Feature: Why the '90s Are Back, From the Cobain Doc to Summerland Tour
Tue, 12 May 2015 14:08:04
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Get drunk on nostalgia from several decades ago!
The cup of '90s nostalgia runneth over. This writer has been watching General Hospital clips on YouTube, exclusively from 1993 to 1995, wearing Doc Martens eight-hole boots with dresses, playing with brown lip liner and rocking oversized flannels with skinny jeans, keeping it in the then and the now.
But it's not just about that. The music, man! The music was so definitive.
Third Eye Blind are often on iPod repeat. So are Everclear. So, WTF gives? Why are the '90s back, from the Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck documentary to the Summerland Tour, featuring a host of acts from several decades ago?
It's a tough question with a shockingly simple answer.
Three answers, really.
1. We are yearning for a simpler time. When CDs sold. When record stores stocked the best in alt rock and pop. When music dictated fashion, instead of reacting to it. When voices of a generation were still a thing. One needn't look further than Dave Grohl for evidence of picking up the baton left behind by his late bandmate Kurt Cobain, hurling himself into the 2000s and the 2010s.
2. Nostalgia is bittersweet. But it's more sweet than it is bitter. It's fun to relive and remember when things were simpler or more defined, since the right now can be the very opposite of that. We don't know about you, but the soundtracks of our lives are teeming and brimming with hits of the '90s. It's harder to find that today when music culture is so digital and disposable.
3. The '90s were a zeitgeist of culture. A genre was created. Movies were closely tied to music, like Singles or Reality Bites. That doesn't happen as much. Generation X and Generation Y are so much more rooted in concrete things than millennials.
And that, my friends, is why the '90s rule.