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Subject: Images you associate with each year

Written By: #Infinity on 11/24/16 at 1:23 am

So this is probably a bit of an odd idea for a topic, but what is the first image that springs to your mind when you think of each year in the past few decades? Since the human brain has a thing for association, whether logical or just random, and since years are ultimately abstract rather than concrete entities, you're pretty much bound to illustrate each one with pictures. I suppose in a sense, it's like a psychology test.

I'll start this by giving a rundown of what respective images primarily represent each year for me from the 90s to the 2000s. I'll give explanations to try and give you an idea of how this game can work.

This book is actually from 1972, but for some reason, I always thought it was from 1990 (one of its sequels was released that year, however).

Probably because this was the year the arcade game was released, so I always saw "copyright 1991" on the game's startup screen.

Uhh, I was born this year, and this was one of the first things I was really addicted to?

We watched this guy's videos for our cartooning summer class, and one of his films was released in 1993.

Probably because this was one of the first music albums I knew to have come out in 1994.

When I was growing up, we had this refrigerator magnet of Ren & Stimpy that was apparently from 1995.

It came out in 1996.


Take a guess when this game came out.


In the booklet for Now 8, this is the parent album for the first song listed as being from 2000 instead of 2001.

I couldn't believe how incredible those graphics looked back then!!!

It's from Dance Dance Revolution Extreme, an arcade game released in 2002.

Because this was by far the most notable thing that occurred around where I lived at the time.

Add to that driving away from the Costco near our house that opened this year, as that's where we bought this CD when it came out. "My Band" is the song that I start hearing first.

Great dance album from that year.

I played this a ton this year.

To be more precise, the cover of AAA's "Blood on Fire" starts playing in my head anytime I see 2007 written out. It absolutely blew me away at the time.

I'm gonna guess I'm not the only person with this choice for '08.

Same goes here for '09.

I may do other decades soon, but 20 images is probably enough for one post.

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I know that South Park didn't come out in 1998, but it was REALLY popular in 1998.


Subject: Re: Images you associate with each year

Written By: Mitch Kramer on 11/25/16 at 3:39 am

1968  I don't remember that much from 1968, but I do remember seeing Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey at the Cinerama Theather.

1969 Again, I don't remember much, but I do remember watching the Apollo 11 Moon landing on TV.

1972  HEYYYYY YOUUUUUU GUYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYS!  We're gonna turn it on.  We're gonna bring you the power.  It's coming down the lines, strong as they can be, through the courtesy, of the Electric Company.

1974  I shall resign the presidency effective noon tomorrow.

1976  The voyaging canoe Hokulea journeyed from Hawaii to Tahiti and back using ancient celestial navigation techniques.'a.jpg

Subject: Re: Images you associate with each year

Written By: Mitch Kramer on 11/25/16 at 3:42 am

I know that South Park didn't come out in 1998, but it was REALLY popular in 1998.

I didn't even hear about it until 1998 or 1999, thereabouts.

Subject: Re: Images you associate with each year

Written By: Mitch Kramer on 11/25/16 at 7:12 am

1977  I suppose this is a bit cliche, but Star Wars was the first film I saw more than once in the theater.  I also happened to see it in the same Cinerama Theater I saw 2001 back in 1968 (see previous post).

Some other films I saw included Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Rollercoaster.  On the music side, I'll include Steve Miller Band's Book of Dreams and Fleetwood Mac's Rumours:

1978  My parents and I took a trip to Europe in the summer of 1978.  We flew on two airlines that no longer exist: Pan Am and Trans International Airlines.

1979  Hmmm.  This one is difficult.  Not because I don't remember anything from 1979.  In fact, I remember it about as well as any of my adult years.  It's just that the images that immediately come to mind aren't things that can be illustrated with period images that I can easily find online.  I remember the weather that year: how it started out dreary, cold, cloudy and rainy and became hot, dry and clear.  I remember the drought and endless summer days on the beach, exploring the woods and hills, empty buildings, playing in the back yard, having my first crush on a classmate at the school carnival, taking piano lessons, watching reruns of Bewitched, Star Trek, Gilligan's Island.  I remember traveling with my parents in August to Reno, Lake Tahoe and San Francisco and seeing the King Tut exhibit at the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, riding the cable car from the Manx Hotel to Fisherman's Wharf.  I do remember the major news events and can find pictures relating to them: Skylab, American 191, Three Mile Island, the Iranian Revolution, but I think I'll select a couple of songs instead: Blondie's "Heart of Glass" which I listened to while watching a sunset from our hotel room in Reno.


In December, my parents and I went to Disneyland where there was a band covering The Knack's "My Sharona".


This song was also included in the audio program on the flight over.

