“No Rain” is a song by American rock band Blind Melon. It was released in 1993 as the second single from the band’s debut album Blind Melon. The song is well known for its accompanying music video, which features the “Bee Girl” character. The music video, directed by Samuel Bayer, received heavy airplay on MTV at the time of its release. It subsequently helped propel Blind Melon to a multi-platinum level.
Although the song is credited to the whole band, it was bassist Brad Smith who wrote the vast majority of “No Rain”. He said: “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, Smith had been 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, though Smith later realized that he was also writing about it himself.
The music video stars Heather DeLoach as the “Bee Girl” – a young tap dancer wearing a homemade bee costume and large glasses, modelled after the Blind Melon album cover: a family picture of Georgia Graham, younger sister of drummer Glen Graham. The Bee Girl’s story is intercut with footage of Blind Melon performing in a field against a clear blue sky.
The video opens on the girl’s tap routine; the audience responds with mocking laughter, and the girl runs off stage in tears. As the song plays, she wanders through Los Angeles, stopping to perform her dance for whoever will watch, but still feels alone. Ultimately – at the point in the song where the word “escape” is repeated – she peeks through a gate, which provokes a look of astonishment on her face, then runs through it to join a group of “bee people” just like her, dancing joyfully in a green field.
The group toured extensively in support of their album, performing dates in Europe and Mexico; supporting such acts as Neil Young and Lenny Kravitz late in 1993. Their activity the following year included a performance at Woodstock ‘94 in August and a supporting slot on the Rolling Stones’ Voodoo Lounge Tour thereafter. Amidst rising success, the band began to experience personal and legal problems related to drug and alcohol abuse, leading to multiple stints in drug rehabilitation for singer Shannon Hoon.
Against the advice of Hoon’s drug counsellor, Blind Melon went on tour to support their second album. The band initially employed a counsellor to assist Hoon’s rehabilitation, but he was soon dismissed. After several weeks on the road, Hoon was found dead on the band’s tour bus of a heart attack caused by a cocaine overdose, on 21st October 1995, in downtown New Orleans.
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