->''Boy, the way Music/{{Nirvana}} played\\
Songs that got Music/KurtCobain [[Music/CourtneyLove laid]]\\
They were broke and [[Music/TheNotoriousBIG Smalls]] was paid\\
[[Series/AllInTheFamily Those were the days!]]\\\
[[GoodOldWays And you knew where you were then]]\\
Watching Series/{{Seinfeld}} yak 'bout Franchise/{{Superman}}\\
Mister we could use a man like [[UsefulNotes/BillClinton Bubba Clinton]] again!\\\
[[BloodOnTheDebateFloor Pundits endlessly debate]]\\
VideoGame/{{Doom}} and OJ's [[ConvictedByPublicOpinion big court date]]\\
Gee our [[SegaGenesis Genesis]] ran great\\
[[NostalgiaFilter Those were the daaaays!]]\\\
[[BigBrotherIsWatching Folks could voice their discontent]]\\
[[RidiculousFutureInflation Three digits could pay the rent]]\\
[[TheWarOnTerror 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 VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein|3D}} on your huge 8 megs of RAM\\\
[[GlobalWarming Summers short and winters long]]\\
{{MTV}} [[NetworkDecay was going strong]]\\
Where the fuck did we go wrong?\\
Those were the days!"''


[[folder:Film live-action]]

->Once we get out of [[TheEighties the 80s]], the 90's are gonna make [[TheSixties the 60s]] look like [[TheFifties 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''', ''Literature/FightClub''


[[folder:Live-action TV]]

->First I'm sentenced to a computer tutorial on Saturday, now I have to read some computer book. There are books ON computers? Isn't the point of computers to ''replace'' books?
-->--'''Cordelia''', ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' ("The Dark Age")

->'''Kimberly:''' ''(on the communicator watches)'' We can teleport and communicate with the Command Center with these things?\\
'''Billy:''' Affirmative.\\
'''Kimberly:''' [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece This is so Nineties.]]
-->-- ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', "High Five"



->''So show me yours, I'll show you mine\\
''[[Series/HomeImprovement Tool Time]]'', you'll love it just like [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euPEl_KWr6g Lyle]]\\
And then we'll do it doggy style\\
So we can both watch'' [[Series/TheXFiles X-files]]
-->--'''Music/BloodhoundGang''' "Discovery Channel"

->''[[CableSatelliteMudslinging Get the satellite]] if you want to see me\\
[[EverythingIsOnline Talking on the net]] I know the way you like it\\
Get your credit card [[CrackIsCheaper cause I need more money]]\\
All I wanna get is you baby''
-->--'''Maurizio De Jorio''', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ0xBCwkg3E "Running in the 90s"]]


[[folder:Newspaper comics]]

->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''? '''''[[UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar WE WON A WAR!]]'''''
-->--'''Jules Fieffer''', 1991 [[http://www.adambaumgoldgallery.com/feiffer_jules/we_won_a_warWB.jpg political cartoon]]


[[folder:Video Games]]

->The present--if we can still call it that. Specifically, 1990...a rather perilous time of planetary egocentricism leading to an overemphasis on dangerously shaky interplanetary jealousies and greed. The times reflect the people who suffer stress with a sense of urgency that encourages [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids pragmatism over reason, dulls an awareness of values and leads weaker souls to lives of crime.]]
-->--'''''VideoGame/UltimaII''''' game manual

->It is the nineties, and there is time for ''Klax''.
-->-- '''''VideoGame/{{Klax}}''''', opening screen


[[folder:Web original]]

->Our brains weren't fully evolved back in 1993, as evidenced by ''Series/TheNanny''[='=]s inexplicable popularity.
-->--'''''{{Website/Cracked}}''''' [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/8-classic-movies-with-shitty-posters/#ixzz352td7P7T on]] ''Film/GroundhogDay''

->You are ''not'' a 90's kid, you were [[NoTrueScotsman born in '99.]]
-->-- ''WebAnimation/WelcomeTo Website/{{Facebook}}!''

->The first time someone in the '90s thought to [[TotallyRadical 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.'
-->-- '''{{Creator/Seanbaby}}'''

->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.
-->--'''[[http://www.philipsandifer.com/2013/10/book-preview-they-might-be-giants-flood.html Dr. Phil Sandifer]]''' on Music/TheyMightBeGiants

->Surprise, I'm not a Millennial! Whew. [[TheNewTens 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.
-->--'''[[http://jezebel.com/5992947/dear-millennials-youre-ok-youll-survive-really Tracy Moore]]'''

->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 ''[[Film/TheAddamsFamily Addams Family]]'' and ended with ''Film/WildWildWest''. They did what they wanted to do, Matt. [[Music/MCHammer They played how they wanted to play.]]
-->--'''Chris Sims''' and '''Matt Wilson''' [[http://comicsalliance.com/comicsalliance-reviews-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-ii-2/ on]] ''[[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze]]''

