Feeling down? Just don’t feel like you fit in? Going through a rough patch in your life? Well, maybe this video can help lift your mood. Since for the past couple of weeks, the videos featured as “Video of the Week” tended to lean a bit on the dark side, I thought it might be time for a cheerful, optimistic video. What better choice, then, than Blind Melon’s “No Rain”? Directed by Samuel Bayer, the video was first aired in the early 1990s, and has earned itself a reputation as one of the most popular and iconic videos of that decade, and possibly the entire history of music videos (a history which, by the way, dates all the way back to at least 1965 with Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues”). In fact, in my humble opinion, there’s a good chance that this might just be the greatest music video of all time (on my first “Video of the Week” entry I mentioned my discarded plan for a “Coolest Music Videos Ever” list. Had I gone through with the list, I was seriously considering putting “No Rain” at the top). So what is it about this video that makes it so great? Well, we could start with its star: an adorable young misfit who relates to the misunderstood outcast in all of us (regardless of whether we go around dressed as a tap-dancing bumblebee or not). The video follows the bumblebee girl as she boldly (and without parental supervision, mind you. Which might make the more cynical viewers wonder what kind of neglectful parents let their little girl run around the city alone like that) searches for a place where she belongs, and ultimately finds it. On top of all that, the video is visually stunning, depicting a Wordsworthian paradise of a field bathed in sunlight, heavily contrasting with the industrial setting shown earlier in the video. Interspersed between scenes of the bumble bee girl’s journey is footage of the band – all long-haired – frolicking in the grassy field like generationally-misplaced hippies. And as I like to think of myself as a generationally-misplaced hippie, this video – to say nothing of the song itself, which is quite reminiscent of feel-good early-1970s rock – inevitably puts a smile on my face. Hope it puts a smile on yours too.
To see the video for “No Rain”, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYlAwvz8uwc