Listen Pearl Jam's song Jeremy almost 30; Jeremy's mother speaks out

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  1. MovinOn

    MovinOn Canis lupus familiaris

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    I was just entering high school when this song was released. I knew nothing of its backstory at that time.




    To date, “Jeremy” remains one of Pearl Jam’s most chilling and affecting songs. Based on the real-life suicide of high school student Jeremy Wade Delle, who shot himself in front of his classmates in January 1991, the band’s hit single has since haunted radio waves, concert halls, and living rooms. Now, nearly 30 years later, both Delle’s mother, Wanda Crane, and his former classmate, Brittany King, have commented on the incident.

    “That day that he died did not define his life,” Crane tells ABC WFAA. “He was a son, a brother, a nephew, a cousin, a grandson. He was a friend. He was talented.” She later reflects on first hearing the news of her son’s death. “I was in my office at work,” she remembers. “I didn’t believe it. I was in shock. Not my son. I was going to pick him up that afternoon at school.”

    Much like the song depicts him, Jeremy was a budding artist prior to his death. “He won first prize at the Texas State Fair,” Crane says of her son. “He won best of shows, and this was all before he was 12 years old.” As WFAA points out, Crane still has the paintings hanging up around her home, one them an elephant drawing that won her son an award at age seven.

    King, however, was present in the classroom at the time of the shooting. “Shock and fear went into my mind,” she remembers. “All the students kinda ran into the back of the room and huddled.” At the time, King was only 16 years old: “This was a big wakeup call. Like, you know what? Life is not all hunky-dory all the time. Real things, tragedies happen. It made me grow up pretty quick, literally overnight.”

    When pressed about Pearl Jam’s homage, King is not exactly a fan, as she says: “I was angry at them for writing that song. I thought, You don’t know. You weren’t there. That story isn’t accurate.”

    Mother of late teenager who inspired Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” speaks out for first time

     
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  2. MC Gusto

    MC Gusto And now I wanna be your dog

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    I remember when the Jeremy video got 'banned' from Much Music up here in Canada.

    Too Much for Much would play it at midnight now and then.
     
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  3. Ted Williams' head

    Ted Williams' head It's freezing in here!

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    What a nut. But at least he didn't shoot anyone else
     
  4. Kaladin Stormblessed

    Kaladin Stormblessed "Am a what, son" is code for...

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    Wait. Are you younger than me? You seem so mature (as in reasonable)

    I guess I need to factor in a pycho card to my own age when guessing how old pepper are relative to myself. And I'm a 35 year equivalent to 17/18ish (especially when there's a Miley Cyrus song on making me all randy)

    Ftr tho. Jeremy may have been the start of pearl Jam for me..but black i's where it's at
     
  5. Kaladin Stormblessed

    Kaladin Stormblessed "Am a what, son" is code for...

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    I love this song. And I sing it...although I don't know if I have a single word correct. I just make noises as if it's a foreign language (dead serious)
     
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  6. Kaladin Stormblessed

    Kaladin Stormblessed "Am a what, son" is code for...

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    Yeah bad head injuries. Jeremt was prolly like late elementary or 7th grade for me. Not senior year. Whoopsies. Your old as hell
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  7. peter_weyland

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    That is an awesome song. Not sure if it's better than Black, but close.
     
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  8. ENOCK

    ENOCK Underneath Denver International Airport

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    Solid cover of Last Night.



     
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  9. Chief

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    I wonder if he really bit the recess lady's breast?
     
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  10. Lamont Cranston

    Lamont Cranston Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?
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    I remember that.

    There was a fear that it would inspire others to copycat the event.

    Also, the video was difficult to interpret and some people thought the kid shot the classmates not himself. There was a lot of blood and ambiguity. I think there was a version where Jeremy put the gun in his mouth too?

    Suicide was not talked about a lot back then.
     
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