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Pearl Jam
Year 1991
Genre Grunge
Language English
Source Downloadable song
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Male singer
Guitar solo
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2-part harmonies

"Jeremy" is a song by Pearl Jam which is about a boy who kills himself at school to get revenge on the students who tormented him. It is based on the true story of Jeremy Delle, a 16-year-old who killed himself in front of his English class at Richardson High School in Richardson, Texas. (Thanks, Stephanie - Ellicott City, MD)

In 1996 Barry Loukaitis, a junior-high student in Washington State, shot and killed 2 students and a teacher when he went to school. He claimed he was copying the video for this song.

The line in the chorus is "Jeremy spoke in class today." It is hard to understand if you don't speak Vedder.

This was the third single from the album, following "Alive" and "Even Flow." A fourth single, "Oceans," was also released, but it got very little radio play and didn't do very well. "Oceans" was the only single from Ten that was released in the UK.

In 1993 the video won 4 MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year.

The B-side of the single was "Yellow Ledbetter," a popular song not available on any of their albums.

The video was shot at a warehouse in a seedy section of London.

Pearl Jam did not release another video for 6 years. They decided that videos detracted from the music and wanted their fans to come to their shows rather than watch them on TV. They also hated the process of making the videos, which they got around by not appearing in their next one, a cartoon video for their 1998 song "Do the Evolution" that was drawn by Spawn creator Todd McFarlane.

Radio stations often play an edited version, which cleans up the line "seemed a harmless little f--k."

The album sold over 10 million copies.

If you watch the music video closely, you can spot a quick switch during the shot of the kids standing with their hands over their hearts for the pledge of allegiance, to what appears to be the kids giving a Nazi salute for less than a second before going back to the original shot. Presumably this is a commentary on the US school system, and not some kind of subliminal message in favor of Nazism. (Thanks, Mike - Melrose, MA)

The intro to the song is played on Jeff Ament's special 12 string bass followed by soft harmonic notes on the guitar. The bass line continues quietly until the second chorus. They return in a fade out towards near the end. (Thanks, Elliot - St. Louis, MO)