Good times with Michael Biehn

The nostalgic value of music

Visiting is like combing through a crowded chest of drawers – full of old stuff that may have gotten a bit dusty but nevertheless retains sentimental value.  The only difference being that the contents of, for example, your great uncle Alfred’s “treasure box” may be a bit iffy in terms of their cool quotient, whereas it’s a safer bet Murfie’s storage vault contains good stuff (if you don’t like music, that’s a bit weird).

Everyone has that song, or those songs, that evoke wistful affection.  For me, a Spacehog track (“Carry On,” anyone?) reveals my treacly heart for the alt/glam rock of the mid to late 90s.  I also get a personal kick out of Elvis music (“Burning Love“) and movies (“C’mon Everybody” from Viva Las Vegas).  My nostalgia for Elvis-era stuff is completely arbitrary (not to brag, but I lack personal associations to the 50s and 60s…because I wasn’t born yet), but the cool thing about music is that one’s source of affection doesn’t really matter.

I’m not kidding, though – most of my nostalgic predilections are random.  I am a sucker for 80’s pop culture, especially the decade’s sci-fi action film genre.  Basically anything with 80’s action film phenom Michael Biehn is good in my book.  Who doesn’t want to relive the days of “Come with me if you want to live” Kyle Reese (The Terminator); “I like to keep this handy…for close encounters” Cpl. Dwayne Hicks (Aliens); and “It went straight for the warhead, and they think it’s cute” Lt. Hiram Coffey (The Abyss)?  I do.

So now that I’ve shared some of my random (hip? probably lame?) sentimental attachments, tell me, Murfie readers – what past pop culture icons or trends make you entertain feelings of sentimental longing?  Does a certain band or song bring about wistful affection, however random or uncool?  What about a movie?  Fashion trend?  Food?

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