Pearl Jam fans watching HBO Last of Us I was pleasantly surprised when one of the band’s deep cuts played on the latest episode, which aired last night (February 26th).
Episodes that were Season 7 were based on the first expansion pack Last of Us title video game The Last of Us: Left Behind. The episode served as a flashback focused on Ellie’s relationship with her best friend, Riley. The storyline also describes how Ellie was bitten by an infected person, but as viewers know, she never infected herself.
Pearl Jam’s “All or None” was part of the episode’s soundtrack, a deep cut from the band’s seventh album riot law (2002). It’s the final track on the record, but Eddie Vedder’s distinctive squawk is unmistakable when you hear it on Fungus’ show about his zombies.
See the clip featuring the song below.
However, the band and franchise actually share a history.in the meantime The Last of Us: Part II (video game), Joel sang and played “Future Days” on acoustic guitar for Ellie from Pearl Jam’s 2013 album Lightning bolt. No spoilers, but for those familiar with the stories of both games, why the lyrics are “if i ever lose you / I’m sure I’ll lose myself Very sentimental and important.
Over the last few years, TV shows have played a big role in popularizing songs — Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ Stranger Things, for example. It’s too early to tell if “All or None” will go viral. Last of Us, But Depeche Mode’s songs saw a surge in searches after being played at the end of the first episode, and Linda Ronstadt’s “Long Long Time” hit Spotify after appearing in the show’s Top 50 several times. Spent several weeks on the viral Top 50 US playlist. Third episode.
Fans have also responded positively to hearing the song on the Twitter episode. See some of their reactions and listen to the song below.
Pearl Jam – “All or Zero”
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