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1992

Argh, 1992. What do I know about 1992?! I do know that Peter's Friends was released. I went to see it, but the projector broke down part way through, so I had to go back the same time next week to see the rest. Fortunately it was worthwhile! I wound up buying the soundtrack (which I recommend). Windows 3.1 came out, although I don't think I got anywhere near it until probably around '94, by which point it was about to be superceded by 95. I didn't start using 95 until about 2000 though, by which time... I sense a pattern. :)

Oh, what else happened in '92? Um. It was a leap year. (Counts, hurriedly). Yes. Definitely a leap year. Bush and Yeltsin spent ages having talks to decide that they weren't going to try blowing each other up anymore, which was quite nice of them I suppose. Clinton got elected. I like Bill Clinton. He plays the saxophone, and likes fish and chips. Does it show that I'm struggling with this year? I really don't remember a bloody thing, except school sucking.

There was the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert of course, but I wasn't able to watch that. A rock concert in tribute to a member of Queen was not going to happen with my father present. Happily he was out when it got repeated. Whether that was Christmas '92 or '93, I don't recall, but it was one of the two. Springsteen put out a pair of (E Street Band-less) albums, but I was still cross with him for sacking them, so I don't think I paid much attention. Being (mildly) less ridiculous nowadays, I've got over all of that, but I still think those two albums are rubbish (sorry Bruce). Except for Human Touch and Better Days. Least said about 57 Channels (And Nothing On), the better. What were you thinking, Bruce?! About the same as the British public were thinking, when they elected the Conservatives again this year. 1992! If they'd waited one more year, I could have voted. And I'm not trying to make out that this would have made any difference to the outcome, especially given Britain's rubbish first-past-the-post electoral system, but at least I'd have felt like I could have helped. I still don't know who I would have voted for though. No Greens then, at least locally. Never could quite believe in Neil Kinnock, and Paddy Ashdown irritated me. Safe Tory seat here, so it's irrelevant anyway, but dreams are nice.

What was I watching in 1992? That's usually a safe subject. It was the year that Between The Lines started. I love that show. Still good. That first series is a humdinger, although I do still prefer series two. And there was The Good Guys (which I alone seem to remember, with Nigel Havers and Keith Barron swashbuckling their way about. With swords! There were definitely swords in one episode at least). And there was Sam Saturday, which I'm definitely alone in remembering, about a policeman. (It was a nickname - he was Jewish, so they called him Saturday. Because...? Saturday could just as easily be for Catholics. Anyway, I liked it at the time). And the BBC caused national panic airing Ghostwatch, in which Mike Smith and Sarah Greene, with Michael Parkinson just to make it all look extra believable, pretended to discover ghosts in the suburbs. It was brilliant. They were banned from showing it again. Some people have no sense of humour...



Cardboards Daleks exchanged for Tammy Wynette, here's the KLF with Justified & Ancient (Stand By The JAMs):



A surprise release this year of a previously unknown song (available years earlier in a different, much slower version). Bob Marley and Iron Lion Zion:



Because I like it, and it's bouncy -The Pasadenas with I'm Doing Fine Now:



And to wrap things up, always reliably weird, Shakespears Sister and Hello (Turn Your Radio On):





1993 is far less of a struggle. Though that's not necessarily a good thing.

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meathiel
Dec. 10th, 2015 03:22 am (UTC)
It's interesting to go back to (recent) history with you.
swordznsorcery
Dec. 10th, 2015 05:01 am (UTC)
Thank you. I don't know how interesting it's going to be once we start with the really recent years though!
lost_spook
Dec. 10th, 2015 10:03 am (UTC)
Oh, wow, I'd completely forgotten that Shakespeare's Sister one, and it really took me back. I'm pretty sure at this point I had a radio and was recording songs. (Hmm, that would have been from 91.) I'm not sure I've heard it since I last listened to a very very old tape...

I remember Iron Lion Zion, though, because it annoyed me to death. (I'm not clicking on it!)

TV was... well, we'd lost DW and it was the 90s, but I might have finally woken up to Press Gang, just before it was nearly too late.
swordznsorcery
Dec. 10th, 2015 04:59 pm (UTC)
I didn't discover "Press Gang" until a repeat series ages after, so you did better than me! It's Moffat's fault for making it for Children's ITV. Who watched that?!
liadtbunny
Dec. 10th, 2015 12:59 pm (UTC)
Here you and me are parting company with TV, although BTL was prob a bit too old for me and I only watched late night comedy then anyway! I did see Peter's Friends (a film with TV comedy people in it - a must see!) and I was underage, shhh.

Shakespeare's Sister had two songs?
swordznsorcery
Dec. 10th, 2015 05:01 pm (UTC)
They had a whole album! (Several, actually). 1992 was probably their best year, singles-wise. They'd had a hit with "You're History" a year or two before, and then in '92 they had "Stay", "Hello" and "I Don't Care". All good songs!
liadtbunny
Dec. 11th, 2015 12:47 pm (UTC)
It's all coming back to me!
swordznsorcery
Dec. 11th, 2015 04:32 pm (UTC)
Sorry. ;)
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