If any one moment from Pearl Jam's live, four-hour Saturday night broadcast of "Monkeywrench Radio" could be singled out as a mission statement for the free-form program, it would have to be a revealing comment offered by host and PJ singer Eddie Vedder deep into the show's second hour. Sitting around a studio mic with Mudhoney guitarist Steve Turner, Vedder brought up a band regarded the world over as the kingpins of Seattle garage rock. "One night we were up at the house and you played me the Sonics," Vedder said. "I was aware of them, but I wasn't aware of how good they were." The signature aim of "Monkeywrench Radio," along with that of the original broadcast of "Self-Pollution Radio" in January 1995, is to make rock fans aware of just how good so much unheard music is.
Chris Nelson - Rolling Stone 02/02/1998