After 28 years, Pearl Jam’s iconic Ten Club singles series is set to come to an end.
Back in 1991, Pearl Jam treated members of their Ten Club fan club to a rather special Christmas present. The gift was a limited edition vinyl record that contained ‘Let Me Sleep (Christmas Time)’ on the A-side, and a live version of ‘Ramblings’ on the flip side.
Soon, these releases became an annual tradition, with fan club members being gifted these limited edition singles each year. While 1994 saw the series take a break, it recommenced in 1995, though the intended Christmas release dates have become somewhat looser in recent years.
Since it began, it’s been a special way for fans to be treated with rarities, live cuts, exclusive covers, and intriguing collaborations. In 1998, the holiday B-side went on to become one of the band’s most popular tunes, with their cover of ‘Last Kiss’ being released as its own single, and going on to top the Aussie charts.
Now, after almost 30 years, the singles series is coming to an end, with Pearl Jam breaking the news to their fans earlier today.
Check out Pearl Jam’s cover of ‘Last Kiss’:
In a message shared on the band’s website, Pearl Jam revealed that the series will be ceasing in the new year.
“Beginning January 1, 2019 the Ten Club Single will be discontinued,” they wrote. “We hope that you have enjoyed these special collectibles over the past 25+ years.”
“Pearl Jam and all of us at Ten Club appreciate the loyalty and dedication from our members. It has been amazing to watch the fan club evolve over the years into the tight-knit community it is today, and we’re excited to see what the future holds.”
At this stage, it’s not clear whether the iconic singles club will be replaced by something else, or if Pearl Jam might just annually release a couple of rarities up on Spotify, but it’s evident that the world of alt-rock is undoubtedly losing one of its longest-running traditions.