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1990

The nineties came in with a flurry of absurd fashions, if I'm remembering things right. Long hair with centre partings and lots of floppy fringes. Ridiculously baggy clothing. MC Hammer with the world's stupidest trousers in the video for U Can't Touch This. One of those decades when I could be very grateful for not being fashionable! Better stuff going on in other avenues though. Nelson Mandela was freed this year, which was a great thing to see. Brian Keenan was released as well, after four and a half years in Lebanon. The British public actually managed to accomplish something constructive this year as well, standing up to the Poll Tax, and eventually forcing Margaret Thatcher out of office. Why can't we do that kind of thing anymore? Her resignation was one of those great moments in history (I fully accept that other political viewpoints do exist, but the important thing to remember is that they're wrong).

And as for the rest of the year - we lost Sammy Davis Jr, which was a terrible shame. I don't know quite when I first latched on to the whole Rat Pack thing - certainly it all started with Dino, but the other two weren't that far behind; and Sammy was a heck of a talent. Elsewhere, Sue the T. rex was found in the hills of Dakota, a truly beautiful discovery. This was the pop video that everybody was talking about. Woman dances seamlessly with cartoon! It looked really impressive. Guess I hadn't seen this yet. Not that it cheapens Opposites Attract exactly, but when you've seen Gene Kelly dance with a cartoon, Paula Abdul seriously ain't gonna cut it anymore. You know, that's either one gigantic mouse, or Gene Kelly was a lot shorter than I've been led to believe...

Good year for the telly. The Mary Whitehouse Experience transferred from Radio 1. I loved it because it was funny, but I must admit that I also loved it because my mother wholly disapproved of the theme music. When you're fifteen, you know a TV show is good if even just the theme tune makes your mother bristle! Fry & Laurie were still doing their sketch show for the BBC, but also started the excellent Jeeves & Wooster for the other side. And they filmed bits of it near here. I didn't see them, but there was much local excitement! Quantum Leap aired for the first time, and Drop The Dead Donkey as well. Probably not all at the same time. I was still watching a lot of TV in those days, but even I couldn't have handled that. I think Have I Got News For You started in 1990 too. It was still watchable then, before they sacked Angus.

But for me, one thing above all else sums up 1990. On August 8th, my mother decided that we had been without a cat for long enough, and we went to visit the local branch of the Cats Protection League. There was a little tabby there, with half a tail, and a whole lot of personality. I can't claim that it was love at first sight, as she'd been badly treated by somebody, and was a little bundle of nerves to begin with, but we got over that in time. She was the best thing that ever happened to me. The 8th August 1990 was a Good Day.



Possibly my favourite song from this year: Blaze Of Glory by Jon Bon Jovi. This was Kiefer Sutherland's theme from the film Young Guns II. I hadn't seen the first one yet, never mind the sequel, but I've seen both since. This song is definitely the best thing about Young Guns II!




Another contender for favourite song of the year. This is Robert Palmer with UB40, and a cover of the Dylan song I'll Be Your Baby Tonight:



And, largely just because I want to see if I can make oonaseckar dance around the living room again, the B52s and their very infectious Love Shack:



And, as a bonus, here's Sammy and one of his signature songs. From 1968, this is I Gotta Be Me:



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emeraldarrows
Dec. 7th, 2015 09:41 pm (UTC)
Aw about the cat. <333

I didn't realize Sammy Davis Jr. died that year. :/ Frank Sinatra was my introduction to any of the members of the Rat Pack but Sammy was the reason I started loving them as a whole.
swordznsorcery
Dec. 8th, 2015 07:52 am (UTC)
Frankie's 100th on Saturday! I must find some way to celebrate. May dig out "Ocean's 11" again, as it's been a while.
emeraldarrows
Dec. 8th, 2015 08:15 am (UTC)
Sounds like a good plan. :D
swordznsorcery
Dec. 8th, 2015 09:43 pm (UTC)
I thought so! :) Although I'll probably end up watching "Sergeants 3" again. The critics hated it, but it's my favourite Rat Pack movie. It was Sammy's favourite of all the films he made, so at least I'm in good company!
meathiel
Dec. 8th, 2015 08:07 am (UTC)
Viggo was in Young Guns II ... so that's another good thing about it! ;-)
swordznsorcery
Dec. 8th, 2015 08:22 am (UTC)
If you say so. :p
lost_spook
Dec. 8th, 2015 09:06 am (UTC)
The 90s just had no sense of fashion whatsoever! My family wore shell suits. Everything was baggy! /o\

And, aww, for the cat! The CPL does good work. :-)
swordznsorcery
Dec. 8th, 2015 09:44 pm (UTC)
Those kittens are so tiny!

