"Boy, the way Nirvana played
Songs that got Kurt Cobain laid
They were broke and Smalls was paid
Those were the days!
And you knew where you were then
Watching Seinfeld yak 'bout Superman
Mister we could use a man like Bubba Clinton again!
Pundits endlessly debate
Doom and OJ's big court date
Gee our Genesis ran great
Those were the daaaays!
Folks could voice their discontent
Three digits could pay the rent
No-one knew what jihad meant
Those were the days!
Take the Trans-Sport for a spin
Go to watch the Blue Jays win
Then home to play some Wolfenstein on your huge 8 megs of RAM
Summers short and winters long
MTV was going strong
Where the fuck did we go wrong?
Those were the days!"
Get the satellite if you want to see me
Talking on the net I know the way you like it
Get your credit card cause I need more money
All I wanna get is you baby"
—Maurizio De Jorio, "Running in the 90s"
"Pointy elbows and lots of lightning!
Edgy and angry, so zesty and tangy!
There's new demographics
When nobody asked for it!"
— "Xeriouxly Forxe" theme song (Homestar Runner April fool's toon)
"Once we get out of the 80s, the 90's are gonna make the 60s look like the 50's!"
—Huey Walker, Flashback (1990)
"We’ve been raised by television to believe we’ll all be rock stars or movie gods. But we won’t. We’re slowly learning this fact. And we’re very, very pissed off about it."
—Tyler Durden Fight Club
"In this dance I celebrate the new American optimism. Wherein we look at recession, deficits, education, poverty, racism, sexism, AIDS crime, drugs, poisoned resources, crumbling highways-railroads-buildings-bridges ad go 'HO HUM.' Because who cares? WE WON A WAR!"
—Jules Fieffer, 1991 political cartoon◊
"The first time someone in the '90s thought to put on sunglasses and stand in front of graffiti, Satan laughed and said, 'That's exactly how I'm going to greet that guy when his filthy black soul arrives.'"
"1990 was a turning point for geek culture, and about the nature of what geek culture is, in a way that goes beyond the conventional nerdy references....'geek' went from meaning twenty-sided dice and fluency in Klingon to meaning something much broader and more inclusive."
—Phil Sandifer on They Might Be Giants
Yahtzee: We're moving on from the happy-flappy 8-bit era to the dark and gritty 90's! Do you remember the 90's?
Gabriel: I remember them being very radical and hyper-colored.
—Let's Play Dreamweb
"'Aw, c'mon Bob! The 90s weren't so bad! Animaniacs! Gargoyles! Batman: The Animated Series! Power Rangers!' And, OK, fine. If we're speaking strictly in terms of nostalgic children's television... well, the 80s still wins."
— Moviebob, "The Big Picture"
"Surprise, I'm not a Millennial! Whew. Thank God for that. Barely dodged the bullet, too. No, see, I'm a classic Gen-X-er, in case you hadn't noticed from my general apathy, bad attitude and the immense pleasure I take in needling you."
"It was 1993, when everyone was pretending to be depressed in a marketing-friendly way. 'We're rising against the expectations of society and playing hockey on the roof because I just don't agree with our socially-irrelevant baby boomer world. Think about it.'"
"I’m not even kidding when I say that I miss the era when major movies always had their own raps. An era that began with Addams Family and ended with Wild Wild West. They did what they wanted to do, Matt. They played how they wanted to play."
—Chris Sims and Matt Wilson on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
"Dance music in the nineties was moving in a different direction. People didn't want fun, they wanted in your face! Aggressive! 'Slammin'!' I think we called it, in the nineties."
—Todd in the Shadows on "Groove is in the Heart"
"Liking this kind of music in the 1980s made you your own kind of cool. It was one of the only things that united the radical intelligentsia with John Hughes' imaginary target demographic. It might have been 'mainstream' and it might not have been (I'm growing increasingly suspicious of that term and anyone who uses it) but the point was that it was important and meant something. I know it did to me: Dazzle Ships by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark is possibly my favourite album of all time. It's been a major source of inspiration throughout my life. Often I find it's the soundtrack to the visions I can never seem to properly put into words.
