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Old 11-09-2012, 05:56 AM
 
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Asking People older than 30.

I was born in '90 and I was wondering, was the atmosphere, culture, and way people acted in 1990, 1991, and 1992 more or less identical to how people acted in the mid and late 80s, or was it suddenly different as soon the 90s hit?

I don't see a huge difference between 2006 and 2012 aside from social media being bigger, more dance music and less rap, were 1986 and 1992 any more different or about the same difference?
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Well, for me it was way different because I graduated High School in '90, so the transition to College was a major change no matter what was going on with society.

Culture-wise I can tell you that music had begun a major shift because that's around when Nirvana started becoming major and "80s style" music really got phased out...

What I remember about the early 90s from my college years as well is the transition from typewriters to word processing (That's what typing reports on computers was called back then.. LOL!!!). Anyway, I did ALL of my college papers on a typewriter because it still didn't feel right to me to not hear the sound of the type-head slapping the paper after every key stroke.... I feel stuped now because I realize how much easier it would have been using the computer, but oh well...

I also remember my family transitioning from a "Toy computer" like the Commodore 64 into a more useful home computer with an IBM Compatible 386....
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I'm 51. I don't remember perfectly but what I think I remember or envision or associate with those time frames is: Late 80s was no grunge and early 90s was grunge. Late 80s was dying out of new wave, modern rock bands. Late 80s had some Supergroups like The Firm with Jimmy Page and Paul Rogers from Bad Company.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:24 AM
 
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Culturally and as a dynamic of the decade I point to 1992 as the year it all changed.

That was when gansta rap, the Grunge movement all gained steam. Think Nirvana and Pearl Jam for starters.
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Old 11-10-2012, 02:55 AM
 
Location: Walker, Louisiana (I miss the mountains)
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Culturally and as a dynamic of the decade I point to 1992 as the year it all changed.

That was when gansta rap, the Grunge movement all gained steam. Think Nirvana and Pearl Jam for starters.
I agree. As somebody who was steeped in video games since I could drool, I can tell you the game world changed drastically around then as well. The Snes was booming and the Genesis was countering with Sonic the Hedgehog and the "XTREEEEEEEEME" stuff started about then.

The comic book world also reflected this youth-culture change around 1992. Think Image comics.

By 1993 anything remotely eighties was gone.
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:38 AM
 
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I agree. As somebody who was steeped in video games since I could drool, I can tell you the game world changed drastically around then as well. The Snes was booming and the Genesis was countering with Sonic the Hedgehog and the "XTREEEEEEEEME" stuff started about then.

The comic book world also reflected this youth-culture change around 1992. Think Image comics.

By 1993 anything remotely eighties was gone.
Yes, I've always got the sense 1992 was really the beginning of the 90s, not so much 1990. I actually feel like this decade started early, though. 2008 seems more like 2012 than it does like 2004, in terms of its style and image.
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:08 AM
 
Location: Walker, Louisiana (I miss the mountains)
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Yes, I've always got the sense 1992 was really the beginning of the 90s, not so much 1990. I actually feel like this decade started early, though. 2008 seems more like 2012 than it does like 2004, in terms of its style and image.
I know what you mean. It also felt like the late nineties stretched into about 2003. I don't know about anybody else but somehow 1998 and 1999 felt so different from 1992-1997.
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:53 AM
 
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I know what you mean. It also felt like the late nineties stretched into about 2003. I don't know about anybody else but somehow 1998 and 1999 felt so different from 1992-1997.
YES! I indeed remember. I think 1998 up to 2003 felt pretty similar. It wasn't the same feeling as the early to mid nineties but it was also different from the Emo and Scene era of mid noughties to early tens. I think 1997 felt a lot older than '98.

I actually feel kind of old for being 13 in 2003 ... 2003 seems like a while ago. I'm very young of course, born in '90 but I'm not young compared to a younger teenager today born in '98.
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Old 11-10-2012, 02:58 PM
 
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I would say 1988 to 1991 were pretty similar. This late 80s/early 90s period was distinct from the early and mid 80's, and was perhaps the period of the worst fashion and music in my lifetime. This was the peak of hair metal and horrible fashion like you would see on an old episode of In Living Color. The early to mid 80s on the other hand were more about New Wave and true Heavy Metal, and the fashions were most eccentric than tacky.

I agree with the other poster who said it was about 1992 when this all changed. This was when the grunge era hit hard, and all the cheesy late 80s stuff was swept under the rug quite rapidly. The grunge era lasted until about 1998, when it was replaced with Nu Metal, Emo, and more pop oriented music (e.g. boys bands, Britney Spears). This lasted until about 2003, which was really about the time the 00's truly kicked in IMO.
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:40 PM
 
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I would say 1988 to 1991 were pretty similar. This late 80s/early 90s period was distinct from the early and mid 80's, and was perhaps the period of the worst fashion and music in my lifetime. This was the peak of hair metal and horrible fashion like you would see on an old episode of In Living Color. The early to mid 80s on the other hand were more about New Wave and true Heavy Metal, and the fashions were most eccentric than tacky.

I agree with the other poster who said it was about 1992 when this all changed. This was when the grunge era hit hard, and all the cheesy late 80s stuff was swept under the rug quite rapidly. The grunge era lasted until about 1998, when it was replaced with Nu Metal, Emo, and more pop oriented music (e.g. boys bands, Britney Spears). This lasted until about 2003, which was really about the time the 00's truly kicked in IMO.

I agree with what you said. 1992 was the pivotal year when things changed seemingly overnight. Gangsta Rap hit the mainstream and Nirvana blew up at the exact same time in 1992. Prior to '92, rap music was not widely aired on mainstream white America stations. The few rappers that got airplay were more dance-pop artists like MCHammer. That all changed with Dr. Dre's The Chronic. At the same time, white-boy rock n' roll was based around late 80's hair bands. Starting in '92, you had Nirvana's Nevermind start the long trend of Alternative Grunge Rock that dominated the mid 90's. Dr. Dre's The Chronic and Nirvana's Nevermind were the 2 key albums that changed everything.

Another drastic change in '92 was clothing styles. The Grunge scene style emerged and it was popular at school to see kids wearing band t-shirts and quarteroy pants or cargo pants. Shorts and pants got very loose starting in '92. Prior to '92, shorts were much shorter daisy-dukes.
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