No Rain

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"No Rain"
Single by Blind Melon
from the album Blind Melon
Released1992
(See release history)
FormatCD, cassette, vinyl
Recorded1992
GenreAlternative rock, folk rock, psychedelic rock
Length3:37
Writer(s)Blind Melon, Shannon Hoon
Blind Melon singles chronology
"Tones of Home"
(1992)
"No Rain"
(1992)
"I Wonder"
(1992)
 
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"No Rain"
Single by Blind Melon
from the album Blind Melon
Released1992
(See release history)
FormatCD, cassette, vinyl
Recorded1992
GenreAlternative rock, folk rock, psychedelic rock
Length3:37
Writer(s)Blind Melon, Shannon Hoon
Blind Melon singles chronology
"Tones of Home"
(1992)
"No Rain"
(1992)
"I Wonder"
(1992)

"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 is considered 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.

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 holland 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.

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's cover: a family picture of Georgia Graham, younger sister of drummer Glen Graham.[1] 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.

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".

VH1 ranked the "No Rain" video 83rd on its "100 Greatest Videos of All Time" list; One-Hit Wonders" list and No. 15 of its "40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 1990s."

In popular culture[edit]

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 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".

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1993)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[2]8
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3]29
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4]31
Canada Top Singles (RPM)1
Germany (Media Control Charts)[5]76
Ireland (IRMA)24
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[6]26
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7]15
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)17
U.S. Billboard Hot 10020
U.S. Billboard Album Rock Tracks1
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks1
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream4

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