I was born in 1981 so was a teen throughout the 90's. It was just so funny as I remember being 14 (the same age my sister is now) and thinking that the 90's were kinda lame, but the 70's seemed like such an amazing time, particularly after I watched Dazed and Confused and then later Velvet Goldmine. While I was really into the alternative artists of the 1990's (Nirvana, Hole, Soundgarden, Green Day etc), I was also discovering more and more amazing artists from the 70's such as Bowie, Iggy Pop, The Clash, Black Sabbath, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin etc. I began to link together how they had influenced the bands of the 1990's. After my love affair with the 70's, I moved on to the 80's where I obsessed over 80's Bowie tunes and the likes of the New Wave era which included The Smiths, The Cure and New Order, again seeing how those bands also influenced many of the bands of the 2000's. Watching the film 24 Hour Party People helped to cement this. Now I am in love with the 1960's, particularly the fashion and styling more so then the music...although the music is really great too. Again my passion for the 60's has been fueled by films such as Breakfast at Tiffany's, Bedazzled (1967), An Education, Factory Girl and of course, the series Mad Men.
This all brings me to question whether a great segment of the population is just predestined to be unsatisfied with our current era? Do you find yourself longing for a past decade, feeling like you would have been better suited to live in that time?
Here is a sampling of some of my favorite actual figures and portrayals of the last few decades:
The Rolling Stones
Brigette Bardot (done-up and casual)
Warhol muse, Edie Sedgwick
Dazed and Confused
The Sex Pistols
Oh, Kurt and Courtney
Nirvana. I actually had this poster above my bed in junior high.
Early 90's Green Day...well before American Idiot.