I kind of went back and forth on this one, since I wasn't totally sure if it was old enough to be considered "retro" or not. Then I realized that this is my blog and I make the rules, so it fits.
I first heard the Indigo Girls in my seminary days. I was in a friend's room and she was playing their cassette. (I guess maybe this is retro. Or else I'm old.) She kept talking and talking about how their music had "so many spiritual messages" in it.
Then she stopped, leaned forward, and half-whispered:
"And I think they're lesbians."
At that point in my life, lesbian folk-singers was subversive enough for me to be interested. I became a huge fan. Keith and I saw them on one of their first tours through Louisville and every time they came back to town for years and years. I found the old ticket stubs in a box in the shed the other day.
For a long time, I used to make mixes on tape and CD of songs with different personal themes for me. I always had at least one called "Power" that I would play when life felt particularly out of control or I was feeling helpless and small.
A good 75% of that mix was Indigo Girls songs.