Bee Girl

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.

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~ by Michael on August 11, 2007.

7 Responses to “Bee Girl”

  1. Thanks C13.

  2. Blind Melon’s “No Rain”, that is a classic.

  3. Hey, I was at the show in Denver where both songs were played. Cool.

    “Those who can be trusted can change their minds”

    I’ve always loved that. Sounds like a good slogan for a T-shirt.

  4. Maybe if Ed had written the song for that Blind Melon singer dude instead of the Bee Girl, he wouldn’t have ended up od’ing in the back of a tour van…but then, maybe the Bee Girl would have…yikes, how sad.

    Blind Melon dude,
    you’re gonna die…
    you don’t wanna be famous,
    you wanna be shy…

  5. I just YouTubed the Blind Melon video. Man, was that awful.

  6. The lead singer, Shannon Hoon, was on acid during the making of that video actually.

  7. Unfortunatly, he died of an accidental cocaine overdose in 1995.

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