It was a couple of week’s until my 11th birthday and my brother’s then girlfriend wanted to know what my hearts desire was. Of course I’d already requested a Beverly Hills 90210 t-shirt from my sis (priorities people!) but next on my list was a pair of John Lennon-esque, pink tinted sunnies (I was going through a hippy phase) and Nelson’s After the Rain album. Ever since I’d seen the blonde twins on Hey Hey It’s Saturday the year before I was obsessed and desperately wanted a piece of them for myself. Their songs were catchy as hell and they were HAWT! That album was the first piece of vinyl that was mine, not my brother’s or sister’s, but mine and believe me I played that sucker ’til the grooves wore out!
Over the next 20 years or so I didn’t think about Nelson very much until I’d heard them randomly on the radio and BAM! thanks to YouTube I started listening to everything they’d brought out since After the Rain. Instantly I was hooked and became that little 11 year old all over again! Here were the songs that shaped my childhood as well as new anthems I could enjoy. I so wanted to see them live in concert and every now and then I’d Google to see if they’d tour Oz but that was just a pipe dream. I really missed my chance to see them live….or did I? I mean I’ve travelled to see bands before, why couldn’t I do that now? Cue last years trip to Vegas and meeting my childhood idols! YAAAAAAAAAAAS! Talk about a dream come true! Not only were they amazingly lovely when I shouted them down out the front of our hotel (promise I wasn’t stalking) but they ROCKED the shit out of their gig.
I think the entire After the Rain album is just awesome, every track is a winner and I could share every song with you, especially for the hair fabulousness alone, check it out! This Sunday I wanted to share one of the newer tracks and before going to Vegas I think I played this every day on repeat. Alas, there isn’t an abundance of leather or long hair but I guarantee you’ll get your shoulders into it. Happy Sunday dollface and enjoy….