February Flashback playlist cover artThe last day of February has arrived, and it’s time for this month’s playlist! Nostalgia has always been one of my obsessions. Even when I was but a wee child I seemed to hold an affinity to previous decades, regardless of whether I was alive during them. Technically, I have spanned four decades now, but I’ve always considered myself a child of the 80s and/or 90s.

This month I want to give you a playlist that will take you back to circa 1991, just before Nirvana led the charge that brought Alternative music and Seattle Grunge to the forefront of the music world. So lately I’ve been listening to a lot of this music, albums from the Pixies, Jane’s Addiction, The Cure, and more, and I’m sharing it with you! Listen in, and hear some sounds you may have forgotten, or perhaps never heard before.

There is a song from Nevermind, which is a sort of tribute to their landmark album. Though they were not as widely successful as the Beatles, I truly believe Cobain and Nirvana have been just as influential on pop music. The last song is a “bonus,” just for you. Another song from a band with post-1991 success is “I Am One” by The Smashing Pumpkins. Their debut album Gish, which I consider a landmark album in Alternative Rock. One more note is on Tripping Daisy’s “I Got a Girl,” which was produced in 1995. It just fits.

February Flashback

In the spirit of retro, a few weeks ago I watched, War Games, that great life-changing movie from 1983, when it came on TV and I relived my childhood yet again. Great movie. In fact, it would go well with this playlist provided you wait 7 or 8 years to listen to it after watching the movie. And by then I will be bringing you playlists of those awful post-grunge days of the early 2000s. I’m shuddering already.

On a positive note, I’ve noticed in the last several years in alternative music, there is a rebirth of new wave and other sounds we associate with the 1980s. This excites my nostalgic bones. Neon Trees and the All-American Rejects are grabbing on to this quite nicely, I think. Muse also loves to dabble in some of these styles themselves, reminding me of Blondie and Depeche Mode at times. Looks like I’m not the only one with nostalgic tendencies.