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Hey guys, welcome back to Zara's brain.

At the moment, considering I am the owner of said brain and I need a map to navigate it, I reckon it would be nearly impossible for anyone else to understand what's going on in there and why (except for maybe a few individuals who seem to have a backstage pass to it...namely [ profile] jennie_annie and [ profile] rikachi)
Anyway, whilst getting lost in writing projects and game projects and basically surfing Youtube out of boredom (Read: Doing absolutely everything humanly possible to avoid doing what I really have to do, which is my literature review) I came across an interesting article written by somebody who was obviously born in the 1990's. It both laments and congratulates both 90s and millenium children on the world they've been born into and affected. Songs, pop culture, TV shows and such change with each generation and there's no doubt that in the millenium (2000 onwards), things are getting faster and faster and faster. I'm pretty sure the same thing has been said by every generation ever and even saying it now makes me feel somewhat old. Nevermind.

For instance, if I had access to a thing called Pokemon GO and an iPhone when I was 8 years old or something like that, my childhood would have looked VERY different. Instead, when I was 8, I was getting in trouble for jumping on the furniture because the floor was lava.

But since I'm procrastinating here and since this is a blog that people occasionally read (mostly they come for the stories though) I thought I might break down about 10 songs that basically made up my childhood in the 90's. I'm a 90's child, I grew up with parents who listened to everything stretching as far back as the 50's. But these ten songs were the songs that turned up a shitload of the time. Note, this doesn't mean I personally listened to them, sometimes they were just on the radio where I couldn't reach to change the station. But they were there and when I hear them, I know where they came from.

So welcome back to the 1990's in New Zealand.

10. Nena - 99 Luftballons (1983)

This is not a song from the 90's, but it played a lot in the 90's. (How ironic that I begin my list with a song that actually isn't from the 90's!) Enough for me to recognise it word for word despite it being in German. Considering there is an English version that was released to England (and by extension, New Zealand) you'd think I'd remember the English version more but actually I don't. I didn't actually hear the English version until long after I'd memorised the German one. Here my parents are trying to teach me how to sing about birds in Maori and I'm singing about 99 balloons in German. #languagefail

9. Bomfunk MC - Freestyler (1999)

A song that became way popular in the 90's, there was absolutely no way I could avoid it. I think one memory I have that stands out above the rest is lounging on the floor on a Saturday, I was thinking about doing something but I was too lazy to actually get up and do it so I just stayed there. On the TV they kept playing this as number one on the countdown charts. I squirmed on my back from the living room to the hallway using the beat as my took me awhile to get to the door and even longer to reach the doorknob because I wasn't getting up to do that.

8. Sash! Ecuador (1997)

Not that I really paid attention to this song but it screams 90's. Everything about it screams 90's to me. My father got this compilation CD of songs that were popular (at the time) and this was on the tracklist. I think it had 18 songs and he only bought the CD for one song (oh ye days when you couldn't just easily download the one song you wanted without having to go through a ton of shit to get to it)
Back then I had no idea what Ecuador was, i just remember wondering why this guy was screaming 'Ecuador' all the time.

7. Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone (1998)

You know, despite the easy to hear lyrics, I don't remember actually paying any attention to them. Of this entire list, this is also the one song I never saw the musc video to because it was always playing on the radio instead of the countdowns. But did I boogie to this one? You can pretty much guarantee that I was in the backseat of the car bouncing and generally making a nuisance of myself. I liked club-like songs even then. (Which must have been a warning of things to come really...*glances at Jin*)

6. TLC - No Scrubs (1999)

My mother was a huge TLC fan. She had the CD and would play it all the time. I don't just mean she'd play it at home, no, no, no, she'd play the CD. On Repeat. In her car. And since I was in her car every single day because she was either taking me to and from school or other places in the weekend, you can bet your ass I know the words to this one. It could have been worse. She could have been a fan of Kate Bush...

