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By Frank E. Lee

1997 made its Flashback debut this week and despite being a slice of relatively recent history, it sounded fresh and nostalgic at the same time. Put 19 years on a backward bottle of Barolo or Bordeaux and it’s ready to pour. Music has a different reaction to age and there is the added human element of perception that impacts the way it churns through our mind as well.

We had solid contributions from Mary Dixon on the news of the year, Lin Brehmer with a deadly list of popular but terrible tunes and the Regular Guy on the year’s best films. I had a wonderful time with the presentation filling in for Wendy Rice, but no one does it better than the mistress of the backward glance. Here is the playlist:

“Staring At the Sun” by U2
“Push” by Matchbox 20
“Landslide” (live) by Fleetwood Mac
“Bitter Sweet Symphony” by the Verve
“Baby Blue” by Aimee Mann
“Song 2” by Blur
“Jack Ass Ginger” (live) by Poi Dog Pondering
“Blue on Black” by Kenny Wayne Shepherd
“Summertime” by the Sundays
“World Turning” by Leo Kottke
“Faded” by Ben Harper
“Monkey Wrench” by Foo Fighters
“Telephone Road” by Steve Earle
“The World Tonight” by Paul McCartney
“Shame On You” by the Indigo Girls
“The Freshmen” by the Verve Pipe
“Sunny Came Home” by Shawn Colvin
“Jack-Ass” by Beck
“Anybody Seen My Baby” by the Rolling Stones
“Heroes” (live) by David Bowie
“Karma Police” by Radiohead
“Flagpole Sitta” by Harvey Danger
“Do You Think About Me” by Waco Brothers
“Building a Mystery” by Sarah McLachlan
“Elegantly Wasted” by INXS
“16 Days” by Whiskeytown
“A Change” by Sheryl Crow
“People Get Ready” by Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
“6 Underground” by Sneaker Pimps
“Early to Bed” by Morphine
“She Cries Your Name” by Beth Orton
“Good Riddance” by Green Day
“Sex and Candy” by Marcy Playground
“Aunt Avis” by Widespread Panic
“Please Don’t Tell Her” by Big Head Todd and the Monsters
“The Thrill is Gone” by B.B. King and Tracy Chapman
“Blueboy” by John Fogerty
“Listen” by Collective Soul
“Christmastime” by Smashing Pumpkins

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