No Rain

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"No Rain"
No Rain by Blind Melon.jpg
U.S. CD maxi-single
Single by Blind Melon
from the album Blind Melon
ReleasedJune 8, 1993 (1993-06-08)
Format
Recorded1992
Genre
Length3:37
LabelCapitol
Songwriter(s)Blind Melon
Producer(s)Rick Parashar
Blind Melon singles chronology
"Tones of Home"
(1992)
"No Rain"
(1993)
"I Wonder"
(1993)

"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.

The song is the band's highest-charting song, reaching number 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number one on both the Billboard Album Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts. It proved to be successful internationally, hitting number one in Canada and number eight in Australia.

Music video[edit]

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 cover: a family picture of Georgia Graham, younger sister of drummer Glen Graham.[2] 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 mocking laughter, and the girl runs off stage in tears. As the song plays, she wanders through a city, stopping to perform her dance for whomever will watch. Ultimately — at the point in the song where the word "escape" is repeated — she peeks through a gate, which elicits a look of astonishment on her face, then runs through the gate to join a group of "bee people" of all shapes and sizes dancing joyfully in a green field.

As a result of the video, DeLoach appeared on the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards, and reprised her Bee Girl dance (in full costume) in the video for "Weird Al" Yankovic's song "Bedrock Anthem".

Track listing[edit]

The following tracks appeared on the original 1992 release:

  1. "No Rain" 3:37
  2. "No Rain (Live)" 4:07
  3. "Drive (Live)" 4:40
  4. "Soak The Sin (Live)" 5:30

The following tracks appeared on the original 1992 French release:

  1. "No Rain (Live)" 5:23
  2. "Candy says (Country Jellyfish version)" 3:30
  3. "Paper scratcher (Acoustic version)" 3:12
  4. "tones of home (Remix)" 4:26

The following tracks appeared on the original 1992 Netherlands release:

  1. "No Rain (Live)" 5:23
  2. "Paper Scratcher (Board Mix)" 3:13

The following tracks appeared on the later 1993 CD/Vinyl re-release:

  1. "No Rain" 3:37
  2. "Soak The Sin (Board Mix)" 4:00
  3. "Paper Scratcher (Board Mix)" 3:13
  4. "Deserted (Board Mix)" 4:20

The following tracks appeared 1993 UK Vinyl release:

  1. "No Rain" 3:34
  2. "No Bidness" (Triple Vision Version) 2:23
    • recorded live at Bogarts, Cincinnati, Ohio, August 11, 1993.
  3. "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.

Charts and certifications[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

The song was played in several episodes of The O.C., and has featured in TV commercials for Nestle chocolate bar Sahne Nuss. The song was used in the trailer for the film Sideways. The song was also featured in the background of a 1993 episode of the US soap opera One Life To Live. It was covered by John Craigie on his 1990s cover album, Leave the Fire Behind. American folk/roots pop singer-songwriter Josh Rouse performed a version of the song in August 2015 for The A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover series.[21] The song was heard briefly in season 1 episode 2 of the television show New Girl and in the short-lived U.S. TV show Surviving Jack in episode three "How Do You Talk To An Angel". It was also the opening track for episode 5 of Season 2 of My Mad Fat Diary. A Dave Lichens cover version of the song appeared in the season 1 finale of the TV show Preacher. The song was also referenced in Anna Nalick's song “Paper Bag” off the album “Wreck of Day”. The song was featured in the 1997 movie Private Parts based on Howard Stern's early career. On August 18, 2009, it was made available as a downloadable track for the music video game Rock Band.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chuck Eddy (1997). The Accidental Evolution of Rock'n'roll: A Misguided Tour Through Popular Music. Perseus Books Group. p. 59. ISBN 978-0-306-80741-1.
  2. ^ "To Bee Or Not To Bee". Entertainment Weekly. September 24, 1993.
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  12. ^ "Charts.nz – Blind Melon – No Rain". Top 40 Singles.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  14. ^ "Blind Melon Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  15. ^ "Blind Melon Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  16. ^ "Blind Melon Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  17. ^ "Blind Melon Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  18. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  19. ^ "The RPM Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1993". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  20. ^ a b "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles 1994". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on October 25, 2015. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  21. ^ Modell, Josh (4 August 2015). "Josh Rouse covers Blind Melon". The A.V. Club. Onion, Inc. Retrieved 4 August 2015.

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