First Hit #1: September 29, 1990
Nelson, apart from being a group that looks most like a pair of Afghan hounds, has made a song that is actually technically interesting without actually being very interesting on its own. The song is just some standard pining for a lovely lady – the cover model of an off-brand Vogue, going by the video – and on first blush it’s actually not much more than a pretty dull power ballad. Then you listen closer, and you notice the often complex guitar interplay, intricate drumming, and the great use of vocal harmonies. This is an ambitious song, as it builds on itself and the different parts interact and combine in unexpected ways. It seems like it should be a really good song, since so much effort was making all the different parts interact and contribute to the whole.
Yet, somehow, it’s not. It’s like the old storefronts for the Best stores. Innovative, technically difficult work done in the service of something that really isn’t all that interesting actually. And just like Best has since gone out of business, Nelson has since disappeared from the musical landscape.