’90s

Video of the Day: ‘Adventures of Pete & Pete’ Cast Reunion

For many children of the ’90s, Nickelodeon’s The Adventures of Pete & Pete was the first truly bizarre TV show we ever loved. As a result, it’s made a sizable impact on our generation’s collective consciousness. So we were pretty jealous when we read about the Pete & Pete reunion that went down last weekend at Los Angeles’s Cinefamily, bringing together the show’s cast and creators for the first time in 15 years. Thankfully, there’s video. About 95 minutes of it, even. Big Pete, Little Pete, Artie, and the twisted minds behind the show reflect on their quasi-surrealist masterpiece, which the creators say was an attempt to depict the strangeness of growing up from a kid’s perspective. We have only one gripe: Where’s Ellen? Oh, and be warned — there’s a whole lot of intro before the panel takes the stage almost 12 minutes into the first clip. … Read More

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Listen to Demos of Smashing Pumpkins’ “Today,” “I Am One”

Ah, the early ’90s. Overalls were in fashion. Baby boomers were griping about Generation X instead of Millennials. Billy Corgan still had hair, didn’t have conspiracy theories about swine flu, and wasn’t hanging out with Jessica Simpson or Tila Tequila. And, perhaps as a result, it wasn’t even faintly embarrassing to like the Smashing… Read More

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Video of the Day: Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins Play Twister

The relationship between Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins — particularly Kurt Cobain and Billy Corgan — has been on our minds lately, thanks to Courtney Love’s epic quote in an excerpt from Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum’s new oral history of MTV. Although the interview was supposed to be about the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video, Love, of course, took it her own way, leaving us with a paragraph that details her first time with Cobain but also includes the sentence “I’d flown there to fuck Billy Corgan, who still had lots of hair.”

In any case, today we bring you a completely context-free video, which seems to be raw footage from MTV, of Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins playing Twister together in front of a crowd of fans. The undisputed star of the clip is Krist Novoselic, who has stripped down to his briefs, greased himself up with Crisco, and eventually ends up between Dave Grohl’s legs. Cobain, meanwhile, is pretty quiet until the end, when he and his band mates turn the friendly competition into an all-out wrestling match. Smashing Pumpkins, sadly, aren’t nearly as much fun. We’ve always preferred Nirvana to Smashing Pumpkins, but now we know for sure who we would rather have partied with ca. 1992. … Read More

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’90s Teen Movie Characters: Where Are They Now?

The first trailer for the millionth American Pie sequel, American Reunion, has been making the rounds over the past few days, and lots of attention has been paid to its raunchiness. Frankly, though, the clip neither impresses nor scandalizes us. Sure, there’s Jason Biggs caught in yet another masturbation-related debacle — a dead giveaway that the new movie is nothing more than another attempt to cash in on old jokes and poor character development. Despite being disappointing, the trailer did get us thinking about how some of our other favorite teen movie characters might have fared in the past decade or two. After the jump, we revisit everyone from Cher Horowitz to Lucas from Empire Records to find out where they are now. … Read More

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Video: Wake Up and Smell the ’90s

“Honey, it’s the ’90s, remember? Microchips, microwaves, faxes, air phones … ” says Holly (Bonnie Bedelia) to hubby and action god John McClane (Bruce Willis) in Die Hard 2. Indeed it was. It’s Hammer time to stroll down memory lane with some of TV and film’s most memorable characters from the ’90s in this new supercut from Everything is Terrible. The ’90s was no time to play hero, you could be anything you wanted to be, and nobody was getting laid — at least according to these guys. Check it. … Read More

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How to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of ‘Nevermind’

Go home. (Seriously, don’t try to listen while you’re still at work because it will either distract you or become background noise.) Find the earliest copy of Nevermind you still own – not the mp3s, unless it came out before you were born, but the actual CD or even the tape. Pour yourself a drink, or do whatever it is you do to calm down after putting in your 40 or 50 or 60 hours a week. Get out your headphones. Hopefully they’re nice ones, because the last thing you want is for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” to sound tinny. Turn up the volume a few notches past what’s comfortable, press “play,” and get to the business of head banging. You will inevitably want to scream along. If there is anyone else at home who will complain about this, ask them politely to leave. Then: Enjoy. Regress. Angst. Revel. Mourn.

But, since there are still a few more hours left in the work day and we’re sure you’re already in the mood to pay tribute to Kurt Cobain, Nirvana, and Nevermind, we’ve rounded up some of the best mementos the Internet has to offer, after the jump. … Read More

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Child Actors Who Should Have Quit While They Were Ahead

Taylor Momsen isn’t just finished with Gossip Girl; she’s done with Hollywood, period. “I quit acting,” she told Elle.com, and now Momsen plans to devote all of her energy to her band, The Pretty Reckless. Her announcement has prompted derisive cheers from haters the web over, but, if she means it, we’re legitimately impressed by the 18-year-old star’s decision. Here’s the thing: For every Jason Bateman or Drew Barrymore, there is a former child actor who is still desperately hanging on to any mediocre role or shred of reality-TV fame he can get. After the jump, we round up ten celebrities who would have done well to emulate Momsen and quit while they were ahead. … Read More

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Video: Was ‘Friends’ Homophobic?

Here at Flavorpill, we’ve often made the argument that Friends was not a good show, despite its popularity. But was it also homophobic? A Vimeo user who goes by the handle WayDownEast thinks so, and has made a 50-minute compilation of the sitcom’s most questionable moments, from the running gag about Joey and Chandler living together (and hugging) to the constant jokes about Ross’s lesbian ex-wife, Carol. Looking back, it’s amazing that so much of show’s humor revolved around homoeroticism and/or LGBT stereotypes — although, to be fair, it’s difficult to argue that Friends was intentionally homophobic when it also weathered a great deal of controversy over an episode where Carol marries her partner, and many of the clips included never cross the fine line between equal-opportunity humor and bigotry. Watch the video after the jump and let us know whether you think the show was truly homophobic or simply suffered from lazy writing in the comments. … Read More

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10 Popular ’90s TV Shows That Were Actually Terrible

It’s official: over the past few years, nostalgia for the ’90s has made its way from the streets of Williamsburg to TV-network boardrooms. Last week, we previewed five minutes of MTV’s Beavis and Butt-Head reboot, and its cult-favorite indie music show 120 Minutes returns Saturday night on MTV2. Meanwhile, TeenNick’s widely publicized, late-night The ’90s Are All That programming block debuted Monday to big ratings. From Seinfeld to Roseanne, there was no shortage of great TV in that decade. But, with the rise of great original programming on cable and premium networks, along with smart comedies like the ones that fill NBC’s Thursday-night line-up, we’re pretty sure that television is actually better now. Don’t believe us? With the help of our Flavorpill colleagues, we’ve put together a list of ten shows that were popular in the ’90s but were actually terrible. Add your suggestions in the comments. … Read More

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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. … Read More

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