You’ll Neee-ever Forget Where You’re Coming From!
These days the teens have One Direction, but let’s face it, those lads have nothing on the mania sparked by Gary, Robbie, Mark, Howard and Jason. With hits like Pray, Back For Good and Love Ain’t Here Anymore, Take That were the boy band of the 90s and you’ll surely remember the flash floods when Robbie left in 1995.
The boys may have been able to relight our fires again in the noughties, but I think you’ll find those packed stadiums were largely comprised of your fellow 90s kids. Am I right?
You Still Bear the Scars of Sporting Failure
As a nation, we’ve become accustomed to sporting success, but 90s children knew nothing but abject sporting failure until that point. Thanks to crippling Ashes losses to the Shane Warne-led Aussies, near misses in the footy (ok, nothing’s changed there), being trodden on by Jonah Lomu or suffering under the reign of Schumacher, 90s kids will never take the triumphs for granted.
After all, we remember when a bronze medal at the would be treated like cause for a national holiday.
You Watch a Lot of Challenge TV
The 1990s were clearly the best era for game shows and thankfully, the Challenge TV still shows them all. From action-packed classics like Gladiators, The Crystal Maze or CITVs adventure game Knightmare, to quiz show staples like Strike It Lucky or Family Fortunes, you can hum the complete theme tunes to them all. You’ll enjoy watching reruns of Bullseye, but obviously boycott the Dave Spikey revival episodes out of reverence and loyalty to the great Jim Bowen. You’ll also remember that Question of Sport was actually funny and enjoyable at one point.
It’s Still Either Blur or Oasis
Some 90s kids will tell you they enjoy Blur and Oasis, but effectively, they’re lying. In the mid-nineties battle lines were drawn (usually around the Watford Gap area) and were only crossed under pain of death. Britpop was a cultural as well as a musical movement. It was Parklife or Live Forever and it still is.
You’re Still Mourning the Passing of Your Tamagotchi
If you were at school in 1997, the chances are you failed to learn much because you were too busy taking care of your digital pet. The Tamagotchi toy-on-a-key-ring was utterly pointless, yet completely addictive. You’d feed and water your pet, play with them so they wouldn’t get bored and pet them so they wouldn’t die of loneliness. They always did eventually though. Always. Thankfully we had Pogs to fall back on.
You Remember When Ant and Dec Were Pop Stars
With the words “Arrrgggghhh, Pee Jay, me eyes, man!” young Byker Grove stars Ant McPartland and Declan Donnelly (aka PJ and Duncan) became darlings of a nation. And what do we do with young, likeable celebrities? Turn them into pop stars of course! Thankfully, soon after we all got Ready 2 Rumble, the star-makers decided the Geordie duo would be better off introducing the talent!
You Miss The Word
The cutting edge, late night Channel 4 show was the height of cool in the 90s and, if you could get away with staying up to watch Terry Christian, Dani Behr and co., you were too. Whether it was the iconic performances of Nirvana, Oasis or Rage Against The Machine or the odd bit of drunken debauchery, The Word was must see TV until it went off the air in 1995. Then… well, then there was TFI Friday.
You Often Wonder What Happened to Des
If you were an impressionable youth during the nineties, you may find yourself asking: “What the hell happened to Desmond Lynam?” The moustachioed BBC presenter was everywhere back then. Grandstand, the Cup Final, Wimbledon, Sports Personality and everything in between, but and as soon as the millennium came around he dropped off the face of the earth… apart from that undistinguished stint as Countdown host, of course.
You Own the X-Files and Friends Box-Sets
Sitting somewhere between your Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and The Sopranos box-sets are the complete collections of the aforementioned nineties classics. Secretly, you’re still wondering whether Mulder and Scully will ever get it on properly and [Spoiler Alert!] you still cry when Ross and Rachel finally reunite. Don’t worry we do too.
“They’re Opal Fruits, Not Starburst, OK?”
It’s a scientific fact that Opal Fruits stopped tasting as good when they changed the name to Starburst in order to match the American name. Us 90s kids still aren’t over it. We hope you didn’t get too bored during this trek down memory lane. Please try to remember it’s a Marathon, not a Snickers.