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Subject: 1996: A dark year

Written By: Ryan112390 on 08/02/11 at 5:02 pm

Just as a few examples:
Consider that the biggest movies of the year were disaster films which were about destruction--Independence Day and Twister. Even the Disney movie released that year, Hunchback of Notre Dame, is possibly the darkest children's film they've ever released. The music too, took a dark twist, with Gangsta Rap taking on a more aggressive sound; Rock becoming a little more aggressive with Nu Metal and the like; The brooding sounds of the last Grunge records; The rebellious, "End of the world" style insanity of Marilyn Manson's debt record. He even has a track called 1996, which starts off with, "Light a candle for the sinners, set the world on fire..." It just seems like, for whatever reason, there was a dark or cynical undertone to the pop culture of 1996--moreso than any other time in the '90s I wonder.

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: Tia on 08/02/11 at 5:24 pm

i think the 90s got progressively darker with the millennarian anxiety about the year 2000 and whether the computers were gonna stop working or the second coming was gonna happen or something. consider how 1998 saw two asteroid-hitting-the-earth movies, or how in 1999 the moon was actually knocked out of earth orbit and catapulted into deep space.

well, that last maybe isn't the best example.

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: CatwomanofV on 08/02/11 at 5:24 pm

I graduated from college in 1996.



Cat

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: whistledog on 08/02/11 at 5:37 pm

I graduated from High School in 1996. 

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: snozberries on 08/02/11 at 6:44 pm


I graduated from college in 1996.



Cat


I started at the University in 96

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: whistledog on 08/02/11 at 6:46 pm

So what Rhett Butler is saying is that it was a dark year because people were graduating school and starting school?

http://www.shlaowai.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/horsetable-how-rude.jpg

lol

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: snozberries on 08/02/11 at 6:53 pm


So what Rhett Butler is saying is that it was a dark year because people were graduating school and starting school?

http://www.shlaowai.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/horsetable-how-rude.jpg

lol



Not sure what he was saying I didn't finish reading the post..... I just went to the comments  ;D

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: whistledog on 08/02/11 at 7:05 pm



Not sure what he was saying I didn't finish reading the post..... I just went to the comments  ;D


How did you not read his post?  I mean it was quite a well worded post that had good content.  Granted, I didn't read the whole post either, but that's only because I hate reading things that do not have paragraphs because all the text is lumped together and you sometimes lose where you left off.  Now where was I?  Oh yeah, rainbows and gumdrops and little kittens purring, clouds and snowflakes and dogs running marathons.  With six you get eggroll, but if you want two eggrolls, do you have to order 12?  But I kid, 1996 was a good year, I just do not remember much about it.

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: Tia on 08/02/11 at 8:59 pm

oy vey. i got my masters in '96.

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: snozberries on 08/02/11 at 9:04 pm


How did you not read his post?  I mean it was quite a well worded post that had good content.  Granted, I didn't read the whole post either, but that's only because I hate reading things that do not have paragraphs because all the text is lumped together and you sometimes lose where you left off.  Now where was I?  Oh yeah, rainbows and gumdrops and little kittens purring, clouds and snowflakes and dogs running marathons.  With six you get eggroll, but if you want two eggrolls, do you have to order 12?  But I kid, 1996 was a good year, I just do not remember much about it.


I stopped somewhere when it went from film to music....people hear right about trends and music and the letters shift and become nothing but blah blah blah.....


plus independence day isn't about destruction its about civilization putting aside differences to unite against a common enemy. it's about hope and promise and triumph. 


Twister was more of an action film than a disaster flick.....the whole thing was basically one long car chase...there was some destruction but on a grand scale not that much.... and really that film was about chasing a dream and seeing it come to fruition so actually it too was an uplifting film with a positive message....



btw Jerry Maguire was a hit....it also came out in 96.

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: Todd Pettingzoo on 08/02/11 at 9:40 pm

I remember thinking the first half of the 90's were darker in vibe/attitude. The second half seemed more laidback.  Lots of fun and cheesy music, too.

