Like most people alive in the mid-nineties, I was captivated by the Bee Girl from the Blind Melon video for No Rain. And like most people in the mid-nineties, I bought the entire eponymous album, just for that one single. At the time, I was young and stupid and never really listened to the entire album, instead adding it to the stack of cds I bought based on one song... you know, cds like Better Than Ezra's Deluxe, Nirvana's In Utero and Toad the Wet Sprocket's Fear. So fast forward to 2007, when I put in the cd and listen to it the whole way through for the first time.
Wow. I guess back in nineteen ninetysomething all i was interested in was the "alternative" music that all the kids were into, listening to it only because it was popular, because had I listened to the entire CD the whole way through, I would have known how kickass it is. While most people only know Blind Melon for their video hit... No Rain is definately one of those songs who got more famous for the video than the song... If you give them a fair chance you'll find a stripped down, jazzy, bluesy, almost jam band sort of thing. Sort of like Dave Matthews Band, except not gay.
A solid rhythm section with moving bass lines, acoustic and electric guitars going in everywhich direction, and the occasional harmonica/mandolin/dobro all come together to make some great old fashioned rock and roll. Listening to No Rain shows off some of Blind Melon's strengths, but like I said again, most people dont really pay attention to the song, they just think of the video. Which is a shame, cause No Rain ruined Blind Melon's chances of ever getting a fair chance at lasting popularity. Maybe more concrete success would have prevented the untimely death of their lead singer and Blind Melon would be rocking us still today.