10 Cultural Touchstones of the ’90s That Should Never Come Back

[Editor’s note: While your editors take the day off, Flavorwire will be counting down some of our most popular features of 2011 so far. This post originally ran on January 25th. Enjoy your Memorial Day!] In the past few years, ’90s nostalgia has been through the roof: Doc Martens and flannel are back in style, we’ve been re-watching movies like Reality Bites and Empire Records, and we’re getting kind of addicted to Tumblrs like this one. Although we tend to see the decade through rose-colored glasses (perhaps it helps that we were kids then), we need to remember that it wasn’t all Nirvana and pro-choice activism. After the jump, we enumerate ten cultural touchstones of the ’90s that we never want to see again. Add your picks in the comments.


After the so-called “alternative” music of the first half of the ’90s loosened its hold on modern-rock radio, a tidal wave of new — or should we say nü — metal bands flooded in to replace them. These were guys like Limp Bizkit and Korn. They wore oversize baseball shirts and cargo shorts and sometimes even cornrows, bellowed about “nookie,” mewled over their troubled childhoods, and helped make Woodstock ’99 the ridiculously violent rape-fest that it was. Unfortunately, Korn are still releasing music (their latest album came out last summer), and in the past few years, Limp Bizkit have reunited. That said, the full-length they were supposed to put out a year ago still doesn’t have a release date, so here’s hoping they’ll break up again before we have to hear it.