No Rain – Blind Melon

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………….on October 7th of 1992 “No Rain” the second single from Blind Melons debut album “Blind Melon” cracks Billboards Top 40. Blind Melon bass player Brad Smith wrote this song before he formed the band. He had moved from Mississippi to Los Angeles, where he fell into a funk. Brad told us: “The song is about not being able to get out of bed and find excuses to face the day when you have really, in a way, nothing.” At the time, Brad was dating a girl who was going through depression (she would sleep through sunny days and complain when it didn’t rain), and for a while he told himself that he was writing the song from her perspective. He later realized that he was also writing about it himself. “No Rain” has a very intriguing video featuring a girl dressed in a bee costume. The bee girl, Heather DeLoach, also appears in the Weird Al Yankovic video for “Bedrock Anthem” (a parody of “Give It Away” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers) in the bee suit.The concept for the video was inspired by the Blind Melon album cover, which features a 1975 photo of Georgia Graham, the younger sister of Blind Melon drummer Glenn Graham. DeLoach was the first to audition for the role, and because she resembled Graham’s sister so much, director Samuel Bayer (who also directed “Smells Like Teen Spirit”) chose her.The band didn’t always appreciate this song. When they opened some shows for The Rolling Stones in 1994, they left it off their setlist. Their tour manager, Paul Cummings explained: “They had become one of those bands that hate their hit – at least at that point. I couldn’t understand it, but it’s not my call. That probably would have been the only song that crowd would have recognized.”Blind Melon’s songs, including this one, were credited to the entire band even when one member wrote the vast majority of the song, as Brad Smith did with this one. Brad says that even though he wrote it, lead singer Shannon Hoon took it to a new level with his vocal. “That was a good song, and Shannon made it a great song,” he told us. Though the song only eventually reached #20 this was a hit on a variety of formats. It reached #1 on the AOR (classic rock), modern rock and metal charts. In the UK  it peaked at #17.