PEARL JAM Releases Uncensored Version Of 'Jeremy' Video For First Time
June 6, 2020
PEARL JAM has released an uncensored version of its Mark Pellington-directed "Jeremy" video. The song, from the group's 1991 album "Ten", describes an unpopular boy who brings a gun into his classroom and starts shooting people. It is based on the real-life suicide of high school student Jeremy Wade Delle, who shot himself in front of his classmates in January 1991.
In the uncensored version, Jeremy — played by actor Trevor Wilson — is shown placing the gun in his mouth.
PEARL JAM released the uncensored "Jeremy" video on Friday to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
"The increase in gun violence since the debut of 'Jeremy' is staggering," the band said in a statement. "We have released the uncensored version of the video which was unavailable in 1992 with TV censorship laws. We can prevent gun deaths whether mass shootings, deaths of despair, law enforcement, or accidental."
The original "Jeremy" video, which debuted in August 1992 on MTV, helped the "Ten" album go 13 times platinum, and went on to win four MTV Video Music Awards in 1993, including "Video Of The Year."
In 2017, Pellington told Billboard magazine that "Jeremy" still holds up as a piece of art nearly 30 years later. "Absolutely," he said. "It's just one of those things. I can watch it and the song still does it to me. A month ago I was driving around L.A. and I heard the song again and I was like, 'That fucking song is incredible!'
"People don't come up to me and say, 'That P.M. Dawn video stayed with me,'" he laughed. "But if I'm on the street or in the airport strangers will recognize me and say, 'Hey, I love 'Jeremy',' way more than others. It spoke to me then and to everybody who was a kid then, whether they were 5 or 25."
BLABBERMOUTH.NET uses the Facebook Comments plugin to let people comment on content on the site using their Facebook account. The comments reside on Facebook servers and are not stored on BLABBERMOUTH.NET. To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).