This Friday is a big day for early-’90s nostalgia buffs, “Full House” fans, and John Stamos fangirls (and fanboys!), because Uncle Jesse’s fictional band, Jesse and the Rippers, is making a comeback. Stamos hinted at the news by posting a video on Instagram of him and the guys singing the “Full House” theme song. “Never thought I’d be singing THIS song,” he wrote. It was soon confirmed that the band would be appearing on Friday’s episode of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” No word yet on whether they will be accompanied by Bob Saget and/or an Olsen Twin, but hey, we can dream. [Gothamist]
What: Jean Skirts
When We Wore Them: Early 2000s
Why We Hate Them: Literally no reason, their inflated prices were totally warranted.
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What it is: The almighty bandanna.
When we wore it: Strong throughout the ’90s.
Why we hate it: The bandana made us all go through somewhat of an identity crisis. I mean, were we badass rappers like Tupac, or dirty rock stars like Axl Rose? And what were we to think when peppy pop stars like Christina started sporting them? Reveal your true identity, bandanna.
Why we love it: Because we COULD be Tupac or Axl Rose or Christina just by the fold of a square piece of fabric. And they were super cheap, and could even function as a shirt when we had no tits (thank you, youth).
Would we wear it now? Who says I’m not wearing one as I write this…
When I was 13, I didn’t have the option of purchasing my Units separates on Ebay or getting the new Red Hot Chili Peppers cassette tape on iTunes or finding a way to live stream the latest NC-17 film on my laptop. If I wanted a lava lamp or a new glamour shot or an Orange Julius, I had to convince one of my parents (or one of my friends’ parents) to drop me off at the damn mall for the day. It was an event which required strategic planning and ingenuity. And one that I was concerned that young people today might miss out on. Keep reading »
Who doesn’t love summoning up memories of those hideous, yet magnificent trends from our freckle-faced youth? Every week, we’ll muse over a fashion item that our former selves eagerly donned in order to sit with the cool kids at lunch. There’s nothing wrong with a little nostalgia every now and then, right?
What it is: Power beads. the colored bracelets that determined who you were.
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Let’s travel back to a time when aerobics was a lifestyle and spandex was a religion. When there was no shame in wearing a fashion belt as an exercising accoutrement, and there was a fine line between working out and making a soft core porn. Man, the ’80s were awesome. We’ve collected of our favorite 80s workout videos to get you pumped for your health! First up, Alysssa Milano’s classic 1988 teen workout vid, “Teen Steam,” wherein Alyssa and a couple of her gal pals de-stress from parents and boys with a little bedroom workout. I’m pretty sure I used to have the VHS of this.
Plus, eight more vintage vids after the jump!
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Talk shows in the ’80s and early ’90s were obsessed with sussing out the latest subculture and parading it on display for the entire world to gawk at. Whether goth, punk, club kid or something in between, shows like Phil Donahue, Maury Povitch and Ricki Lake steadily trotted out what they considered “freaks.” Take this clip of a crew of (actually very notable) punk rockers who appeared on “The Morning Show” with Regis and Kathie Lee in 1986. Among them was Raymond “Raybeez” Barbieri, founding member of the Lower East Side punk band Warzone, and Todd Youth, of the band Murphy’s Law (who later played with Danzing). These guys are so cute, but Kathie Lee is terrified.
Every generation has its own version of rebellion — so when club kids came around a decade later, flaunting looks and music that was the diametric opposite of punk, nobody should have been surprised. But talk show pundits ate that up. Just like they did a few years later when Marilyn Manson’s brand of manufactured goth horror came into its own.
Looking back at those kids, and those shows now, they seem delightfully tame. Check out a small collection of some of the best moments of punk rock, parental outrage, club kid mayhem and Manson fanaticism ever captured on the talk show circuit. Keep reading »
Check out this amazing library rap video from 1985, featuring three of the cutest tweens rapping about their love for the library. Sure, they might not pronounce the word correctly — like, at all — but you still have to applaud their dedication to checking out “the freshest books.” Their rap was a part of a series made by the Crown Heights Library — check out another awesome rap after the jump! [YouTube] Keep reading »