Liking this music in the 1990s was an altogether different story; it made you out-of-touch at best and dangerously retrograde at worst because it had synthesizers in it and synthesizers were only for nerds, dorks and people who didn't know what real music was. Therefore pop music's Chosen Ones (who were apparently Smiths fans who also liked 1950s Rock 'n Roll) had to reclaim its soul and identity (which was apparently to copy and badly misunderstand Nirvana and My Bloody Valentine, two acts who already badly misunderstood Sonic Youth). So much as insinuating you liked anything from the 1980s was an offense punishable by death."
—Soda Pop Art on the 90's zeitgeist
"Generation X is a journeyman. It didn't invent hip hop, or punk rock, or even electronica (it's pretty sure those dudes in Kraftwerk are boomers) but it perfected all of them, and made them its own. It didn't invent the Web, but it largely built the damn thing. Generation X gave you Google and Twitter and blogging; Run DMC and Radiohead and Nirvana and Notorious B.I.G. Not that it gets any credit....In fairness, Generation X could use a better spokesperson. Barack Obama is just a little too senior to count among its own, and it has debts older than Mark Zuckerberg. Generation X hasn't had a real voice since Kurt Cobain blew his brains out, Tupac was murdered, Jeff Mangum went crazy, David Foster Wallace hung himself, Jeff Buckley drowned, River Phoenix overdosed, Elliott Smith stabbed himself (twice) in the heart, Axl got fat."
—Matt Honan, "Generation X is Sick of Your Bullshit"
"One of the great recurring themes of The X-Files is that globilisation and rapid development have cast light on the deepest nooks and crannies, having a homogenising effect. There’s little room in the world for the eccentric and the strange, as Starbucks opens an average of two stores every day and access to the internet in the United States doubling between 2000 and 2014. In 2009, the furthest a person could be from a McDonald's in the United States was 107 miles. The world is getting smaller.
Paradoxically, the only wins up pushing people further apart. This happens on both a community and an individual level. Small towns find themselves struggling to survive in the current economic climate, despite the increased accessibility. Despite the growth of social media to make interpersonal communication easier than ever, the number of people feeling socially isolated has doubled since 1985."
"A lot of life is hopeless today, even for middle-class kids. I mean, for the first time in I think human history, middle-class kids now assume they are not going to live as well as their parents—that's really something new, that's never happened before. My kids, for example, assume that they are probably never going to live the way that we live. Think about it, that's never happened before in history. And they're probably right, except accidentally—like, some of them may, but on average they won't."
—Noam Chomsky, Understanding Power
"According to rumor, Alec Baldwin ad-libbed this scene for the movie adaptation of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, although I've also heard that Mamet created the monologue especially for Baldwin's character ...Blake strikes me as the ur-Father of Freud's Civilization and Its Discontents, speaking to the id-driven sales force. In good times, Blake comes across as a parody of all bad managers with his A-B-C rules — he is Stephen Covey's evil twin. In a bad business climate, however, he is the bearer of profound Hobbesean truths, and one feels obliged to internalize him and let him whisper in the back of one's mind, for his is the voice that drives industry."
—James Ashley, "Second Prize is a Set of Steak Knives"
"Terrifyingly, Generation X is now beginning to send its own kids out into the world—a group that so far has yet to generate an appropriately pithy label...Luckily, as most Z’s have only a vague memory of the pre-Bush v. Gore world, they’ve known nothing but escalating bullshit for their entire lives. They thus have no baseline of non-suckitude to cultivate bitterness or nostalgia. Generation X’s 'bad attitude,' on the other hand, has always been a function of living in the boomer shadows—culturally, economically, politically, and so on."