90's baby... Are you a 90's baby?
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 several blasts-from-the past and a severe wave of nostalgia whilst you mourn your childhood youth.
- Fruit Winders
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.
- Nev the Bear
He was on Smile with Barney and his catch phrase was “no no no nooo”. I don’t think it will ever be truly understood why CBBC insist on having puppets present shows alongside real people (although Basil Brush was phenomenal).
- Tracy Beaker
Before she turned 20 and it became less socially acceptable to call an enemy a “bucket of worms”. Sadly, Tracy Beaker Returns has a distinct lack of Elaine the Pain and Justine Littlewood, and Tracy is too busy trying to be a good role model to provide the entertainment she brought to us back in the day. Let's take a look at some of her best moments...
- Pop Idol
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’re used to.
- Avril Lavigne
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.
- The Pebble
The pale pink pebble phones by Motorola were the epitome of cool. These were the days before Apple took over the planet and life was so much simpler (and cheaper).
- Windows XP
Not much can be said about Windows XP except it shows quite how well technology has come since we were in primary school. Although most of us could probably use this interface far better than the recent versions of Windows, symbolising perhaps how we’re already being left behind.
90's girls won’t publicly admit it, but Ash was their first childhood crush. The cards became the currency of the playground and the Gameboy games would dominate your life. But sadly walking through a long-grassed field in real life was always a disappointment when you realised you'd never actually get to confront wild Pokemon no matter how much you searched.
The ultimate party-bag item. True battlers usually had a plastic dome known as the battle arena - great for war against your siblings. There were always those daredevils who'd brave to touch a spinning one, earning complete respect from their peers.
- 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 name and even now you hear people playing it in shops – they were that influential.
- Babyliss Crazybraid
I’m so glad they appear to have gone off the market. They had too high a potential for being a form of torture at an innocent sleepover. You’d trap strands of hair into this machine, just like they did on the advert, but instead of the end braided look, you’d end up having half your hair wrenched out while drowning in a flood of your own tears.
- 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.
- Busted & S Club 7
The final song at the school disco was always by one of these bands and it always went down a treat. It’s a great sadness to me that my ten year old brother doesn’t know all the words to Year 3000. Their break-up's brought tears to a decade’s worth of children’s eyes and I’m not sure we'll ever forgive them. Remember this old school favourite?