->When you think about it, ''The X-Files'' conspiracy mythology is just a fancy way of dressing up generational '[[CallingTheOldManOut daddy issues.]]' Both Mulder and Scully have problems with their fathers, and it plays into the show’s wider themes. ''The X-Files is'', appropriately enough, a show that helps define what is known as 'Generation X', the generation born following the post war baby boom, as the afterglow from America’s ascent to global superpower began to wear off. Existing in the wake of the Cold War, in [[EaglelandOsmosis a unipolar world]], ''The X-Files'' was a vehicle for introspection.\\\
One of the recurring themes of the show, and one that has come up quite a bit in the first season, is the weight of history bearing down on the current generation. Living in the shadow of Watergate, dealing with the revelation of the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments, coping with Vietnam and other skeletons, it’s little wonder that Generation X seemed completely disillusioned with their elders. 'The Erlenmeyer Flask' is quite overt in its handling of [[EvilOldFolks broken father figures.]]
-->--'''[[http://them0vieblog.com/2013/10/31/the-x-files-the-erlenmeyer-flask-review/ Darren Mooney]]''' on ''Series/TheXFiles'', "The Erlenmeyer Flask"

->According to rumor, Alec Baldwin [[ThrowItIn ad-libbed]] this scene for the movie adaptation of David Mamet's ''Film/GlengarryGlenRoss'', although I've also heard that Mamet created the monologue especially for Baldwin's character ...Blake strikes me as the ur-Father of [[UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud Freud's]] ''Civilization and Its Discontents'', speaking to the id-driven sales force. In good times, Blake comes across as a parody of all [[MeanBoss 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 [[HobbesWasRight 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''', [[http://www.imaginativeuniversal.com/blog/post/2009/02/10/Second-prize-is-a-set-of-steak-knives.aspx "Second Prize is a Set of Steak Knives"]]

->I watched all 3 hours of last night’s American Music Awards and it [[INeedAFreakingDrink took a lot of the sweet nectar]] to get through it. I’m surprised I’m not typing this from a hospital bed as a nurse stands next to me, wringing the booze out of my liver before shoving it back up my asshole. Watching it felt like being stuck in a suburban 10-year-old’s [=iTunes=] playlist. It was one shit song after another and at one point I weeped for our nation’s children, because when I was a kid our ears were filled with the artistic melodies put out by real artists like Music/MilliVanilli and Music/VanillaIce.
-->--'''[[http://dlisted.com/2014/11/24/presenting-taylor-swifts-high-school-drama-club-performance-of-blank-space/ Michael K.]]''' on Music/TaylorSwift's "Blank Space"

->Boomer lust for WWII was a simultaneous lame tribute to dying vets (Happy Father’s Day! Here’s another copy of ''The Greatest Generation!'') and a slap in the face to their [[GrumpyOldMan slacker kids]], Generation X. Gen-X failed to get real jobs and in general, to care whether they did or not.
-->--'''[[http://www.popmatters.com/column/166352-movie-time-travel-and-the-new-nostalgia/ Molly Brown]]''', "Time Travel and the New Nostalgia"

->Generation X is a journeyman. It didn't invent hip hop, or punk rock, or even electronica (it's pretty sure those dudes in Music/{{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. UsefulNotes/BarackObama is just a little too senior to count among its own, and it has debts older than [[{{Facebook}} Mark Zuckerberg]]. Generation X hasn't had a real voice since [[LongList 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]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Axl got fat.]]
-->--'''Matt Honan''', [[http://gizmodo.com/5851062/generation-x-is-sick-of-your-bullshit "Generation X is Sick of Your Bullshit"]]

->So unlike his father, today’s man grew up with no honourable war to fight (no fascist-defeating second world war) and no frontiers to break (only the final frontier, space, which turned out to be [[IWantMyJetpack nothing at all]]); he did not have a job for life, or even [[WhiteCollarWorker a useful sort of job]]; he couldn’t count on being [[HenpeckedHusband a useful member of his family]]; even his local football team would reward his loyalty and commitment with [[CrackIsCheaper high ticket prices]] which would keep him away from the players he loved.
-->--'''Katherine Viner''', ''Stiffed''

->The Lambeau Field sound crew have never left 1994. If you go to a game you will hear '[[Music/OzzyOsbourne Crazy Train]]' at least 4 times alongside multiple Music/VanHalen songs and all the 'Jock Jam' favorites. This is probably so as not to [[SmallReferencePools offend the sensibilities]] of the fan base.
-->--'''''Deadspin''''', [[http://deadspin.com/why-your-team-sucks-2014-green-bay-packers-1627477893 "Why Your Team Sucks 2014: Green Bay Packers"]]

