Single Video Theory

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Single Video Theory
Video by Pearl Jam
Released August 4, 1998
Recorded November 7–10, 1997, The Warehouse, Seattle
Genre Alternative rock
Length 45 minutes
Language English
Label Epic
Director Mark Pellington
Producer Tom Gorai, Bill Roare
Pearl Jam chronology
Single Video Theory
Touring Band 2000
(2001)Touring Band 20002001
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Single Video Theory is a music documentary directed by Mark Pellington that follows the making of Yield, the fifth album by the American alternative rock band Pearl Jam. It was released first on VHS on August 4, 1998, and then on DVD on November 24, 1998.


The film was shot in 16mm film over three days in November 1997 in downtown Seattle. It features interviews with the band members and behind-the-scenes footage of the band's rehearsal sessions for its shows opening for The Rolling Stones. The term "single video theory" is a play on the "single-bullet theory," involving the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

The documentary illustrates how the band began to widen the songwriting responsibilities of its members, with bassist Jeff Ament credited with writing "Pilate" and "Low Light", and guitarist Mike McCready taking part in writing "Given to Fly" with vocalist Eddie Vedder. It was the first insight into the band's inner workings of its recording sessions, which had previously been shielded from the public. AllMusic gave it three out of a possible five stars. Allmusic staff writer Perry Seibert said, "The intimate musical performances will interest any fan of the band."[1] Single Video Theory has been certified platinum by the RIAA.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "All Those Yesterdays"
  2. "Faithfull"
  3. "Brain of J."
  4. "Given to Fly"
  5. "No Way"
  6. "MFC"
  7. "Wishlist"
  8. "In Hiding"
  9. "Low Light"
  10. "Do the Evolution"


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1998) Position
US Top Music Videos[3] 2


  1. ^ a b Seibert, Perry. "allmusic ((( Single Video Theory > Review )))". AllMusic. Retrieved May 20, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Gold and Platinum Database Search". Archived from the original on 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  3. ^ "Pearl Jam: Top Music Videos". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2009-06-17. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 

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