Blind Melon were a hippie rock band who shied away from the psychedelic overtones of bands like The Grateful Dead and Phish. They formed in Los Angeles and released an eponymous debut on Capitol Records in 1992. Their major crossover hit "No Rain" was a gigantic ray of bouncing pop sunshine, bursting through a gray cloud of Grunge when the airwaves were inundated with flannel-clad distortion. The band's second album Soup found Blind Melon leaving behind the flowers and little girls in bumblebee costumes for a darker, moodier sound that revealed intelligent songwriting and a salient finesse in musicianship. While touring in support of the album, the band's future came to a tragic end when front man and vocalist Shannon Hoon died from a drug overdose.