Jeff Ament: 50 Years By The Numbers
In fact, today (March 10), which is Jeff Ament's
birthday, is the first day that a founding member of Pearl Jam
has hit the big 5-0.
In the last year alone, the prolific bassist has toured with Pearl Jam
, toured with RNDM, and released two albums.
Every interview he
does gives the sense he's
What this big birthday calls for is a celebration of Jeff's musical creativity, in the usual stat-heavy, graph-laden TwoFeetThick style.
How many bands has he
How many songs has he
How many shows has he
Let's dive in.
Jeff Ament, born March 10, 1963 in Havre, Montana, has been in bands for the last 32 years.
Over those 32 years, he's
been in a total of 10 bands (alphabetical order): Deranged Diction, Green River, Luv Co
, Mother Love Bone
, Pearl Jam
, Temple of the Dog
, Three Fish
, Tres Mts.
, War Babies
Needless to say, he's
been in music for most of his
64: % of Jeff Ament's
Been In Bands
57: % of Jeff's Life He's
Been in a Band with Stone Gossard
45: % of Jeff's Life He's
Been in Pearl Jam
Jeff Ament in Concert: Pie Chart
Over the course of those 32 years, Jeff
has played a total of 1073 known public concerts (not including the 5-10% of pre-Pearl Jam shows probably still undocumented).
For the purposes of this tally, a show had to be played for the public, and consist of at least 5 songs, to be counted.
Therefore, many Pearl Jam
instore and TV appearances were not included.
A look at the pie chart here (with Pearl Jam
in bright pink), shows that it's no mystery that Pearl Jam
represents by far the largest share of shows Jeff
has played in his
life (almost 82%).
But live performance is only part of the picture.
Songwriting has been a cornerstone of Jeff's musical life as well throughout the 10 bands he's
has written the music for 77.57 publicly released songs, from his
earliest days in Deranged Diction to the present moment with Pearl Jam
How was that figured?
Co-written songs were split by fraction (eg. if Jeff
and Stone and Mike are credited for a certain song's music, that was included as .33 by Jeff).
Looking at songs' music Jeff wrote by band, it's clear that most of his songwriting has been for Pearl Jam (nearly 30 songs), with his solo work a fairly close second at 21 songs.
Jeff Ament #SongsByBand Bar Graph
Jeff Ament: % of Pearl Jam Album Music Line Graph
Narrowing the songwriting focus to Pearl Jam
, Jeff's contribution to the band's catalog (without which we wouldn't have "Jeremy," "Nothing As It Seems" or "Lowlight" to name just three) have meant he's
written between 9 and 33.56% of each Pearl Jam
album's music (and 15.67% of non-album studio originals).
Jeff Ament: Pearl Jam Songwriting Pie Charts 1991-2013
songwriting for Pearl Jam
isn't limited to just the music, he
has also delved into writing Pearl Jam
18.33: % of Pearl Jam Studio Music Written by Jeff Ament
4.3: % of Pearl Jam Studio Lyrics Written by Jeff Ament
22.4: % of Pearl Jam Studio Lyrics NOT Written by Eddie Vedder That Were Written by Jeff Ament
Songs with Lyrics By Jeff Ament
: Pilate, Lowlight, Gods' Dice, Nothing As It Seems, Help Help, Other Side, Sweet Lew
"'Other than that, he
was ably backed by Stone and Jeff
and drummer Eddie Vedder.' I mean, that's good.
Since 2002, it's been a toss up for Jeff
- hat-wearing or hatless.
Feel a graphic coming on?
Here it is…
Jeff Ament: Publicity Photo % In A Hat
Hats, hatless, goofing in "Singles," and making coffee in Seatle aside, what it all comes down to for Jeff
all these years is music…
And if Jeff Ament
was able to accomplish all of this in the past 50 years, here's a toast to what is sure to be lots of music of the decades to come.
Happy birthday, Jeff
Tagged as: birthday, Deranged Diction, Green River, Jeff Ament, Luv Co, Mother Love Bone, Pearl Jam, RNDM, statistics, temple of the dog, Three Fish, Tres Mts., War Babies
I have loved Pearl Jam
for a long time... Needless to say, Jeff
as well (yes, even the hats, love 'em all).
So thank yiu for this... Awesome stats reporting
Today in honor of Jeff Ament's
Birthday I am going to buy TEN