The Return Of 'No Rain'
David Segal has a story in today's Post about Blind Melon's return from the grave. Lead singer Shannon Hoon died 13 years ago, but the band has revived itself by replacing Hoon with ... a guy who has a Shannon Hoon tattoo. Huh.
Blind Melon 2.0 plays tonight at the 9:30 club, and the centerpiece of the set list will, of course, be "No Rain," the 1992 single that made the band famous. It's also the single that made more than a few people hate Blind Melon - largely because of Hoon's nasally whine.
That damn Bee Girl video didn't help, either.
This may be the minority opinion, though. In the inaugural edition of The Two-Minute Man, David gave "No Rain" a little bit of love, ranking it sixth, ahead of songs by the Georgia Satellites, Green Day, Death Cab for Cutie and Iggy Pop. "What a blast from the past!" David enthused. "Bee girl, buzz clips, Alternative Nation! C'mon, that opening riff is timeless. And the late Shannon Hoon's voice is ... only mildly irritating if heard once every four years. Sort of like James Carville."
Ah, the old damning with faint praise trick. Nice, David. Nice.
So, where do you stand on "No Rain"? Are you with me? Or against me?
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