It did not originally chart on the regular Billboard Hot 100 singles chart since it was not released as a commercial single in the US at the time, but a re-release in July 1995 brought it up to number 79.The song gained notoriety for its music video, directed by Mark Pellington and released in 1992, which received heavy rotation by MTV and became a hit.The song starts off with the bassline and quiet harmonic notes also on the 12-string bass, and continues in a sedate vein until after the second chorus, when densely layered guitars and vocals gradually enter.At the end the instruments gradually fade out until all that is audible is a clean guitar and the 12-string bass, like the intro."Jeremy" is in the key of A, and intertwines the parallel modes of major and minor frequently.
Most of the time if something doesn't work right away, I just say fuck it—but this was an instance when perseverance paid off."Jeremy" is a song by the American rock band Pearl Jam, with lyrics written by vocalist Eddie Vedder and music written by bassist Jeff Ament."Jeremy" was released in 1992 as the third single from Pearl Jam's debut album Ten (1991).I overdubbed a twelve-string bass, and we added a cello. Rick [Parashar]’s a supertalented engineer-musician... Stone [Gossard, Pearl Jam’s rhythm guitarist] was sick one day, and Ed, Rick and I conjured up the art piece that opens and closes the song.That was so fun—I wanted to make a whole record like that.In 1993, the "Jeremy" video was awarded four MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Video of the Year.