‘Breaking Bad’ star Aaron Paul explains why a Pearl Jam album had a profound effect on his childhood

The Seattle band's 1991 debut was the first album Paul ever owned

Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul has revealed that Pearl Jam‘s debut album ‘Ten’ had a profound effect on him when he first heard it as a 12-year-old.

Sharing a selfie of himself with Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder on Instagram, the actor told fans in a lengthy caption that ‘Ten’ came out on the day of his 12th birthday, and was the first album he ever owned.

The actor saved up loose change in an old sock to pay for the album, he recalled, and headed down to his local record store to buy it for himself as a birthday treat.

“I came home with my new birthday gift I had just bought myself and I was beaming,” Paul wrote. “Could not wait to listen to it. I opened the door to my home and I could feel the silence in my bones. My house was empty. Now you need to know that I come from a very large family and to walk inside of our home with nobody there was extremely rare. I mean it was my birthday after all and nobody was home. I was alone. Where was everyone?”

After playing the album on loop “for hours and hours”, Paul heard the phone ring and ran to answer it.

“I ran to pick it up hoping it was my mother singing happy birthday to me. It was my mother but she wasn’t singing… She said…’Honey, we’re at the hospital….’ My heart sank and time stood still and all I could hear was Eddie singing in the background. My mother then explained to me that my sister had just given birth. She had given birth to a little girl the same day pearl jams first album came out. On my birthday.”

“So many emotions went thru me on that day and this man was a huge part of that,” Paul continued. “I love coming of age stories. Goonies, stand by me, wonder years. Kids just trying to figure it all out. I will never forget the end of that summer. The summer where I turned 12, listening to my first record, alone inside of my house, on my birthday, wondering where the hell everyone was.”

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Check out his full post below.

The very first album I bought was Ten. Pearl Jams first album. I bought it with loose change I collected around the house and it was the only record I owned. Well at least until the Nevermind album came out one month later but that’s besides the point. That month I will never forget. That was the one time I owned only one album and I cherished that damn thing. It was mine. It was my 12th birthday and I showed up to this small record store inside of our local mall with a sock full of change that I collected specifically to buy this album. I came home with my new birthday gift I had just bought myself and I was beaming. Could not wait to listen to it. I opened the door to my home and I could feel the silence in my bones. My house was empty. Now you need to know that I come from a very large family and to walk inside of our home with nobody there was extremely rare. I mean it was my birthday after all and nobody was home. I was alone. Where was everyone? So then of course I took advantage of the situation and put the record on and turned it up. For hours and hours just listening to this record over and over again. But where was everyone? Seriously. Eventually the house phone rang with this music blaring in the background and I ran to pick it up hoping it was my mother singing happy birthday to me. It was my mother but she wasn’t singing… She said…”Honey, we’re at the hospital”…. My heart sank and time stood still and all I could hear was Eddie singing in the background. My mother then explained to me that my sister had just given birth. She had given birth to a little girl the same day pearl jams first album came out. On my birthday. So many emotions went thru me on that day and this man was a huge part of that. I love coming of age stories. Goonies, stand by me, wonder years. Kids just trying to figure it all out. I will never forget the end of that summer. The summer where I turned 12, listening to my first record, alone inside of my house, on my birthday, wondering where the hell everyone was.

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