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Remember the 90s? The grunge rock, the baggy jeans, the doc martins? Ah... the 90s. Remember the first time you saw the video for the angry-I-hate-men anthem "You Oughta Know" or the superfly Jamiroquai song "Virtual Insanity"-- pre-Internet craze? The little bumble bee girl in that Blind Melon song? Lisa Loeb in all her quirky glory as she pleads you to "Stay"? How "November Rain" made you anxious to get married yourself even as Axl Rose croons "Nothing lasts forever..."? The endless good times Green Day provided you? How you swooned over Rivers Cuomo, however geeky and lop-sided he may be? The Backstreet Boys vs. N'Sync feud at school? The chart-topping Britney "I'm still a virgin" Spears before her boob job, bald head, two kids, cheetos-and-booze-addiction shenanigans?

I used to skip school sometimes to watch the morning mix on VH1 and MTV (back when they used to play music videos on their stations, oh how they've changed). Music from the 90s was a definitive part of my childhood and adolescence. I feel it only fitting, and yet for some inexplicable, odd reason as well, that I should take a short trip down memory lane not even a decade later to recount my favorite things about the 90s in music, movies, and fashion. Heck I'll even do a top ten countdown of sorts:

PART 1 IN 10 PART SERIES

#10. Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead.
Don't get me wrong, this isn't an Academy Award-winning movie of any kind, or even a movie that would make my top list of favorite movies of all time. It is, however, an entertaining movie that perhaps embodies what was so off-guard about the 90s. You have wonderful Christina Applegate of (how could you forget) "Married with Children" fame cast in a light of which you have never seen before (i.e acting smart and responsible). You have a number of other young, teenaged actors (most, if not all of which never really amounted to anything in the film industry, though this is besides the point). With a cast dominated by young actors taking on leading roles and adult situations, the movie seemed to me quite novel at the time. I guess being a kid myself at the time, I probably felt a bit empowered by the movie. Never before had I seen kids like myself put in charge, outsmarting the adults, and succeeding at it. Ok, maybe in Home Alone and Blank Check, but I think those movies came out later.

(#9 coming soon)

2 comments:

Nice Blog. I found it on your "fuel my blog" post. Fun movie. Along the same lines were "Adventures in babysitting" and "Ferris Buellers Day Off" and my all time kid's in leading roles movie "The Goonies". Well take care. You can visit my blog at

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November 20, 2007 at 7:51 PM  

You just reminded me of Pop-Up Video on VH1! I used to LOVE that show!

November 29, 2007 at 3:25 AM  

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