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Blind Melon
No Rain

No hit single is more symbiotically tied to its hit music video than “No Rain.” Blind Melon’s lone Top 40 entry and its fantastical Samuel Bayer-directed clip linger in the collective consciousness as conjoined twins: inseparable, indivisible, different but the same. Premiering on cable network MTV in mid-1993, close to a year after the release of Blind Melon’s eponymous debut album, “No Rain” made a pop culture sensation of the video’s outsider heroine, the bespectacled, tap-dancing Bee Girl — a character whose meteoric rise ultimately eclipsed the music of the star-crossed five-piece responsible for bringing her to life. Read more…


Track Facts

The album was released in September of 1992, and the No Rain single was released in April 1993. A sure contender for "Song of the Summer," this undeniably cheery song, with the melancholy lyrics, was ubiquitous on radio and MTV.
Like their debut album, the song No Rain credits the entire band as songwriters. However, bassist Brad Smith is said to have written most of the song. It was reportedly about his girlfriend at the time who was struggling with depression, and preferred rainy days to sunny ones, so as not to have to get out of bed.
No Rain enjoyed considerable success in part because of its iconic music video, which received heavy rotation on MTV. The video was inspired by the album cover, which included a 1975 photo of drummer Glenn Graham's younger sister in the now iconic bee costume.

The video was directed by Samual Bayer, who had also directed Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit.. The part of the young girl was played by 10-year old Heather DeLoach, who was the first actor to audition. Due in some part to the popularity of the video, DeLoach continued as an actor in TV and film.
For the recording process, Blind Melon preferred classic techniques to the more modern equivalents, which included analog tape and vintage equipment when possible. The resulting sounds were warm, immediate, and raw.
Additional Credits:

Tommy Steele – art direction
Heather Devlin – photography

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