|Single by Blind Melon|
|from the album Blind Melon|
|Released||September 22, 1992
(See release history)
|Format||CD, cassette, vinyl|
|Genre||Alternative rock, folk rock, psychedelic rock|
|Writer(s)||Blind Melon, Shannon Hoon|
|Blind Melon singles chronology|
"No Rain" is a song by American alternative rock group Blind Melon. It was released in September 1992 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. The song was conceived as one of the biggest 1990s alternative rock staples to date outside of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
The song is the band's highest-charting song, reaching number 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and number-one on both the Album Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts. The single proved successful internationally, hitting number-one in Canada and number 8 in Australia.
The following tracks appeared on the original 1992 release:
- "No Rain" 3:37
- "No Rain (Live)" 4:07
- "Drive (Live)" 4:40
- "Soak The Sin (Live)" 5:30
The following tracks appeared on the later 1993 CD/Vinyl re-release:
- "No Rain" 3:37
- "Soak The Sin (Board Mix)" 4:00
- "Paper Scratcher (Board Mix)" 3:13
- "Deserted (Board Mix)" 4:20
The following tracks appeared 1993 UK Vinyl release:
- "No Rain" 3:34
- "No Bidness" (Triple Vision Version) 2:23
- recorded live at Bogarts, Cincinnati, Ohio, August 11, 1993.
- "I Wonder" 5:29
A live version of the song appears on radio station KMTT's Live From The Mountain Music Lounge Volume 14, released in 2008.
The music video, directed by Samuel Bayer, stars Heather DeLoach as the "Bee Girl" — a young tap dancer wearing a homemade bee costume and large glasses, modeled after the Blind Melon album's 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.
It opens on the girl's tap routine; the audience responds with laughter, and the girl runs off stage in tears. As the song plays, she wanders through a city, stopping to perform her dance for whoever will watch. Ultimately — at the point in the song where the word "escape" is repeated — she peeks through a gate, astonished, then runs through it to join a group of "bee people" of all shapes and sizes dancing joyfully in a green field.
In popular culture
The song was played in several episodes of The O.C., was been featured TV commercials of Sahne Nuss. The song was used in the trailer for the film Sideways. It was covered by John Craigie on his 1990s cover album, Leave the Fire Behind. The song can be heard in the U.S. TV show Surviving Jack in episode three "How Do You Talk To An Angel".
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||29|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||31|
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||1|
|Germany (Media Control AG)||76|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||26|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||15|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||17|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||20|
|U.S. Billboard Album Rock Tracks||1|
|U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks||1|
|U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream||4|
- List of RPM number-one singles of 1993
- List of number-one mainstream rock hits (United States)
- Number one modern rock hits of 1993
- "To Bee Or Not To Bee". Entertainment Weekly. September 24, 1993.
- "Australian-charts.com – Blind Melon – No Rain". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
- "Blind Melon – No Rain – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
- "Ultratop.be – Blind Melon – No Rain" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
- "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
- "Nederlandse Top 40 – Blind Melon search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
- "Charts.org.nz – Blind Melon – No Rain". Top 40 Singles.