->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 JohnHughes' 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 Music/OrchestralManoeuvresInTheDark 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 [[DeadHorseGenre for nerds, dorks and people who didn't know what real music was]]. Therefore pop music's Chosen Ones (who were apparently [[Music/TheSmiths Smiths]] fans who also liked 1950s Rock 'n Roll) had to reclaim its soul and identity (which was apparently to copy and badly misunderstand {{Music/Nirvana}} and Music/MyBloodyValentine, two acts who already badly misunderstood Music/SonicYouth). So much as insinuating you liked anything from the 1980s was an offense punishable by death.
-->--'''''[[http://soda-pop-art.blogspot.com/2013/12/2013-in-music-year-in-review-miley.html Soda Pop Art]]''''' on the 90's zeitgeist

->Around the time Richard Linklater’s film ''{{Film/Slacker}}'' came out in 1991, journalists and critics put a finger on what they thought was different about the young generation of emerging adults – they were [[AdultChild reluctant to grow up]], [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids disdainful of earnest action]]. The stereotype stuck – and it stuck hard...If they are still with us, many of the great artists and thinkers of our generation have withdrawn. We barely hear from them. If they are active, like Jeff Tweedy of {{Wilco}}, Stephen Malkmus of {{Pavement}}, Meshell Ndegeocello or Dave Eggers, they have carved out their own, highly individualistic places, but in many ways all but retreated from the public sphere. Naomi Wolf is writing about her vagina. The most accomplished Xers [[TallPoppySyndrome stay out of the way]].
-->--'''[[http://www.salon.com/2013/08/11/generation_x_gets_really_old_how_do_slackers_have_a_midlife_crisis/ Sara Scriber]]''', "Generation X gets really old"

->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-[[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush 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 '[[StepfordSnarker bad attitude]],' on the other hand, has always been a function of [[CantCatchUp living in the boomer shadows]]--culturally, economically, politically, and so on.
-->--'''[[http://ludicdespair.blogspot.com/2011/09/generation-x-still-relentlessly-and.html Jeffey Sconce]]'''


[[folder:Web Video]]

->'''[[Creator/BenCroshaw Yahtzee]]:''' We're moving on from the happy-flappy 8-bit era to the [[DarkerAndEdgier dark and gritty]] 90's! Do you remember the 90's?\\
'''Gabriel''': I remember them being [[TotallyRadical very radical]] and hyper-colored.
-->--''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgU-KA46THc Let's Play]]'' ''{{VideoGame/Dreamweb}}''

->By looking at the fashions, you can tell that this was made around the time the '80s [[OutdatedOutfit were trying to die]], and the '90s were trying to define themselves in that they have [[CantCatchUp no original way of defining themselves.]]
-->--'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''', ''{{Nickelodeon}} Week''

->'Aw, c'mon Bob! The [=90s=] weren't so bad! ''{{WesternAnimation/Animaniacs}}''! ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''! ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''! ''Franchise/PowerRangers''!' And, OK, fine. If we're speaking strictly in terms of nostalgic children's television... well, the [=80s=] still wins.
-->-- '''WebVideo/{{Moviebob}}''', "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7KbI3P4HaU The Big Picture]]"

->It was 1993, when everyone was pretending to be depressed in a [[{{Wangst}} marketing-friendly way]]. 'We're rising against the expectations of society and [[{{Film/Clerks}} playing hockey on the roof]] because I just don't agree with our socially-irrelevant baby boomer world. ''Think about it''.'
-->--'''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVFrAsxjxLs George Weidman]]'''

->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.
-->--'''WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows''' [[http://blip.tv/todds-pop-song-reviews/one-hit-wonderland-groove-is-in-the-heart-by-deee-lite-6901708 on]] "Groove is in the Heart"

-> Everything felt like, 'Wow, this is it.' Like 'All of human history has been leading up to this point'.
-->--'''[[NinjaSexParty Danny]]''', ''WebVideo/GameGrumps''


[[folder:real life]]

->They quoted me as saying, "Never pass up a chance to have sex or appear on television", advice I would never give today in the age of AIDS and its television equivalent [[Creator/FoxNewsChannel Fox News.]]
-->--'''Creator/GoreVidal''', ''Point to Point Navigation''

->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, [[DeadManWalking but on average they won't.]]
-->--'''Noam Chomsky''', ''Understanding Power''

->For some, they offered a '90s point of view' on young people and their relationships....But older adults 35+ were more critical, and felt this group did not really care about each other like real friends would. These older viewers also found it hard to relate to this group of friends. They found the character [[ThisLoserIsYou smug, superficial, and self-absorbed.]]
-->--'''{{NBC}}''' [[http://www.thesmokinggun.com/file/friends-anniversary internal memo]] on ''{{Series/Friends}}''