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Nostalgic for the '80's
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A discussion on another post earlier today made me think about why we haven't seen much '90's nostalgia in this current decade. It seems that nostalgic for specific eras goes in 20-year intervals. I.e., in the '80's we were seeing a lot of nostalgia for the '60's; in the '90's we saw a lot of '70's nostalgia; and, of course, in the 200X's we saw a lot of '80's nostalgia. However, in this current decade, the '90's are barely mentioned.

I guess a lot of this has to do with the fact that, unlike the '80's, there weren't a lot of easily identifiable fashion trends in the '90's (other than grunge, which I'm not counting - since that was almost "anti" fashion). So, you can't really point to the '90's as necessarily "trend setting".

However, though I'm "Nostalgic for the '80's", I do have fond memories of the '90's as well:

1) The growing popularity/accessibility of the "World Wide Web" for the general public. I remember how I first "discovered" the Internet. A friend told me about it in late Summer/Fall 1995, and she actually helped me navigate through it early on. Since I was in college at the time - I had a free account (due to being a student) and enjoyed getting on there & looking things up. There was a computer lab on campus that was open 24 hours, and it was nice to go on there and see all of the monitors with Internet availability. It was brand new @ the time, and seemed almost like sci-fi. I also remember getting my first home Internet account in 1998, and how slow dial-up was at the time.

Of course, we take extremely high-speed Internet for granted today - but it had to start somewhere.

2) A huge leap in home video technology were DVD's. The first DVD's & players were made available in the U.S. in 1997 (1996 in Japan). Of course, these first disks were typically crappy - many were VHS rips and/or they had a non-anamorphic picture. But, they were typically better than VHS tapes, and as we got into the 200X's the technology/availability/prices improved.

3) Music. Yes, I am a '90's music fan & really enjoy most of the music from that decade. Though I've never been a big "grunge" fan, there were a lot of other great bands that were around during this time - including: "The Smashing Pumpkins"; "Hole"; "Everclear"; "Stone Temple Pilots"; and "Cracker", among others

4) TV shows: Big fan of "The X-files", which ran from 1993-2002. I find it one of the best TV series out there, and in many cases it transcends the sci-fi/horror genre.

Also a huge fan of "Homicide: Life on the Street" (1993-1999; 2000 TV movie) which I actually didn't see until the 200X's. That's definitely one of the best crime dramas out there.

And, we can't forget the superb "Midnight Caller" - the final season ran entirely in the '90's (1990-'91).

5) Movies: To me, the '90's was revolutionary re: movies because it was pretty much the first time we saw films with quick editing cuts & incredible special effects. Also, some '90's films had non-linear storytelling - which hadn't been as popular in films from previous decades. The '90's also saw the growing popularity of the independent film movement.

Some of my favorite '90's films include: Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction"; "The Usual Suspects"; Martin Scorsese's masterpieces "Goodfellas" and "Casino"; "The Professional"; the first "Jurassic Park"; "Trainspotting" (still the best movie soundtrack ever); "Go"; and, one of my all-time favorite films, the sci-fi masterpiece "The Matrix" (1999) - among others.

On a personal level, the '90's may even be my favorite decade. I graduated college in the mid-'90's, and moved across the country for a great job. It was definitely a transformative decade for me.

[ 22. March 2017, 09:51: Message edited by: Nostalgic for the '80's ]

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I am not necessarily nostalgic for the 90's just yet. It wasn't an extremely bright decade for me, during the first half of it anyway. I was broke, no money, working two crappy jobs, and the men I dated were jerks. I then met my husband, and that was one true bright spot. I remember we got our first new PC for our home in October 1997. I was fascinated with just being able to get emails! And surfing the Web of course. I don't remember how I found this site. Possibly searching for an 80's movie. I do enjoy some of the movies and music you mentioned above, Nostalgic. It just doesn't make me feel thrilled when the 90's are mentioned though.
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It's funny, PGHGirl. A work friend of mine recommended this site to me way back in 2008, and I joined. Like the rest of us diehard rewinders, I suffered through the spam wars when the site was effectively down for--what was it?--a year and a half. Then I just so happened to check, and it was back up. But the friend who recommended the rewind to me said that it didn't feel the same, and she was tired of it. And even though she was on here years before me, I will pass her this year in number of messages if she doesn't start posting again. It's a weird world we live in sometimes.
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I think the early 90s movie wise was none too bad but i certainly felt that things tailed off badly towards the later half of the decade!

http://www.imdb.com/year/1990/ can remember 1990 especially well what with Scorsese's classic Goodfellas and also what felt like a never-ending release of sequels such as - Young Guns 2,Predator 2,Die Hard 2,The Godfather 3,Rocky 5,Gremlins 2,Back To The Future 3,Another 48 Hrs the list goes on and on.

In general though i don't feel nowhere near as passionate about the 90s as i do the 80s but it wasn't a complete washout and there were many positives for one i met my wife (1992) and had two of my three children (94) and (96). - By the way that was the years they were born and is not there ages [Big Grin]

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The 90's had it's share of memorable stuff. It just seems to me 80's had a hell of a lot more as far as movies, toys, music, TV shows...etc. And that is maybe a bit strange considering my age I think I should be more nostalgic for the 90s. But yeah, like Pittsburghgirl, not too many great things happened to me in those times that I can look back fondly on.

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Hated the 90's then, hate it now. Some good films, some good indie comic books, the internet, computer games got a little better, but really nothing much to write home about. It was a particularly joyless and self-satisfied era. I knew even at the time that I would never want to revisit it.

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But the friend who recommended the rewind to me said that it didn't feel the same, and she was tired of it.
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I was wondering the same thing Logan. There are so many people who have left the Rewind or maybe don't know it is back up running.
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Nostalgic for the '80's
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Thanks for the responses, everyone. I'm not going to argue that the movies & music were better in the '90's than in the '80's - I prefer the '80's entertainment as well.

However, from a personal stand-point I have a lot better memories from the '90's.

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