In 1993, Jeff Ament’s quaint, folky guitar strum served as the platform for one of Ed Vedder’s weirdest diatribes, a plea for Heather DeLoach, the girl who played the ubiquitous Bee Girl in Blind Melon’s “No Rain” video, to do her dances alone in her room, and quit trying to become a star. I’m still holding out hope for a Bee Girl/So You Wanna Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star medley*. Apart from circulating on various bootlegs throughout the ’90s after scores of fans taped the song off of Rockline (and later from the Bridge Benefit performance), there was never much hope or even thought that the song would see official release. Was there desire? I don’t know, but it was the most surprising inclusion on Lost Dogs in 2003, and a welcome one as well, later popping up in concert about five times during 2005. There has never been a better pronunciation of “doom” in a pop song.
*Both songs were played in Denver, 2006, just not tagged together.