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2014-04-30 12:55:20 PM
What is that "Ay yi yi" robot thing?
 
2014-04-30 01:05:12 PM

Rev. Skarekroe: What is that "Ay yi yi" robot thing?


Ugh... I can't believe I'm going to say this: Power Rangers.

AHHHHHHHH!
 
2014-04-30 01:40:08 PM
XTREME!!!!!!1
 
2014-04-30 01:41:57 PM

Tr0mBoNe: Rev. Skarekroe: What is that "Ay yi yi" robot thing?

Ugh... I can't believe I'm going to say this: Power Rangers.

AHHHHHHHH!


Sad that I knew it, too.
 
2014-04-30 01:43:02 PM
Besides grunge music, there is absolutely nothing to be nostalgic over regarding the 90s.
 
2014-04-30 01:45:37 PM

JudgeItoBox: Besides grunge music, there is absolutely nothing to be nostalgic over regarding the 90s.


Fixed that for ya. I was in my 20s then, and was absolutely disgusted with 90s music and the culture of mediocrity, and still am bitter about it.
 
2014-04-30 01:49:11 PM

neilbradley: JudgeItoBox: Besides grunge music, there is absolutely nothing to be nostalgic over regarding the 90s.

Fixed that for ya. I was in my 20s then, and was absolutely disgusted with 90s music and the culture of mediocrity, and still am bitter about it.


Thank FSM that everything is so much better now!  Right?
 
2014-04-30 01:49:46 PM

JudgeItoBox: Besides grunge music, there is absolutely nothing to be nostalgic over regarding the 90s.


FTFY. There were good things to come out of the 90s, don't get me wrong (I've been on a bit of a 90s movie kick- Falling Down is still great), but I am  not a fan of nostalgia. There are too many good things happening right now- why on Earth would I want to crawl back to what was popular when I was a teenager? That right there, that's a formula for getting old. I don't want to be old. I want to be  radical.

//"Radical" wasn't even cool in the 90s, don't kid yourself.
 
2014-04-30 01:50:06 PM
Bring back Burger King table service!
 
2014-04-30 01:51:52 PM

neilbradley: JudgeItoBox: Besides grunge music, there is absolutely nothing to be nostalgic over regarding the 90s.

Fixed that for ya. I was in my 20s then, and was absolutely disgusted with 90s music and the culture of mediocrity, and still am bitter about it.


I was in my 20s too. The most obvious high point to the 90s is that they were better than the 80s.
 
2014-04-30 01:52:11 PM

neilbradley: JudgeItoBox: Besides grunge music, there is absolutely nothing to be nostalgic over regarding the 90s.

Fixed that for ya. I was in my 20s then, and was absolutely disgusted with 90s music and the culture of mediocrity, and still am bitter about it.


There was a fantastic amount of good music in electronic and hip hop.
 
2014-04-30 01:52:54 PM

Embden.Meyerhof: Thank FSM that everything is so much better now!  Right?


It is. You couldn't pay me to go back in time and relive the 90s. It was practically a farking stone age.
 
2014-04-30 01:53:23 PM
I can't think of a better decade for movies. :/
 
2014-04-30 01:54:42 PM
Gremlins - 1984. Cool 90's nostalgia.
 
2014-04-30 01:54:52 PM
The best thing about the 90s was the proliferation of the internet and commercial uses for it.
 
2014-04-30 01:55:13 PM

neilbradley: JudgeItoBox: Besides grunge music, there is absolutely nothing to be nostalgic over regarding the 90s.

Fixed that for ya. I was in my 20s then, and was absolutely disgusted with 90s music and the culture of mediocrity, and still am bitter about it.


Link
 
2014-04-30 01:56:27 PM

JudgeItoBox: Besides grunge music, there is absolutely nothing to be nostalgic over regarding the 90s.


Other than a national budget surplus, no multi-billion dollar wars being fought with our tax dollars, the emergence of a "world wide web" that offered the potential for limitless open access to knowledge and new ideas and a general sense of optimism about the future, yeah, what good was the 90s?
 
