In 1995 musician Shannon Hoon died of an unintended cocaine overdose, abandoning (like Kurt Cobain) a accomplice and toddler daughter. However this collaged video diary, assembled from the camcorder archives Hoon shot between 1990 and his loss of life as he rose to fame as lead singer of alt-rockers Blind Melon, is – cheeringly – not a grim trawl via the gutter of extra. Fairly, it’s a quizzical time capsule of pre-internet fame from the attitude of a troubled however succesful younger man who knew his means round a digicam.
The brawny, snub-nosed Indiana native, usually taking pictures via a fisheye lens, seems right here because the boy within the bubble as he arrives in Los Angeles and shortly integrates into the town’s rock scene. Hoon sings backup vocals for Weapons N’ Roses, after which Blind Melon’s jaunty strumalong hit No Rain, launched in 1993 a yr after their debut album, briefly makes them the toast of MTV. However amid this whirlwind, with the identical pointed capability to spin the mundane that marked his lyrics, he consistently gravitates to the marginalia together with his digicam: a cat rising from a flowerbed, a roadie sleeping in a laundry cart, Lenny Kravitz licking the lens.
Blind Melon’s present-day standing as 90s alt-rock also-rans means the primary curiosity of All I Can Say lies within the nature of celeb fairly than the band itself. Considered backwards down the kaleidoscope, the music-biz hullabaloo and rock posturing appear as quaint and out of date as the various random cultural marker-posts, like a Rolling Stones track turning into the primary to be launched on CD-Rom. However Hoon is instinctively conscious of this absurdity, complaining of the fuss over their iconic girl-in-a-bee-costume mascot: “I feel individuals are analysing it means too deep.” (He’s fortunate he wasn’t well-known 30 years later.)
At one level Hoon says that he hopes to maneuver into film-making, and it’s true he has a watch. The movie’s flotsam move is in fact the work of three different administrators, however the authentic angles are Hoon’s; and lots of – just like the shot dodging the wheels of a transferring freight prepare – are adventurous. It will probably’t in fact be taken at face worth as the reality about his drug habit or broader emotional life, however it’s a wonderful portrait of a seeker wading via the human actuality on the coronary heart of fame.