Obviously there will be others who remember some of the things mentioned in this article, but only those born in the 90’s will truly understand the importance they played in our young lives.
Prepare yourselves for a blast-from-the past and a severe wave of nostalgia whilst you mourn your childhood youth.
Once upon a time, before movies were streamed digitally or downloaded online, people viewed films on things called 'VHS tapes' which were played in clunky machines known as 'VCRs'. If you’re a 90’s baby you’ll remember the excitement of going to Blockbuster Video to rent tapes. While it may seem like aeons ago to the millennial crowd, it was only less than four years ago that Blockbuster operated its 300 retail locations.
These lunchbox specialities might still be hanging about, but they certainly don’t have the same impact on kids today. The comic strips on the wrappers had many a use, (warrior headbands being a key one) and when the double strand ones were introduced your social status went sky-high if you had one of these fruity, sugary delights.
Remember Will Young and Gareth Gates? This is how they started out. Like The X Factor, Pop Idol still had Simon Cowell, but there was also that bald bloke Pete Waterman who has since disappeared off the face of the earth. Pretty much the same set-up except the backdrop was blue instead of the red and black ‘X’ we are used to.
The reason every young teenage girl from the 90’s went through that “too much eyeliner” phase. We'll forgive her though, she did bring us the classic singalong tunes, ‘Sk8r Boi’ and ‘My Happy Ending’. Let’s just pretend her last two albums don’t exist and she can still remain a moody teenage heroine in our eyes.
You’d pretend to go to the toilet at school just to ensure your tiny virtual pet wouldn’t starve to death, because the trauma of that was far too much for our young hearts to handle. They were soon replaced by games like Nintendogs but will be forever remembered as many people’s first pet.
Dick n Dom in da Bungalow
It was every kid’s dream to be on this show. There were cream pie fights and green slime punishments that entertained many a 90’s kid on a lonely Sunday morning when the parents were having a lie-in. “Bogies” became a household recognised game and even now you hear people playing it in shops – they were that influential.
When Freddos were affordable
The price of a Freddo is a source of great pain for anybody over the age of fifteen these days. No longer can a child go to the corner shop and buy that chocolatey treat for a few pence, purchasing one now feels like breaking the bank and in reality they’re not really worth it.
Early secondary school was spent crowded around that one kid in the class who had the new Basshunter or Cascada song, to get them to bluetooth it to your phone so you could then play it out loud constantly for the next six months.
Inflatable furniture was a big part of every child’s bedroom during the 90s. How cool did you feel when you showed your friends that big, pink, glittery, inflatable chair in the middle of your room? They all knew Britney Spears had the same one, and they all felt just as excited as you did.
Ah, Bop It who could forget this iconic toy. It was basically just a slightly more high tech version of Simon Says – players had to bop it, pull it, twist it, in response to what the little voice was saying. The requests would get quicker and quicker, and before you knew it, you’d mess up and be startled by the machine’s disappointed ‘UGHHHHH’ sound.
Mini-trampolines for your feet… whats not to love!