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Bringing back the 90s!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, there’s a huge 80s revival going on in full swing. I’ve already mentioned some of my bittersweet memories from that decade, and seeing all the hipsters in Topsiders is still driving me nuts. What’s making me even more crazy is that I predicted a retro-80s movement way before it happened, yet I failed to brace for it.

It’s only a matter of time before people start looking back lovingly at the 90s. But this time I’m not only going to be ready for it, I’m going to START IT!

"We're big in Belgium"

If you think about it the decade wasn’t really that great. And I know a lot of people won’t be receptive to a retro-90s fad because they won’t think there was anything cool. But like many other ideas, despite all evidence to the contrary, all it takes is saying something’s cool over and over again for people to believe it.

This is where I come in.

On the last Friday of every month, from now until the rest of the year, I’m going to pay homage to the 90s. Some things will be hip, but chances are most things will be painfully dorky. After a while, this will catch on and everyone will recognize this blog as the one that started the trend. And hopefully people won’t be coming for me with torches and pitchforks.

The only downside I can think of is that the 90s weren’t that long ago. There are a lot of people that are still wearing denim shirts, pleated khakis and sporting goatees (men and women). And many of them still think Hip Hop’s a passing fad and Pearl Jam’s still relevant. These people are easy to dismiss now, but when this big retro-90s movement does happen, they are going to be the new hipsters:

Remember Zubaz?! (from wikipedia)

So what’s the quintessential 90s song? Not necessarily the one that you love, but the one that you couldn’t get away from if you tried? You know, the one that every radio station played over and over again? I’m glad you asked…

Who’s with me on my mission to bring back the 90s? What songs, fashion, trends do you remember?

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I don't know everything about the world of food and wine, but I'm not going to let a small detail like that stop me from blogging about it.

23 comments on “Bringing back the 90s!

  1. a2sicilian
    April 27, 2012


  2. a2sicilian
    April 27, 2012

    Chunky heeled loafters and short short “Ally McBeal” skirts (my husband especially remembers those); babydoll dresses with Mary Janes, jean jackets, and Rachel hair. Down in the financial district of S.F., all the guys wore jean shirts and khakis on casual Friday–happy hour was a sea of light blue and beige. Didn’t listen to Hootie and the Blowfish–that was for our married friends with toddlers. Did take swing dance lessons and hired a swing band for our wedding.

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      April 27, 2012

      I’m tellin’ you, I still see jean shirts and khakis (pleated, of course).

      Oh God – swing dance…. It seems like every decade has this brief hard-on for mid-century America – Frank Sinatra, Swing, martinis, cigars. Now it’s Mad Men…

  3. Harry Moonbeam
    April 27, 2012

    Unfortunately the 80s revival started before the 80s had even finished. It’s been difficult to even acknowledge there were such times as the 90s although I am trying.

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      April 27, 2012

      There are whole parts of the 90s I forgot, but that was mostly due to alcohol… Make sure to let me know when you do come up with something you’re not too ashamed to acknowledge. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. a2sicilian
    April 27, 2012

    For a total mind warp….in the 90s, remember there was also a 70s revival alongside the 40s revival. My best friend from college got together with some other friends and formed a band in the SF Bay Area called the “Cheese Balls,” with her being the lower-octave, Diana Ross-type singer. (She was a married professional by then, working in the day and gigging at night. She actually kept it up until she was about 7 months pregnant with her firstborn.) They were awesome and actually got pretty popular, opening up for a Neil Diamond revival band, “Super Diamond,” at a big New Year’s Eve concert at the Fairmont Hotel in SF in the 90s. So there we were, wearing our chunky heels, short skirts, Rachel hair, jeanshirts and pleated khakis, dancing to 70s music…

  5. island traveler
    April 28, 2012

    Count me in! I was a 90’s fan…I remember dancing to it’s upbeat music , the acid wash jeans and more. It’s always great to bring back these amazing times. Thanks for sharing a cool post that I can totally dig in…

  6. Nicole
    May 17, 2012

    The Hootie song was played so much, it gave me a headache when I heard it but now i love to listen to it!!

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  8. jillkellychandler
    May 29, 2012

    Where do I even start? Jock Jams volumn 1 through ??? MC Hammer, jelly sandals, Umbros (my shorts of choice back in the day), boy bands… I could go on forever. I’m ALL about bringing back the 90’s!

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      May 30, 2012

      Thanks for coming by. Forgot about jellies and umbros. I had thought Hammer was late 80s, but you’re right – he was all over the 90s. HIm and Vanilla Ice! Darn, now I have to rewrite my draft on 90’s hiphop…

      • jillkellychandler
        May 30, 2012

        You’re welcome — your blog is great! Haha, yep gotta rewrite that sucker. Not to mention the crazy hair those guys were rockin’ with the zig zags shaved in! And remember young kids would have Nike Swooshes shaved in the back of their heads!

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  10. seasonedwithsarcasm
    June 12, 2012

    I love the 80’s. and the 90’s! However when I think as far back as the 80’s, it makes me feel old since I was born in 1980! ah, aging. what fun. And thank you for making Hold My Hand be on repeat in my mental jukebox. 😉

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  16. Anonymous
    March 7, 2014

    Singles and The Craft = my coming of age guidance.

  17. Nameless Me
    March 17, 2014

    I was a teenage girl in the 90s, but my experience of the 90s is somewhat different to what you all remember. I remember Asian stuff being really cool. Everyone I know took or wanted to take a Karate class. Tattoos with Asian symbols started popping up everywhere inspired by Mel C of the Spice Girls (well, she was MY inspiration to get one). Military stuff was cool -a lot of camo clothing for females, which I loved. I lived in my camo lounge pants. Also a lot of Disney movies, and a lot of braindead actions films involving plots that usually consisted of terrorists and nuclear bombs. Also computers were new and existing, and futuristic stuff was popular (remember TLC’s No Scrubs video?)

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      March 17, 2014

      Hmm, don’t remember the camp stuff being huge. Maybe it was a regional thing?

      ANd I LOVE “no Scrubs” still one of my faves…

  18. Nameless Me
    March 17, 2014

    *Also computers were new and exciting.

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