Pearl Jam - No Code

This was one of the albums I received while in a “CD monthly” club. While everyone said it sucked I really enjoyed the little postcards you got with the pack and the actual cover. Pearl Jam were doign the LOMO thing before it was cool.

After a little WIKI searching I found out the cover is even more deep than I first realised.

“The album package consists of 144 polaroid photos that unfold into a 2×2 square, and the pictures, when viewed from afar, blend to form the No Code triangle/eyeball logo that is the theme throughout the album. Later pressings of the album fold into a 1×4 strip, thus losing the ‘hidden message’ effect. These later pressings also include the band name and album title printed directly onto the album cover – the original release contained this information on a removable sticker. Hidden allusions to the central packaging concept are a common trait among many Pearl Jam albums.”

No Code - Triangle

I wonder if the catholic church know about this!!

Pearl Jam: No Code

Pearl Jam - No Code

This was one of the albums I received while in a “CD monthly” club. While everyone said it sucked I really enjoyed the little postcards you got with the pack and the actual cover. Pearl Jam were doign the LOMO thing before it was cool.

After a little WIKI searching I found out the cover is even more deep than I first realised.

“The album package consists of 144 polaroid photos that unfold into a 2×2 square, and the pictures, when viewed from afar, blend to form the No Code triangle/eyeball logo that is the theme throughout the album. Later pressings of the album fold into a 1×4 strip, thus losing the ‘hidden message’ effect. These later pressings also include the band name and album title printed directly onto the album cover – the original release contained this information on a removable sticker. Hidden allusions to the central packaging concept are a common trait among many Pearl Jam albums.”

No Code - Triangle

I wonder if the catholic church know about this!!





9 Comments

  1. i disagree with anyone who said this was a bad record. in my oppinion it’s their best. i didn’t know what to think either when i first heard it because it’s so different from their previous material, but good god does it last long. i listen to it more than anything else they’ve done, still.

    the artwork of course only adds to that growing feeling that this is a massively under appreciated work. the polaroids inside and the hidden glyph all just make it more involving.

    so yeah – go listen to ‘off he goes’ & ‘around the bend’ & get ready to give it another chance.

  2. A great album, and as most of the other Pearl Jam records, a great packaging to go with it.

  3. I’m agree with Caspar, it’s my favorite Pearl Jam Album with vitalogy;
    And I want to kill the guy who stole my no code album in my car.
    Go in hell bast***

  4. Here here. It is their best record, but then again they dont really put out bad records. I remember when it came out and myself and only 2 of my friends would sit around and talk about how much we loved it, while everyone else labled it as crap. The packaging is also one of the most original to date. Best American rock band in the world

  5. I remember getting this album and listening to Eddie Vedder singing lines like ‘Hail hail the lucky ones, I refer to those in love…’ and just marvelling at having listened to the guy grow up. He wears his heart on his sleeve and to hear the anger of Satan’s Bed from the previous album turn into Present Tense and Hail Hail… astounding. Jack Irons best work with the band. Mike Mccready’s guitar ACTUALLY sounded like a mosquito on Red Mosquito. this album is definitely their most underrated and suffered only from a lack of promotion as they chose to manicure their career and did no music videos. A travesty. In My Tree is a massive, dense, sincere moment. The whole album is, in my opinion, a masterpiece.

  6. I really love this artwork for “No Code”! In my opinion PJ’s best artwork together with “VS” and “Yield”.

  7. I BOUGHT THIS ALBUM IN 1996, I DID NOT APPRECIATE COMPLETELY TILL ABOUT 2003. I THINK IT IS TO PEARL JAMS CREDIT THAT THE ALBUM WAS NOT OVER PROMOTED AND LET THE FEW PEOPLE WHO REALLY CARE ABOUT THE MUSIC APPRECIATE IT FOR WHAT IT IS.

  8. With all do rescpect to anyone else. Pearl Jam are one of the best bands in history, and “No Code” is there best album.
    I’m from Croatia i’ve been listening to there music for 17. years now, i’ve seen them in Zagreb and i loved every minute of it, an’ i hope to do so again, soon.

  9. I think you guys should do an article on Vitalogy. It came in packaging similar to
    a book and had random medical facts inside the pages. And this is an awesome site.

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