Blind Melon

Letters From a Porcupine

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Released in conjunction with the 1996 outtakes album, Nico, the home video, Letters from a Porcupine, is a fine collection of live performances, interviews and home movies that trace the band's beginning to it's untimely demise. And at 80 minutes in length, just about every fan favorite is represented. Versions of "Tones of Home" and "Dear Ol' Dad" are taken from their first tours, while a performance of their breakthrough hit, "No Rain," is intercut with behind the scenes footage of it's popular MTV video. Renditions of "Time" and "Soup" are from the mammoth Woodstock '94 festival (which features Shannon Hoon dressed in drag), but while tracks from their final tour ("Walk," "Dumptruck," etc.) show the band in fine form, Hoon looks and sounds fatigued. Other highlights include powerful takes of "2x4," "Galaxie," "Wilt," "Lemonade," "St. Andrew's Fall" (the later two taken from a Muchmusic in-studio concert), and "Change," recorded on the David Letterman Show. Nominated for a Grammy award in 1997, Letters from a Porcupine does an excellent job of capturing the excitement and electricity of Blind Melon in concert.