Shell suits though?! Your father is David Icke, isn't he. Admit it. ;)
oonaseckar
Dec. 8th, 2015 12:05 pm (UTC)
The MWE! History Today! Used to love that. It's a bit sad that Newman and Baddiel detested each other by the final performance though. I've seen Newman's live stand-up a couple of times, very clever, and funny too which is more important. (And very historical - it's actual History, Today!)

(I fully accept that other political viewpoints do exist, but the important thing to remember is that they're wrong).
Absolutely. "If you were right, I'd agree with you."

Is Jeeves and Wooster that old? Bloody hell. I've been on a Jooster fic binge lately, fandom's still feeling the love. I loved Drop The Dead Donkey too. Especially Hadyn Gwynne, she was wonderful, I was a little starry-eyed.

The B-52s were fun, but I prefer Bon Jovi (on the quiet.) Less dancin', more air guitar!



*Edited for icon more-appropriateness!

Edited at 2015-12-08 12:12 pm (UTC)
swordznsorcery
Dec. 8th, 2015 09:48 pm (UTC)
I saw Punt and Dennis live in 1992. I realise they don't have the street cred of Baddiel and Newman, but they always were my favourite half of the team! I've heard good things about Newman in more recent years though.

DtDD was excellent. I loved how topical it was. And that's great that J&W still has an active fandom! I suppose the books help. It was such a great adaptation though. Fry & Laurie were perfect. I have the show on DVD. Really must have a rewatch at some point.

(I always seem to be saying that about stuff. Somehow it never happens though!)
oonaseckar
Dec. 19th, 2015 09:00 am (UTC)
And Newman's on tour again! With a 'sciency' stand-up!
swordznsorcery
Dec. 19th, 2015 09:18 pm (UTC)
Interesting! And he doesn't seem to have aged a day.
liadtbunny
Dec. 8th, 2015 04:05 pm (UTC)
Curtains! I had a purple, white and black paisley hoody. I thought it was the best. I never had a shell suit though, phew, for some sartorial sense.

I watched all the same TV too. I'm surprised I ever left the house! Mary Whitehouse experience impersonations were popular at school, I remember one during a game of winking murder. Who needs tablets for entertainment? Not until tetris came along.

\o/ B52's.

swordznsorcery
Dec. 8th, 2015 09:55 pm (UTC)
There were definitely more hours in the day back then. There's no other explanation for it.

MWE was fab. That's another thing I must have a rewatch of before very much longer. I've got the "Milky Milky" song lurking somewhere on my hard drive too.
liadtbunny
Dec. 9th, 2015 04:27 pm (UTC)
Re-watching the 90's is the thing:) I'm afraid to re-watch MWE in case the old me finds it too student. I'm told DtDD is still funny and prophetic re labour etc.
swordznsorcery
Dec. 9th, 2015 08:24 pm (UTC)
DtDD is still excellent. The DVDs put reminders at the start of each episode about what the headlines that week were, and that's a good idea! MWE could do with something similar. It's still funny, have no fear. Very of the time - very topical humour - but it's surprising what comes back from the dusty corners of the memory when you watch it, so those jokes do still work. I have a fuzzy copy somebody gave me that was taped off the telly back in the day. It could use a nice, cleaned up official release though - with reminders at the start of each episode about the week's headlines!
liadtbunny
Dec. 10th, 2015 03:47 pm (UTC)
You could watch your DtDD dvds or HIGNFY at the same time as MWE and have a 90's news night. I'm sure Ian Hislop would come round!
swordznsorcery
Dec. 10th, 2015 08:03 pm (UTC)
I'm sure Ian Hislop would come round!

Aaaargh!
liadtbunny
Dec. 11th, 2015 03:38 pm (UTC)
There was a girl in my A-level class who bucked the trend of fancying Paul Merton for a week (shows how long ago this ;) for Ian Hislop instead! He is one of the good guys though, as an ex-reader of 'Public Eye' in the library.
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