Heather DeLoach in Blind Melon's "No Rain"
Blind Melon Get Bee'd Up
Welcome to Forgotten Videos. For some, these videos are forgotten, for others just filed away, and for others still, a totally brand-new discovery. Whichever category you fall into, each week we'll feature a video that's possibly been collecting dust when what it really deserves is a fresh look. Or vice-versa…. We're not here to judge, we just want to take you on a little trip down memory lane. Yep, you'll remember when hair was really that big, when drums were that up front in the mix, when video was young(er) and so were you.
Ah, the sweet memories of 1993. An Arkansas governor named William J. Clinton was inaugurated president; Michael Jackson became the first solo performer to entertain a Super Bowl halftime crowd; the colorfully low-budget Mighty Morphin Power Rangers made their body-suited television debut; and previously unseen parts of Madonna made their own debut in the erotic thriller Body Of Evidence. But with all that magic in the air, the nation's heart was won over by a plump, tap-dancing 10-year-old girl in a bee costume.
The Bee Girl (née Heather DeLoach) was the runaway star of the video for Blind Melon's "No Rain," the hit single from their 1992 eponymous self-titled debut album. Peaking at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song marked the band's highest-charting single, and the video was in near-constant rotation on MTV. The winning blend of the tune's jam-band flow capped by Shannon Hoon's keening vocals and the heart-tugging tale of Bee Girl's quest for joyful acceptance in a non-tap-dancing world, seemed irresistible as the album went on to international and multi-platinum success.
The concept for the video was actually an extension of the album's cover art, which featured a 1975 picture of drummer Glenn Graham's sister, bedecked in her own dance recital-ready bee costume. In the opening shot of the video, Bee Girl's happy dance is met with derisive snickers from an unseen crowd. It would take a cold, cold heart not to let out an "awww" as she dejectedly leaves the stage. As the lonely bee takes to the grimier streets of Los Angeles in search of a kindred soul, Hoon and the band are in the golden haze of a beautiful meadow, jamming away in fine neo-hippie fashion. When Bee Girl finally makes it to the gates of that meadow, she's thrilled to discover a group of dancing people in bee costumes just like her, and the video's triumphant closing shot features the happy little bee literally letting her freak flag fly.
The easy, inviting groove of "No Rain" marked Blind Melon as a band worth paying attention to, but their career was cut short with the untimely death of Hoon in 1995 (the band has regrouped and recorded with different lead singers in the years since). As for DeLoach, she bee'd up one more time for a cameo appearance in "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Bedrock Anthem," a parody of Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Under The Bridge" and "Give It Away," and has since racked up a number of non-bee-related acting gigs, including appearances in "ER," "Reno 911!" and Balls Of Fury.
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