A bit of Nostalgia – The Best of the 90’s

Kate epitomised Cool Britannia 

Now that I’ve hit the glorious 40’s, I can’t help but feel nostalgic.

I know we’re not meant to look back, it’s all about being mindful, mindful, mindful.

But I can’t help hankering back to one particular decade. It’s not the 80’s and my mighty fine mullet. Or the millennial years – they’re just a bit of a blur. But the 90’s.

Oh the 90’s were the dogs’ and here’s why…

  • You were actually the same age as the cool kids of the time – Damon Albarn, Kate Moss, Sara Cox, Jay Kay. No slander of ‘saddo’ could be cast therefore, when trying to be like them.
  • The Word. Terry Christian, Amanda de Cadenet, Dani Behr, Mark Lamarr – the cool chaos of it all.
Ah Terry, that shirt, that voice…what wasn’t to love?
  • People. Smoking. Everywhere. Not saying this was a good thing, of course, but I have to admit, I quite miss a good old smokey pub.
  • Snogging, getting off with…what happened to the lingo of 90’s young love? What’s all this ‘hooking up’ business they talk of these days? Isn’t that something you do when fishing?
  • Home and Away at 5.10pm, followed by Neighbours at 5.35pm. What a sweet, sweet time of the day.
  • Arranging to meet mates and then actually meeting them. At said venue and said time. I know, crazy.
  • Parents dramatically tapping their watch to get you off the one and only home phone. To be fair, you’d been on to your best pal for an hour, and it wasn’t even after the 6pm watershed.
  • Thinking email was some weird thing that only a few overseas students did late at night in the tiny computer room in the library. Where was that computer room by the way? Handwritten essays all the way.
  • Kate Moss and Johnny Depp, Michael Hutchence and Helena Christensen, Liam Gallagher and Patsy Kensit – man those couples were cool.

  • Anthea Turner and Peter Powell, ok maybe not so much….
  • Man U football team and that class of ’92. Both fairly hot and brilliant at football.
  • Thinking Tony Blair had it covered. We were going to be Cool Britannia again. If Noel was hanging out with him at no. 10, then he was good enough for us.
  • If you wanted to lose a little of the beer belly, then you just had to eat one less sausage roll at lunch for a couple of days. None of this chastising yourself for months and months on the one-frozen-pea-a-day diet, only to find you weigh even more than when you started.
  • The Big Breakfast. What you wouldn’t do to be on that silky bed with Denise or Johnny (more Denise, let’s be fair – I think I speak for both boys and girls).
  • Hangovers didn’t exist. You’d heard of them and sometimes pretended you had one, but really you could quite easily have got stuck into another five pints of snake bite n’ black the next morning, no probs.
  • David Beckham wasn’t actually all that hot. Could even go as far as to say he was just above average and dare I say, punching above his weight with Posh. And then look what happened?
What’s going on with those curtains David? But all was soon to change…
  • You always looked young, no matter how little sleep you’d had the night before.
  • Shooting Stars. Ulrika was still cool and George Doors, the fat baby on drums, was soon to be one half of the legendary pairing behind Little Britain.
  • You could hang out in big, baggy, denim dungarees and not look like a giant, middle aged toddler.
  • Blur or Oasis? It didn’t really matter because as good as they both were, neither were quite as good as the Stone Roses.
  • Hours spent in Flip of Hollywood rifling through skanky, old, ripped grass stained 501’s, the skankier the better.
  • Take That and the Spice Girls were guilty pleasures, reserved for loud singing in the confines of your bedroom walls (which were covered in extremely edgy photos ripped out of I-D and The Face).
  • You were well ahead of the time with your own homemade ‘ombre’, courtesy of far too much Sun-in.
  • Twisting my melon man was nothing to do with your kids getting their five a day.­­
  • Renton or Sick boy? That was the big question – the first time round.

  • Screens were something you looked through when you were learning to drive. Or those of the smoke variety on Top of the Pops.
  • The only way a trump was going to get anywhere near the White House was if Bill or Hillary let one rip after a cheeky chicken jalfrezi  on a Friday night.
  • If someone had offered you Brexit, you’d have presumed it was some kind of new chocolate bar, possibly a cross between a Breakaway and a Twix.

Ah those were the days. Thank you for allowing me to fondly reminisce.

Let me know what made it for you.


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  1. March 1, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    I LOVE this post. Whilst I’m a little younger, I remember the 90’s fondly. It was my teen decade. My high school days. My first job. My first underage drinking and nights out. Using my Sisters ID because there was no such thing as photo driving licenses! I relate and remember every single one of the things you’ve mentioned. Ohhh can he go back for a day?! Brilliant. Thanks for sharing. #BloggerClubUK

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 2, 2017 / 5:05 pm

      Thank you! I used to carry around a fake birth certificate – as if anybody would carry around their birth certificate! Some of the bouncers used to let me off with it though – ridic! I’d love to go back for a day – let’s get a time machine. Thx for commenting x

  2. March 1, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    Ahh.. These were the days!! What a great read! #dreamteam

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 2, 2017 / 5:03 pm

      Thx Laura – please can we go back for just one day? Thx for commenting x

  3. March 3, 2017 / 11:01 am

    I LOVE this post. This so me. All of it. And the thing about realising all the cool kids were your age never ceases to amaze me….although we’re all getting a bit old now lol! Thanks for linking this up to #coolmumclub xoxo

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 7, 2017 / 2:44 pm

      I have to stop myself thinking I’m the same age as the cool kids these days – still think I could hang out with the Made In Chelsea kids no problem – could probably actually be old enough to be some of their’s mother – now that’s a terrifying thought. Thx for commenting and hosting #coolmumclub x