5. Iio - Rapture (2001)

Again, not a 90's song but I was still a ratbag then anyway. This counts as childhood. Quite like 'Better off alone' this song ended up on high rotation and thus, belongs to the part of my mind that associates it to 'The Ratbag Era', in which I was a horrible child and did everything my parents told me not to do. Considering the timing, this song was probably playing in the background as I was doing something like apple-pie-ing my sisters bed. (In which you fold the sheets and tuck them in in such a way that the bed looks made but when you try and get in, the sheets won't let you.)
Interesting fact, a poll looking into the background music for porn videos placed this song at number one!

4. Guns'n'Roses - Sweet Child of Mine (1988)

I think you get by now that not everything on this list is exactly limited to the 1990's. Before TLC, my mother also had a huge thing for Guns'n'Roses. She used tapes (the kind you rewind manually in the car) and it only had two songs. 'November Rain' and 'Sweet Child'. So this made up a lot of my preschool years. My sister and I paid less attention to Barney, Hi 5 and Teletubbies and we paid way more attention to this song. Did that make us weird in preschool?.....maybe. I don't remember. Everyone was weird back then anyway. Who's normal?

3. Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise (1995)

Ah, the story of a white teacher who ends up in a downtown highschool to teach underprivileged delinquents who get in trouble with the law all the time...I never saw the movie, but I know the song. I've got no idea where this song came from really, I suppose it spent about 5 weeks at number one on the countdown charts before they finally let it rest...then it turned up on the radio all the time. So really, there was no avoiding it. In New Zealand, it was popular and I don't know anyone over here who doesn't know that song...unless they were born after 2005....

2. Spice Girls - Wannabe (1996)

Let's put it this way, if you were alive around this time, chances are you've heard of them. And I'd be kidding myself if they didn't make this list at some point. What fascinates me is how big they became, like everyone knew them, and then when everything fell apart and they ceased to be, everyone denied ever liking them. In my group of friends, I was always Baby Spice (because I was younger than all of them) so when we went to each others houses, I'd have to wear baby blue or white. It wasn't that I didn't like the role, but when my friend decided we were all going to be Spice Girls, my role was the fastest one chosen simply because I was the youngest. *mutters* good thing I was blonde and smaller than all of them back then hindsight, there was no other role I could have ever fit. At the time that Spice Girls was popular, my group of friends and I consisted of exactly 5 people so actually it was perfect.

1. Eiffel 65 - Blue (1999)

If I'd seen the lyrics to this song back then, that would have silenced so many arguments! My friends and I never agreed on what the actual lyrics of this song were. The following five suggestions of the main chorus were what my friends and I could never ever agree on. Each one of us had a different interpretation and we were all wrong.

"I'm blue, and I was the other guy, I was the other guy"
"I'm blue and I'd beat off a guy, and I'd beat off a guy"
"I'm blue and indeed I'm a guy, and indeed I'm a guy"
"I'm blue and I bleed on a guy, and I bleed on a guy"
"I'm blue and I'd beat up a guy, and I'd beat up a guy"
One of my friends was 10 years old at the time she suggested that interpretation and had no idea what 'beat off a guy' meant...then again neither did most of us. The only one of us who kept laughing at that suggestion was a girl named Ashleigh...who probably knew exactly what it meant but she never told us. This was a song that got stuck in everyone's heads.

OKAY, enough procrastinating. Back to doing what I'm supposed to be doing....pfft. I'm probably just going to distract myself with something else. See you guys next time I post another chapter!
(and if you've read this far, I'm impressed and a little flattered but...don't you have anything better to do? >_<)

Love, Zara

Date: 2016-07-17 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Lol I'm just procrastinating like you ;P Plus it's too hot to do anything else...

I loved this collection of songs, some I didn't even remember by name, but once I heard them, I was like "oooooooooo so that's what it's called!"