1996 is one of my favorite years of the 90's, along with '93 and '94.

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: Milkof1996 on 08/03/11 at 12:00 am

I figured out what air smelled like in 1996.

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/03/11 at 11:59 am


So what Rhett Butler is saying is that it was a dark year because people were graduating school and starting school?

http://www.shlaowai.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/horsetable-how-rude.jpg

lol
If that is the case, my dark year was 1976 not 1996!

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: King Tut on 08/03/11 at 11:13 pm

1996 was a very good year for me, one of the best years during the 90s.

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: joeman on 08/03/11 at 11:24 pm


Just as a few examples:
Consider that the biggest movies of the year were disaster films which were about destruction--Independence Day and Twister. Even the Disney movie released that year, Hunchback of Notre Dame, is possibly the darkest children's film they've ever released. The music too, took a dark twist, with Gangsta Rap taking on a more aggressive sound; Rock becoming a little more aggressive with Nu Metal and the like; The brooding sounds of the last Grunge records; The rebellious, "End of the world" style insanity of Marilyn Manson's debt record. He even has a track called 1996, which starts off with, "Light a candle for the sinners, set the world on fire..." It just seems like, for whatever reason, there was a dark or cynical undertone to the pop culture of 1996--moreso than any other time in the '90s I wonder.


It's what the people in general wanted at that time.  It is the same reason why Lady Gaga is popular today, because people want it.

At the same year, Spice Girls came out with "Wannabe"...is that dark and cynical?  Sounds happy go lucky pop to me

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: Davester on 08/07/11 at 10:31 pm


Just as a few examples:
Consider that the biggest movies of the year were disaster films which were about destruction--Independence Day and Twister. Even the Disney movie released that year, Hunchback of Notre Dame, is possibly the darkest children's film they've ever released. The music too, took a dark twist, with Gangsta Rap taking on a more aggressive sound; Rock becoming a little more aggressive with Nu Metal and the like; The brooding sounds of the last Grunge records; The rebellious, "End of the world" style insanity of Marilyn Manson's debt record. He even has a track called 1996, which starts off with, "Light a candle for the sinners, set the world on fire..." It just seems like, for whatever reason, there was a dark or cynical undertone to the pop culture of 1996--moreso than any other time in the '90s I wonder.


  That'll learn ya for taking mass entertainment too seriously...

  1996 was one of my better years.  Had a decent job with fair pay and good bennies (a highlight in itself).  Got my first apartment in 1996 with a storage room off the balcony porch which I promptly converted into a hidden sex slave room complete with chains in the wall and tawsing horse...

  Dark indeed...

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: snozberries on 08/07/11 at 10:59 pm


   That'll learn ya for taking mass entertainment too seriously...

   1996 was one of my better years.  Had a decent job with fair pay and good bennies (a highlight in itself).  Got my first apartment in 1996 with a storage room off the balcony porch which I promptly converted into a hidden sex slave room complete with chains in the wall and tawsing horse...

   Dark indeed...



WAS THAT YOU!!!!!  :o    I knew we'd met somewhere before!  :D

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: King Tut on 08/08/11 at 12:50 am



   1996 was one of my better years.  Had a decent job with fair pay and good bennies (a highlight in itself).  Got my first apartment in 1996 with a storage room off the balcony porch which I promptly converted into a hidden sex slave room complete with chains in the wall and tawsing horse...

   

ahh, the good old days...I still kept that leather glove.  :D ;D

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: ralfy on 05/21/16 at 1:32 pm

"'Twister' celebrates 20th anniversary; original movie released on May 10th, 1996"

http://www.kjrh.com/news/local-news/twister-celebrates-20th-anniversary-movie-was-first-to-make-its-way-to-dvd

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: XYkid on 05/21/16 at 2:17 pm

I only barely remember 1996, but my memories of that year seem happy. Matilda, Macarena, Nintendo 64 being released, and Sabrina The Teenage Witch premiered.

