It's been well over 20 years since I lived in the Bay Area, and my memory is hazy, at best. I'm looking for the names of two specific establishments that I can vaguely remember from the early 1990s. [more inside]
posted by akk2014
on Aug 3, 2014 -
I have a vague memory of a single bit of a movie I saw in the early 90s (don't know how old the movie was tho). Three kids, on the lip of a giant TV screen. The sky was orange/yellow/green stormy. The movie villain was threatening them, and they either pushed him into TV land, or they themselves jumped into it to escape him. Any guesses?
posted by rebent
on Jul 12, 2014 -
I'm working on a writing project partially set in the 1990's underground rave scene in America, and I'm gathering research materials -- books, movies, tv, etc -- that will help me set the stage. I'm interested in both the underground rave scene as it really was, as well as its depiction in popular media, however warped/sensationalized -- basically, anything that could help me build a fully-formed immersive world for my audience, the way Mad Men
has done for its time and place. [more inside]
posted by patnasty
on Jun 12, 2014 -
If you liked rock/punk music and you lived in Mexico in the late '80s and early '90s, what Mexican bands did you like?
posted by elizeh
on May 4, 2014 -
So for like 5 years I've been trying to remember what the name of this cheesy movie was from the mid to late 90s. What I can remember:
There's a man who's in some kind of torrid romance with a woman. Halfway through the movie they're in front of a fire about to make love. She takes his dress tie and blindfolds him with it, and they go at it. We find out partway though that it's really her friend instead...and he realizes when the woman bends down to whisper into his ear "It will be our turn soon..." He removes the tie, says something like "Cammy/Dani etc" and the woman takes the tie, gags him, and basically rides him to completion.
The only other thing I can remember about the movie is the specific song playing during that scene...which is Bahu-Rang's Strange Imagination by Joseph Pusateri
posted by PetiePal
on Apr 29, 2014 -
What is the 80s or 90s pop song with a similar melody to the one in Super Freak/Can't Touch This? It sounds like the same intervals, but sung with the "words" da-dee-day-doh. I want to say it could be from the UK, possibly somewhere else in Europe. I think the album cover is black and white and could be a picture of people walking. Sorry for how vague this is! Any ideas?
posted by flod logic
on Mar 13, 2014 -
I'm looking for songs that mix 80s and/or 90s pop with other genres. My favorite example of this is Orbital's Halcyon - And On And On Live
that samples Bon Jovi's You Give Love A Bad Name and Belinda Carlisle's Heaven Is A Place On Earth. Any other genre is fine but electronic genres are preferred. Thanks!
posted by aceyprime
on Mar 10, 2014 -
Asking for a friend: "I am more that a little embarrassed at how much time I spent trying to figure out what shampoo/conditioner I used to use in the late '90s. It came from the grocery store; the kind I got was in a light blue cylindrical bottle, with this weird cap where you pulled the whole thing up but the middle stayed down. It smelled SO GOOD -- a faintly citrus, faintly marine smell. If I could find it I would pay like $30 on ebay for a bottle just so I could reverse-engineer that smell.
" Any ideas, Hive?...
posted by julthumbscrew
on Feb 28, 2014 -
At some point in the mid-to-late 90s, I found an audio file (might even have been a .wav because MP3s weren't huge yet) that I'd like to find again.
It was a fan edit of vocals from episodes of Star Trek:The Next Generation that strongly implied that Jean-Luc Picard and William Riker were lovers. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 17, 2014 -
Sometime between 1993 and 1996 I watched this movie - I think on the movie network - and it took place on what I think was one of those experimental US military aircraft. It was kind of like die hard in a plane - one rugged hero overcoming the odds and taking out the bad guys (and I think saving the girl). I could've sworn it had Dennis Quaid, but I can't find any matching description on IMDB. It wasn't con-air or executive decision. I'm guessing it was from the early 90's, but it could have been late 80's.
posted by spacediver
on Feb 5, 2014 -
In the 1990s on MTV's Half Hour Comedy Hour
there was a comedian who, when bombing, would lean into the first row and yell at people who weren't laughing, "I'm going to be doing some comedy later on, you should stick around
" — what was his name?
posted by critzer
on Jan 26, 2014 -
Where can I listen to some classic alternative music (or whatever the genre is called) online? [more inside]
posted by aarondesk
on Jan 9, 2014 -
One of my good friends had very little interaction with pop culture through childhood and most of college, and so missed out entirely on the now-classic music videos that were airing on MTV and VH1 up through the mid-90s. They're interested in improving their music video literacy, so I'd like to put together a playlist for them. Help me make sure I don't miss anything!
posted by Narrative Priorities
on Oct 2, 2013 -
I'm looking for a place in New York City to dance to 90s pop and hip hop djs. Would love to avoid expensive, velvet-rope clubs and I'm not a fan of techno/house/electronica. [more inside]
posted by auntietennis
on Jul 17, 2013 -
What was that old (80s/90s) British TV ad with the boy who comes home from a camping trip and says "Pretty exhausting, really"? I'd like to find it on YouTube if possible, but even knowing the name of the product would help.
posted by the latin mouse
on Jul 10, 2013 -
Do Hypercolor t shirts expire? Seeing some on ebay but none say whether they are still heat sensitive.
posted by josher71
on Jun 7, 2013 -
In the late 80's early 90's there was a device you could use while watching television. From what I remember, this device required some type of subscription and allowed you to play along while watching game shows and sporting events. It was black, had buttons on the sides, and a basic LED screen in the middle with an extendable radio antenna. Does anyone know what this device was? What the name of it was?
