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Gonzobservation - Love and Affection
In 1990, Geffen Records released upon the unsuspecting public an act of creative genius for which said public was unprepared.

After the Rain, the debut album by LA rockers Nelson, arrived in a swirl of platinum blond hair and Aquanet.

Nelson seemed to appear like some perfectly full grown LA humunculi. 

Matthew and Gunnar were the sons of Ricky Nelson and grandsons of Ozzie and Harriet.

They were Hollywood royalty.

They swarmed our radios and television like the long haired Children of the Damned that they were, taking the world by storm with their debut single, (I Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection.

They told anyone and everyone who would listen that the song was written for supermodel, Cindy Crawford.

It was 1990, we were all in love with Cindy Crawford.



What Nelson had that the rest of us didn't was the undivided attention of the MTV machine that was in a full blown hair metal feeding frenzy.  Nelson had the look and a solid enough pop hook to get the video in heavy rotation.



I don't know if Matthew and/or Gunnar ever got a date with Cindy, but they did score a #1 single.

What's the point of any of this you may ask?

I heard Love and Affection on the radio the other day and, for the first time, I think I was able to hear the song's lyrics through all of the 80s shenanigans.

You know what?

It's a Ricky Nelson song.

The lyrics are simple and sweet.  They'could have been a pop hit for Nelson's dad and, maybe, even their grandfather.

Don't believe me?

Read for yourself.

Here she comes, ooh just like an angel

Seems like forever that she's been on my mind
But nothing has changed
She thinks I'm a waste of her time

There she goes

She don't know what she's missing
Can't she see I'll never give up the fight
I'll do all I can till she understands my desire

I've been on the outside looking in
Let me into your heart, oh
There's nothing on earth
That should keep us apart
Baby

I can't live without your love and affection
I can't face another night on my own
I'd give up my pride to save me from being alone
'Cause I can't live without your love

So I wait, here for an answer
And wonder if tomorrow will be like yesterday
I'll keep holding on
But I can't go on living this way
Baby

I've been on the outside looking in
Bring these tears to an end, oh
I realize there's no use for me to pretend
Oh yeah

For your love
I'd put my arms around you
For your love
I'd find the strength to tell you
For your love
I can't live without your love


That's just a solid pop song, no matter when it was released.  That's the song's secret.  It wasn't dealing with teen runaways, Saturday night parties or the rigors of the road.  It was a simply song of unrequited love.

For a supermodel.

Nelson, like most of their LA glam brethren, were on borrowed time by 1990.  Grunge was looming, even if none of them knew it.  Nelson would never again come close to the success of Love and Affection.  These days they play the state fair circuit with the "all-star" rock band, Scrap Metal.

As for Cindy?

Well, I think Denis Leary may have said it best...



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