Blind Melon was an American rock and roll band from the 1990s, composed of Shannon Hoon, Brad Smith, Glen Graham, Rogers Stevens and Christopher Thorn. The name Blind Melon describes some hippies from Mississippi, as used (or coined) by Brad Smith's father. Also "Blind Melon Chitlin" was the name of a fictional bluesman appearing in a routine on the self titled Cheech and Chong LP.
Blind Melon signed to Capitol Records in 1991 (see 1991 in music) and recorded an unreleased demo. Hoon and Axl Rose (who was a friend of Hoon's sister) re-met, and Hoon sang back-up on several Guns n' Roses tracks, including "Don't Cry". Their debut album, Blind Melon, produced by Rick Parashar (Pearl Jam) sold poorly until the single and music video for "No Rain" hit the airwaves and became a smash success, along with the popular video which featured the equally popular Bee Girl (played by Heather DeLoach). Subsequently, Blind Melon went platinum four times. After opening for Neil Young and Lenny Kravitz, Blind Melon's own tour was cut short due to Hoon's escalating drug abuse.
Hoon and the rest of the band began recording their sophomore album in New Orleans with producer Andy Wallace. Hoon would later admit that he had no memory of the recording session. While Hoon checked into rehab, the album, Soup, was released in 1995 (see 1995 in music), but sold poorly. In 1995, Blind Melon also contributed the song "Out on the Tiles" to the Encomium tribute album to Led Zeppelin, as well as a promo cd with a cover of the School House Rock song Three is a Magic Number.
Against the advice of Hoon's drug counselor, Blind Melon went on tour. Hoon was found dead of an overdose on October 21, 1995 in New Orleans. With some unreleased vocals in the vaults, the remaining members released Nico in 1996 (see 1996 in music) with the profits going to a program that helps musicians with drug and alcohol addiction. After briefly attempting to continue, Blind Melon soon broke up and the various members went on to other projects.
In 2002, Capitol Records released a "Classic Masters" cd showcasing 12 Blind Melon songs. Thanks to stronger than expected sales, the band is releasing The Best of Blind Melon a cd+dvd package that will feature Blind Melon performing live from a September 1995 concert in Chicago. The album is available September 27, 2005.
In early 2006, a Tribute Album to Blind Melon is also set for release by Yakmusic in New Zealand and will feature bands from all over the world. The album will be non-profitable and will be available online from numerous websites.
Other Projects Featuring Blind Melon Former Members
The Tender Trio - http://thetendertrio.com/pages/home.htm
Royston Langdon of Spacehog
Rogers Stevens of Blind Melon
Rene Lopez (NYC Musician)
Unified Theory - Self Titled - Brad, Christopher
Audio CD (August 15, 2000)
Original Release Date: August 15, 2000
Extra Virgin - 12 Stories High - Rogers
Audio CD (April 24, 2001)
Label: Old Lady
Live - Distance To Here - Christopher
Audio CD (October 5, 1999)
Original Release Date: October 5, 1999
Mercy - Abandon Jalopy - Brad, Christopher, Glen, Rogers
Audio CD (June 12, 2001)
Original Release Date: June 12, 2001 Number of Discs: 1
Joe Tullos - Scoundrel's Waltz - Brad, Rogers, Glen
Audio CD (June 3, 1997)
Original Release Date: June 03, 1997
James Mathus - Songs for Rosetta - Glen
Audio CD (August 31, 1999)
Original Release Date: October 21, 1997
Label: Mammoth / Pgd
Amy Correia - Carnival Love - Brad, Christopher
Audio CD (September 12, 2000)
Original Release Date: September 12, 2000
Anna Nalick - Wreck of the Day - Brad, Christopher
Audio CD (April 19, 2005)
Original Release Date: April 19, 2005
Number of Discs: 1
- Shannon Hoon - vocals
- Christopher Thorn - guitar
- Rogers Stevens - guitar
- Brad Smith - bass
- Glen Graham - drums
|2005||The Best of Blind Melon||Capitol|
|US Hot 100||US Modern Rock||US Mainstream Rock||UK|
|1993||"I Wonder"||-||-||-||-||Blind Melon|
|1993||"No Rain"||#20||-||-||-||Blind Melon|
|1993||"Tones of Home"||-||-||-||-||Blind Melon|
|1995||"Toes Across the Floor"||-||-||-||-||Soup|
- Tones of Homes: Blind Melon Site- song info, gallery, article archive, etc.
- Sleepyhouse- trivia, lyrics, stories, and info
- Blind Melon Lyrics
- Blind Melon Tribute Album - A Tribute Album to Blind Melon - released 2006.