posted by blueplasticfish
on Apr 16, 2013 -
In my elementary school (circa 1989-1996, Ontario/Canada), there was a series of young adult novels that our library had. I've been trying to track them down, and Google hasn't helped with the scattershot info I remember about them. Here is what I have to go on... [more inside]
posted by ordinary_magnet
on Mar 24, 2013 -
When I was in college in the mid-90s, I had a "game" (broadly defined) for my Macintosh Quadra 650 (aw yiss!) that was labeled ITA Choco. Here's
what seems to be a site by the creators (partially in Japanese, partially in 404 errors). What was the point of it? And what does the site say? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Feb 13, 2013 -
I'm looking for mission statements from 90's advertising agencies. Specifically, super "edgy" ad agencies that targeted the Gen-X demographic. The more over the top and "extreme" the better.
Worst-case scenario, I'd love to know where to start looking for them myself.
posted by defenestration
on Jan 28, 2013 -
Does such thing as an early web emulator exist? My 12 year-old stepson is learning HTML and CSS, and today I was trying to describe the web of yesteryear (for me, c. 1995-96). I'd love to show some visual aids. I have googled to no avail. [more inside]
posted by allisonrae
on Dec 13, 2012 -
Trying to recall an indie song from the 90s with the line "portrait of the artist with his face punched in"... have googled extensively but getting nothing. no idea who sang it. it is HAUNTING ME! anyone know the song??
posted by beccyjoe
on Nov 18, 2012 -
I am looking for current "alternative" music by obscure female singer-songwriters that sounds like it could have come out in the mid-late 90s. Who are some out there who currently write in that style, even now that it is the 2010s? [more inside]
posted by wondermouse
on Jul 9, 2012 -
Looking for more examples of 90s alt-rock songs making heavy use of patter / spoken sections. [more inside]
posted by LSK
on Jun 2, 2012 -
When, where and how did the word 'sucks' become somewhat inoffensive, mainstream-- a word that can be said on prime time television? Was there at tv show? Is it generational? Or is my perception regional and based on my cohort? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv
on May 4, 2012 -
Looking for examples of late 20th century slang/lingo has fallen out of common usage? [more inside]
posted by kreestar
on Apr 18, 2012 -
Please help me remember the name of the graphic artist, popular in the early '90s who did stylised (mostly African-American) figures garbed in primary colours, often combined with inspirational words; the most popular line was available in posters, t-shirts, and even bookmarks. [more inside]
posted by batmonkey
on Mar 16, 2012 -
What is the significance of a symbol that was everywhere in the '90s? It consisted of a vaguely heart-shaped urn-like thing with an open top and flames coming out of the top. If memory serves, there were usually Xs across the widest point of the heart, and sometimes flames in the background. I remember this from the sleeve art for Celebrity Skin
(Courtney Love is wearing a tee shirt with the symbol) and from the old House of Blues logo
. What is this symbol called, and what does it mean?
posted by pxe2000
on Dec 21, 2011 -
Fantasy ID filter: book read in the late 80s, early 90s. Child in fishing village, purchased as a slave or servant by a traveling magician. Beautiful city in decline, animal (fish?) shaped necklace with a seed in its mouth? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine
on Sep 20, 2011 -
What is the origin of the "Give it to them" sample that was ubiquitous in early 90s techno? [more inside]
posted by yesno
on Aug 14, 2011 -
I'm looking for good books, articles, documentaries etc. about the dot-com boom of the late 1990s, in particular anything about the experiences of people working for tech companies while it was happening. I'm also interested in how the boom manifested itself in the UK (and to what extent it did).
posted by eykal
on Jun 28, 2011 -
Looking for titles for two fantasy books from childhood, the publishing time frame is 1970~1990ish. Scenes from Game of Thrones reminded a friend of them... [more inside]
posted by nightchrome
on Apr 18, 2011 -
I'm looking for an old skool rap song from the 90s, with the chorus from "My Girl" by the Temptations. Can anyone point to the artist? [more inside]
posted by cartmancakes
on Mar 28, 2011 -
Does anybody remember the Ironkids bread commercial where a bunch of kids go around rapping about the awesomeness of Ironkids bread? It was from the early 90s, since the kids are wearing parachute pants and eye-blisteringly colorful clothing. I am dying trying to find the video online. [more inside]
posted by i8ny3x
on Mar 7, 2011 -
What is the name of that song that has lyrics like "Becky was a choir girl, down in Costa Rica, Susan was a fire-fighter way out west in Chico"? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight
on Dec 30, 2010 -
ObscureParodySongFilter: Searching for a parody of the Destiny's Child song "Bills, Bills, Bills" - only it was "Ribs, Ribs, Ribs." Sung by males extolling the virtues of a woman that could prepare great barbecue. The song was played in the late 90s on the radio in the Tampa, Florida area. I'd love to hear it again and my google-fu is failing me.
posted by gnutron
on Nov 27, 2010 -
Anybody remember the name of an animated film from the 1990's about a bird that escaped from a cage? Was very detailed and colorful, with lots of intricate patterns and ornamentation on things. I think it aired on VH1 (back when it still played music) and was French Canadian based on the credits. Story was engaging and very easy to follow, although nobody spoke. Emotion and plot were conveyed strictly through music.
posted by Sal Monella
on Nov 8, 2010 -
I'm thinking of a song...from the '90s by a female pop artist who probably would be considered a one-hit-wonder. But I can't quite place it. [more inside]
posted by iamisaid
on Nov 7, 2010 -