But in between "No Rain" and Hoon's death, the group decamped from California to New Orleans and reinvented their hippie-dippie image and jam-band sound. They emerged with Soup, a groove-driven fusion of dark '90s alt-rock angst, New Orleans jazz and, oddly, country. Too bad nobody heard it. The record was largely ignored and the group were quickly branded one-hit wonders. Hoon died while on tour supporting the record, but not before the band recorded a pretty stunning and revealing Intimate & Interactive performance for MuchMusic.
Many point to the posthumous odds and ends collection Nico as proof of the band's brilliance, but this was their high-water masterpiece.