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America's Captain 


Location: Bayville New Jersey
Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
Posts: 11,192

The author of this article clearly thinks so:
The Best Decade Ever? The 90s Obviously

What do you think?

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Superman's Pal


Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
Posts: 2,941

It's like you live through something that seems mediocre but years later things have gotten so much worse that you look back on that mediocrity fondly.

I didn't love the '90s when I was in them, I mean it was the time I was in high school and college so it was a good/bad time of my life. Politics seemed simpler. I don't know about pop culture, there is always some good and some bad. I think there was a lot of junk back then but there still is. There is maybe less quality now or maybe it's just harder to find because there is so much more to sift through.

I guess I'm one of the few who didn't really get Nirvana. I mean they were okay, I liked some of the grunge bands, but they weren't head and shoulders above the rest.

Jurassic Park had great CGI but stuff coming out 10 years later was vastly inferior. It was a new technology picked up by people who didn't understand how to use it.

Some movies like Pulp Fiction, Being John Malkovich and Fight Club at least tried something different. Pulp Fiction especially spawned a horde of imitators.

I suppose it as the last decade when pro wrestling was really good. Or maybe I just grew out of it.

All of the shock events in comics might have jumped the shark for DC and Marvel. DC vs Marvel might have been a signal of the end times. I don't think I've ever liked comics quite as much since then. I mostly read stuff from the '60s-'80s these days.

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Unstable Molecule

Location: Calgary, AB Canada
Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
Posts: 2,807

Not for me - even though it was the decade of my 20's, which is supposed to be one of the best times of your life.

But the music sucked. Grunge was good, yes, but Pop music was abysmal. The Spice Girls, N'Sync, Backstreet Boys - god it was all so terrible.

The worst decade in comics by far. Onslaught, the Clone Saga, the Crossing (yes, I know the Crossing has its fans but I'm not one of them), Sue's boob-window outfit, shoulder pads and leather jackets, Liefeld... I could go on. There were some highlights though - Knightfall, most of the Vertigo stuff, especially Sandman.

Fashion was just weird. Overalls on women, purple suits, over-sized everything, pastels... they say the 80s was the worst decade for fashion, but the 90s was right there with them.

TV had some incredible shows like Twin Peaks and My So-Called Life. ER was pretty good most of the way through. But there was also the bland and the bad, like Friends, Seinfeld and Mad About You.

Some good movies - Romeo and Juliet, Titanic, Pulp Fiction, Silence of the Lambs, Schindler's List, Fargo, Big Lebowski, LA Confidential.

OK, it was a great decade for movies.

And a lean, silent figure slowly fades into the gathering darkness, aware at last that in this world, with great power there must also come -- great responsibility!
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Nose Norton

Location: Plainville
Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
Posts: 5,713

The 90's was the decade that I drank the most beer, saw the most concerts and went on the most baseball away game trips, so that was fun.

I only skimmed through that article so I can't make any direct comments on it.

I think when talking about the 90's, you have to start with the music. I agree with Unstable Molecules that the pop music of the 90's was much worse than that of the 60's-80's but the infusion of punk rock into mainstream music was great. Grunge opened the doors for bands like Rancid, Social Distortion, The Offspring and Green Day on the radio. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones played ska-punk, Mike Ness played country-punk, The Pogues played traditional Irish-punk, Squirrel Nut Zippers played swing-punk, Blink-182 played college-punk(which used to be called alternative), and it was all on the radio.

In the 90's, I stopped buying non-Spider-Man comics. I did and still do like the Clone Saga. At the time, those enhanced covers were pretty eye-catching for the most part, and still look good. Storywise, the comics had peaks by JM DeMatteis and Tom DeFalco and valleys with Terry Kavanaugh and John Byrne. Spider-Girl started in the 90's and Untold Tales Of Spider-Man was a favorite.

My favorite TV show of all time, The X-Files, is from the 90's, as is the Spider-Man cartoon. These were shows I set my VCR for. I used to love Fox's lineup of The Simpsons, Married...With Children, In Living Color, Parker Lewis Can't Lose.

I enjoyed the second generation slasher movies of the 90s, like Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer and Urban Legend.
Pulp Fiction, Clueless, Forrest Gump, Goodfellas, Toy Story, Silence Of The Lambs, Seven, The Shawshank Redemption, Schindler's List...yeah, I think we could say the 90's had great movies.

Baseball was ruined by steroid use, though I have to admit it was exciting as hell at the time. I hate the NY Yankees, but that late 90's team was something to behold. I tuned out on basketball. Being from Boston, nothing could match the Celtics/Lakers rivalry of the 80's. Drew Bledsoe gave the Patriots a glimmer of hope.

The 90's were pretty good, but the best ever? I don't know. I think it'd get some competition from the 70's.

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