To coincide with this year’s National Gun Violence Awareness Day (5 June), Pearl Jam released the uncensored cut of the music video for Jeremy. Both the song and video depict the story of a bullied youth who committed suicide in front of his class. Take a look above.
“The increase in gun violence since the debut of Jeremy is staggering,” the band wrote over Facebook, sharing the video. They noted that this uncensored cut of the video was originally “unavailable in 1992 [due to] TV censorship laws.”
The Mark Pellington directed music video aired in heavy rotation on MTV in the 90s, winning Video Of The Year at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards. Although those versions only implied the subject’s suicide – unlike this uncensored version, which shows actor Trevor Wilson, placing a gun in his mouth.
Additionally, Pearl Jam announced an updated version of their Choices t-shirt, which would see proceeds go to organisations working to prevent gun violence. The band wrote wrote: “We can prevent gun deaths whether mass shootings, deaths of despair, law enforcement, or accidental.”
Jeremy was inspired by a newspaper article that singer Eddie Vedder read about Jeremy Wade Delle, a high school student who shot himself in front of his English class on January 8, 1991.
In a 1993 interview with Rockline, Vedder spoke on the song and its music video.
“‘It came from a small paragraph in a paper’, which means you kill yourself and you make a big old sacrifice and try to get your revenge,” Vedder said. “That all you’re gonna end up with is a paragraph in a newspaper.”
“Sixty-four degrees and cloudy in a suburban neighbourhood. That’s the beginning of the video and that’s the same thing in the end; it does nothing. Nothing changes. The world goes on and you’re gone. The best revenge is to live on and prove yourself. Be stronger than those people. And then you can come back.”
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