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Subject: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Ryan112390 on 03/03/13 at 10:06 am

Post here your memories of 1991, the big events of that year for you, what you remember about that year, discuss also the trends in fashion (men and women), hairstyles and clothes of 1991; the biggest music artists and the biggest movies and computer/video games. Basically just sum up everything you can recall about the second year of the '90s.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Bobby on 03/03/13 at 1:14 pm

Well...I've mentioned this before elsewhere on Inthe00s but 1991 was a deeply emotional time for me being in an extended family. However, I consider 1991 to be a transitional year as I don't believe 1990 had completely shaken off the 1980s just yet but 1992 for me was the start of the 1990s (am I talking about decadeology now? I don't know and I don't care...).

Anyhow, what I remember was the Gulf War kicking off, the aftermath of the burning oil fields and the collapse of the Soviet Union ending the year with Gorbachev resigning and the end to The Cold War.

I also remember Freddie Mercury's death of AIDS related illness in November that year (roughly around the same time my nan died).

As for music of 1991, I often think about singers/bands like Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan going in new directions and signalling the end of Stock, Aitken and Waterman music that dominated the mid to late 1980s in the UK. Cathy Dennis, Amy Grant and Jesus Jones had a go at the charts. Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch, C&C Music Factory, Color Me Badd, Sabrina Johnston, Frances Nero and Chesney Hawkes were all one hit wonders in the UK. The Wonderstuff and James broke into the charts though it could be argued that Wonderstuff were 'flavour of the year' as they didn't achieve the same success afterwards. Michael Jackson made a huge impact towards the end of 1991 with the hit 'Black or White'.

I also remember The Clash being huge for a short while after featuring on a jeans TV advert and Cher had a number one with her cover of Betty Everett's 'The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in his kiss)' for the film Mermaids.

When I think of 1991, I think it was pretty much the end of New Kids on the Block, Rick Astley and Slade who had one more top 30 UK hit before the band finally called it a day. It was obviously the end for Queen in 1991 but they had 2 number 1's in the UK that year - one before and after Mercury died. Bananarama wouldn't really achieve the same success as they had in previous years and I would argue it was also Paul Young's last good year too. UK stalwart Shakin' Stevens had left the chart scene by 1991.

However, the song that truly dominated UK 1991 and stayed at No 1 for 16 consecutive weeks was the rather dreary '(Everything I do) I do it for you' by Bryan Adams. It was the soundtrack to Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. I don't know how it got into the top 10 never mind hitting no 1 and staying there!

Comic Relief 1991's song for that year was 'The Stonk' by Hale and Pace and The Stonkers. It reached no 1 in the UK charts for charity.

Films I remember coming out this year was Hook, Drop Dead Fred, My Girl, Doc Hollywood, The Rocketeer, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, King Ralph, The Fisher King, the rubbish firefighting film Backdraft, the big flop Hudson Hawk and Addams Family, Beauty and the Beast and Terminator 2 towards the end of the year. I believe it was the start of CGI becoming mainstream in Hollywood films.

1991 was the birth of Sonic the Hedgehog and I think 1991 was where The Simpsons jumped the shark in terms of mainstream marketing intensity. They were hugely popular in the coming years but things seemed to cool down after 1991 as they had no more chart hits after 'Do the Bartman' and 'Deep deep trouble'.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: warped on 03/03/13 at 1:48 pm

1991. Got engaged/married. A year full of wedding plans, trips, finding an appartment, buying furniture, spending long hours at work in my job as Corporate international liaison for Group Life & Health insurance policies. It was a VERY happening year for me.

I stopped listening to the radio that year, couldn't find any new music I liked. And it got worse year after year. I think the Stevie B postman song, Londonbeat's "I've been thinking about you" and "It ain't over till it's over" Lenny Kravitz were the only 3 songs I thought were OK that year. I think Grunge became more popular around that time but I just never listen to it or tolarate it (although I like it better than Hip-hop or rap). I was missing 80s music and wondered where all the good songs went. Maybe I was just getting older, generation gap thing, didn't understand the music anymore.

We saw "Thelma & Louise", "Cape Fear", "City Slickers" and "Backdraft" around that time period.  "Doc Hollywood" too. "JFK?" "Hot Shots"? From 1988 to 1993 I spent lots of time in movie theaters.  It was a good era for films.


Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Howard on 03/03/13 at 2:02 pm

1991 was a decent year for music. You had R.E.M, Gloria Estefan, C&C Music Factory, Boys II Men and Fresh Prince.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Inlandsvägen1986 on 03/03/13 at 3:19 pm

1991 was not too different from 1990, personally. However I have a lot of more memories from our summer vacation at the sea in comparison to the year before.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Howard on 03/04/13 at 6:19 am

And it was a good year for films too.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: 1993 on 03/04/13 at 9:22 am

This was a big year, Smells Like Teen Spirit just took over the airwaves in September that year. You just couldn't get away from that song. Grunge culture pretty much eradicated the hair metal 80's holdovers overnight. This was the official bridge to the real 90's in my opinion.

Doug, Rugrats, and Ren n Stimpy also premiered that summer, and all these shows have proven to be major nostalgia stimulation for much of Y. ;D

Freddy Mercury also died right around Thanksgiving of that year

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: 1993 on 03/04/13 at 11:49 am

And yes 1991 was huge with movies. T-2, Robin Hood, Hook, JFK, Silence of the Lambs

also Prince of Tides...cult classics like Curly Sue and Bingo

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: 80sfan on 03/04/13 at 12:16 pm

Moved to America in April.

Don't remember anything until October of that year. I remember my dad making a house out of paper and hanging it up on the wall. I remember getting a cake for my 3rd birthday with toy trains on top. I remember my dad carrying me. And I remember seeing snow for the first time October of that year!

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Howard on 03/04/13 at 7:42 pm


And yes 1991 was huge with movies. T-2, Robin Hood, Hook, JFK, Silence of the Lambs

also Prince of Tides...cult classics like Curly Sue and Bingo


Hook was a good film.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Howard on 03/04/13 at 7:43 pm

You also had rap artists such as MC Hammer, Tupac Shakur and LL Cool J. (to name a few)

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Tashlovglit on 03/04/13 at 8:45 pm

Nickelodeon had awesome shows! Several great movies including The Addams Family.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Lr_6kpx8WbA/T_yGrLd4oyI/AAAAAAAAAY8/wcK0gMDZKWs/s1600/the-addams-family.jpg

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 03/04/13 at 8:55 pm

Let's see I was 15 years old in September of that year.  :)
Second year of highschool.
MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice were hot that year. 
90210 was in it's third season
Luke Perry was my teenaged crush.  :-* Yeah I know.  WTF was I thinking when I was watching that?

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Mat1991 on 03/04/13 at 9:01 pm

I was born via c-section in July. My mom was in labor with me for three days, so finally the doctors had to cut her open and take me out because I would not cooperate.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: popguru85 on 03/04/13 at 11:09 pm

being 6 i remember..
Doug, Rugrats, Ren and Stimpy being huge
I was really upset when Pee Wee Herman was arrested
My parents went through finalizing their divorce

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Howard on 03/05/13 at 7:01 am

I was really upset when Pee Wee Herman was arrested

http://wwwimage.cbsnews.com/images/2009/09/23/image5331480x.jpg

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: 80sfan on 03/05/13 at 11:36 am


http://wwwimage.cbsnews.com/images/2009/09/23/image5331480x.jpg


Oh my God, he looks so different in that pic! :o

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Howard on 03/05/13 at 2:08 pm


Oh my God, he looks so different in that pic! :o


compared to him without his long hair and facial hair.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Jquar on 03/05/13 at 2:33 pm

I had a fun time in the womb that year.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 03/05/13 at 3:57 pm


http://wwwimage.cbsnews.com/images/2009/09/23/image5331480x.jpg


That's what happens when you get caught in a bathroom stall in a porno theater "playing" with yourself.  :P  The fact that he did that ruined his career as a children's entertainer.

Then he got caught with graphic images of children in 2002 which landed him in more hot water. ::)

http://cast.thirdage.com/files/styles/slideshow/public/originals/Paul_Reubens_mug_shot.jpg

And that ruined his career as the host of You Don't Know SQUAT!

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: MarkMc1990 on 03/05/13 at 4:30 pm

I was only a baby then, but it was a pretty big year

Sonic the Hedgehog, Beauty and the Beast, Rugrats/Doug/Ren & Stimpy, SNES launched in the United States

World Wide Web comes out in August (but doesn't take off until later in the decade)

Nirvana releases Nevermind which gives rise to the mainstream popularity of Seattle Sound.

Soviet Union collapses at the tail end of the year

It's cool to be able to say I was alive of all of it, but I spent that year drooling and pooping my diapers and obviously remember none of it :(

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: 80sfan on 03/05/13 at 11:57 pm


compared to him without his long hair and facial hair.


I heard he was caught playing with his no nos!

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Inlandsvägen1986 on 03/06/13 at 3:37 am


World Wide Web


It was totally irrelavant until maybe 1995/96.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Howard on 03/06/13 at 6:38 am


That's what happens when you get caught in a bathroom stall in a porno theater "playing" with yourself.  :P  The fact that he did that ruined his career as a children's entertainer.

