Pearl Jam’s No Code album, their fourth, was released on August 27th, 1996.
The album came during a tumultuous time in the band. Grappling with fame, a battle with Ticketmaster, and their fans high expectations. The record would be a departure of the classic PJ sounds that their audience had grown to love. The AV Club has an excellent article that breaks down the era when it seemed like Pearl Jam might implode.
The first single off the record was “Who You Are.”
As Bart Blasengame says in his article; “By Pearl Jam standards, the album bombed. Which was, of course, part of the plan. “Who You Are” was released as the first single and threw off all but the most rabid fans. Vedder admitted the choice was a “conscious decision” to keep the size of their audience at a more manageable level. He even joked that the title of the album referred to the emergency room order for “do not resuscitate.”
The song did reach number one on the modern rock charts in Canada and the US.
The real barn burner off the record was the second single “Hail, Hail.”