Originally Pearl Jam named their second album “Five Against One.” The title was taken from a lyric in the song “Animal” (“One, two, three, four, five against one.”) At the last minute the band decided to change the name of the album to “Vs.” because as Eddie Vedder said, “They were writing all these articles…Our band against somebody else’s band. What the hell are they talking about? You know, don’t try to separate the powers that be. We’re all in this together.”
“One, two, three, four, five against one
Five, five, against one.
Said one, two, three, four, five against one
Five, five…five, five…five against one.” – Animal
The band left the Five Against One photo inside the album but the last minute change resulted in a few different versions of the album. Some of the first pressings of the cassette still contained “Five Against One” printed on the actual cassette.
Stone Gossard, speaking about the original album title said, “For me, that title represented a lot of struggles that you go through trying to make a record…Your own independence—your own soul—versus everybody else’s.”
I would like to thank my good friend Zane Wiliams for giving me this tape.