The 90’s weren’t a cheerful time for everyone, and the Goth fashion provided those who weren’t buying into mainstream society a way to let people around them know just how disaffected they really were. Born out of the 80’s music movement, Goth style took a huge leap forward in the 1990’s thanks to the efforts of corporations to co-opt the rebellion and make a profit off of black clothes, black lipstick and many shades of eyeliner.
Before diving into all the great happenings of 1992 (links above), let’s take a comic break to enjoy Saturday Night Live’s take on this great year by watching the very funny Andy Samberg as the Out of Breathe Jogger from 1992. The bicycle shorts are a nice touch.
This Halloween, it’s time to lose the zero and get with the hero. Vanilla Ice presented so many amazing fashion atrocities to imitate in his movie and his music videos that it is hard to pick just one to model a costume after.
As with the passage of time, the 1990s saw the lives of many greats come to an end. There were the legends like Greta Garbo, Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, Dr. Seuss, Mickey Mantle, Mother Teresa, Gene Autry, Harry Carrey, Allen Ginsberg, Ginger Rogers, Joe DiMaggio, Stanley Kubrick and DeForest Kelly. And then there were the heartbreaking deaths of Brandon Lee, Diana Spencer, River Phoenix, John Candy, Kurt Cobain, JonBenet Ramsey, Phil Hartman and JFK Jr. who passed away before their time.
While kids born in the 1990s are still coming into their own, there are several who have already found breakout success in the entertainment industry. Case in point, Miley Cyrus, daughter of Country’s "Achy Breaky Heart" crooner Billy Ray Cyrus. She found stardom as Disney Channel darling Hannah Montanna. Then there’s also pop and R&B phenom Justin Bieber, who became the first artist to have seven songs from a debut album chart on Billboard’s Hot 100. Oh yeah, and scores of Bieberettes (teen and preteen girls) will scream their heads off at the mere mention of his name or quick view of his famous hair.
The big headlines for 1998 were all about the Clinton sex scandal and the President’s relationship with then intern, Monica Lewinsky. It had the country in an uproar was asking: What is that stain on the blue dress and how did it get there? What’s the significance of the cigar? And probably the most crucial question of all, what the heck is up with that beret?
As the decade that was the 90s drew to a close, a theme of death and foreboding surfaced. Dr. Jack Kevorkian (aka Dr. Death) brought the taboo topic of assisted suicide into the unwelcome light. Two students went postal on their fellow classmates in what came to be known as the Columbine Massacre. Television saw the start of the gangster drama The Sopranos (which had us discussing who will get whacked next) and the Law & Order spinoff, Special Victims Unit, which dealt with heinous sex crimes. The Blair Witch Project made us wonder what exactly is happing in those woods while The Sixth Sense had us seeing dead people. And to top it all off, everyone was in a panic over the Y2K Bug. Were there going to be computer glitches when the calendar rolled around to January 1, 2000? And would these malfunctions be severe enough to cause the end of civilization as we know it? Better stock your basement with beer, Slim Jims, Doritos and toilet paper just in case. Hey, you can never be too cautious.
With the decade half over, 1995 did not leave us "High and Dry." It came to bat and has us all Waiting to Exhale.
1996 was filled with "Virtual Insanity." We pitted man against machine as Gary Kasparov played chess with IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer. We became engrossed with the trial of Erik and Lyle Menendez who were ultimately convicted of murdering their parents. And, we solved the 20 year mystery of the Unabomber with arrest of Theodore Kaczynski.
As Blur would say, "Woohoo!" It’s 1997.