One Punch Nelson

One Punch Nelson

 Clark, New Jersey, USA
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Searching for the soul of rock as only a band that's been together for 15 years can. One Punch Nelson's emphasis is on clever, thought-provoking lyrics, an intertwined dual-guitar approach, and vocal harmonies.

Biography

In 1992, One Punch Nelson began as a casual introduction during a lazy soiree; an acoustic jam sans percussion. Just a few weeks later, OPN (then known as the Candidates) gave its maiden performance in a Hoboken, NJ bar. It was the first time guitarist Paul had ever met drummer Ken, let alone played with him. It was a short (thankfully) original set filled with miscues, bad monitors, and forgotten chords. But it started something. Something we still can't kill.

As time passed, the original songs were put on the back burner while the band rehearsed hundreds of classic rock cover songs. U-Haul trailers were rented, shows were organized, gear was purchased, and the band hit the road playing venues in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey (and, Vermont once).

In 1996, OPN finally took the time to record a four song original EP at a studio in Long Island, New York. The songs were recorded "live" with minimal lead guitar overdubs. The resulting tape sold well to loyal fans and got the band a shot in the Long Island Music Festival. Making it all the way to the semi-finals of this competition - and just missing the finals (in part because Rob didn’t realize the 20 extra tickets he threw into the fire pit were also the ballots)- encouraged OPN to embark on a full-length effort. In 1998, that project was undertaken at Aria Studios in Hawthorne, New Jersey. With Aria owner Pompeo Messano at the board, OPN eventually mixed and mastered fourteen original songs. The band released the self-titled result on its own label in early 1999.

The "new" millennium has seen the band continue to sport two familiar faces to its audience. OPN can still churn out four hours' worth of good old rock n' roll for cover gigs, and they also showcase its originals in tighter, more serious efforts in NJ and NYC. Since the CD release. the quartet has written and performed many more originals, and look to get back into the studio later this year.

Lyrics

Maleficent

Written By: Lyric: Rob Redding /Music:Tom Walters

Falls from Grace everyday it seems to happen
Sad to see, but not hard to understand
For we haven’t lost our taste for Apple
God it’s easy to be a greedy man

Even the most beautiful sky may be overwhelmed by darkness
And every mean old man was once a cute little child
And the Wicked Queen was once a Princess
What happened along the way that made her so wild?

Oh my Maleficent
What has become of you?
You were so sweet not so long ago
What made you do the things that you do?
Oh my Maleficent
I know it’s hard to be good in a world gone bad
Did you grow tired, or just decide that
You deserve more than you had?

It’s hard to justify the right path when you’re all alone
And everyone else is crammed into the needle’s eye
We shouldn’t be alarmed that so many people fail
But rather be surprised when a good one survives

Oh my Maleficent
What has become of you?
You were so sweet not so long ago
What made you do the things that you do?
Oh my Maleficent
I know it’s hard to be good in a world gone bad
Did you grow tired, or just decide that
You deserve more than you had?

Discography

EP released through Sea Blues Records in 1996
self-titled debut CD released independently in 1999

Set List

As an original band, we have over 20 complete self-penned songs. We typically play one 45 to 60-minute set.

Forever Come and Go
Rayanne
Open Up Your Heart
Middle of the Night
Movin On
Now You're Here
Wake Up
Take Me Back
Love Without You
Five Four
Maleficent
AM/PM
Song About a Dream
Como Se Llama
The Tide
Do Over
Barabas
Angel on My Shoulder
Secret List
Free Drinks
Make Believe

As a cover band, we have dozens of popular tunes under our collective belt. Most fall into the genre of rock, but we've been known to croon a country ditty, a torch song, or a long-forgotten ballad or two. A typical cover song gig for us consists of three 45-minute sets.

Here's a selection:

Ain't Too Proud to Beg
American Girl
Behind Blue Eyes
Best Friend's Girl
Blister in the Sun
Break Down
Brown Eyed Girl
Closer to Free
Comfortably Numb
Dock of the Bay
Glory Days
Great Balls of Fire
Hey Joe
Honky Tonk Blues
I Saw Her Standing There
Is She Really Going Out With Him