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: yelimsexa on 05/25/16 at 1:15 pm


"'Twister' celebrates 20th anniversary; original movie released on May 10th, 1996"

http://www.kjrh.com/news/local-news/twister-celebrates-20th-anniversary-movie-was-first-to-make-its-way-to-dvd


I thought Twister seemed cool at the time, but now that many real-world storm chasers are using better technology, such as 4K and HDMI, seeing not just the real thing but with an improvement in production literally blows away the original.

That said, while pop culturally somewhat dark (unless if you were in Europe with the brighter dance music), the overall economic events were fairly optimistic, especially due to the widespread Internet boom in that the true age of Aquarius had arrived once again, and remember that lots of '70s (and lingering '60s nostalgia) helped to make up for the then-current dark culture.

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: 80sfan on 05/25/16 at 1:35 pm

Pop culturally, yes. Energy wise, it was a very happy and sunny year!  :D

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: ArcticFox on 05/28/16 at 11:19 pm

1996 wasn't a dark year at all. Economically and politically, Americans had basically nothing to worry about. Culturally, not even. The most popular movies that year weren't "dark" at all. Independence Day, Twister, From Dusk Till Dawn, Happy Gilmore, Transpotting, The Nutty Professor, and Romeo & Juliet weren't exactly what I would call "dark", with the exception of the more self-induced ones such as Scream, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Fargo.

Musically, 1996 was the year that popular music moved into a lighter direction. A sample of some of the most well-remembered hits of that year: "Follow You Down", "Too Much", "Ironic", "The Distance", "Lovefool", "Big Me", "In the Meantime", "Santa Monica", "Salvation", "Spiderwebs", "What I Got", "Down", "Always Be My Baby", "Falling", "Only You", "Where Do You Go", "This Is Your Night", "Loungin' (Who Do Ya Luv)", "This Is For the Lover in You", "Get Money", and "Mouth" all showcase popular music moving into a more carefree and feel-good direction. This is about as dark as it got that year:

http://www.banquetrecords.com/item.jpg?MOVLP935
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0gAxuvo5rc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVPzWkdhwrw

And these weren't even that band's most aggressive efforts. In my opinion it was 1995 that was the darkest year of the '90s.

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: Ripley on 05/29/16 at 2:31 pm

Tupac was killed that year: ( Also I had a tick bite. Plus my mom married what would become a monster.

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: mqg96 on 06/01/16 at 7:01 pm

The one thing I loved about 1996 pop culturally was that it was a perfect balance of mid 90's culture and late 90's influences coming in fast from start to finish. The pop culture of TV, movies, music, and video games were amazing that year. The movies weren't as great as other 90's years but the rest of everything was almost perfect. It was one of the greatest years in gaming history, since it was the year the N64 and the PS1 began to come out with big hit games that revolutionized the gaming industry while the SNES was exiting itself with its last titles. Movies like Independence Day, Space Jam, 101 Dalmatians, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame were decent enough. Not only the 100th Olympics was held in our own country, but in ATLANTA, GA my hometown! That's what makes 1996 a special year pop culturally for me, despite only being a baby at the time so sadly I barely missed out on that year  :\'(  So overall with the exception of Tupac's death, I consider 1996 as one of the greatest years ever pop culturally not just in the 90's, but in modern history period, and if you lived in the U.S. especially Atlanta, 1996 was an EPIC time to be alive!

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: mach!ne_he@d on 06/01/16 at 10:38 pm


The one thing I loved about 1996 pop culturally was that it was a perfect balance of mid 90's culture and late 90's influences coming in fast from start to finish. The pop culture of TV, movies, music, and video games were amazing that year. The movies weren't as great as other 90's years but the rest of everything was almost perfect. It was one of the greatest years in gaming history, since it was the year the N64 and the PS1 began to come out with big hit games that revolutionized the gaming industry while the SNES was exiting itself with its last titles. Movies like Independence Day, Space Jam, 101 Dalmatians, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame were decent enough. Not only the 100th Olympics was held in our own country, but in ATLANTA, GA my hometown! That's what makes 1996 a special year pop culturally for me, despite only being a baby at the time so sadly I barely missed out on that year  :\'(  So overall with the exception of Tupac's death, I consider 1996 as one of the greatest years ever pop culturally not just in the 90's, but in modern history period, and if you lived in the U.S. especially Atlanta, 1996 was an EPIC time to be alive!


