Is it the lyrics or the accordion that get more fans riled up over the relative worth of “Bugs”, the infamous scrap of a song that makes for perhaps the most intentionally ridiculous moments on a Pearl Jam record. Though listeners endlessly debate the merits of Eddie’s paranoid soliloquy, I tend to think the mere presence of the buttoned box is what freaks more people out. How often does a mainstream rock band pull out a junk store accordion and hack away at it with little/no training on a highly anticipated album at the very height of their career. For most rock fans, accordions are associated with polka and zydeco, even if they can’t name those genres. It is a defiantly un-rock-and-roll instrument. But there it is wheezing away on Vitalogy, less of of a fuck you I think than maybe a “look what I can get away with” (there’s also noticeable piano, and a snippet of Vedder vocal from an unidentified piece of music—which, someone please identify!). I happen to think the whole thing sounds fantastic.