leave your inhibitions at the door
If you’re coming late to this series of posts, I’m on a quest to be known as the guy who started the Retro-90s fad that we’ll inevitably have. On the last Friday of each month for the remainder of the year, I’m going to wax nostalgic about that wonderful decade. When the buzz gets going, I’ll get 10 times more money for this blog than I’m currently getting. (Math review – 10 x $0 = $0) Here’s what you missed so far:
April – Yes, I went Hootie on you.
July – The Decade in Sports
August – The Economy
In the world of music, there were two revolutions in two different genres that everyone points to as game-changers. The arrival of Grunge brought in a new wave for rock and roll with its heavy instrumentation and emotionally charged lyrics. Rock was in a silly phase with hair bands wearing spandex and singing vapid ballads and party songs.
Grunge made things serious again.
The other revolution was in rap/hip-hop where mainstream rap had become too slick, polished, and focused on looks and dance moves. Then Gangsta rap exploded in the 90s with its gritty depictions of life in urban America. Yes, it was often violent, drug-fueled, and misogynistic. But it’s probably more representative than this…
But which one really defined the 90s? Let’s look at the facts…
The winner is – Of course it’s a tie! They both were equally important. But I know that people don’t like it when there’s no winner. So here are the two angst-filled anthems that I rated as a draw. You decide.
Well? Who won? Yeah, I agree.