I received my second Ten Club holiday gift yesterday. For those who don't know: The Ten Club is the official Pearl Jam fan club, and around Christmastime, the band sends out a vinyl single for card carrying members. Last year's single was pretty commercial, as it had an edited version of the cover song "Love Reign O'er Me" as the A-side and a live, modified cover of "Rockin' in the Free World" featuring Bono and The Edge alongside the band. Plus it had a smaller center hole so I could play the record right out of the sleeve.
This year's single ("Santa God" B/W "Jingle Bells") has a larger middle hole, and for the life of me, I can't find a 45 RPM adapter in my grasp. Maybe if I'm really good, Santa will get me something worth a few cents. These little plastic things cost less than a lump of coal - with energy prices skyrocketing these days - so it would benefit jolly Saint Nick to ignore my year's worth of badassness.
Back to the single. Unlike last year's commercialness, this year's feels much more homemade. Now I haven't heard my copy physically, but I've downloaded mp3s made by another fan club member (thereby stepping into a sort of legal gray area) to soothe my curiosity. "Santa God" is performed by an ad hoc power trio of Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, and Matt Cameron. "Jingle Bells" is a solo instrumental by Mike McCready. Missing is Stone Gossard and unofficial member Boom Gaspar. I guess we'll have to make due with this solo performance by Stone:
In addition to the other member benefits, this is worth the $20 annual fee - but only if you're a fan. Thanks, Pearl Jam!
Vinyl adapter photo credit: Daniel P. B. Smith.