Like any year, the way you view 1996 probably has alot to do with how old you were at the time. If you were a teenager in 1996, going through all the typical trails and tribulations of high school, then I could imagine how you might've seen the pop culture of the year in an overall darker tone. Also, pivotal events like the death of Tupac, or the Olympic Park Bombing, or TWA Flight 800 probably would've seemed more serious to you.

My experience is a totally different story, however, because I was just a kid at the time. When I think of 1996, I picture 4th grade, seeing who could swing the highest at recess, riding bikes with friends around my neighborhood, playing Super Mario World and Sonic the Hedgehog, watching Fox Kids and Nictoons, and all that good stuff.

This video probably best sums up how I remember 1996, and it is decidedly not dark:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjwuRyAN77w

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: aja675 on 06/03/16 at 7:59 am

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Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: humaeast on 06/03/16 at 3:41 pm

The year before, 1995, Disney made their Alien Encounter attraction open to the public. Remember S.I.R. the robot? Yep he was in this revision. I wasn't alive but I know how it went

Subject: Re: 1996: A dark year

Written By: #Infinity on 06/04/16 at 2:47 pm

For the longest time, I viewed 1996 as the major kiddie year, or as cultural square one. Not only was it the first year when my cinematic memory finished fully developing (around summer or autumn so), it felt like no other year produced as many of the educational tools that I grew up with as that year. Learning in Toyland, Fisher Price Pirates, Tonka Construction, Jump Start 2nd Grade, and almost any other computer game whose release date I remember came out in 1996. 1996 was also about when I got my first computer (or at the very least started playing computer games), not to mention Arthur came out on PBS and the Nintendo 64 hit stores. For the longest time, I was never exposed to anything beyond kid and little kid culture from 1996, and so whenever I thought of the year, it always brought to mind images of kiddie things and kiddie thoughts. I had heard "I Believe I Can Fly," "1979," and "I Finally Found Someone" on the radio at a very young age, but didn't know anything about else about them until much later.

All of this changed around the time I entered my adolescence and learned much more about the adolescent culture of 1996. Immediately, I came to associate it with both 2Pac's "California Love," but also the rapper's murder in September of that year; it's odd to think I was just starting preschool when the tragedy struck in Las Vegas. I also picked up on how grassy, silky, bassy, and funky the usual type of music from 1996 was. I think I remember hearing a few samples of 1996 albums on Amazon back in the mid-2000s and noted how different they sounded compared to the music I had grown up with on my Now albums from 1998 and beyond.

Today, I still think of 1996 as a very aesthetically dark year, even though I also strongly believe the last third of the year was the dawn of the greater era that would come to define my childhood, a time of fun, innocence, and creativity. Still, like other mid-90s years, so many film posters or album cover arts had either monochrome or solid black backdrops and color schemes, in stark contrast to the late 90s and beyond:

http://static.djbooth.net/pics-features/alleyezonmelarge.jpg

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71QBE2hBCVL._SY355_.jpg

http://cdn.pitchfork.com/blog/1027/0418da3c.jpg

http://www.israbox.download/uploads/posts/1186258473_sheryl_crow__sheryl_crow.jpg

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/0d/Set_it_off_poster.jpg

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e9/Westside_Connection_-_Bow_Down_(Front).jpg

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/413NIgckA8L._SY355_.jpg
(despite the fact that this is arguably the first late 90s r&b album, alongside One in a Million and Another Level)

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/5b/Eye_for_an_Eye_%281996_film%29_poster.jpg

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/05/Everything_Falls_Apart_CD_single_cover.JPG

http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_400/MI0000/105/MI0000105339.jpg?partner=allrovi.com

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/38/Hootie_Blowfish_Old_Man.jpg

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