If you listen to Lamont & Tonelli in the mornings, then you know how much they love listening to isolated vocal tracks of great rock singers – especially Chasta.
The latest find is Eddie Vedder singing “Jeremy” by Pearl Jam. “Eddie Vedder has a voice that could stir honey into tea from a thousand paces,” said Far Out Magazine. The song appears on the Ten album, released in 1992 as the third single. Lyrics were written by Eddie, and the music was written by bassist Jeff Ament.
Eddie wrote it after reading a newspaper article about high school student Jeremy Wade Delle, who shot himself in front of his English class. The video for “Jeremy” won four MTV Video Music Awards in 1993, including Video of the Year. Ament said, “We knew it was a good song, but it was tough getting it to feel right—for the chorus to sit back and the outro to push over the top. The tune went from practically not making it on the record to being one of the best takes. I’m not sure if it’s the best song on the album but I think it’s the best take. On “Jeremy” I always heard this other melody in the choruses and the end, and it never sounded good on guitar or bass. So we brought in a cello player which inspired a background vocal, and those things made the song really happen. 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.”