“23 St. Chorus”. “1:50”. “100 Pacer”. “Lukin”. That’s a lot of titles for a song that barely breaks the minute mark.  “1:50” exists on a written setlist from Tokyo in 1995. “100 Pacer” made its debut a few weeks later in Adelaide.   But by the time the band kicked off its U.S. shows in Casper, Wyoming, the son shows up as “Lukin”.  So that leaves “23 St. Chorus”, which allegedly exists on a promotional poster for No Code, though I’ve never seen it.  A French website that attempts to document Pearl Jam session information lists the song as separate from “Lukin” and “All Night”, which is the other track I’d imagine it could belong to.

But apart from these mysteries, “Lukin” is pretty much a wide-open book, a fearsome minute of spit and rage about getting stared at in the supermarket, and stalked by a woman who claims you raped her and fathered her baby. Yikes. If any know-it-all media pundit needed a concrete reason why Vedder was having such a difficult time adjusting to fame, all they needed to do was transcribe “Lukin”, though of course, not an easy feat.  The song is used live primarily as a segue into “Not For You”, a much more moderately paced (50 Pacer?) track with similar concerns of privacy and personal security, though in its history it’s also been tagged before and after a number of other tunes.  On No Code “Lukin” fits well right before “Present Tense”, jolting the audience and sweeping away the rest of the album to let that song start anew, literally and figuratively.


~ by Michael on June 4, 2007.

8 Responses to “Lukin”

  1. This is just a great tune. I love it as the segue into Not For You. It just feels right. Some versions I’ve heard are so fast, you think the whole thing is just going to collapse on itself. And I noticed that during the 2006 tour, for the most part, Ed seemed to be pretty good at spitting out the correct words. On previous tours, “Lukin” was usually just a mash of grunts and words and sounds until it got to the chorus. But I really dig the studio version as well,…especially Jack’s drum work. The song just makes you want to bounce. Great tune.

  2. Lukin-> Not For You, the perfect live combo.

  3. At the show in Arnhem last year Eddie mentioned the song was named after (adn dedicated to?) one of the memebers of Mudhoney. That would be Matt Lukin. Anybody know the exact story behind this?

  4. Hi Alberto, thanks for posting! It seems that during particularly bad times, Ed would often hang out over at Lukin’s (I’m going to Lukin’s… / Open the fridge / Now I know life is worth…), so the song is really about taking refuge at a friend’s house and having a beer.

  5. I almost think the song is completely literal. Ed goes home, realizes he lost his keys, goes to hang out at Matt Lukin’s, comes home with his spare keys to find his door open and unlocked, giving rise to fears about his stalker.

  6. the last line of the song, the one with the ‘finds an open door…’ ive read an interview with ed, and he explains that, that was based on true events, that one day he came home and someone was in his house saying he raped his mother and he was the result..

  7. Taken from that Rolling Stone article

    “Someone who had severe mental problems and chemical imbalances ended up targeting me and thinking that all the songs were written about her and that I was the father of her two children, and that the kids were products of rape…This woman drove her car at fifty miles per hour into the wall of my house and almost killed herself.”

  8. […] 2. Hail, Hail 3. Who You Are 4. In My Tree 5. Smile 6. Off He Goes 7. Habit 8. Red Mosquito 9. Lukin 10. Present Tense 11. Mankind 12. I’m Open 13. Around the […]

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