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This is the last song in what Eddie Vedder calls the "Momma-Son" trilogy. It continues the story that begins with "Alive," where a boy learns his dad is actually his stepfather, and continues with "Once," where the boy goes crazy and kills people. In "Footsteps," he is sentenced to death and looking back at his wasted life from a jail cell.
Guitarist Stone Gossard wrote the music as part of an instrumental demo before the band had a lead singer; he called the song "Troubled Times." Gossard and Jeff Ament were in a promising band called Mother Love Bone, which disbanded when their lead singer died in March, 1990. Teaming with Mike McCready, they asked Jack Irons to join on drums, and although he couldn't do it, he thought Vedder might make a great lead singer for the group and delivered the demo to him, which got Eddie the job when they heard the vocals he added to the tracks. The three songs ended up sounding very much like the demos after they were recorded for the album.
Chris Cornell from Soundgarden recorded his own vocals over the instrumental track for this song, which became the Temple of the Dog song "Times Of Trouble." Temple of the Dog was formed by Cornell, Gossard, Ament and Mike McCready as a tribute to Andrew Wood, the lead singer Mother Love Bone; Gossard and Ament were in the band when Wood died of a heroin overdose. Eddie Vedder contributed vocals to the Temple of the Dog song "Hunger Strike
" on the day he flew in to meet his new bandmates for the first time.
The Garbage drummer/songwriter produced the Nirvana album Nevermind
, and Smashing Pumpkins' Gish
and Siamese Dream
Dave Alvin - "4th Of July"
When Dave recorded the first version of the song with his group the Blasters, producer Nick Lowe gave him some life-changing advice.
You may not recognize his name, but you will certainly recognize Peter Lord's songs. He wrote the bevy of hits from Paula Abdul's second album, Spellbound
, plus a collection of other classics for the likes of Aftershock, Ali and Goodfellaz.
Songs Discussed in Movies
, Reservoir Dogs
, Willy Wonka
. Just a few of the flicks where characters discuss specific songs, sometimes as a prelude to murder.