2014-04-30 01:57:32 PM

mrjared: Gremlins - 1984. Cool 90's nostalgia.


Gremins 2, mofo! 1990! The New Batch!
 
2014-04-30 01:59:08 PM

Crudbucket: mrjared: Gremlins - 1984. Cool 90's nostalgia.

Gremins 2, mofo! 1990! The New Batch!


So much better than the first too.. Loved that movie.
 
2014-04-30 01:59:41 PM

StrangeQ: a general sense of optimism about the future, yeah, what good was the 90s?


I'm still optimistic about the future.
 
2014-04-30 02:01:36 PM
Gremlins 2....
 
2014-04-30 02:05:38 PM

JudgeItoBox: Besides grunge music, there is absolutely nothing to be nostalgic over regarding the 90s.


Punk was still sort of a thing.
Glam metal was a rotting carcass (thank God).
Even hip-hop was still good.
Jurassic Park was awesome.
LAN Parties.

The only bad thing was the rise of pop music by the end of the 90s
 
2014-04-30 02:06:56 PM
I'm not sure how the random blue graphic of Gizmo is Gremlins 2 and not the original, but ok.
 
2014-04-30 02:10:03 PM

mrjared: I'm not sure how the random blue graphic of Gizmo is Gremlins 2 and not the original, but ok.


It's just a blown up portion of the larger Gremlins 2 piece.
 
2014-04-30 02:15:41 PM

CygnusDarius: Punk was still sort of a thing.


Not really. Punk peaked in the early 80s, as did hip-hop. They were well on the decline heading into the 90s.

CygnusDarius: LAN Parties.


LAN parties were a bizarre cultural ritual. It is fun to get your friends together in a room and play games, but I can't say I truly miss the era of carting computers around to do it. There's something to be said for the console as a communal game-playing experience. The best LAN parties I had were when we would take over the college computer lab (most of my friends worked there) and run our games that way.
 
2014-04-30 02:16:58 PM

CygnusDarius: JudgeItoBox: Besides grunge music, there is absolutely nothing to be nostalgic over regarding the 90s.

Punk was still sort of a thing.
Glam metal was a rotting carcass (thank God).
Even hip-hop was still good.
Jurassic Park was awesome.
LAN Parties.

The only bad thing was the rise of pop music by the end of the 90s



Pop music didn't "rise", it changed.
 
2014-04-30 02:18:36 PM
The 90s are retro now?

 4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-04-30 02:19:45 PM

sethen320: Pop music didn't "rise", it changed.


The big change is that it appropriated the styles and fashions of "outsider" music from the 70s and 80s- punk and hiphop- and went all Borg on them. But even that's not really a change- since the advent of mass media, pop-music has built itself out of co-opting "outsider" styles into its core product, destroying their authenticity along the way. Let's not forget how Pat Boone spent a big part of his career covering Little Richard.
 
2014-04-30 02:21:48 PM
Daria wasn't bad, but MTVs slide into regular cable programming sucked.
 
2014-04-30 02:22:08 PM

JudgeItoBox: Besides grunge music, there is absolutely nothing to be nostalgic over regarding the 90s.


Whatever do you mean? I could still understand rappers and people had not yet begun to tweek on energy drinks. We still didn't have to deal with george W.

The 90's sure as hell beats the last 14 years.
 
2014-04-30 02:22:15 PM
As I told my 16-year old and my 20-year old just the other day, nothing good came out of the 1990's.
 
2014-04-30 02:23:39 PM

t3knomanser: Not really. Punk peaked in the early 80s, as did hip-hop. They were well on the decline heading into the 90s.


The 90s was when independent hip hop came up.  Tons of great artists like Company Flow (El-P), DJ Shadow, etc.

Punk had a decent revival, although that also brought about pop-punk with Green Day.

Tons of great music.
 
