Most everyone has that one album (or maybe, these days, that one song) that was the soundtrack to their youth — the music that you played over and over again that can still bring you back to those carefree, awkward, torturous yet blissful times. For playwright Todd Almond, it was Matthew Sweet‘s Girlfriend in 1991, which became the basis of his book of the same name. Featuring the music of Sweet as played by an on-stage band including members of the East Bay’s Sistas in the Pit, the musical now playing at Berkeley Rep follows the story of two boys as they fumble through their feelings for one another, one awkward drive-in movie at a time. Like adolescence itself, Girlfriend is painful, romantic, and hysterically funny — and whether Girlfriend was the soundtrack to your youth doesn’t matter (who knows, it could be become the soundtrack to your middle-age). (Read a full review of this play in next week’s Express.)
Personally, I wasn’t hip to Girlfriend back then. (I was listening to Soundgarden‘s Badmotorfinger, among others.) So … what was the soundtrack to your youth? And be honest!
Todd Almond’s 1991 obsession:
Kathleen’s 1991 obsession: