The 1990’s have made a major fashion-comeback, and with it, it brings a walk down memory lane. From fashion to major news events, I have rounded up some of my favorite things from what some call, ‘the last great decade’.
What’s not to love about a culture that encourages unwashed hair and plaid pajamas as clothing?
2. The best ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast ever.
Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman (RIP), Mike Myers, Victoria Jackson, Chris Farley (RIP), Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Kevin Nealon, Dennis Miller, Julia Sweeney, Jan Hooks (RIP), Tim Meadows, David Spade, Al Franken, Rob Schneider.
3. 9 0 2 1 0
The most important zip code I ever did see. Enter the era of the Brenda – Dylan saga. (Luke Perry… le sigh.)
And who could ever (or want to) forget, “Donna Martin graduates!!” We should all have the kind of friends who would protest their own graduation in the name of defending our honor, after we got expelled from school for showing up to prom drunk!
4. Doc Martins
As if Doc Martins could ever really go out of style. But still, the 90’s were the era of the combat boot, and nothing said ‘comabt’, (or cool), quite like a pair of lace-up Docs. Bonus points if you owned steel-toes.
5. Kate Moss
I am talking about the Kate Moss before everyone knew she was a coke-head, (or at least before we had proof); the Kate Moss that dated Johnny Depp. I am still bitter that it didn’t work out between them. They would give Brad and Angelina a run for their money, today.
I will say 2 things about Tupac Shakur: 1.) The man was a poet; 2.) I was legitimately sad (might have even shed a tear), when he died. #TheresAHeavenForAG
7. Conan O’Brien
Raise your hand if you watched Conan O’Brien back when his time slot was at like 2am, and he was always on the verge of being cancelled!
Albeit the very end of the 90’s, this whole fiasco still amazes and amuses me. The US government spent $100 billion dollars, people built legitimate bomb shelters and stocked up on water and food, in preparation for the potential apocalyptic, end-of-the-world fiasco that would be Y2K. Then? Nothing happened. No one ever spoke of it again. Does anyone else find this hilarious?
9. The OJ Simpson Car Chase
Let me premise this by saying that the circumstances surrounding this event were tragic and awful. However, I have the most vivid memory of watching this car chase (while I was packing for a soccer tournament), and it was epic. I also learned what a white Ford Bronco looked like.
10. Britney Spears vs. Christina Aguilera
If we knew then what we know now…
11. MTV’s Spring Break
12. Christian Slater
He was my childhood crush and this is my list, so he makes the cut.
This movie is everything. I can probably still recite the entire movie from start to finish. What-ever. (RIP Ty / Brittany Murphy)
14. Bill Mother-effin’ Clinton
Let’s not start a political debate here, but Bill Clinton was THE MAN. He made appearances on MTV (rockin’ that young vote), and he was a PILF–President I’d Like To…
15. The Monica Blew-Clinsky Scandal
While we’re on the topic of Bill Clinton… Sex had never been talked about so freely in the press, until this story broke. We also learned the true meaning of the word ‘friennemy’, (see; Linda Tripp), and that one should always dry clean their clothing, after a night of partying, (see; ‘the original blue dress’).
16. Michael Jordan
I am a Boston fan for life, but Michael Jordan had the whole world thinking, ‘I wanna be like Mike’, in the 90s. The man is a legend.
17. No Doubt
Two words, Tragic Kingdom. ‘Just a Girl’ was every girl’s anthem, and Gwen Stefani is probably still my number one girl-crush.
18. There’s Something About Mary
More like, there’s something about Cameron. Movies had pretty much stopped being funny until this movie came out, reviving the entire Romantic Comedy genre. Who could ever forget that zipper scene? Also, ‘Have you seen my baseball?’
19. Body Suits
FYI, these were not comfortable.
20. The era of The Slacker
Ahhh, the slacker. The perfect boyfriend prototype to piss off ones parents.
If you weren’t one of these hacky-sack kicking, ultimate frisbee playing, pot smoking, skateboarding folk, you certainly knew one if you were around in the 90’s. Entire movies like ‘Reality Bites’, were devoted to this brand of human.
I had a pager for 3 weeks. Nothing is more annoying that having to find change for the pay-phone to call someone back who just paged you: 411 911 420 411111 911111 187
(But only for doodling purposes)
23. Magic Eye Pictures
I have still never been able to find the darn picture.
Aka Chat-rooms (Beep boop bop boop beep boop bop…)
25. ‘The Real World’
The early days of ‘The Real World’, when the characters were actually interesting and it wasn’t all about hooking up with each other and getting DUIs, were actually pretty ground-breaking. We met characters like Eric Nies, Puck and Pedro Zamora.
26. The Simpsons
Remember when Bart Simpson had his own dance, The Bartman? (Yeah, that happened). Remember all of the knock off Simpsons T-shirts? (If it wasn’t signed by Matt Groening, then it wasn’t authentic.) I also remember when wearing said T-shirts could get you sent home from school, especially the ones that said “I’m and underachiever”. Come to think of it, maybe it was Bart Simpson who started the slacker movement.
27. My So-Called Life
Best. Show. Ever. Of course they cancelled it. I love you, Jordan Catalano.
So no one told you it was gonna be this way…
29. Zoot Suit Riot
Swing music and culture made a comeback, and it was pretty great. Did you go swing dancing in the 90’s? (Side note, if you missed the 1996 movie ‘Swingers’, go watch it. Vince Vaughn at his finest).
Even The Gap got on the swing boat.
Did I miss some of your favorites? What totally rocked you in the 90’s?