Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament decided to join up with Andrew Wood and organize a band called "Mother Love Bone." In 1988 and 1989 they toured and recorded their songs. In 1990 they released their debut album "Apple" but unfortunately Wood overdosed on heroin and died just four months after the album was released. His death was the end of the band and splitting up Gossad and Ament. They rejoined together and recorded a five song demo tape which was given to Jack Irons the former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer. He in turn gave it to Eddie Vedder the lead vocalist of the "Bad Radio" band he recorded three of the songs and returned the tape back to Seattle. Within a week they he joined up with Gossard and Ament where they later formed Pearl Jam.
Pearl Jam released its debut album in 1991. "Ten" became a certified gold album by the middle of 1992. It produced hit singles "Even Flow", "Alive", and "Jeremy". "Jeremy" was later found out to be based on a true story where a high school student that killed himself in front of all his classmates. "Ten" remained on the billboard charts for over two years and has gone for a twelve time platinum record. Pearl Jam has starred on "Saturday Night Live" and "MTV Unplugged".