Today we said goodbye to one of the Girl Meets World writers. Such a magnificent service! It was wonderful to see so many members of our GMW family. RIP Matthew Nelson’s Twitter handle is @nelsonmc.
Nelson is an American rock band formed by brothers Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, who are also songwriters (twin sons of Ricky Nelson and Kristin Nelson). In the early 1990s, the band found success with their debut album After the Rain, which included the song “(I Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection.”
After the success of their debut album, the band reported facing conflict with record labels, a lack of media support, and a shift towards grunge and alternative rock in music. In 1995, they finally parted ways with Geffen Records. The band continued to independently produce and release albums under their own label, Stone Canyon Records.
In honour of their father, Matthew and Gunnar also performed under the name Ricky Nelson Remembered. In the Guinness Book of World Records, they are listed as the only family to hold the world record for three consecutive generations (starting with grandparents Ozzie and Harriet Nelson).
Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, sons of Ricky and Kristin Nelson, were exposed to music at an early age. Gunnar stated in an interview that he and Matthew have been composing songs together since they were six years old.
Matthew and Gunnar entered the Los Angeles club scene with Strange Agents and the Nelsons in the 1980s. A year after her father died in a plane crash, Lorne Michaels agreed to have the Nelsons as musical guests on Saturday Night Live at the request of her then-manager. They were the show’s first unsigned band to perform. Matthew performs lead vocals and bass in this version of the band, while Gunnar plays drums. Gunnar claimed he had a “revelation” upon his return from the concert and shared it with his brother. He advised him that they should disband the band as it was and share the front together. Gunnar agreed to learn the guitar within a year, which he did.
When the band sought a record deal, they decided to sign with Geffen Records and contacted A&R manager John Kalodner. According to Gunnar, they met with Kalodner “every month of the year,” and Kalodner would sift through the songs they brought him until there were enough for an album. During this time, they also met Marc Tanner, who helped them learn how to write better songs.