Um . . . new from Blind Melon?
Yesterday Stereogum highlighted the fact that Blind Melon's MySpace page has some new tracks on it. This is odd, to me, considering that lead singer Shannon Hoon died back when I was in high school.
After disbanding for a time, they've now replaced Hoon with a new singer, one Travis Warren. Am I being too narrow minded, or myopically lead-singer focused, in doing a bit of a double-take? When the frontman --the distinctive voice of your band-- dies, it seems weird to replace them and go on as the same band. First Alice in Chains, now Blind Melon? Take a listen to the new song:
Wishing Well - "Blind Melon"
I really cherish some of the older stuff from Blind Melon. I can do without the No Rain because I have heard it so many times (even though it's still catchy with those snaps), but these tracks are absolute essential favorites. If you've never heard Blind Melon beyond the radio hit, you should probably seriously really take a listen to these, I promise:
Tones of Home - Blind Melon
(a fantastic, flirty, bluesy opening and sublime harmonies)
Paper Scratcher - Blind Melon
Soup - Blind Melon
(this one takes a blessed long time to build, but I love that meandering, like a stream, and then the break like a waterfall)
ADDENDUM: 2 COVERS
Out On The Tiles (Led Zeppelin) - Blind Melon
Three Is A Magic Number (Bob Dorough) - Blind Melon
And on a loosely related note (I'm telling you it really does all come back to PJ), here are Jeff Ament and Eddie Vedder in Denver last summer performing "Bee Girl," the salute and warning to the dancing bee girl in the Blind Melon music video and on their 1992 album cover:
EDDIE VEDDER & JEFF AMENT, "BEE GIRL"