On thinking it over, I’m pretty sure it was Matthew.

In one of my many comments on this post I confessed to having spent about five minutes of my life watching the video for Nelson’s “After the Rain.” Five minutes on top of any time I may have spent watching it c. 1990. Five minutes yesterday. The choice of this particular video had less to do with the fact that it is currently pouring in LA and more to do with the fact that I STILL occasionally find myself humming this song. It has been eighteen years. My god.

After watching the video I became incredibly nostalgic and googled my two best friends from fifth grade (which was pre-Nelson BUT one of them remained my BFF for a few years and we watched those videos together) but I didn’t find either of them. Maybe because their names were Sara and Sarah. I even resorted to MySpace but the search function there does not allow you to narrow your search by year of birth. How fucking stupid is that? So anyway, if Sara Atkinson or Sarah Thomas reads this and you went to elementary school with me, I was thinking of you. And I sat through a Nelson video on purpose. As an adult. Don’t you want to get back in touch with me? I am so awesome.

Speaking of that video. Does anyone find it a little hard to swallow that the misunderstood teenage boy has a poster of two hot blondes — male blondes — in his bedroom and his trailer trash father is upset that he doesn’t have a job? Are we supposed to read into it that this is about homophobia, or am I just over-thinking it?

So anyway. If someone could tell me which one had the bangs, I’d be grateful. I can’t bring myself to look it up, as that might lead to watching another video.

8 thoughts on “On thinking it over, I’m pretty sure it was Matthew.

  1. Nina's Will

    January 24, 2008 at 4:46pm

    I wish I could help you on this but I’ve been watching Yes videos all day and I don’t like prog rock.

  2. Laurie Ann

    January 24, 2008 at 5:33pm

    I’m pretty sure it was Matthew too.

    One day my friends, Christine and Robert, and I were driving down Sunset Blvd together. Both friends had long, straight, pale blonde hair, however, Christine had facial piercings and Robert looked like David Lee Roth on a good day.

    A carload of tourists were in the lane next to us and stared at us for six blocks. Robert was getting annoyed and hissed, “What are they staring at?”
    Christine answers back, without taking her eyes off the road for a second, “They probably think were Nelson.”

  3. B

    January 25, 2008 at 5:43am

    I vote Matthew as well. And I have a nephew named Gunnar so that makes me an expert I think.

  4. ZooKeeper

    January 25, 2008 at 7:03am

    I don’t know this one, I was too NKOTB obsessed to notice.

  5. Catherine

    January 25, 2008 at 7:43am

    My high school friend was a seat filler for the Grammys the year Nelson hit it big. During the show she got to sit behind them for a spell. She reached out and petted one Nelson brother’s hair without him knowing it because it looked so pretty. I don’t know if it was Gunnar or Matthew, though.

    True story.

  6. Anne

    January 25, 2008 at 11:01am

    Man, I had forgotten about Nelson! The fact that I love their father better probably shows my age, but even so, I never could tell the twins apart. And just to clarify, I like Ricky Nelson more in his “Garden Party” days then I do in his “Hey, Mary Lou” days.

    *goes to dust off some 45s and hook up the record player*

  7. briana

    January 25, 2008 at 12:39pm

    matthew had the bangs b/c he was my fav of the two, and i thought he looked cuter w/ the bangs than gunnar who just went for the rock star long look.:)

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