2014-04-30 02:24:33 PM

teenage mutant ninja rapist: I could still understand rappers and people had not yet begun to tweek on energy drinks


I had a friend in high school who wore insanely baggy jeans with pockets large enough for him to store multiple two-liters of Jolt. And let's not forget that Red Bull hit the market in 1987.
 
2014-04-30 02:25:46 PM

Wellon Dowd: As I told my 16-year old and my 20-year old just the other day, nothing good came out of the 1990's.


I'm sure they love you for that.
 
2014-04-30 02:31:04 PM

Glitchwerks: Punk had a decent revival, although that also brought about pop-punk with Green Day.


There was a punk revival, but it was basically strangled in the crib. You had the Riot Grrl scene. It's the decade in which Industrial really matured and came into its own. We can give it credit for Grunge, but sadly, Grunge turned into Hardcore, so that's not really a great legacy.

Glitchwerks: Tons of great music.


But that's not really unique to the 90s, though. Every decade has tons of great music. It's just that people tend to remember most fondly the music they listened to during their teen years. If the 90s had more great music than the previous decades, that's more because there was simply more  music produced in the 90s as the industry expanded. If we haven't found more great music in the 2000s, that's probably because we still don't have quite enough distance to know what was truly great.

Personally, I'm always excited about what's coming next. The future is always cooler than the past.
 
2014-04-30 02:33:05 PM

Glitchwerks: neilbradley: JudgeItoBox: Besides grunge music, there is absolutely nothing to be nostalgic over regarding the 90s.

Fixed that for ya. I was in my 20s then, and was absolutely disgusted with 90s music and the culture of mediocrity, and still am bitter about it.

There was a fantastic amount of good music in electronic and hip hop.


Yes, that's true. I was speaking more of mainstream music than anything else. In fact, in about 1992, that's when I started listening to trance and European electronic music because I found mainstream music to be so abhorrent.
 
2014-04-30 02:33:43 PM

Tyrosine: neilbradley: JudgeItoBox: Besides grunge music, there is absolutely nothing to be nostalgic over regarding the 90s.

Fixed that for ya. I was in my 20s then, and was absolutely disgusted with 90s music and the culture of mediocrity, and still am bitter about it.

I was in my 20s too. The most obvious high point to the 90s is that they were better than the 80s.


Eh, 85-89 perhaps, but not before that. At least there was actual musicianship and experimentation. As I like to say about 80s music, even when it sucked, it was still interesting.
 
2014-04-30 02:36:18 PM

neilbradley: In fact, in about 1992, that's when I started listening to trance and European electronic music because I found mainstream music to be so abhorrent.


There really hasn't been a point in history when mainstream music  wasn't abhorrent. As hipsterly fashionable as it may be to dislike popular things, Sturgeon's law applies- 90% of mainstream stuff is crap, because 90% of  everything is crap. The difference is that smaller segments of the media landscape mean a) there is less total  volume of crap, even if the percentage is high, b) it's easier to be passionate about and curate a niche, and c) there's more space for an ownership culture in a niche- fans are  participants in the culture, not simply an audience.
 
2014-04-30 02:37:12 PM
By retro, you mean it never left?  I turn on modern alt music station and every 5th song is from the 90s.  In the '90s you'd never hear a '70s on a modern rock station

some of the new EDM is interesting but I can't say groundbreaking. Not a hell of a lot different than the rave/trance or house in the 90s.

What new music genre has been made popular since the 90s?
 
2014-04-30 02:37:43 PM

neilbradley: Eh, 85-89 perhaps, but not before that. At least there was actual musicianship and experimentation. As I like to say about 80s music, even when it sucked, it was still interesting.


We need a more specific term for certain music eras. When I say 80's Music, I mean the period from 1978 to 1984. Many other people include the post-1984 period, which was an abomination.
 
2014-04-30 02:41:28 PM

uber humper: Not a hell of a lot different than the rave/trance or house in the 90s.


