Most of the things I listened to then are all part of the nostalgic pie that has made up that part of my life. I still really like to listen to the music of that time of life, but it is little more than sound fodder to make me think back to those long forgotten days of jumping railroad tracks and buying food with the change people dropped in my backseat! Most of it, at least.
There was one band/musician that I feel I have never lost touch with over these years and that is Ben folds (and the Ben Folds Five.) I'll be cliche, his music was honest. Sometimes it was zany and he told stories that were meaningful in some way. He is a philosopher and an excellent musician and lyricist. Every album he has put out over the last 20 years has had meaningful songs on it.
I talk about the man, but the band (the Ben folds Five) is also important. They have not put an album out in 12 years but the albums they have put out are amazing. The Harmonies and instrumentation is the perfect mesh that you don't hear that often. Each part makes a whole.
Many of the songs from these albums make up the soundtrack to my formative years. Even the B Sides. Lots of them can take me to a certain point in my life that was very impotant, weather that is driving down the road of just listening in my room. Very important!
this is kind of old news now but the Ben Folds Five are putting a new album together and I am certain it will be fantastic. They are allowing the album to be funded online. I recommend checking out what they are putting together HERE. In the mean time check out some of Ben Folds and the Ben Folds Five stuff from the past!