Grunge Personified: The Many Faces Of Eddie Vedder

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For the generation-X, the 90s was an ultimate musical era, priceless experience, great music and good vibes all around. Seattle became a veritable conveyor belt to some of world’s finest musical exports such as Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and more. The cultural influences help shaped the early grunge era into the international platform simultaneously making it one of the most celebrated genres of recent history. While the world was craving for a musical conversion, Seattle underground music scene was already budding with a new music dimension while witnessing the birth of the modern day rock stars and the imposing resurgence of the grunge culture. Names like Chris Cornell, Eddie Vedder, Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley and more were already building a fortress of tunes ready to take over the world at the first light of the day. While Nirvana became the first all-imposing grunge band to rise to fame, they succeeded in pushing the claustrophobic envelope further and opened up the doors for their fellow contemporaries to push the marks of grunge culture further into the lustrous rock spectrum. One of the most memorable band of the early 90s circa that came from the Seattle underground scene was Pearl Jam and no doubt is still one of the biggest name in the rock dominion

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Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament of Green River together with Malfunkshun’s vocalist, Andrew Wood or most commonly known as Andy Wood were the founding members of the early Seattle punk-rock band, Mother Love Bone in 1987. They quickly established themselves as firm favourites of the Seattle underground scene and became an attractive package to further push the subterranean sounds to the mainstream arena. However the band only managed to release one album, Apple and was disbanded following Andy Wood‘s death from heroin overdose in 1990 at the age of 23. Apple is sometimes regarded as the early influences of the punk-rock initial emergence in the Seattle underground and Andy Wood as the forefather of the grunge movement.

Andy Wood – Landrew The Seattle’s Sweetheart.

 

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Gossard and Ament were devastated by Wood’s death and parted ways but got back together after Mike McCready persuaded Gossard to do so. The three boys eventually got together and were looking to complete the band as soon as they found a drummer and vocalist. They made a demo tape and passed it to Jack Irons, the founding member of Red Hot Chili Pepper hoping that Irons would be interested to join them as the drummer. Iron who left Red Hot Chili Pepper following the death of band member, Hillel Slovak from a heroin overdose in 1988 passed on the offer but handed the demo tape over to his basketball buddy, a Californian-based musician and vocalist from the band Bad Radio, Eddie Vedder. Vedder recorded his vocals on three songs Alive, Once and Footsteps on the demo tape and sent it back. Gossard, Ament and McCready were impressed with Vedder‘s vocals and flew him down to Seattle for an audition that became the start of Vedder‘s successful career as one of rock n roll’s golden child. The band initially took the name Mookie Blaylock but settled on Pearl Jam.

While waiting for the band to be completed, Chris Cornell of  Soundgarden  invited the trio to become a part of Temple Of The Dog that was form as a tribute to Andy Wood who was Cornell’s room mate. The boys started to practise songs written by Cornell as well as some existing materials written by Gossard and Ament. The band was completed once Matt Cameron joined as the drummer. Temple Of The Dog released a self-title effort in 1991 with Eddie Vedder singing a duet with Chriss Cornell on Hunger Strike and providing backing vocals for some other songs.

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Following the release of Temple Of The Dog’s album, all members  went back to their  respective bands and Pearl Jam entered the studio to start recording their own materials. Pearl Jam first came to its lush debut in 1991 following the success of their first studio album, Ten. Some of Ten singles became the early testaments of Pearl Jam‘s capability as a rock band and further propelled its creators to the mainstream success. The group became one of the most highly regarded bands of the 90s simultaneously securing them as one of the most ferocious and top contenders of the punk-rock dominion.

However, the band’s initial debut was heavily latched with controversies, which first started with being criticised by British media NME as the band who was stealing money from their fans while highly acclaimed rivals and fellow contemporary band member Kurt Cobain from Nirvana claimed that Pearl Jam was sell outs and Ten wasn’t an alternative band for having too many guitar leads. The dispute between the two Seattle based grunge bands was just a drop in the bucket as the dispute faded as the band’s notoriety became more established. Pearl Jam embarked on an extensive tour in support of Ten, which further integrated the band’s success mostly due to the band’s infectious energy and onstage persona during live performances.