Rave/trance and house weren't a lot different than the Eurosynthpop of the 80s. And honestly, if you reach back into the 70s, you have stuff like The Droids, which might have a bit of a strong disco flavor, they're basically the same thing as a lot of modern EDM.

Wellon Dowd: We need a more specific term for certain music eras. When I say 80's Music, I mean the period from 1978 to 1984.


That's mostly the 70s. It was the 70s until about 1982 or 1983. Every decade has a lag while it finds its identity.
 
2014-04-30 02:41:40 PM

uber humper: By retro, you mean it never left?  I turn on modern alt music station and every 5th song is from the 90s.  In the '90s you'd never hear a '70s on a modern rock station

some of the new EDM is interesting but I can't say groundbreaking. Not a hell of a lot different than the rave/trance or house in the 90s.

What new music genre has been made popular since the 90s?


I wouldn't say it's that common, but it does piss me off when Sirius XM Altnation plays 14 year old Green Day and Blink 182 songs.
 
2014-04-30 02:42:22 PM
Sweet! When does the new line of Generra Hypercolor t-shirts come out?
 
2014-04-30 02:42:25 PM

StrangeQ: Tr0mBoNe: Rev. Skarekroe: What is that "Ay yi yi" robot thing?

Ugh... I can't believe I'm going to say this: Power Rangers.

AHHHHHHHH!

Sad that I knew it, too.


i believe you were looking for Alpha, the name of the robot.

/recruit a team of teenagers with attitudes
//caus that sounds like a good idea.
 
2014-04-30 02:43:32 PM
I was 17 in 1993. There is nothing I don't like about that era. Nothing.
 
2014-04-30 02:44:09 PM
img.fark.net

90's style, no


That's Larry King chic.
www.johntaylor.biz
 
2014-04-30 02:45:47 PM

t3knomanser: Wellon Dowd: We need a more specific term for certain music eras. When I say 80's Music, I mean the period from 1978 to 1984.

That's mostly the 70s. It was the 70s until about 1982 or 1983. Every decade has a lag while it finds its identity.


I'm thinking of commercial punk acts like The Clash and Generation X, which swept out the 70's and ushered in New Wave.
 
2014-04-30 02:46:34 PM

t3knomanser: But that's not really unique to the 90s, though. Every decade has tons of great music. It's just that people tend to remember most fondly the music they listened to during their teen years. If the 90s had more great music than the previous decades, that's more because there was simply more  music produced in the 90s as the industry expanded. If we haven't found more great music in the 2000s, that's probably because we still don't have quite enough distance to know what was truly great.


Sure, there's tons of great music from every decade, but hip hop wasn't in decline in the 90s.  Not artistically and certainly not in popularity.

I know that 90s punk is a pretty polarizing subject, but it did become very, very popular.

I'm pretty sure underground metal had a huge surge in popularity as well.

Tons of great music across the board.  It's just incorrect to say that only grunge was the good stuff to come out of the 90s.  Honestly, once grunge got picked up by the majors, there sure were a lot of useless Pearl Jam and Alice In Chain clones.
 
2014-04-30 02:47:28 PM

cgraves67: I wouldn't say it's that common, but it does piss me off when Sirius XM Altnation plays 14 year old Green Day and Blink 182 songs.


I listen to alot of XM, too

The new "classic college station" 319 isn't bad if you are ever looking for the 90s. Hear some Dinosaur Jr. I haven't heard in a while
 
2014-04-30 02:52:25 PM

t3knomanser: Rave/trance and house weren't a lot different than the Eurosynthpop of the 80s. And honestly, if you reach back into the 70s, you have stuff like The Droids, which might have a bit of a strong disco flavor, they're basically the same thing as a lot of modern EDM.


I respectfully disagree.  While synth pop is definitely a precursor and an influence to some degree, the 90s is where a lot of styles of electronic dance music began to really separate and distinguish themselves.

You can certainly trace the influences, but I feel the music was quite different.
 
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