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What Songs Bring You Back?

Earlier today on ‘Retro Lunch’ I heard, “1979” by Smashing Pumpkins as I was driving into work. That’s one of those songs that brings me back to what I was doing and where I was. It was big in the mid to late spring in 1996. The weather was getting warm and we were all cruising around the loop in downtown Bangor. At the time I was working weekend radio and doing overnights at a convenience store so the song with the just video has meaning.

Other songs I associate with Bangor, “Let Her Cry” by Hootie & The Blowfish. That song was peaking right as I was moving away from my hometown. It wasn’t so much the story in the song; it was the mood of it. “Can’t Stop Loving You” by Van Halen, Los Del Rio’s “Macarena” and “Runaway” by Real McCoy, those songs also bring me back to my time in the 04401.

Many songs from summer of 1998 through the early months of 1999 mean a lot to me as well. That’s the time frame Lynn and I started going out. The two songs from Edwin McCain “I Could Not Ask For More” and “I’ll Be” for sure mean a whole bunch.

A few songs that take me back to “coming of age” in high school, anything from Def Leppard’s ‘Hysteria’, “How Can I Fall” by Breathe, “Never Tear Us Apart” by INXS, “Groovy Kind of Love” from Phil Collins, Milli Vanilli’s “Blame it on the Rain” and “I Will Remember You” by Skid Row. Basically any rock ballad released between 1987 and 1990.

Memories of childhood are wrapped up in what my babysitters were into, like Styx, Journey, The Police, Van Halen from their self titled album and ‘Women and Children First’. Mom listened to Bob Dylan, Neil Young and assorted late 60s folk.

If you like the modern oldies, tune to Retro Lunch right here on 92 Moose Mon-Fri, noon to 1 pm. Also, check out ‘Retro Pop Reunion Sundays at 8 am as well.

How about you, what song or songs make sink, cry or smile about a memory?

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