I've written about the '90s a lot these past few months, but I feel like that's only because so much of the 1990s is back. Is it because those of us who were kids then are suddenly adults with money that's burning a collective hole in our pockets? That's probably part of it. Part of it is also probably that the feeling of nostalgia is just so good.
Please feel free to listen to your old No Doubt CDs on your Discman, tie your hair back in a scrunchie, and remember what life was like with dial-up internet as you read why 2013 is like, totally the year of the 1990s.
This week, people are talking about the "Best Song Ever," a "Full House" semi-reunion, and Kristen Wiig as Michael Jordan.
1D's "Best Song Ever"
Earlier this week, Directioners were super excited when One Direction's new single, "Best Song Ever," leaked a few days early. The song was set to come on July 22, and the band was even releasing daily video teasers culminating in a countdown until the song's release. With only five days to go, the song leaked online July 17. To be fair, the band had been teasing the song since they released the trailer for their 3D movie, "This Is Us," back in June. I doubt this will hurt sales even a little bit.
There are so many sitcoms I used to watch and love as a kid. They were wholesome! They were funny! They kept me out of my family's hair for at least a good 30 minutes! I may have loved them then, but that doesn't mean I'd still love them today. Here are four shows I was obsessed with as a kid, and now totally regret trying to re-watch as an adult.
"Full House" is the ultimate '90s sitcom offender. The cheesy intro, the live studio audience, the puns, and that music. You know the music I'm talking about. Something bad has happened and one of the girls needs to have a stern talking to, or they need to learn a life lesson — which, in turn, means we need to learn a life lesson. That soft music starts up and it's not long before you're learning why it's not okay to give in to peer pressure or why we should all just be ourselves. And then everything is perfectly resolved and they all live happily ever after.
As a kid, this format worked perfectly. You got a couple of laughs, and you also learned something (to its credit, "Full House" did tackle subjects like loss). It wasn't complex, it was wrapped up in 20 minutes, and it usually had a happy ending. As an adult, this format is cloying to the point where you're lucky if you make it past the first few minutes of an episode.