There is something we all have to come clean about and admit: That 1995 was 20 years ago making the 90s the new 80s. People born in 1994 can legally purchase alcohol. That’s when Lion King and Pulp Fiction were released. I remember seeing Lion King in the theater clear as day. I was also about 7 years old.
Now that that bombshell has hit home, let’s talk about that influential decade. There we tons of music genres getting redefined and taking off. Rap and hip-hop took huge strides during the 90s and were led by artists like 2Pac, Biggie, and Nas. Alternative made more of a splash as well with bands like Green Day. Alternative and punk are two genres that overlap in my mind. Blink 182 came onto the scene in the mid-90s with a more pop-y take on punk rock. Rock itself also took the backseat so pop could slide into the driver’s side. Boy bands were everywhere. And I mean everywhere.
Everywhere. Most with 5 members- 4 being relatively cute and 1 seeming like he could be the others’ dad. All singing about how much they love you and 12 year old girls eating it up. I’ll admit it, I was one of those girls. No shame. The 90s really remind me most of my bedroom wall at my folk’s house. It was plastered with Tiger Beat and Bop posters of 90s hunks. Or whom I deemed as hunks anyhow. Which reminds me- why do boy bands get back together 20 years later and make a new album? I understand they probably need the cash, but I really do not want to see a 45 year old man singing about how he’ll be this 18 year old girl’s boyfriend at da club. Insert eye roll here. I can already hear the bouncer, “Sir, sir. You’re bothering the lady. You probably ought to head home and change your baby’s diaper and take your 14 year old to soccer practice.”
TV was on point back then as well (I think kids say “on fleek” now). You had Power Rangers, Married with Children, The Simpsons, In Living Color, Boy Meets World, Roseanne, Fresh Prince, Seinfeld, Friends, and really just about a million more. Wait, I have to mention the X-Files and Batman: The Animated Series. Please and thank you. After school was the best time to catch all of your favorite shows before dinner. Do you guys remember Saturday morning cartoons? I sure do.
This is all going somewhere, I promise. Kids of the 90s, like myself, are all grown up now. We have families, real jobs, maybe some children, mortgage, car, bills, health insurance, and perhaps even some left over loans from college. The previous 4 paragraphs were hopefully a pleasant trip down memory lane. As I said in the beginning, the 90s are the new 80s which means there is a new party theme in town. People will begin requesting more 90s songs from DJs, want to sing them at karaoke, and host parties where everyone wears windbreakers and overalls.
We even have a 90s themed DJ show as well where we mix music videos and music into a fun, nostalgia driven dance party. DJ Mighty Fly is our resident ‘90s DJ. He puts on a great show and even mixes music videos so all the ladies can fawn over Mark Wahlberg and his good vibrations (I know I do). I think it would be very interesting to seem him at a wedding and I know there is a bride out there considering a ‘90s theme for her big day. It would be a ton of fun, unique, and something your guests will be talking about for a long time. He has a Thursday night residency right now at the Lucky Lounge if anyone wants to check him out.
As Journey moves to the bench to make way for the Foo Fighters, it’s interesting to see the shift in music the decade brought us. Thanks for reading and I’m off to watch Saved by the Bell now.