A Taste of Nostalgia: Ode to Throwbacks
Words by Jade Jost
Edited by Victoria Lo
“I was born with the wrong sign in the wrong house with the wrong ascendancy. I took the wrong road that led to the wrong tendencies. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time”
hese lyrics by Depeche Mode in their song Wrong are not only relatable to throwback lovers, but also totally relevant for SF State’s upcoming fashion show theme: Nostalgia. We all feel nostalgic over past times whether it’s shows, clothing, or even food, but the one thing that sparks these remembrances the most is music.
Artists like Depeche Mode, Madonna, Biggie, Blink 182, and Usher (just to name a few) have sparked nostalgia in numerous ways. Not only do people long for their music when they think of these throwback artists, but it makes them recall memories from that time frame and how the culture was like back then. Going through time frames of music, each decade brought a new style. The seventies artists included The Doors and Jimi Hendrix. What vibes does this music bring? Illusions to psychedelic drugs, peace symbols, outdoor music festivals, fringe clothing, retro glasses, and long uncut hippie hair. The music itself, with experimental riffs and trippy sounding voices brings one back to that time frame, wanting to be in that marijuana-masked Woodstock crowd, vibing with everyone around them.
Eighties music was of the most revolutionary by far for a plethora of music. Run DMC’s hits makes one reflect on the baggy pants, windbreakers, and gold chains. Madonna’s 80s style always arises in people’s’ heads once Like a Virgin starts playing. Who could forget the long beaded necklaces, finger gloves, and one dangling earring? Going towards boy bands, Depeche Mode’s catchy tunes makes one allude to the leather jackets, slicked hair, and dark sunglasses.
No one can deny the satisfying feeling oldies give us especially from the 90s era. Rappers like Biggie and 2Pac put fans in a good mood to hear real rap. What their music brings with them is the history from that time period. The real social justice issues that brought Words of Wisdom to the woke listeners.
Throwback in terms of more relevance to today’s generation is that of the early 2000s. Since our generation actually grew up in this time, it’s real life experiences that we can touch on as opposed to just knowing about what was happening during that time. Alternative rock like Blink 182 and Avril Levine brings fans back to the checkerboard wrist sweatband and velcro-wallet-with-a-chain phase. Hearing Usher’s Burn makes listeners allude to the music video of him dancing in front of rows of palm trees on fire.
The happiness that arises from listening to throwbacks is one of their own. One thing that I’ve noticed about throwbacks is that that’s the one kind of music that truly brings people together. Nostalgia sparks the irresistible feeling which the beat to an old song can fulfill.
“What more could I say? I wouldn’t be here today if the old school didn’t pave the way” -Grand Puba in Old School by 2Pac
TWO DAYS IN COUNTING:
Fall Fashion Show-Nostalgia coming this December 4th @ SFSU Cesar Chavez-Jack Adams Hall from 6pm to 9pm.
Save the date!
Tickets sold at the door-
With SFSU Student ID: $5
General Admission: $10