Fame can be fleeting. Take Blind Melon for example. There was lead singer Shannon Hoon, a friend of Guns 'N' Roses' Axl Rose, though not nearly as durable. He was supported by a fairly typical line-up of two guitars (Rogers Stevens and Christopher Thorn), bass (Brad Smith) and drums (Glen Graham). Blind Melon rolled out of L.A. in '90.
Interestingly, no one was an L.A. or even California native. Hoon came from Indiana and Thorn from Pennsylvania, while Stevens, Smith and Graham all hailed from Mississippi. On the way, Hoon contributed backing vocals on G 'N' R's "Use Your Illusion" CD.
Blind Melon struggled though a couple of false starts before their debut, featuring the hit "No Rain," was released in '92. Their dark and brooding sophomore release, "Soup," stiffed. But it got worse. Hoon tried the re-hab route but it didn't take. Doctors warned that returning to the road would be dangerous. They were right. While on tour, Hoon OD'd (he was found dead on the bus). He was 28.
After Hoon died, "Nico," named after his daughter, was pieced together and released. The album had little impact. A new singer was added but didn't click. Finally, Smith took over the vocal chores but that too was short-lived.
1992 Blind Melon
2008 For My Friends
Overall, Blind Melon's acoustic/electric blend is reminiscent of early '70s Rock or Southern Rock. While not totally retro, a lot of those elements are in place. Blind Melon's self-titled debut features a lot of guitar jams and "No Rain." That's not much of a recommendation but it's the best of their limited catalog.