Then he got caught with graphic images of children in 2002 which landed him in more hot water. ::)

http://cast.thirdage.com/files/styles/slideshow/public/originals/Paul_Reubens_mug_shot.jpg

And that ruined his career as the host of You Don't Know SQUAT!


And at 60 years old you'd think he'd stop dressing up as freakin Pee Wee Herman!  ::)

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Howard on 03/06/13 at 6:39 am


I heard he was caught playing with his no nos!


Yes in 1991.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: batfan2005 on 03/07/13 at 6:45 am

1991 was the year when things started to improve for me, especially in the later part when I started 7th grade. 6th grade was the worst year of my life, and why as I mentioned in the thread about 1990 was a bad year.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: lee baker on 03/10/13 at 3:48 pm

:D

I don't know if they came from taco bell or not, but they were in a push put container (not like push up pops with a stick) and they had a silver foil on the top you had to remove and sometimes the rim would get eaten or come apart to. They came in flavors like cherry, mango, etc... My best friend and I *now 30* were trying to think of what they were called and can NOT come up with the answer to save our life. If you ever do a search on yahoo, bing, or msn, all you end up getting are choco tacos or kids licking a Popsicle. Any help would be amazing. THANKs for your time. Love every one of you! And what's up with this verification code system this website has. It's like impossible to tell what's what. Even when I click to listen *I'm not deaf* it still lies about the letters.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: 80sfan on 03/24/13 at 12:30 am


That's what happens when you get caught in a bathroom stall in a porno theater "playing" with yourself.  :P  The fact that he did that ruined his career as a children's entertainer.

Then he got caught with graphic images of children in 2002 which landed him in more hot water. ::)

http://cast.thirdage.com/files/styles/slideshow/public/originals/Paul_Reubens_mug_shot.jpg

And that ruined his career as the host of You Don't Know SQUAT!


I guess a reporter saw him? Also, I hate to say, but at least he wasn't like a teacher in Colorado who was caught playing with his private part in the classroom!

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Howard on 03/24/13 at 6:51 am

and music saw the introduction to hardcore rap.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: SpaceHog on 03/31/13 at 7:40 pm

1991... My sister was born and died two and a half months later.

You had Amy Grant, REM, Nirvana, and others.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Tashlovglit on 04/05/13 at 9:36 pm

^Sorry about your sister  :(
Tom Cochrane's "Life Is A Highway" was a popular song.  Beauty and the Beast was a Disney hit. 

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Howard on 04/06/13 at 5:31 am

Michael Jackson came out with his song "Black Or White".

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: 80sfan on 07/05/13 at 2:58 pm

Didn't the Soviet Union fall in December or something? ???

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Howard on 07/05/13 at 3:16 pm

Freddie Mercury passes away.  :\'(

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Tashlovglit on 07/05/13 at 4:56 pm


Didn't the Soviet Union fall in December or something? ???

December 26

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: 80sfan on 07/05/13 at 5:26 pm


December 26


A day after Christmas!

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: harry sanders on 07/06/13 at 12:41 am


1991. Got engaged/married. A year full of wedding plans, trips, finding an appartment, buying furniture, spending long hours at work in my job as Corporate international liaison for Group Life & Health insurance policies. It was a VERY happening year for me.

I stopped listening to the radio that year, couldn't find any new music I liked. And it got worse year after year. I think the Stevie B postman song, Londonbeat's "I've been thinking about you" and "It ain't over till it's over" Lenny Kravitz were the only 3 songs I thought were OK that year. I think Grunge became more popular around that time but I just never listen to it or tolarate it (although I like it better than Hip-hop or rap). I was missing 80s music and wondered where all the good songs went. Maybe I was just getting older, generation gap thing, didn't understand the music anymore.

We saw "Thelma & Louise", "Cape Fear", "City Slickers" and "Backdraft" around that time period.  "Doc Hollywood" too. "JFK?" "Hot Shots"? From 1988 to 1993 I spent lots of time in movie theaters.  It was a good era for films.


I know how you feel. I felt the same way in 2003, when pop-punk and hip hop  was being overplayed on public radio. same year songs like Milkshake, In da Club, and Stacy's mom were released which I found to be dull and lacking any lyrical depth.


Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 07/06/13 at 11:10 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCtvcHBsg2s

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Howard on 07/07/13 at 3:18 pm

Professor Anita Hill accuses Judge Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment (Oct. 6); Senate, 52-48, confirms Thomas for US Supreme Court after stormy hearings (Oct. 15).

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Starde on 07/09/13 at 6:22 pm

The Academy Award Winner for Best Picture of 1991 was The Silence of the Lambs. Great film!

