12.30.2012

I Miss the 1990s

Every now and then, the sisters of TBGC wax poetic (and throw up a vid) about/from the 1990s.  Music was bangin' back then; folks sang about love and relationships and you could actually understand and relate to what they were saying.

I'm no different.  In fact, I have a point of reference for my homage to the 1990's.  

"So yesterday, I was hanging with my bff, catching up on American Horror Story.  Afterwards, we got caught watching a VH-1 countdown.  It was just like we were back in college; such wonderful memories.   The countdown in question was the top 40 R&B Songs of the 1990s, and it was hilarious because for just about every song, my bff and I would say, “Girl, that’s my JAYUM!”  We would sing along, reminisce about where we were and what we were doing when said jayum came out.  The 1990s was great for music and so much goodness came out of that decade."

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    1. Loved your post and your collection of videos. Jodeci was the business in the 90's. I still remember being in college and yeah, if you heard that wafting through someone's door or the walls you knew what was up...

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  2. Anything from the very early 1990's and below I dearly miss.

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  3. I am ever so grateful that my mother got pregnant in the early 1980s, thus allowing me to move through adolescence when mainstream music was still worth a damn. It all went straight to hell after the 2000s started, aside from a pitiful amount of stand-outs. ;_;

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  4. I think I may do a sister post on songs that weren't on the countdown. Good memories.

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  5. Why did I happen to be looking at live performances by New Edition, Sheila E, Salt N Peppa etc.. over youtube this weekend. Oh god...i miss the showmanship and the music. :( Even the award shows were livelier and entertaining.

    The 80's was the party decade and the early 90's was the hangover. I don't know what mess we stepped into 2000.

    I guess Prince was right: Two thousand zero zero party over, oops, out of time (No, no) So tonite I'm gonna party like it's nineteen ninety-nine.

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    1. @Meanie, I went to one of the shows on the New Edition anniversary tour and with the exception of the trainwreck that is Bobby Brown, those guys had the showmanship and talent that you'd expect of a real performer who had been in the business for 3 decades (and it's a shame about BB, b/c crazy as he clearly is, at his peak he was a phenomenal peformer).

      Nowadays, being a success in the music industry has nothing to do with talent and everything to do with looks if you are a woman and stupid gimmicks if you are a man. The rappers can't rap and the singers can't sing. The most successful black singer today(Beyonce) isn't a great singer and seems to get most of her mileage out of giant wigs and dancing like a stripper. The second most successful black singer today can't sing or dance (that's Rhianna, who was one of the highest paid entertainers last year despite having zero talent, unless having green eyes is a talent and no one told me).

      I miss the 90's too b/c you couldn't swing a dead cat without hitting a girl group that could really SANG...I mean seriously, Brownstone, Blackgirl, En Vogue, Jade...even the acts that were a bit raunchy (Adina Howard anyone) still could sing. A black singer just could not get away without having pipes back then.

      I have very little music in my collection that is from the 2000's, unless it is Neosoul (a lot of unappreciated, underpaid talent but it means they tour lots of small clubs and you can see a lot of them if you keep your eyes peeled).

      When I buy music, it's all about reaching back b/c I happen to hear something I haven't heard in a while, or maybe I'm discovering something else from someone in the 60's, 70's, or 80's. I'm glad to be a child of the 80's as well b/c I think we grew up listening to our parents' good music and have more of an appreciate for it. I remember being in my car with some 20 something friends and I was playing something like Starpoint or Debarge and they called me "old school" in a way that was not a compliment. Nuts.

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    2. "I miss the 90's too b/c you couldn't swing a dead cat without hitting a girl group that could really SANG."

      LMAO...So true.

      I remember when Lady Gaga had her tour being viewed on HBO. I don't listen to Lady Gaga but i broke down to watch it to see what the fuss was, I went and wrote on my FB page: "Is this what's popping today? Half singing and Jazz hands is not the biz."

      I don't like her music but the interesting thing about her is before she got up on the stage to perform she was warming up and sang acapella, she sounded great! When she sang with Tony Bennett on his album, she sounded great! But just her being Lady Gaga and the music she is doing...I just can't.

      "When I buy music, it's all about reaching back b/c I happen to hear something I haven't heard in a while, or maybe I'm discovering something else from someone in the 60's, 70's, or 80's. I'm glad to be a child of the 80's as well b/c I think we grew up listening to our parents' good music and have more of an appreciate for it. "

      All this...All day.

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    3. A black singer just could not get away without having pipes back then.

      WORD.

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    4. Music has gone the way of food nowadays - fast,cheap, and possessing very little worth. The few who realize this have to dig hard for the good stuff.

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    5. I was just listening to Xscape. They marketed themselves as having 4 lead singers and it was the truth. Of course the same could be said for EnVogue. I miss girl groups and guy groups. I miss black male artists that were not trifling embarrassments. People that could sing, dance, had stage presence!

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    6. One of the things I loved about those kinds of singing groups was that they had no problems making a video where all they did was stand/sit around and sing. No mini-movie or soap opera video detracting from the song...just them and their voices.

      They also wore a lot of black in their videos. Watching that countdown made me realize that.

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    7. @Amaya, when you can actually sing you don't have to distract/fool people with smoke and mirrors. And of course part of it was just the fashion of the 90's but I remember Xscape wearing the knit caps and baggy pants. No one had their butt cheeks hanging out back then.

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    8. I remember wearing knit caps and baggy pants with them. And yeah, when you can sing, you don't need no bullshit covering that up.

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