The ‘90s decade ushered in essential reforms in music, style, attitude, and habits. Everything was now in moderation. Music listeners were tending to lean towards the sentimental/mushy/corny stuff and light rock. Bands were springing up from all sides of the metropolis offering a “different” tune. Different, yes, in their manner of delivering their craft but if you listen closely, all their stories are the same. Poetry weaved from experience and everyday occurrences or current events and radically-themed pieces which were so “in” during this era. You may have noticed that I am using the decade’s taste for music as its most definitive feature (as with any other era) because it encompasses numerous turfs, literally dictating fashion and even our food choices.
Personally, I still think the ‘80s is by far the most colorful, exuberant, and loudest decade of the century. Think of bright and flashy clothes and big hairstyles held high by beer and cans of hairsprays. Don’t forget the nightly disco joints with its pulsating lights and omnipresent disco ball.
By the end of the decade, however, the disco-loving generation of the ‘80s is getting all too tired of all the gyrating, the blinding lights and the shrill voices of Cyndi Lauper and the Material Girl. People are shedding off layers upon layers of clothes and ditching cans (practically liters!) of Aquanet (ozone-friendliness and environmentalism is now “in”). Haha!
Well, you may ask (I also ask), in favor of what? The ‘90s of course! As I’ve mentioned earlier, the ‘90s brought in a lot of groundbreaking adaptations to every aspect of our lives. Everything seems more palatable and a little bit toned down. You could never grow tired of the same stuff even if you use it (or eat it or listen to it) over and over again. Some may call it boring but it’s totally not. Definitely not. Take the groovy and sentimental sounds of boy bands (Backstreet Boys and Boyzone!!) and the rhythmic dance hits of girl bands. Nobody would call that boring. Or look at it this way: the ‘90s is just readjusting the equilibrium tilted by the excessive ‘80s.
Anyway, among the groups, which mushroomed during this decade, I personally think that the one that epitomizes the ‘90s, is the Spice Girls. They’re pretty, they sing well, they dance well, they’re stylish, they were controversial and they virtually conquered the universe. The world is their oyster, as they put it. Their influence could rival that of the President’s!! Anyway, not a few girly groups in schools (including at our high school…lol) went gaga over the craze brought in by the Spice Girls.
“In order for you to join our clique, you should be able to sing this first…or dance this first…” you could hear one who calls herself Baby Spice in a high school uniform telling a fledgling on how she could be part of their ultra-elite, ultra-cool, uber-pretty group. Lol. Lol. Lol.
And mind you, these girls could dance their asses off in corridors without anybody daring to tell them that it’s prohibited lest they be scorned by these blistering hot ladies. A concrete example:
Girl 1: “Yo, tell me what you want what you really,
Girl 2: “I tell you what you want, what you really,
Girl 3: “I wanna, I wanna…”
Girl 4: “I wanna really, really…”
Girl 5: “Ha?”
Lol. They were everywhere!! So there’s no doubt that the Spice Girls own the ‘90s. No, the ’90s is the Spice Girls!! Heck, since the girls are reunited once more, who knows what they will do next. Only God knows what.
Let’s wait and see…
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