  4. March 3, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    I love this! A good ol’ trip back in time. It was always Sick boy for me. Still is.
    I think my favourite 90s ‘thing’ was the Radio 1 roadshow, a chance to nick off school and go watch some ‘where are they now’ band like Soho on the beach in the sunshine (rain). Or maybe my favourite 90s thing was Channel 4 Friday night TV. Cheers, Golden Girls, Roseanne!
    Thanks for the memories! #coolmumclub

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 6, 2017 / 5:23 pm

      It was Sick boy for me too – think it was the blonde hair – felt the same after watching T2 as well. Ah the Radio 1 roadshow – now they were brilliant and so exciting when they came to your neck of the woods. Thx for commenting #coolmumclub x

  5. March 4, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    I loved a bit of Harold Bishop and Alf Stewart! Do you remember Heartbreak High? Frikkin loved that!!! the 90s was all about cool Aussie tele! #coolmumclub

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 7, 2017 / 2:42 pm

      OMG Harold and Alf – what about Nel Mangel! And I used to LOVE Heartbreak High – well remembered! Some of the rubbish my girls watch now just doesn’t come close. Thx for taking me back to HBH. #coolmumclub x

  6. March 6, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    I was a teenage in the 90s, and was quite young for my age I would say, so some of these experiences past me by back then. But I loved watching the big breakfast before school, and being quite amused by how strongly people felt about the Blur/Oasis debate! x #TheListLinky

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 6, 2017 / 5:12 pm

      It was a great decade – I used to love the Big Breakfast – I remember thinking Denise van Outen was just so cool! Thx for commenting #thelistlinky

  7. March 6, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    I was talking about this the other day – whose idea was it to get rid of TOTP?! And Shooting Stars was brilliant…good memories 🙂 Thanks for linking up the #dreamteam x

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 7, 2017 / 2:34 pm

      I know – TOTP on a Thursday night was great. My kids just don’t understand that we had one good music show once a week, as they have it on tap now 24/7. Did you tape the top 40 every Sunday eve?! Thx for commenting #dreamteam

      • March 7, 2017 / 2:38 pm

        Ohhh yes totally taped Top 40 and then got in a huge flap if it got to the end of the tape to turn in over and start recording again! xx

  8. June 6, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    Hi five to the 90’s! And sun-in!!! Oh how could I have forgotten about sun-in, I had blond straw for a mane for a whole two years (before I chopped it off in an attempt to look like Louise Wenner off of Sleeper) I think we’re allowed to be a little more smugger (Not a word, I know) being a teen in the 90’s – we invented cool. #teentweensbeyond

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      June 12, 2017 / 9:23 am

      So many of us wandered around with frizzy, straw-like orangey-yellow sun-inned hair, thinking it was the coolest thing on the planet! I think my mum did try to tell me but obviously that made me want to do it even more. But you’re right, we did invest cool even if my kids look back at photos of me and ask what on earth I was wearing! Thx for commenting xx

  9. June 6, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    I graduated high school in ’92 so most of that decade was my late teens/ early 20s. Years of checking to see what bands were playing the clubs on the weekends. Now its almost impossible to find live music anywhere but back then there were 5-6 different places to choose from every friday and saturday. Those were fun times for sure.

  10. June 6, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    A lovely trip down memory lane. We lived in Croydon when Kate Moss and Johnny Depp were a couple they’d occasionally be spotted down Surrey Street Market. They said in interviews they were never spotted but to be honest, we knew it was them and ignored them. Too busy getting the shopping in to be bothered!

  11. June 7, 2017 / 8:31 am

    I may be a decade older my love but the 90’s were my work years. Fresh out of University and I loved every minute. I remember being in Notting HIll one night and Liam and Patsy were in the same bar – seriously cool and they spoke to us. Some great stories and moments of time here. Thanks for making me smile so early in the day. #TweensTeensBeyond

  12. June 7, 2017 / 3:08 pm

    I loved this! I was 6-16 in the 90’s so they were definitely my defining decade – I discovered boys, music, clothes (can’t really say fashion) and ways to piss off my parents…and a lot of them are on your list!

  13. June 9, 2017 / 10:32 am

    Also a decade ahead but totally love this for being light-hearted and fun and I wish you well with your nomination my dear because it’s very well deserved!! Get your dungarees lined up and but don’t worry about having a pea per day between now and the award ceremony #tweensteensbeyond

  14. June 9, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    totally remember all of this, loved the Big Breakfast and yes I agree Beckham was the underdog back in those days. I still have a few dresses and tops from the mid 80s, not sure i’d get in them anymore or even know why i kept them #tweenteensbeyond

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      June 12, 2017 / 9:21 am

      I used to have a huge girl crush on Denise Van Outen – she just oozed coolness in the Big Breakfast back then, with Johnny Vaughan. Not sure I have any clothes from back then though – I look back at photos and see that they were fairly hideous! Thx for commenting xx

  15. June 10, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    For me the nineties were quite hard work! I left university in 1990 and got a ‘big’ job which I left a few years later to do PhD. Glutton for punishment. It was also the decade where I had our eldest daughter so a very special time for me. I loved your trip down memory lane, thanks so much for sharing with us at #TweensTeensBeyond

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      June 12, 2017 / 8:54 am

      It’s interesting reading all the comments as obviously the 90’s meant so many different things for different people depending on what stage they were in their lives, so we all have very different feelings towards it. You were going through the big step into work in 1990 which I was doing in the later 90’s and that is a hard transition isn’t it? I got a big shock when I left the bubble of uni life to the big bright lights of London, with no money and being bottom of the wrung on the career ladder. Special memories for you as you say though of having your daughter in the 90’s. Thx for hosting and commenting xx

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