We Just Love the ‘90s


So, we’ve covered all the things we love in the ‘60s, ‘70s, the ‘80s, and now we’re onto the ‘90s.

 

Oh, the nineties. What a sweet, sweet childhood that was. Remember the ginormous mobile phones? Alcopops? Kickers shoes? Tamagotchis? Not to mention Walkmans, Blur, Oasis, Byker Grove... the list goes on.

 

Once you’ve read this list of precious memories, if you aren’t craving to go back in time to the ‘90s, all the bizarre knick-knacks and food, then there’s something seriously wrong.

 

Bacardi Breezer

 

 

Those of us who were teens or 20-somethings in the ‘90s will be able to reminisce about the phenomenon that was [drum roll] the alcopop. Seriously. What could beat a garishly-coloured, lavishly-flavoured beverage than the Bacardi Breezer? Available in a slew of flavours such as orange, raspberry and lime, cranberry, pomegranate and even ruby grapefruit, Bacardi were onto an absolute winner.

 

Smirnoff Ice

 

 

Smirnoff Ice taken by Luis Sánchez on April 29, 2013

 

Smirnoff Ice was the big shot of the alcopo sector, one of the few flavoured beverages to survive the alcopop craze and stumble into the next century. Hooray! Alcopops like Smirnoff helped get those parties started in style. After all, beer tasted bad, whisky was too expensive, but a six-pack of Smirnoff? That was what got the party going along with the sound of Hit Me Baby One More Time, Song 2 or Wonderwall playing in the background.

 

 

Big Mobile Phones

 

 

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If you were a ‘90s kid, then you most likely owned a Nokia – maybe it was the 6110, the 5110, the 8810 – or something of the like – you know, the big brick-like phones that ran out of battery after days of use, not hours? Plus, the brick phones didn’t bend like the iPhone 6’s do nowadays and, last but not least, they came with Snake which you probably played for hours and had a high score in the thousand mark.

 

 

Pingu

 

Any ‘90s kiddo will remember this awesome cartoon. It was fun to watch, had the most ridiculously catchy theme tune and we continued to tune in, even though we couldn’t understand what this cute little penguin and his family were saying. Ever wondered why Pingu never spoke? Could it be the fact it was a co-production between Britain and Switzerland?

 

 

Blur and Oasis

 

 

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Oasis

 

 

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The typical ‘90s kid didn’t particularly care about politics; neither did they care an awful lot about the battle between Labour and the Conservatives for the approaching general election in 1997. What they did care about, though, was another war: the popular music war between Blur and Oasis for the No. 1 slot in 1995. That was as political as it got. Blur, for the yuppie, slick art-student southerners. Oasis for the rough ‘n’ rugged, lager-drinking rockers of the North. To this day, people are still picking their sides.

 

 

Friends

 

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Ross and Rachel. Chandler and Monica. Joey and Phoebe. Friends was a one of those feel-good programs, one that’d always make us smile as we watched the six chums ride through the problems, perils, fun and fantasies of life. Although we did always wonder, though, how these people always managed to shotgun the orange couch in Central Perk?!

 

 

*N’Sync

 

 

I Drive Myself Crazy, This I Promise You, Bye Bye Bye... What was your fave song? Remember JT’s crunchy bleached curls? Who knew mousse could be so versatile. School girls everywhere went bonkers for these boys. Where would we be without JC hitting that note in Bye Bye Bye?

 

 

Backstreet Boys

 

 

The 90s was a tad boyband mad, and all over the world school girls were choosing topledge their allegiance to one boy band, and one alone: *NSync or Backstreet Boys. This decision was even more serious than choosing your G.C.S.E. options or which school you went to and it was always one or the other, you couldn’t have both. As for Nick’s platinum bowl cut, wasn’t that the coolest thing ever back then? We just loved Nick in I Want It That Way...

 

 

Cassette Tapes

 

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Hark back to the days when you listened to the radio all day long just to record your fave song of all time... on a tape. Do you remember how much of a nightmare it used to be when the insides came out? You spent about 20 minutes reeling the tape back in manually.

 

 

Aquila  (1997–1998)

 

Two pals discover the skeleton of a Roman Centurion next to a gigantic red thing, which turns out to be a prehistoric spaceship. So off they go on loads of adventures. Craig Vye, who starred as Geoff, went on to play Ethan Scott in Hollyoaks. He’s 31 now.

 

 

Walkmans

 

 

Sony Walkman, taken by Mike Licht on October 25, 2010

 

You just weren’t cool until you owned an original walkman. Yes, seriously. Most models came with the most uncomfortable headphones in the whole world, whose head shape actually fitted them?!

 

 

Byker Grove (1989–2006)

 

Geordie youth club drama Byker Grove was one of the best kids’ TV shows of the '90s, starring a little Ant and Dec. And didn’t it have the best theme tune ever?

 

 

Dial Up Internet

 

 

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Remember the pain of the dial-up internet? Remember the way it used to cut out whenever the home phone was picked up? Remember the awful, awful sound? Here’s a little reminder...

 

 

Christina Aguilera

 

 

Rewind time to the '90s pop world, and we get the platinum blonde crooner, a.k.a. Christina Aguilera, who was a great source of style inspiration (er, back then). Her ‘90s trendsetting is a frequenter of our nostalgic daydreams – low-rise trousers coupled with a half-cropped, half-not top. And don’t you remember merrily singing the uber-evocative lyrics (unknowingly) to Genie in a Bottle in the back of the car? Erm, yes.

 

 

Britney Spears

 

 

Britney Spears taken by AlexKormisPS (ALM) on March 22, 2014

Another blonde crooner, and hailed as the ‘90s pop princess, Britney Spears was a pop star who shaped our culture. When she wasn’t clad in her belly-bearing, tied-off shirt schoolgirl gear, she was skipping around in a saucy-looking jumpsuit. Here she is singing (You Drive Me) Crazy...

