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17 Pop Culture Blasts From 21 Years Ago: Let's Feel Old!

By Jodi Smith | Nostalgia | April 13, 2016 |

By Jodi Smith | Nostalgia | April 13, 2016 |

1. Batman Forever - June 16, 1995

Val Kilmer stepped into the brooding batshoes of Bruce Wayne/Batman to battle Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones) and The Riddler (Jim Carrey). There was also Dick Grayson/Robin (Chris O’Donnell), Dr. Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman), and Sugar and Spice (Drew Barrymore and Debi Mazar)

2. Singled Out - June 5, 1995

This was the day that allowed Jenny McCarthy to fart her way into the pop culture consciousness. It was a dark, stinky day when everyone embraced the Playboy model’s gross-but-sexy shtick and the insane process of dating elimination on the show. We didn’t know what she would go on to do. What she would become. God forgive us, we didn’t know.
3. Alanis Morissette released Jagged Little Pill - June 13, 1995

Alanis Morissette was able to rise from the slime-covered ashes of You Can’t Do That On Television! to release a stunning album filled with angry lyrics and angst. It should not be surprising that this was a CD I owned and played obsessively.

4. Michael Jordon leaves retirement and plays basketball again - March, 1995

I never liked Jordan. I grew up a Celtics fan and was into their style of play. I saw Jordan as a ball hog and an asshole. Others see him as the greatest basketball player of all time, unless they’re young and think that’s Kobe Bryant or LeBron James.

Anyway, Jordan emerged from retirement to win 3 more NBA Championship titles with the Chicago Bulls.
5. O.J. Simpson was on trial for murder - January 24 - October 3, 1995

I’m not sure you’ve heard about this one. It was pretty low-key and 150 MILLION PEOPLE WATCHED THIS MAN ON TRIAL AND HEARD “IF IT DOESN’T FIT, YOU MUST ACQUIT”. Shit is bananas and gave us this year’s very successful television mini-series that allowed us to watch it all over again, but with more smugness since we know how it ended.
6. went live - Early 1995

There was no Tinder. There was no We did have those commercials on late at night with the women waiting by the corded phone for you to call. They charged $4.99 the first minute and then like .99 cents every minute after. Then hit the interwebs as a free beta service. If your Mom didn’t accidentally make a call while you were cruising AOL, you could meet your forever booty call.

7. Toy Story - November 22, 1995

The first computer-animated feature film hit theaters. I know that you know all about it, so I’ll just be over here with my suddenly sharpened sense of mortality and memories of VHS tape covers.
8. Frappuccinos - Summer, 1995

Frappuccinos are older than most of the people you see buying them today. Mull that one over in your head. At least until you forget what you were doing and go back to watching your “stories”.
9. Pogs - ALL OF THE 1995

I used to have Pogs with X-Men on them. They were fucking rad, but I didn’t actually use them to play the game they were meant for. I just had them prominently displayed in my room, because I’m fucking awesome. Are they still in the drawer of the table beside me this very minute? YOU BET YOUR ASS.
10. Full House left TGIF - May 23, 1995

Eight years of watching the Olsen Twins grow up. Eight years of having mercy and cutting it out. Now you can sort of have that again, without the Olsens, when you watch Fuller House on Netflix. Expect to see the premiere of The Gooder Wife in 21 years on Netflix, now beamed directly into your brain!
11. “Calvin and Hobbes” ended - December 31, 1995
12. The Usual Suspects premieres - September 15, 1995

The criminal thriller was thankfully released in a time before websites posted spoilers in article titles, so that was pretty good. Kevin Spacey was probably introduced to many people with his role, along with Benicio del Toro’s mumbling stumble towards stardom in it.

I’ll never forget the chunky pee. NSFW

13. Sony Playstation - September 9, 1995

Sony released their gaming platform Playstation in America in 1995.

14. Drew Barrymore flashes David Letterman - April 12, 1995

15. We wore these clothes - 1995

delia*s was our guide.
16. Fashion Cafe opened - 1995

Supermodels Naomi Campbell, Elle Macpherson, Claudia Schiffer, and Christy Turlington were all a part of the failed Fashion Cafe franchise that opened in Rockefeller Center. It was supposed to be a fashion-forward alternative to Planet Hollywood or Hard Rock Cafe, but was shuttered in 1998. Why? Francesco Buti and Tommaso Buti were also owners and they were arrested for wire fraud, money laundering, and stolen property.
17. Clueless premiered - July 21, 1995

It premiered on a beach and was shown live on MTV.

Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.