Blind Melon's original line-up: Brad Smith, Rogers Stevens, Glen Graham, Shannon Hoon, and Christopher Thorn.
"I know we can't all stay here forever,
so I'll write my words on the face of today"
Blind Melon is an Alternative Rock
band formed in Los Angeles
, California. It was formed by guitarist Rogers Stevens, bassist Brad Smith, drummer Glen Graham, rhythm guitarist Christopher Thorn, and vocalist Shannon Hoon. The band was active from its inception in 1990 to Shannon Hoon's death in 1995. After Hoon's death, the band went on hiatus before officially disbanding in 1999. In 2006, they reformed with a new singer, Travis Warren, with whom they have toured and written a new album.
Studio Albums by Blind Melon:
- Blind Melon (1992)
- Soup (1995)
- Nico (1996)
- For My Friends (2008)
- Classic Masters (2002)
- The Best of Blind Melon (2005)
Blind Melon provides examples of:
- Black Comedy: "Skinned," which is told from Ed Gein's point of view.
- Book End: Not counting the hidden track in the pregap, Soup begins and ends with instrumental brass pieces in the style of a New Orleans jazz funeral.
- Car Song: "Galaxie" is about Shannon Hoon's 1964 Ford Galaxie.
- Darker and Edgier: The band's second album, Soup, which was both thematically and musically darker than its predecessor.
- Gender-Blender Name: Shannon Hoon's first name was actually Richard. He started using Shannon, his middle name, to avoid confusion with his father.
- Hidden Track: Happened twice on Soup
- "Hello Goodbye", which is a rejected intro to the album's final track, "Lemonade" - it's unlisted and is on the same track as "Galaxie".
- There is also a two minute piece in the pregap featuring the band jamming to a guitar piece and backwards lyrics from "New Life".
- I Am the Band: Brad Smith, the bassist, did most of the songwriting, but he would credit the entire band for the songwriting.
- Lyrical Dissonance:
- "Skinned" is an upbeat, bluegrass-inspired song featuring banjos and kazoos. It is sung from the perspective of Ed Gein.
- Heck, even their Signature Song "No Rain" sounds like a fairly upbeat Psychedelic Rock song, but the lyrics are about depression.
- Music Video Overshadowing: "No Rain" is about isolation and depression. Good luck figuring that out watching the music video, which is about a girl in a bee costume trying to find people who enjoy her dance routine.
- Ripped from the Headlines: "Car Seat (God's Presents)" is about Susan Smith's then-recent murder of her two small children.
- Self-Titled Album
- Song Style Shift: "I Wonder" and "Holyman" from Blind Melon
- Spoken Word in Music: The second half of the song "Car Seat (Gods Presents)" from Soup is a recitation of a poem written by Shannon Hoon's great-grandmother.
- Studio Chatter: "Mouthful Of Cavities" starts with Shannon Hoon saying "Listen, man, I got the window open, hear the cats?". If you listen carefully, you can in fact hear some faint meowing as he says this.
- The Band Minus the Face: After Shannon Hoon's death, the band tried to find a new singer, but they ultimately failed and did not create music together again until 2006.