With no attention in settling the core, the band once again provoked publicity following their 1992 MTV award wins for the track Jeremy that secured Pearl Jam as the winners of Video Of The Year and Best Group Video. Pearl Jam refused to make a video for the track ‘Black’ despite the heavy pressure from the record label. Following ‘Jeremy‘s’ success, the band opted for fewer interviews and television appearances, which was one of the major contributing factors in band’s success at that time. It was a ballsy move to let your record to do all the talking but with the band’s extensive craftsmanship and deliverance, it could be classified as a heroic move.

The band’s outstanding success, fame and popularity placed them in a discomforting position with the pressure falling intensely on the band’s front man, Eddie Vedder. The band’s frontman was often compared to his former contemporaries such as Jim Morrison and Pete Townshend who carried the band’s vigour through his theatrical impact and fascinating persona. In 1994, the band started a waging war with Ticketmasters after finding out that the ticket vendor has overcharged Pearl Jam‘s concert goers by indicting a service charge to the ticket prices. Pearl Jam aimed to keep the ticket prices low for their fans and was unhappy towards Ticketmasters and eventually started a denunciation act towards the ticket vendor. The vendor however refused to changed its policy to waive the service change that resulted in concert cancellation by Pearl Jam and further refusal to play at any venue that had a partnership with Ticketmaster.

For a band whose initial emergence in the music network was often regarded as rip-offs, Pearl Jam was willing to bend over backwards so their fans were not being ripped off by some irresponsible vendors. For a band that was so fond in doing extensive tours and live shows, the band went up to the level of cancelling concerts in protest to the injustice it sighted against its followers.

In 1993, Pearl Jam released its second studio album, Vs. and set the record for most copies of an album sold in its first week of release ultimately surpassing all other entrees on Billboard’s Top 10 list that week combined. Vs managed to hold the forth for 5 years until it was exceeded in 1998.

It has been a long and endless fight for Pearl Jam and for a band that has hit every stumbling block over the last 2 decades, it’s extremely impressive to witness the history of Pearl Jam as the masters of ceremony still reigns heigh on the map. The band’s front man Eddie Vedder has remained as one of the reasons why we continued believing in music and became our vessel to the past, where great times were build, music was angry but undeniably beautiful and the sincerity in musicians made everything far more enjoyable. Even through endless streak of tragedies that has overcast the rock n roll books, Eddie has outlived all the stigmata and together with Pearl Jam has been our very own source of survival.

We take a trip back to the magnificent era of post-punk, where Pearl Jam first took the stance in the popular punk medium and became one of the seminal bands of the 90s circa. Through Eddie Vedder‘s golden baritone, ferocious energy and venomous flair, Pearl Jam’s status sky-rocketed into the mainstream arena and won them a militant of fans worldwide.

Emotional Powerhouse And The Vocal God; Eddie Vedder

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Eddie Vedder throughout the 90s

Ready-Steady-Eddie!

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We Would Totally Do That Too!!

Celebrity Stunts – The Most 3D And Acidic Moments Of Rock n Roll

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Rock n Roll has become more defiant with age and just when you thought it can’t get any louder, it does. Just when you thought it can’t get any trashier, Metallica comes back with a more electrifying performances and bile. Rock remains on an endless streak of providence and its cultural influences still ranks high on the musical bill. Residing within an ancient war of being the main cost of social dejection and moral turpitude, Rock n Roll continues to prevail with a rock solid foundation and acceptance from the modern day youth. Despite of its reputation in creating some of the biggest controversies and swindle in recent times, it has delivered some of this generation’s most critically acclaimed and notable musical supremos, legendary tunes and influences. No matter how you view it, Rock is a pandemonium that will last forever, and its cultural influences will be here for a very long time.

With its continuing cult and unprecedented vibes, we track back some of Rock’s most shocking, exciting, and memorable ‘caught-on-camera’ Polaroid moments that is sure to evoke some ancient memories and will even make your grandma grasp in horror.

