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No Rain – Blind Melon

Some bands come together, write some songs, play some gigs, ingest lots of drugs and alcohol, make key connections with important people, write one big hit on their debut album, place that song in the Billboard Top 40, play big gigs, appear on the cover of Rolling Stone, release a second album and watch as the fortune and fame comes to a crashing halt with the overdose death of their lead singer and songwriter.

That’s the story of Blind Melon.

The band formed in 1989, but it was the connection between Guns ‘n’ Roses’ Axel Rose and Blind Melon’s Shannon Hoon that first put this band on the rock ‘n’ roll map. Hoon sang backups on Guns ‘n’ Roses’ Use Your Illusion albums at the time when Guns ‘n’ Roses were the biggest band in the world.

When Blind Melon released their debut album, Blind Melon, listeners largely ignored the record. Until a video with the world-famous “bee girl” hit heavy rotation on MTV. Suddenly stars were born (both Blind Melon and bee girl, Heather DeLoach).

If you were alive in 1993 and have never seen the video for “No Rain,” I’m certain you were either raised in a home without TV or were part of a witness protection program and living somewhere in Bangladesh.

That. Song. Was. Everywhere.

The record sold 4 million copies. And it’s really not a very good record, although Melonheads would disagree. But “No Rain” was a very good song propelled by a really good video at a time when having a good song and a good video could lead to multi-platinum status.

You likely know the rest of the story. Blind Melon was riding high and had just released their second record, the poorly titled and selling and much darker Soup when lead singer Shannon Hoon was found dead on the band’s tour bus. The culprit? A heart attack due to a cocaine overdose. Hoon was 28 years old.

Although Blind Melon attempted to solider on, the band was effectively finished. But “No Rain” remains a wonderful happy slice of early ’90s hippie groove music that still makes me smile. It reached #20 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Blind Melon a one-hit wonder.

Click here to read the “No Rain” lyrics

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No Rain – Blind Melon

Listen to “No Rain” Acoustic by Blind Melon

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4 Responses to "No Rain – Blind Melon"

  1. Jac says:

    Blind Melon are NOT ONE HIT WONDERS

  2. Michael Waterman says:

    Thanks for your comment Jac. By the standards of Top One-Hit Wonders, Blind Melon IS a one-hit wonder. That’s because they charted only a single song, “No Rain,” in the Billboard Top 40 in the United States. I use the Billboard Hot 100 exclusively for chart listings. However, if you expand past the Billboard Top 40, you are correct that Blind Melon is NOT a one-hit wonder. They charted on the Mainstream Rock chart and Alternative Rock chart as well. If you expand to those three charts, you will find that “No Rain” charted on all three, while “Tones of Home” and “Galaxie” only charted OUTSIDE the Billboard Top 40.

    Here is a link to Blind Melon’s discography and chart success for albums and singles: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_Melon_discography
    Michael

  3. melonhead says:

    Blind Melon’s self titled album is great. I’m curious as to how many times you’ve actually given it a good listen. As far as song writing goes, “no rain” is in the bottom half of that album, easily. And why exactly is “Soup” a poor title??? You probably think “Rubber Soul” is a genius title though, right? Sad a band this good gets lumped in with a bunch of other garbage “one hit wonders”. Guess they’ll always be our little secret. RIP Hooner

  4. Michael Waterman says:

    Melonhead,

    Thanks for your comment. I went back and re-read my assessment and agree that there is nothing wrong with the title Soup. I remember when the album was released, my friends and I scratched our heads at the title and sound of the record. So much darker, so much less commercial. Then Shannon died and we forgot all about Blind Melon.

    As for the debut album, I heard it countless times in the early 1990s and grew really tired of it. That weariness of the record and “No Rain” and jam bands in general lasted for a long time to that point that I didn’t listen to either the album or the song for years. However, the band’s talent is a big reason I added the acoustic version of “No Rain” so that listeners could hear that Blind Melon was indeed a talented band whose time in the spotlight was cut far too short.

    By the way, “Tones of Home” remains my favorite song from Blind Melon’s debut album.

    Blind Melon has aged quite well; much better than a lot of the other early ’90s records it competed with. Thanks for calling that out and thanks for the honest feedback.
    Michael

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