1980  General Kala, Flash Gordon approaching!  WHAT do you mean, "Flash Gordon approaching!"??!?

I remember many news events from that year, too: the hostage crisis, Mt. St. Helens, the election.  I also remember some of the fashion trends:

1981  Another year, like 1979 where I have so many personal memories, but can't find very many pictures to convey what I want.  So, here's another album:

In July, we took a trip to the East Coast.  The flight to Los Angeles was delayed for 3 hours, and I put on my headphones and listened to the rock channel.  Two of the songs on the playlist were from that album: "Too Much Time On My Hands" and "Nothing Ever Goes As Planned".  It was strangely appropriate; the delay caused us to miss our connecting flight, the one daily nonstop from Los Angeles to Toronto.  Instead, we had to fly from Los Angeles to Chicago, then take a third flight from Chicago to reach Toronto.

1982  This was the year I got an Apple II computer.

Subject: Re: Images you associate with each year

Written By: #Infinity on 11/25/16 at 1:06 pm

This was one of the few panels in my PreHistory of The Far Side book that was dated 1980 and not 1981-1988. Needless to say, there was a huge difference in style between Gary Larson's freshman cartoons and everything subsequent, both visually, as well as comically.

You had to beat this game twice in Donkey Kong 64 if you wanted to get to King K. Rool. It became easily the biggest thing I associated with the year 1981.

For a while, I didn't know much about this year until I learned that E.T. came out in 1982. It's this particular shot in the film that starts playing whenever "'82" flashes by my senses.

I've always found this still goofy. It's from a 1983 movie, of course.

It's over 15 years in the past, and it's the f'ing Terminator!

It probably would've been Back to the Future, but I knew this game since 1998 as opposed to 2002, and its title screen really reminded me what retro year it came out. Anytime somebody brings up something from 1985, I'm always like, "Oh, so it happened the same time Super Mario Bros. was out" (even though most Americans weren't actually introduced to it until 1986, since the 1985 launch of the NES was only a test release in New York, one that supposedly bombed).

I think it used to be Pixar's Luxo Jr., but it has since been replaced by this movie so ridiculous you just can't forget about it.


There's not actually any solid image for this year, but the above film is what comes closest. Also, The Proclaimers' "I'm on My Way" is the first thing that starts looping in my mind, since that was the first song I identified as being from 1988, courtesy of the Shrek soundtrack booklet.


Like I stated pretty recently, it was when "Tik Tok" was blasting on the radio that I knew for certain I was in a different decade than I was when I started high school in the late 2000s.


Because all of my unforgettable experiences with her, both the hopeful and the stinging, occurred throughout the course of this year.

This here is a lousy parody, but it does deserve an Emmy for being the most 2012 thing you could possibly imagine, sans the lack of a Mayan apocalypse (though some might've considered a Romney presidency just that, but I digress).

This became a new favorite running spot of mine throughout this year. Coupled with a certain song that goes "hey hey hey."

This was the first Now album I had bought since volume 19 in 2005. In particular, "Happy" is the first thing swinging through my eardrums when 2014 is mentioned.

Because duh.

Honestly, I'm still figuring this one out, but I suppose for now I'll go with this building because that was where I rehearsed for Hamlet for several months.

Subject: Re: Images you associate with each year

Written By: 2001 on 11/25/16 at 3:33 pm

Ooo, what a fun thread idea!


I'm not even sure if this picture is from 1990, but when I think 1990 I think neon colours and funky fashion  ;D


I think of Nirvana and the explosion of grunge!


George H.W. Bush and the 1992 election.


The peak of 4th generation gaming! The ad campaign started in 1991 (I believe), but I associated the peak of 4th gen with 1993.

It started airing in 1994. I was a huge fan!


Windows 95 was released and the World Wide Web took off! The world entered a new age.


This is the first movie I ever remember buying. It came out in 1996!


My dad bought a computer in 1997, and I was hooked to this game instantly! I'd mash those buttons all day, seeing the colour changes of the pinball machine as my score climbed gave me a dopamine rush like no other.


Self-explanatory! Pokémon is life! Buy Pokémon Sun and Moon at your local retailer or online today, or face ominous death threats!!


Same as OP. When I saw Mario and Pikachu on the same cover of the same game, my desires took control of me like no other and I reached a state of euphoria.

Subject: Re: Images you associate with each year

Written By: #Infinity on 11/25/16 at 6:17 pm

This is the closest thing I could find on Google Images, though it would be complete if it were in black in white.

Because Rocky is singing "The Wanderer," a song from 1961.

Coupled with Booker T. & the M.G.'s' "Green Onions" in the backdrop.






Because this in general is what defined 1968 to me.

Nothing much in particular, just 60s fashion in general.

Coupled with Edwin Starr's "War."




This flashback episode of The Simpsons is set in 1974. This particular scene, in which Homer is singing "The Joker" by Steve Miller Band, really reinforces what year it was.






Subject: Re: Images you associate with each year

Written By: 2001 on 11/25/16 at 7:51 pm


This is one of the best things out of my childhood tbh.


I got into Harry Potter in Grade 4. This was the first "big book" I read :D


Early 2000s queen!! Pictured: Avril Lavigne


Another early 2000s queen! Pictured: Hilary Duff


UGH A mistake! Pictured: George W. B*sh.


Another mistake! Pictured: Paris Hilton.

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