The School Boy / School Girl Look...

... even if you weren’t in school. Cheers, Britney. She must confess... it's been 16 years since Ms Spears released Baby One More Time, her biggest hit ever...

 

 

Children’s Ward (1989–2000)

 

Like Casualty, but set in a kids’ ward. Why was it brilliant? Because, while it was aimed at children, it was never condescending, tackling various hard-hitting issues.

 

 

Rugrats

 

Rugrats, uploaded by Oscar Villa on March 18, 2009

The award for the best ’90s Nickelodeon cartoon around would have to go to Rugrats. Didn’t you just love the theme tune?! We wonder what they look like/ are all doing now... Is Chucky secretly Ed Sheeran?

 

 

Bodger and Badger

 

 

Mashed potatoes taken by Andrew Malone on November 27, 2008

Who didn’t adore this show? It was hysterical. We only ate (and occasionally threw) mashed potato at dinner times because Badger did – this program was the reason we didn’t turn our noses up at it.

 

 

The Lion King

 

 

Best kids’ movie of the ’90s goes to The Lion King. We never were able to come to terms with the horrific loss!

 

 

Snap Clips

 

 

Snap clips. We loved to snap them on the ends of our fingers and pretend we had massive false nails. It was just so much fun. Accessories these days are so boring.

 

 

Cadbury Chomp Bar

 

Chomp Bar Taken by Bodo on March 4, 2014

 

Us ‘90s kids could pick up one of these toffee-covered treats for 10p. 10p!

 

 

Leonardo DiCaprio

 

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And king of the ’90s heartthrobs goes to.... the one and only, Leonardo DiCaprio.

 

 

Kickers

 

 

Kickers taken by srgpicker on February 19, 2008

 

Because you just weren’t cool unless you teamed your school uniform with these hefty monstrosities. What were we thinking?

 

 

KitKat Senses

 

 

Kit Kat Senses Taken by Bodo on July 4, 2011

 

It was all about praline in the ‘90s and this bar was the bee’s knees. This Kinder Bueno-esque bar was lighter, with a wafer base and velvety hazelnut praline bobble on each piece. Oh Cheryl Cole, you might be an X-Factor judge and pop queen now, but we still haven’t forgotten your Girls Aloud days - and, in particular, the ad for these oh-so-delicious Kit Kat Senses bars. Here it is, for old time’s sake...

 

 

Live and Kicking (1993-2001)

 

Every Saturday morning was amazing purely because of this program, and we vowed to watch it every weekend. Live and Kicking kicked off with the dream team of Andi Peters, Emma Forbes and John Barrowman, while the show hit its ratings pinnacle when Zoe Ball and Jamie Theakston took over. Sage and Onion, Electric Circus, Mr Blobby, Run The Risk… Live And Kicking just rocked, right?

 

 

Home Alone

 

 

Home Alone by s_herman taken on November 28, 2007

No real-life fantasy can even begin to compare to the brilliance of parent-free burglar-thwarting awesomeness that is Home Alone. Home Alone is the '90s Christmas classic in which eight-year-old Kevin McAllister is accidentally left behind after his family takes off to Paris for Christmas. Only one more month until we can watch it again!

 

 

Tamagotchis

 

 

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Many moons ago, eight-year-olds didn’t have mobiles, nor did they have tablets (and yes, they still managed to survive this strange time). What they did have was a much more basic piece of kit – that of their tamagotchis. These virtual pets were basically small plastic toys on keyrings with a screen displaying basic graphics.  First launched in 1996 in Japan, players would see their virtual pet hatch onscreen, and then would have to take care of it by remembering to press buttons at regular intervals to care for it in various ways. Most annoying thing? If you forgot to take them to school, they had normally died by the time you got home. Damn.

 

 

Rice Krispies Treats Cereal

 

 

Rice Krispies Treats Ceral taken by Mike Mozart on March 12, 2014

 

Didn’t you just adore this sticky hybrid dessert-breakfast food, usually eaten while watching an episode of Funnybones or Pingu? Ahhhh, it’s like the last 20 years never happened! Right?

 

 

Funnybones

 

In a dark, dark town there was a dark, dark street, and in the dark, dark street there was a dark, dark house, and in the dark, dark house there were some dark, dark stairs, and down the dark, dark stairs there was a dark, dark cellar, and in the dark, dark cellar... three skeletons lived!

 

 

Bomber Jackets

 

 

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Who didn’t have one? You totally weren’t cool if you didn’t. But you were the coolest if you had one with an orange lining... The brilliant thing about this? They’re now back in fashion.

 

 

Brum

 

 

Brum taken by Eliot Brown on August 17, 2014

We believed – whilst watching this – that our parents’ car came to life when no one was looking. Why oh why don’t cars look like Brum?

 

 

The Queen’s Nose

 

How useful would this be if it was real in adult life? This TV program made us actually believe that if we rubbed a 50 pence piece, our wish of getting a Sega Megadrive, Nintendo or big Nokia mobile phone for Christmas would come true. The adaptation of Dick King-Smith’s novel starred Victoria Chalet who played Harmony Parker, a girl with a magic coin which granted wishes when she rubbed the Queen’s nose. Of course, we knew it wasn’t for real, but we just had to examine all the 50p coins, you know, just in case. And wasn’t Uncle Ginger just the best guy ever?! Are you pining for your childhood yet?

 

 

Cargo Pants

 

 

Cargo Pants taken by Maegan Tintari on August 20, 2010

 

Introduced by girl band All Saints, the late ‘90s era was all about khaki crop vests teamed up with baggy cargo pants. Oh, yes.