Coming Around Again: Discussing the 'Jeremy' Video at 25, and the Story of Late Video Star Trevor Wilson
Welcome back to the Coming Around Again podcast, part of the Pop Shop family, where host Andrew Unterberger and a variety of guests will be discussing notable anniversaries being celebrated in the music world.
This week, Billboard senior contributor Gil Kaufman calls in to discuss the music video for Pearl Jam's "Jeremy," which turned 25 on Tuesday (Aug. 1). When the video premiered a quarter-century ago, it turned the ascendant alt-rock outfit into crossover superstars, eventually dominating the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards and standing as one of the iconic clips of its era.
Kaufman wrote two stories for Billboard about "Jeremy" this week, which he talks about on the podcast. One of them was a history of the video, including interviews with director Mark Pellington and cinematographer Tom Richmond, in which the roots of the "Jeremy" video are traced from an unremarkable original cut to a much more artistic (though controversial) statement from Pellington and the band, with Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and young star Trevor Wilson selling the story of Jeremy in a visual that functioned almost like a mini-movie.
The second article focused on Wilson himself, and the actor's unusual life story. After achieving national fame in the role of "Jeremy," even appearing with the band at the '93 VMAs, Wilson retreated from the spotlight, instead entrenching himself in literature and history, and eventually working for the United Nations and as an international speechwriter. Then, while on vacation in Puerto Rico last year, he tragically drowned at the age of 36. Kaufman tells the story through interviews with Pellington and Richmond, as well as with Wilson's immediate family and friends.
Both articles are discussed at length on the podcast, as well as the overall legacy of the video, and the imprint that Wilson seems to have left on those close to him, and the world at large. Listen below, and be sure to check back every week to see which classic artists, albums and songs are Coming Around Again.