There’s recently been a study released, based on streaming data from Spotify, that indicates that most people gravitate towards music that was released in their early teens. Females favour music that they first heard at the age of 13, and males music that they heard at 14. If you want, you can read it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/10/opinion/sunday/favorite-songs.html.
I think there’s an obvious caveat; if you’re an active music seeker who’s stumbled across this obscure music blog, you’re probably an exception, someone who’s actively interested in a broad range of music.
But I still wonder if there’s a sub-conscious preference in my brain for the way music sounded when I was an adolescent in the early 1990s. One one hand I’m not particularly enthused the bands that my peers favour, like “The Chilis” and “The Manics”. But on the other, when I write song posts, I often gravitate towards white guitar bands from the early 1990s.
So here’s a song from my 14th year, Jellyfish‘s ‘New Mistake’ from 1993. While San Francisco’s Jellyfish have a tough guitar attack that vaguely fitted into the post Nevermind landscape of 1993, they’re a power pop band with retro influences and long hair. There are clear lines from the brash, harmony laden sound of Queen and the clever pop of XTC on this track, and its parent album Spilt Milk.