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This week …………. I love the 1990’s!

Series 1 – 1990’s E8#

Down Memory Lane Series 1 – 19/11/2021 – 8# – I Love the 1990’s
I wasn’t not a fan of the music from the 90’s, l just wasn’t a huge fan.That decade introduced to me a real love – the magical house/jungle/garage/rave/trance/techno scene – anything with a dark or a heavy beat or even better than that just anything with what l considered a great beat! The 90’s wasn’t specifically about one genre, it was about many genres – you could listen and support all sorts of genres if you wished, you didn’t have to specialise. I did, but then – that is what l always did – l had my likes and then l had my passions! For me the 90’s was about working hard and partying harder all night seven days a week!

Why not? In 1991 l was 28 and by 2000 l was 37 , but at that age l was slowing down musically – l no longer partied hard, but l was still working hard and listening even harder! I started the decade as a dancer and ended it as a rocker. For me it was a natural progression, but it irked others in my life … my marriage especially. My now ex wife was neither a dancer or a raver or a rocker … she was more into the pop scene – musically we were like chalk and cheese or barbed wire and lace!

I could appreciate her stuff though, heck l liked a lot of it also , she simply had no tolerance for rave or even heavy metal – it was too raw or loud for her, it had way too much of an edge. But that was the 90’s in a nutshell – anyone could be anyone and listen to anyone too – choices and selection were endless…

The 90’s was made up musically principally of Grunge, Indie, Pop, R&B, Hip-Hop, Rap, Jack Swing, G-Funk, Alt Rock, House, Techno and other variations of electronic music, Country Pop, Reggae and variations again of Punk Rock.

Popular artists, bands and groups were Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Oasis, U2, Alanis Morissette, Nirvana, Green Day, The cranberries, Celine Dion, Ace of Base, Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain, Destiny’s Child, The Verve, Madonna, David Guetta, Basement Jaxx, Deee-Lite, Fatboy Slim, The Chemical Brothers, Britney Spears, LeAnn Rimes, Sheryl Crow, Eminem, Shania Twain and the likes of also Prince, Björk, David Bowie and Mary J. Blige to name but a few – but this small sample were from a wide range of musical styles and genres that made up the 90’s. The range was huge and the listener was spoiled for choice and options too.

The 90’s were unique, sure the same can and could be said for the 80’s all the way back to the 20’s – but the 90’s truly were – they offered more commercial variety to people but more importantly, the 90’s were the start to the end of a millenium. The year 2000 would be a completely fresh start for many in so far as defining history.

This period of time signalled the end of the Cold War – we were no longer over shadowed by the threat of nuclear warfare, we saw the final bricks of the Berlin Wall that had separated East and West Germany being toppled and demolished and with that landmark once again Berlin was united, the first time since 1945! In the 90’s the Internet was born – this was huge in the world of global communications – the ramifications of this birth alone was huge – it meant that people at the start had very little access to computers let alone the Internet and yet by the end of the decade, it was very few that ‘didn’t have access’ to either!

I haven’t done the huge advancements in technology or society justice – but the differences between the 80’s to the 90’s were distinctly profound, so much so, it was like we were on a different planet altogether!

Television programmes brought us some absolute gems from the likes of The X Files, Law & Order, Dawson’s Creek, Twin Peaks, Friends, Beverly Hills, 90210, Home Improvement, Frasier, South Park, 3rd Rock From the Sun, Everybody Loves Raymond, Ally McBeal, Sex and the City, Charmed, The Sopranos, Stargate SG-1, Mr. Bean, ER, Married … With Children, The Simpsons and let’s not forget Saved by the Bell, but of course that’s just a handful of the stuff l used to watch!

There were some fabulous movies from the time also like … Wild at Heart, Seven, Scream [franchaise], Being John Malkovich, Natural Born Killers, Clueless, Wayne’s World, Edward Scissorhands, Schindler’s List, There’s Something About Mary, Titanic, Dumb and Dumber, Trainspotting, Jurassic Park, Starship Troopers … l could never list all the great ones, but there were many!

I read hundreds of books between the years of 1990 – 1999 some of which l list here now and maybe you also read some of them, some of these were classed as defining for the period – Jurassic Park, Trainspotting, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Bridget Jone’s Diary, The Beach, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, About A Boy, The Green Mile, Cold Mountain ………… again there were many others.

Household names of the 90’s were … Pamela Anderson, The Olsen Twins, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Julia Stiles, Tyra Banks, Kenan Thompson , Will Smith, Jennifer Aniston, , Mayim Bialik, Courtney Cox, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Davoid scwimmer, Madonna, Britney Spears, Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Drew Barrymore and on they went …

However, the big question is this … the 90’s – fan or not?
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The most popular music of the 1990’s were Grunge, Indie, Pop, R&B, Hip-Hop, Rap, Jack Swing, G-Funk, Alt Rock, House, Techno and other variations of electronic music, Country Pop, Reggae and variations again of Punk Rock.

Today’s Top Twenty most popular songs from the 1990’s were ….

So folks, there we go, some of the most listened to and popular songs from the 1990’s – hope you enjoyed the line up for this episode of Down Memory Lane – Series 1 – 1990’s E8#

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    1. Well, l am guessing that you’ll probably know more of the listed songs in the 2000= years Sadje. you have said before, you are not a huge fan of older music 🙂

  1. Not my era, or taste, aside from Springsteen. Never saw any of those movies, read only one of the books (Harry Potter). When ‘Titanic” came out my husband and I would tell people “Spoiler alert, the ship sinks” neither my husband not I could ever figure out why anyone would want to see that movie LOL

  2. I don’t remember much about pop music from the 90s, it must be a complete void to me.

    We’d relocated to the sticks from around London at the start of the 90s and spent some time and money doing up our cottage. I don’t think I was buying many new records.

  3. I enjoyed the music of the 90s but not as much as the 60s, 70s and 80s. I feel the appreciation of specific genres and certain decades of music has a lot to do with one’s age and their memories. Excellent lineup, Rory!

    1. Hey Eugenia, and that is the nail completely whacked right! Each decade we hear and listen to conjures up different memories, moments and reflections 🙂

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