1. MORE THAN A BIRD, MORE THAN A PLANE, COZ HE’S METAL SUPERMAN 

 

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Let me show you how it’s done boys coz it aint easy to jump and sing at the same time, oh yeah!Corey Taylor, Slipknot

2. OH WHERE, OH WHERE CAN MY BABY BE?  

 

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Look mom, i can climb, are you recording this at home?Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam

3. NIRVANA ON HALLOWEEN STREET PART NUMERO UNO

 

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Kurt: Kris can you like find the Jack Daniel’s bottle for me? I kinda lost it somewhere in this fat ass Barney uniform. 

Kris: Jeez, Kurt. Why don’t you ask Dave to do it! There’s too much hair going on … and i can’t even see my bass!

Kurt: This is all your fault! I can’t even reach that itch i have right now!

Kris: No, it’s not! This was your idea!

Kurt: No, it wasn’t!

Kris: It was Too!!

Kurt: NO, IT WASN’T  (…to be continued!) 

4. THE NIGHTMARE AFTER THE GIG  – BREAKING BASS (The Sequel) 

 

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I said, IT WAS !!!!!!!! – Kris Novoselic, Nirvana. 

5. THE NIGHTMARE AFTER THE GIG (Sequel To The Sequel) 

 

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I said, IT WASN’T !!!!!!!Kurt Cobain, Nirvana

6. THE LION OF HARD ROCK

 

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Allow me to demonstrate how it’s done boys,  it was my signature style in the first place, anywaysPete Townshend, The Who

7. CROUCHING JIMI & THE FLAMING GUITAR

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Good Going, Pete. I gotcha back. I’m burning my guitar in support of you breaking one! – Jimi Hendrix

8. THE GUITAR SOUNDCHECK

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‘Look Jimi, My Guitar believes he can fly.. and reach the sky’ –  Pete Townshend, The Who

9. HIT ME BAVY ONE MORE TIME!

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Yeah Pete, but i bet you can’t do this Jimi Hendrix

10. THE RETALIATION OF THE TERMINATOR

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‘Been there, done that, Marshall… but never with a guitar, try flying Jimi… then come and talk… ‘ – Pete Townshend, The Who

11. THE COBAIN SUPREMACY 

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Hey Pete, look at me, look look! Bet you can’t do this! Hahahahaha….– Kurt Cobain, Nirvana

12. THE NOVOSELIC PHANTOM OF BASS THEORY 

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‘…and me too! You got to have some swagger to pose like me, got to pose with swagger’ – Krist Novoselic, Nirvana

13. THE INCREDIBLE WHO

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‘…everyone can dance but not everyone can jump with swagger, i can jump with swagger! – Pete Townshend, The Who

14. THE EPIC PUNK-ROCK LANDING

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‘Oh my tummy hurts, my head hurts….that jump made me dizzy. Alright, you win.. but payback will be sweet! I’m so gonna write this in my journals!’ – Kurt Cobain, Nirvana

15. THE POST-DYLAN ENCOUNTER, BEATLE WERE SPOTTED JUMPING WITH STRAGE DELIGHT

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‘Oi mate, we had a hard day’s night, can we ‘jump’ in with some British Beatlemania, Arthur hair, drainpipe pants and silver lake shoes (the silver lake is totally made up by the writer) Cockney-thug swagger?’ – The Beatles

16. HAIL THE HELEN’s 

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‘Jump all day, jump all night, jump all day, jump all night, Just do it Beatles,it’ll be allright!’ – Eddie

‘They can’t jump’

‘Why Not?’

‘The hair, the mop-top, won’t support the wind.. the hair will fly them back to London’

‘haha! Even Better… how would you know that, you never went to school’

‘I lied just to get into the band’ – Eddie Van Helen,  & Knight Robert, Van Helen

17. YOU DON’T MESS WITH THE WHO, MATE!

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Mind ya own bussiness lads and go jump at railway stations. Let the adults handle the business here, go get some yoko time – The Who

18. BONNIE AND JAGGER, KEITH AND CLYDE 

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So Keith, since the rest of ’em are busy fighting on who can do a better jump, i have just created what will be known as the Jagger moves. U wanna go celebrate and get drunk?Mick Jagger, Rolling Stones

‘I was gonna write us a new song, but what the heck, let’s go on a bender’ Keith Richard, Rolling Stones

19. 1…2…3….JUMP AROUND, JUMP AROUND

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‘So who said they can jump higher? who? Touch them up and go, ch-ch-chang-chang Chris Cornnel, Soundgarden, Audioslave

