#TBT Mixtape: Cold War Kids' Exclusive Playlist

Nate Willett of Cold War Kids
Getty Images

Nate Willett of Cold War Kids.

Listen to the aptly titled "Class of '98 BurnedCd-CaseLogic Mix."

Welcome to #TBT Mixtape, Billboard's new series that showcases artists' very own throwback-themed playlists exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. The curated set features the artists' favorite tracks from their youth and childhood.

This week's spin comes from Cold War Kids. The alt-rockers have had a major 2017 so far -- first with the release of their latest LP LA DIVINE, and then by dropping a follow-up acoustic EP Los Feliz Blvd (Capitol Records), as well as the official video for the album's soulful collaboration with British singer-songwriter Bishop Briggs, "So Tied Up." 

Today, in the midst of a sweeping North American tour alongside Young The Giant and Joywave, frontman Nate Willett is looking back with this week's #TBT Mixtape. The diverse set is taking listeners all the way back to his mid-'90s Anaheim bedroom, where he first developed and honed his musical influences, with little to no regard for what was "cool."

"Looking back I have a love/hate relationship with my early high school taste in music.  It was so pure and yet naive - you don’t really know what cool is yet, you’re just taking it all in," Willett says of the diverse set. "Some of it doesn't always age well."

"This playlist shows the odd smattering of music that was happening in my mid 90’s Anaheim bedroom. This is before discovering all the cool stuff in college, but whatever -- you know about Bowie and Dylan and The Clash. It’s more interesting to go further back and look back at the artists that were the gateway to the bands that influenced Cold War Kids."

Give the aptly titled "Class of '98 BurnedCd-CaseLogic Mix" a spin below, and also check out some intimate throwback snaps of the singer-songwriter during his glory days.



The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard.com/business.

To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.