's it.)
"Saved By the Bell: The College Years" and Zack Morris
Not only was he the most lovable sociopath on television, but Zack Morris was also a Pearl Jam fan. The picture is the scene in which Zack is asking a girl to come see Pearl Jam with him. The picture I was unable to find without having the episodes on DVD is that in Zack's bedroom in the dorm there is a Pearl Jam poster.
The Bubble Boy from "Seinfeld"
It's not Pearl Jam, it's the Pearl Jam/Soundgarden side project called Temple of the Dog. You know, that "I don't mind stealing bread" song. Look on the wall behind Susan's head in the Bubble Boy's bedroom and you will find a Temple of the Dog poster.
"The Simpsons" need tickets!
Most people are worried about invaders from outer space in Springfield. This guy was just hoping the aliens could get him into a concert.
"This is 40"
"The 40-Year Old Old Virgin" and "This is 40" director Judd Apatow is a huge fan of Pearl Jam. Check out the left side of the picture and you will see in a frame the poster from Pearl Jam's appearance at the Outside Lands Festival in 2009. This was no accident.
"The To-Do List"
This 2013 indie comedy is set in 1993 and the opening sequence establishes that through music and memorabilia that would have been in any teenage girl's room in 1993, including a Pearl Jam poster.