Thread: I'm not ready for 90s music to be played on VH1 Classic.

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    I used to be an avid fan of VH1 Classic, but then they started playing 90s music videos. The 90s were a rough time for me on a personal and emotional level, and a lot of the songs they play now are inexorably tied to the bad times I experienced. I know that it was inevitable that they would start playing 90s videos...It's just that I feel like I'm aging rapidly on the inside. I can't listen to Nirvana without thinking about the years in Boy Scouts that followed after my dad died and I can't listen to Dr. Dre or a dozen other rappers without thinking about how I was thought of as crazy for not listening to it.

    I guess this is why I don't like VH1's "I Love The 90s" programs, either...There's just too many items on there that I can't be nostalgiac about.

    I don't know how to properly say what I want to say. I guess what I'm trying to say is that music makes you remember things you might not want to remember.

    Are there any songs or bands that are difficult for you to listen to because they might tie in with rough times in your life?
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      To begin with, I am not sure I would put the 90s music into the classic section. For me, the classics start with the 80s, going backwards from there. I mean, how long does it take for something to beong in the 'classics' section?

      Anyway, I used to hear songs I related to past relationships and didn't like listening to them. But now my present life is happy, and listening to old songs that I used to associate with people, doesn't bother me anymore. If those memories I had were good ones, then I don't mind listening to the music and remember those times, and as for the bad times, I have completely forgotten what music I used to associate with them.
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        Actually, there is some 90s music I like...Basically I'm into the pop and dance music of the 90s. Still, I'm not ready for even that music to be considered classic yet.

        On a different tack, I associate a lot of 80s music with my final year-and-a-half of high school. While the other kids were listening to Limp Bizkit and Sean "Whatever he was calling himself at the time" Combs, I was listening to Hall & Oates and Human League. I was doing something different from the other kids...Of course, VH1's "I Love The 80s" debuted about a year-and-a-half after I graduated high school in 2001, so a lot of kids ended up getting into 80s culture after all. I would like to think that I was ahead of the curve, though.
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          I am not down with the 90's music on VH1 classic either.. Leave things well enough alone..
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            i would rather vh1 classic play 90,s videos like they do on "the alternative" than it turn into reality show network like vh1 and mtv. its really the only all videos channel left, other than IMF
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              I think retro falls at the minimum between 10-15 years.
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                I'm actually watching VH-1 Classic right now, as I type this. Imagine my shock and amazement when they played Kriss Kross' "Jump" followed by Color Me Badd's "All 4 Love." But as long as the channel remains a music network, and spares us the celebrity crap, they can play whatever videos they want.

                I suppose this is another sign that I'm getting old. Two months ago, XM introduced a new music channel called Big Tracks, which plays music from the late 80s & early 90s. They describe it as "our generation's classic rock."

                Gee, I didn't think our generation was quite ready for the classic rock stamp just yet!
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                  Quote by NeonNightrider
                  I suppose this is another sign that I'm getting old. Two months ago, XM introduced a new music channel called Big Tracks, which plays music from the late 80s & early 90s. They describe it as "our generation's classic rock."

                  Gee, I didn't think our generation was quite ready for the classic rock stamp just yet!


                  That brings up an interesting point. Just what generation are they referring to?

                  I was a kid in the late 80s and early 90s, so I remember all the music from that time, but generally you find that a generation considers "its" music to be that of its teen years. So are they referring to people who were teens in that time period? Kids? Twentysomethings?

                  I think I'll consider "my" music to be that of the mid to late 90s, even though what I would call the 'musical golden years' of 15-19 didn't start until the year 2000 for me. I guess it's because the music of this decade sucks. It's hard to imagine anyone looking back fondly on music from the last few years.
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                    Look, it's already been 10 to 15 years or so since most of things in the 1990s happened. I remember seeing "Retro 80s" stuff back in 1996 and 1997 on VH1 (back when they showed videos) and hearing a lot of 80s music on the radio suddenly, so this practice isn't anything new.

                    I think it's perfectly fine that the 1990s is getting some coverage, since it's the era I grew up in. There are some songs I haven't heard in a long time from that I'm suddenly hearing a lot of on XM 90s and 90s videos I haven't seen in forever being played on BET Jazz and VH1 Classic, which is cool (On Monday night I finally saw the video for Coolio's '1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)', which I haven't seen in a long time!).

                    I was big into Alternative and Top 40 music back when I was going to elementary and middle school. I really stopped following pop music in 1998 when 'Nsync and Britney Spears suddenly turned up with their cheesy music.
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                      In the past few weeks, while searching for stuff to load onto RetroJunk, I've scanned through a ton of MTV tapes that I didn't know I had circa 88-94. It frightened me when I realized that most of them were from '91 -- and I realized that was 15 years ago! Also frightened me when I realized how dated and bad many of those videos were -- they were screaming for a "Beavis and Butthead" commentary....
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                        I'm actually kind of pleased to see some of my old buddies on VH1 Classic again, in part because it seems like it's the only time they get airplay anymore. It's like, "Yay, someone remembers Siouxsie and the Banshees!" But, it can be humbling when they show a video I really liked when it came out, and I see just how cheesy it is by my standards now. 4 Non-Blondes, anyone?

                        I know there are a lot of people who like to talk about how in their day music was so much better, and, during the late '90s-early '00s, with all that Limp Bizkit crap on the airwaves, I caught myself feeling the same way. Then, one day I found two shoeboxes full of old radio tapes I made back in high school (1993-1997). Most of them were from a college radio station my parents' stereo was just sensitive enough to pick up (I think I have the better part of Guided By Voices' back catalog on those tapes), but one was entirely taped off a "modern rock" station from nearby Rochester. One of its slogans at that point was "Dinosaur rock is dead!", and they would have little skits mocking out bands like Journey and Loverboy in between songs and commercials.

                        But, what music was on the tape? Bush, Sponge, 4 Squirrels, the Toadies-- basically, a cavalcade of forgettable '90s grunge bands, most of whom I find unlistenable now. Mixed in there were one or two songs by decent artists like Nirvana and Alice In Chains, but I still couldn't believe how much crap I listened to back then. I suspect I drank the crappy music Kool-Aid because it was an identity thing, being a teenager and needing my own music that was different from my parents' and siblings' (and just like my friends') so I could feel like I was my own person. All in all, it was a very humbling experience.
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                          Come on guys. The '90s are definately worth lots of nostalgia in my book.
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                            not when the generation coming outta the nineties doesnt even know what he-man or robotech is....
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                              face it, we are all just getting old
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