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Howard on 07/09/13 at 7:31 pm

Cost of a first-class stamp:  $0.25 ($0.29 as of 2/3/91)

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: harry sanders on 07/12/13 at 7:15 pm


1991 was a decent year for music. You had R.E.M, Gloria Estefan, C&C Music Factory, Boys II Men and Fresh Prince.
and Garth brooks

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Howard on 07/13/13 at 6:49 am

Silence Of The Lambs was playing in the movies.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: 80sfan on 07/14/13 at 1:40 pm

Hair was still big.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: 80sfan on 07/14/13 at 1:41 pm


Silence Of The Lambs was playing in the movies.


Well yes. Yes it was.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Howard on 07/14/13 at 3:35 pm

You had shows like Seinfeld and Amen.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Zeb on 08/02/13 at 11:04 pm


being 6 i remember..
Doug, Rugrats, Ren and Stimpy being huge
I was really upset when Pee Wee Herman was arrested


I was seven and starting the first grade that fall. I have a vague memory of the Pee Wee arrest because I used to watch his show on Saturday mornings.  My only relation to the fall of the Soviet Union goes like this.  One day our first grade teacher was pointing out Russia on a map and a classmate of mine raised his hand and said " My dad says they're the enemy."  My teacher replied "no, they've changed now." The big movie of that summer was Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Anyone who was anyone in my first grade class had seen it over the summer. Hook, and The Rescuers Down Under were two other movies I saw in the theater that year.  Neon swimwear was still in style (as mentioned in the 1990 thread); I had neon orange swimming trunks at the time.  Home Improvement, Family Matters and Full House were some of the prime time shows my family and I would watch together.  I didn't start watching The Simpsons until the next year but I do remember "The Bartman." 

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: 80sfan on 08/05/13 at 10:31 pm

I'm not sure, but I think Madonna was still popular in 1991?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np_Y740aReI

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Jquar on 08/06/13 at 3:25 am


I'm not sure, but I think Madonna was still popular in 1991?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np_Y740aReI


Madonna was still popular in 2001.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Howard on 08/06/13 at 6:33 am


I'm not sure, but I think Madonna was still popular in 1991?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np_Y740aReI


That was some hot video. :o

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: 80sfan on 08/06/13 at 2:14 pm


That was some hot video. :o


Yes. :D

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: 80sfan on 08/06/13 at 2:15 pm


Madonna was still popular in 2001.


:o

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Jquar on 08/06/13 at 4:04 pm


:o


Her last hit was actually in 2008, last Billboard #1 was in 2000. She had a bunch of hits in the 90s, along with Mariah Carey she was probably the most successful singer of the decade.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Howard on 08/06/13 at 7:45 pm


Yes. :D


They had to premiere the video for late at night cause it was inappropriate for children and it had some sexual stuff in the video like whips, two women kissing, and domination.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Inlandsvägen1986 on 08/07/13 at 11:24 am


:o


I was never a real fan of pop music during the early 2000s, but even I remember her being quite relevant around 2000/01.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: SpaceHog on 08/07/13 at 11:25 am

The birth and death of my sister- Feb. 15-Apr. 27

Hurricane Bob- August 19th

Perfect Storm- October 26-November 1st.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 08/09/13 at 12:00 am

1991 Nostalgia --

Mateiral Issue: Valerie Loves Me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcRtlj8KXT4

Havana 3AM: Reach the Rock

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

Morrissey: Tony the Pony

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AByiLxAqaw

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 08/19/13 at 11:18 am


I'm not sure, but I think Madonna was still popular in 1991?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np_Y740aReI


She's been consistently popular since the 1980s.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Howard on 08/19/13 at 2:04 pm


She's been consistently popular since the 1980s.


and she just turned 55 years old.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Howard on 08/19/13 at 2:05 pm

I think The Gulf War started or was that 1990?  ???

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: warped on 08/19/13 at 2:58 pm


I think The Gulf War started or was that 1990?  ???


Started 1990, ended 1991.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 08/25/13 at 8:32 pm

I remember Platinum Blonde breaking up that year after the disasterous Yeah Yeah Yeah album was released.  :(

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Howard on 08/26/13 at 6:53 am

Who remembers 1991 the year in film?

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: whistledog on 08/26/13 at 10:27 pm


Who remembers 1991 the year in film?


Was that a documentary?

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Howard on 08/27/13 at 6:48 am


Was that a documentary?



No I was just saying that 1991 had a lot of good films.

Subject: Re: 1991: In Retrospect

Written By: Venomous Mask on 08/27/13 at 3:41 pm

I was busy being four.

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