Why the 90’s Were Better (no politics, I promise)

Every day I work with people who are considerably younger than me.  Having said this, I also work with people who are a bit older than me.  I’ll throw it out there, I am 34.  The people who are older than me will tend to agree, and the people younger than me, without any experience to base their opinion on, will usually disagree.  The 90’s were just better.  They were more wholesome and true to the time without the necessity to create a shock and awe style impact.  The 90’s were rebelliously subtle.  I miss it.  Maybe I’m just getting old.

MUSIC

Music is becoming more creative, but less real.  It’s all about money, it’s all about who knows who.  Then there is talent, which is nice to have, but not necessary to be a famous musician.  Who needs talent when there are producers to turn a pretty face into something with retail value.

I love rap music.  It was very dominant in the neighborhood I grew up in.  I am a huge fan of Naughty By Nature (thank you Shane), Onyx, DMX, Mobb Deep, 3-6 Mafia, Nas, Jay-Z (despite their feud), Eminem, Dre, NWA, Pharcyde, and of course, my favorite, Wu Tang.  These folks rapped about their struggles, and their lives of crime.  Their soul fueled battles to the top, and their downfalls during their travels.  They rapped, on occasion, about love and sacrifice.  Now, it is so sad that rap music has de-evolved to talking about blow jobs, sex in a sports car, and even date rape.  Besides, there are very few very original beats anymore.  I understand it may be difficult to come out with something new, but at least compliment the plagiarized beat with some intelligent lyrics.  So I am clear, there are some hip hop stars who really do have intelligent things to say in their music.  Lil’ Wayne for example.  I love this shit that comes out of his mouth.  It is very quick witted.  I can truly appreciate that.  The real problem is, I have not heard anything in the past 10 years or so that made me say, “Hey, I want to hear more of what this guy/girl has to offer.”  Maybe I’m just getting old, but it all sounds the same to me now.  It’s just not honest anymore.  I have an idea, let’s put Method Man and Drake in a boxing ring together.  No gloves, no rules, no holds barred.  I’m betting on Meth.  He, and many of the rappers from the 90’s are just more believable.  If you want to come off as “hard” but you are that kid from “Degrassi,” you have a lot to overcome.  Just to be clear, I also like a lot of what Drake does, but it’s just not anything I can really get into on the regular.  Maybe I’m just getting old.

As far as the other predominant mainstream music genre, rock, I can’t really get into that either anymore.  It’s just confusing.  There are so many different types of rock.  I am not sure what heavy metal, metal, alternative, or any of it means anymore.  I like some new stuff, but there is nothing out there that has persuaded me to purchase an album.  Here and there, that’s what there is.  Secondhand Serenade, Sick Puppies, Finger Eleven, TBS, Playjerise; they are all just okay.  Sure, some of their songs are amazing, but I would never pay for a ticket to go and see them.  I would never buy an album.  They just aren’t memorable.  I had to go into my phone just to remember their names and what songs I have of theirs that I like.  I remember having cassette tapes and CDs of bands like Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Metallica, The Toadies, Tool, NIN, Smashing Pumpkins and so on and so forth.  Each time I knew there was a new album out, I was at the store or saving money to go to the store.  In fact, as Foo Fighters are still around, I download everything I get a chance to.  They are awesome.  There is just nothing out there that “pumps my nads” anymore.  Maybe I’m just getting old.

MOVIES

Today, I decided to take a small trip back in time.  I went back 20-25 years.  I watched “Robin Hood; Prince of Thieves,” and “Braveheart.”  Watching these two movies made me realize, we are far too visual, and far less intellectual than we were 25 years ago.  A lot of what is said in these movies, by today’s standards would be considered corny.  The same goes for my generation watching “12 Angry Men,” but that doesn’t make them bad movies.  Nor does special effects make a good movie.  Take, for instance, the Transformer movies.  They were all terrible.  In fact, John Turturro’s character was completely ridiculous and unnecessary.  There was a complete lack of any sort of believable plot, the characters were all retards, and the personalities of the “alien beings” was totally unbelievable.  I loved every second of all of them!  Why?  Because they were visually stimulating.  There is a need for that in everyone’s life.  That is why strip clubs exist.  Were they GOOD movies?  No freakin way!  If you want a good modern movie, the only way to go is to watch lower budget independent films.  They tend to have the most thought put into them.  Check out “The Host.”  It is an asian monster film with a low’ish budget.  It was amazing. Oh, wait….the American public may not be entirely ready for that one….you have to read the subtitles.  Maybe I’m just getting old.

PARENTS

Be a parent, not an airbag, seatbelt, safety net, warden, preacher, crutch, lawyer, etc.  My parents did not catch me every time I fell.  I’m glad they didn’t because I have learned to get the fuck up and carry on!  Parents today are creating soft, soon to be adults, who will get ate up by the world.  My father said this to me when I was 15 years old, “Remember, there is a whole world that exists above your head, beneath your neck, behind you, and otherwise outside of your view. Don’t let it get you.” I fear for my children.  Not because of my influence, as you have heard my mantra, but because of the influence of their so-called, “friends” who are raised by people with a license to drive, fish, hunt, etc, but no clue about how to raise a child.  Maybe there should be a license for that.  Maybe I’m just getting old.

INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

I did not have a cell phone until I was 22 years old.  Since that time, I have only had 3 more (besides having to replace a track phone once because my dog ate it).  I went from 2002 – 2007 without one.  Then, I went from 2009 – 2011 without one.  The only reason I have one now is because my job dictates it.  Why, because I like to look at people when I talk.  I understand the need for cell phones, especially in today’s world, however, there is no replacement for face to face talk, or just not talking at all at the moment.  I remember waiting at the doctor’s office, or just sitting around people watching without the need to see what was going on in the world of Facebook.  It is okay to be bored sometimes I guess.  I think it’s relaxing on occasion.  Maybe I’m just getting old.

CONCLUSION

These are just a few of the reasons the 90’s were better.  There are so many more, but you get the idea.  I am trying to stay away from politics on this blog, so I kept it simple.  I am sure there are plenty of 80’s babies who could think of a plethora of other reasons, but I am feeling a bit tired.  Maybe I’m just getting old.  Mad Old.

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