If one types the words “retro” and “90s” into a search engine, this will more often than not yield a very specific result. So, if you’re looking to reminisce about how awesome Jerry Maguire (1996) was or re-live that time you took too much “XTC” at Lollapalooza, you’ve come to the wrong place. Here at “Retro in the 90s” we’re interested in exploring how certain facets of American pop-culture in the 1990s were obsessed with the 1950s, 1960s and to a lesser extent the 1970s. Not to put too fine a point on it, but we’re analyzing how a decade in the past waxed nostalgic for other decades in the past. I reckon this just might be the world’s first “meta-retro” blog. Regardless, we’ll focus mainly on music, television and film.
If you remember the first time you saw Pulp Fiction (1994) and you wondered “When is this supposed to be taking place? Is this now? Is this the 50s, the 70s? What is that song and why have I never heard it before?”, then we have much to discuss. If you remember stumbling across a band like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and thinking, “These guys aren’t much older than me. Where’d they learn to play like that?” you’re going to like it here.
Mix yourself a highball, have a seat at the bar, and let’s get retro.