Friday Night Videos: Dead White Guys

Boston: More Than a Feeling (1976)
Brad Delp, lead singer of Boston, died a week ago today. In his honor, I give you this video. In case you can’t tell which one is Delp, he’s the one with the giant mustache.

Blind Melon: No Rain (1993)
Say all you want about the trippy, echoey sound of the song or Shannon Hoon’s vocals, it’s Heather DeLoach as the Bee Girl who makes this video. Perhaps you’ve watched this video and wondered, ‘What happened to Blind Melon, anyway?” I’ll tell you what happened: Shannon Hoon left drug rehab early to tour for Blind Melon’s second album and then overdosed on cocaine. So let that be a lesson to you all. Songs about bee girls inevitably lead to cocaine overdoses.

By the way, if you’re wondering what happened to Heather DeLoach the bee girl, she parlayed her bee fame into a role in the James Brooks movie “I’ll Do Anything,” had a few other film roles, and was in two episodes of “ER” in 2003.

And now it’s bonus video time! I wonder if I can find another video starring a dead white guy.

INXS: Need You Tonight/Mediate (1987)
It looks like I can! You kids may not know it, but these two videos are what we thought was cool during the dark years of the 1980s. At least the members of INXS aren’t all sporting porn mustaches, unlike some other bands in this post. INXS spiraled down into obscurity, helped along by a grunge-sounding album with Chrissie Hynde and Ray Charles. Then Michael Hutchence was found dead in a hotel room from autoerotic asphyxiation. Oh, Michael. Couldn’t you die from cocaine or alcohol like other respectable rock stars?

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