20. THE HOT FIEND OF FOO..FOOH!! DAVE GROHL MAKES OUR HEART SKIP A HUNDRED BEATS

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‘I’m checking my reflection in the mirror, …. lalala… (verse, chorus, verse) lalalal… I don’t know how is the weather..hmm..hmm..hmmm…’ .. what? Kurt and Krist are fighting over what? Let me know when they’re done, I’m writing some solo stuff for my future band.. that’s strictly off the records! u hear me, hey.. off the record i said!Dave Grohl, Nirvana

21. FOCUS: ALL EYES ON QUEEN BEE 

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‘Yea..yea..whatever, i brought Darth Vader so all focus on me please! In all honesty, ain’t nobody can pull this stunt but me, so i’m gonna say, die trying b*****, ain’t that right Stevey, hey Stevey can you hear me? Are you still under there?Fredie Mercury, Queen

22. WE’ll TAKE STEVE TYLER SHAKEN AND STIRRED PLEASE! 

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‘Yeap, fredy. I hear ya honey. For old times sake, i’m just gonna say ‘Dream On, baby. You are beauty queen of only 50 with some troubles in her life’ 

‘Just for the records, i can pull that of with my pinky, don’t tell Fredy’Steven Tyler, Aerosmith

23. THE BOHEMIAN QUEEN

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I heard that Stevey!Fredy Mercury, Queen

24. WE DISTURB YOUR CONCENTRATION WITH THIS COMMERCIAL BREAK 

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Now flying you 100 times a week to Stairway To Heaven. With our newly refurbished swimming pool, tennis court, lounging area, bar, build-in casino, Chinese and Italian restaurant, you will forget all aboyt Mud Shark. We assure you that our pilots are not on mushroom. Tickets to Stairway To Heaven are limited so do your booking today and fly like Led Zeppelin! – The Led Zappelin Airways

This commercial was not brought to you by Led Zeppelin, its members, or anyone who are connected to Led Zeppelin. You are hallucinating, you had too much acid.  (repeat after me, I-AM-HALLUCINATING)

25. SWEET SON OF GRUNGE

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1. Somebody better call God coz his missin’ an angel
2. Did it hurt when you fell out of heaven?
3. Do you have glue coz my heart just broke looking at you
4. Do you believe in love at first sight, or should I walk by again?
5. Can you hear that? Do you know that you are the sound to my garden

Can somebody PLEASE tell Chris Cornnel that its a crime to be this sexy!! – Chris Cornnel, Soundgarden, Audioslave

26. THE PACT OF TWO TITANS  

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Jeez, i thought they were never gonna stop talking.. ok, while everyone was busy, Keith Moon of The Who sneaked out to see his pal, John Bonham of the Led Zeppelin. That’s how the story will be. I’m off to Jagger’s party!Keith Moon & John Bonham 

27. MARGARET TATCHER HAD A DREAM BUT SEX PISTOLS TURNED IT INTO A NIGHTMARE

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In the true spirits of English gentlemen’s, which literally did not exist in the Sex Pistols’ bible, the nihilist commanders in an impressive reign of 3 short years managed to pierce the Queen with a safety pin, ‘God save the queen’ shot to number one, became the greatest pandemonium in the UK, made headlines for cursing on cable network (thank God there was no twitter), Tatcher’s arch-enemies, invented the ‘pogo’ dance, started fights, chaos and everything that can go against the system and became the first and last band in grunge history to hit the top without media’s assistants! And their bassist died at 21,Sex Pistols are the ‘It’ of this generation nihilist movement. Raise your pogo hats, lads!

