Out Of My Mind
Somewhere between an original and an improv, “Out Of My Mind” might just take the cake for most overlooked Pearl Jam song that’s been played more than once. Performed at Atlanta’s Fox Theater in April of 1994, and in Springfield Massachusetts just a few nights later (a slightly more rocking, aggressive rendition*), it’s unfortunate though not altogether unsurprising that this repetitive jam has slipped under most fans’ radars despite its inclusion as the b-side to “Not For You”. Hell, it’s not even listed on the otherwise promising Pearl Jam Wiki. The central guitar riffs are the sunniest and most upbeat to come from that turbulent era, and it sounds like the band is having a genuinely grand old time. On a high school jazz chorus trip to Boston (dorky, yes), I was shocked and thrilled to see the old Epic vinyl-imitation sleeve in a slim CD-case, red this time, and begged a friend to loan me the money for it as I was sure I would never ever come across it again. And although the song didn’t make it to Lost Dogs, and is fairly certain to fade into further obscurity, the “Not For You” single is still out there on the internets for about 99 cents. A fun little lost dog among lost dogs.