Ah, some good ol’ nostalgia to get us through the hump day (which also happens to be Oasis 20th Knebworth anniversary so it seems pretty fitting). When I have read (some) nineties blog posts, they’re usually full of “we did it better than anyone else” content. Pretty patronising if you ask me seeing as the nineties kids are now freshly ripe adults in this big world so we aren’t exactly wise beyond our years per se. Sure, we were the LAST generation before technology properly took off but I think rather than being the best decade to live in, it was our childhood and those were the years that we grew up surrounded by sentiments and awesomeness. Of course to me the nineties were amazing growing up because I hadn’t been alive before then so I have nothing to compare it to but if you ask me being a teen in the eighties WOULD HAVE BEEN A-MAAAZING. So please, let’s not be cocky about being “the best kids alive” because that’s just cringeville.
Anyway, I’ve completely gone off topic because I like a rant but these are my 22 favourite things about being a kid in the ’90s!
1. Pokemon Cards
I’m proud to say (and I risk contradicting myself in my rant above) that we were the pokemon generation! Every Saturday it was pokemon marathon day and everyday at school it was pokemon war. I can’t express enough HOW EFFING MUCH I loved pokemon and how much of a hype it was. I’m only glad that they’ve made a fabulous comeback using technology (you know what I’m talking about). Not only does it encourage people to get outside and enjoy that fresh air, not only does it make you use your legs but people, ACTUAL PEOPLE, have met each other via this game. Incredible.
2. Spice Girls
I’m absolutely not ashamed to say that I was a Spice Girl (fan). I remember convincing myself that one day I would be one after being miraculously discovered so I’d wear my hair in bunches, rock the double denim and yes I absolutely owned a pair of metallic, platform trainers. Me and my best friend would walk around the place donning our Spice style thinking that everyone wanted TO BE US. I’ve never known bigger fans than me and her (hi Dom!) before in my life.
3. Jelly Shoes
They came back last year and if you owned some then BRAVO FOR BRAVING THE PAST! I personally cannot get away with wearing jelly shoes past the age of six. It’s a shame but such is life.
We all had one and we all killed it. This was something that your parents would buy you when you wanted a real pet but they either didn’t want to clean actual shit OR they bought it so they could say “How are you supposed to keep a real animal alive when you can’t even keep your Tamagotchi alive?” Completely unfair comparison. That was a bitch to keep alive.
5. Toys in the cereal
Did they try influencing us kids to eat in the morning by putting toys in the cereal? Because if anything, I remember it causing major destruction between siblings at breakfast time. Our parents were probably relieved that they stopped doing that but we were devastated.
6. Lyrics in the CD cases
I’m either easily pleased or this was THE REAL DEAL. Christmas day you’d get an awesome cd and one of the first things you did with it was check that there were lyrics on the leaflet inside. If there wasn’t then it was catastrophic.
Those magical, circular bits of cardboard that we all loved. How simple life was.
8. Cartoon Network
The golden age of Cartoon Network where we watched nothing but Dexters Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Powerpuff girls and many more classic childrens programmes that just aren’t quite the same these days.
9. Gooey Alien Eggs
Remember those slimy little guys that came in an egg? We were either adamant on breeding them or slamming them against our ceilings to see how long they’d stick.
10. Gel Pens
You were the coolest and most popular kid on your first day back at school if you got out your new, unused scented gel pens. You had great fun on your last week of the Summer holidays picking out those bad boys along with a brand new pencil case and lunch box of course.
11. Pringles case
Again, you made other kids jealous when you opened your new lunch box to reveal a Pringles case full of Pringles!
12. Toe Socks
Definitely not the most stylish OR the most comfortable things to wear but how could you resist those unique and usually rainbow coloured socks?
13. Inflatable Chairs
You wanted a modern and updated bedroom? Look no further than florescent inflatable chairs (I had a sofa at my dad’s. Just saying) and lava lamps.
14. Babyliss Hair Braider
Us girls went crazy for them when they came on the TV advertisements and it went straight onto our Christmas list. But those little purple hair electronics were fucking lethal weren’t they?! Your hair was basically ripped out and you were lucky to ever manage to get a single bead in your hair. My poor scalp.
15. Heads down, Thumbs up
The game you’d play on a Friday during class but end up going home in tears because your best friend pinched that other girls thumb. What a bitch.
You didn’t care how many times you had to personally rewind your favourite film or how many times you got curious and stuck your finger in the player (which always ended in tears). Videos were life and we couldn’t imagine anything better.
17. Tattoo Chokers
Again, they came back last year and yes I did buy one and wear it. Once. I looked myself in the mirror and realised that only nine year old Courtney could rock this fabulous accessory alongside the double denim and platform trainers. I’ve seen many women rock these and they definitely look grunge in a cool way, I looked like I was playing dress up! Fairwell ’90s trends.
Blockbuster was a total treat and they lasted much longer than I thought they would. This was the place you went to on a rare occasion where you’d pick three films and pick up a bag of popcorn for about a million pounds. Or when your parents said “No we can’t go to Blockbuster. Just pick a video you’ve already got” you hold onto that little bit of hope as you sit in the back of the car, gazing at that classic blue and yellow shop with anticipation but when the car starts to move and it becomes nothing but a blur in the distance, it broke your heart a little. Rest in peace Blockbuster.
19. Nintendo Game boy
AND ALL OF THE MARIO OR POKEMON GAMES. Those were the days.
You practiced dancing to this song because the upcoming school disco was coming up and you wanted to show off to the boys that you not only owned a metallic dress and glittery tights but you KNEW THE DANCE to the Macerena and you were definitely going to wiggle your bottom because that’s naughty.
21. Harry Potter
We were the HP generation. Need I say more?
22. Troll dolls
How could I forget these ugly little fellas? I don’t know why we loved them but WE JUST DID. In fact…
*frantically searching on Google for a troll doll with pink hair* obvs.
I had plenty of ideas to stick in this blog post but it would have turned into a novel. Thinking of your favourite childhood things definitely makes you wonder how kids these days are ever going to appreciate all they’ve got as the world has undoubtedly become a little more vain and ironically (with the amount of social media surrounding us) a lot more unsociable. Last year me and my husband were talking to our nephew and niece who couldn’t believe we didn’t have WiFi or we didn’t have apps on our phones back then. They asked “You didn’t have apps on your phone? Not even a camera? What did you use it for?!” We laughed and said “to phone people”. How crazy (or maybe just advanced) is this world that using a mobile phone to purely phone your loved ones is unimaginable? Still, perhaps in twenty years they’ll be reminiscing like me today on how much things have changed.
Happy Wednesday and goodnight!