28. SLASHING YOU SANITY AND VISION SINCE 1981

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‘…where am i? Where’s the rest of the dudes? Jeez, i forgot my pants again. Alright, this is gonna be a permanent thing from now on, the no wearing pants thing and showing up in your boxes coz you are a rockstar and you don’t give a damn. I’m not bein’ cocky or anything… but the hair needs 2 hours to get ready after a drunken night..so it’s either the hair or the pants and i choose the hair… you can enjoy my legs.. original and not shaved’Slash, Gun n Roses

29. GRUNGE PRINCE CHARMING & FASHION ICON  

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‘I know you like my hair, i know you do. I might colour it pink next week.. sweet. I know the dude form Nirvana already done it, but Layne pulls hairstyles better, don’t i?’ Layne Staley, Alice In Chains

30. HUMAN-DROID 

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‘I tell you one thing, Jagger is no sex symbol, he is more like a mother figure’David Bowie

31. NOT SO HOT NAKED CHILLI CONCERT

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The Most Epic Tragedy and there’s been worse – Red Hot Chilli Pepper

32. Aaaaaaaa-ooooo-aaaaaaaaoooooooooooo-aaaaa-aaa

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Forget about jumping, see if Kurt Cobain can do this?Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam

33. 0000ooooooaaaAAAAAoooo00000aaooo000

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‘Don’t mind me Eddie, I’m right behind ya, just right behind ya’,Kurt Cobain, Nirvana

33. 6-STRING CHAMPION OF THE WORLD

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‘We are the champion of the wurrrllldddd.. we keep on jumpin till the end..heyeyeyeeee’ – Eddie van Helen, Van Helen

34. Awesome As Fuck!

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Am I just paranoid?
Am I just stoned? 

-Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day

34. GIVVRRUWEY GIVVURREYWYH GIVVITEWAY NAO!

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‘Ok John, so you got to jump like this..move your head up and down. Bang your hair up and down..k, k John.. u got that right?Anthony Kiedis & John Fursciante, RHCP

35.  PEARL OF TEXAS, THE ROCK REBEL ROUSER

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Guess what, I might be the first hippie pinup girl ~ weeeeeeeeee- Janis Joplin (19/01/1943-04/11/1970)

36. THE OTHER GUY IN YOUR MOMMY’S LIFE B4 YOUR DADDY CAME ALONG 

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In simple English:
Saw Elvis’s shadow – faints
Smell Elvis’s perfume – faints
Overheard Elvis talking – faints

Elvis comes out: scream, scream, cry, cry ..hysteria..hysteria.. die

911, ambulance, ER, doctors, surgeons none of ’em could save lives coz the real doctor was Mr. Heartbreaker, love maker….soul shaker… and he has left the building. (thanks for the inspiration, En Vogue) – Elvis Presley (08/01/1935-16/08/1977)

37. BUFFALO SOLDIER, DREADLOCK RASTA MANIA

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Everything’s guna be alright
everything’s guna be alright
hey..hey.. everything guna be alright
Jah Se! – Bob Marley (06/02/1945-11/05/1981)

38. IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE

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‘… so kids, before you roll into the world of scremeo, learn how to jump, burn guitars or burn them. For a hint of fashion, you can always take fashion lessons from me. I give 20% discount for beginners so call me – David Lee Roth 

39. THE ROCK N ROLL PREMIUM HELL RAISER 

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‘….let them play, let them have some temporary fun coz i’m goin to blow them up like me cherry bombs..muahahha..muahahah..hahha’Keith Moon, The Who (23/08/1946-07/09/1978)

4o. THE SUGAR RUSH WEETABIX KID

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‘…haha.. that was so funny!’Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam

and.. finally a 2 track-picture bonus, please close your eyes for:

Rock n Roll Epic Tragedy 

THE GAME WAS CALLED: SPOT THE TIP OF MY HEAD

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Flea ‘fleeing’ away with his guitar (there’s too much tragedy here, we are completely lost for words for this extraordinary bassist’s extraordinary efforts at being extraordinary tragic.Flea, RHCP

WHEN TREE’S PLAY DRUMS

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Enough already I say. Thank you for tuning in folks, now go do your home works – Joey Jordison, Slipknot 

This list was painfully compiled by our in-house resident critic and contributor, Acid-Tounge 16 Sweetheart. She claims no individual rights to any of the pictures above and has stolen a whole lot of ’em from the good citizens of tmbr (thank you tmblr for being extraordinarily kind without the knowledge of being kind) and the creative rights falls to the photographers who has framed this extraterritorial moments for us to bear. Shortly after we published this article online (since our magazine did not want to publish Flea’s picture), we took a stage dive into the pool and started practising under-water screaming. Cheers!