Corduroy were a 4-piece acid jazz outfit based in London, that was formed around twins Ben and Scott Addison, who were previously in former Sire Records act Boys Wonder. Joining the twins in the band was Richard Searle, who was in another band that was a contemporary of Boys Wonder in the mid to late 1980s called Doctor and the Medics and guitarist Simon Nelson-Smith. Corduroy released three eclectic albums on Acid Jazz Records and then moved over to Big Cat Records.
"Corduroy" is the eighth track on Pearl Jam's 1994 album, Vitalogy. The song has become a concert favorite, although in concert it is generally played at a slightly faster tempo. It begins with an eerie riff played as an arpeggio of the first two notes of a power chord.