I loved Guns n' Roses! When I was beginning my teens and my school friends were all listening to Mariah Carey and New Kids on the Block, I was blasting "You could be mine" from Guns n' Roses on my walkman (the old K7 walkman lol - times like these I do feel old ^^). I was a rebel undercover lol, everyone was surprised when then listened to my tapes that they had Nirvana, Guns n' Roses and other rock music...

Oh wow, the Spice Girls! I can proudly say *cough cough* that I actually own a Spice Girls CD :)) I really liked them, especially that first album!

Oh and TLC! And Coolio! Memory Lane!!! And Nena!!! Funny thing I also think I never really listened to the English version of that song. What always passes here is the original German version :))

Nostalgia, nostalgia you were also affected by the Kate Bush nostalgia bug lololol ;P Next thing we'll be dancing and singing Kate Bush in red dresses ^^

Date: 2016-07-18 03:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
lol, at the time I was writing this, I was bundled up and procrastinating because it was too cold to do anything.

Guns'n'Roses really left an impression didn't it! Walkman ^_^ I had one in highschool.
You have a Spice Girls CD? I used to have one but I don't think it lasted long (my parents, who had probably heard every single song a million times, claimed it went 'missing')

Kate Bush affected me indirectly too...dammit. But there's no way I'm dancing to that song XD I'd much rather dance to KAT-TUN

Date: 2016-07-24 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
GnR when they were all together they totally rocked! All of them working together made great music - when they went solo, individually, they didn't impress me at all. As Guns n' Roses they did leave an impression ^^

Now that you say it... Hmmm I was looking at my CD collection and can't find my Spice Girls Cd... I think I sold it a few years back with a couple of CDs that I went like "Why the hell did I buy this for?" lol

Lol, thing is I don't like Kate Bush's voice! I never did >< there were only too songs by her that I I could hear because I simply loved them. Wuthering Heights is one and the other was "Running up that hill", which was re-recorded by Placebo and I was SSSSOOOOOO happy because then I could listen to that song without cringing at Kate Bush's voice. LOVE Placebo's version of that song <3 <3

LOL for some reason I have the mental picture of KAT-TUN in wigs and red dresses dancing to Kate Bush XD

Date: 2016-07-18 09:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
same like you XDDD
but my playlist in 90's are more boybands like Westlife, Backstreet Boys ,AQUA (it's not boyband of course), etc hahahha
btw, how are you dear? XDD

Date: 2016-07-18 04:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oddly enough I wasn't affected by Westlife or the Backstreet Boys.
AQUA was there but not so much either. Not sure what was up with that ^_^

Long time no talk! I'm doing alright, dying from the final year of studies but so is everyone. How are you? Been awhile since I've heard from you!

Date: 2016-07-19 04:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
ehh? really?
I'm fine^^ I was on my college holiday until September hihihi
yupss...I almost can't keep in touch with all my online friends when college time... sorry :(
but I often update instagram (I'm sure you know that too hehe)

ah..I see....are you in the middle of final exam time?

btw, I really miss making akame banner again (T_T) if you maybe want 1-2 banner for your fanficts just tell me okay XD
oh...and just want to tell you my old line id was error,so I change it to new one (it's just have to add "2" behind my older id) heheh maybe sometimes we can talk via line instead :p
Edited Date: 2016-07-19 04:23 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-07-20 10:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'll have to PM you for that, because I've actually forgotten your old line ID! XD But it'll be great to talk to you again!

I understand, college time is a horribly busy time. I hardly ever have time for anything else when exams really get back. Luckily, I'm not in exams just now, I will be later though.
And yes, I see your Instagrams :) I love your photos!

Ooh, you want to make banners! I have requests if you're open and free! ^_^ I miss your artwork, it's the best I've seen for this stuff! I look at my old banners and think 'aaah, there's only one person I can turn to for banners ;)'

Date: 2016-07-20 01:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
ohhh my..again you make me blushing (///)
thank you so much dear XDD

oh I see....then good luck for your study dear^^

Date: 2016-07-18 05:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It has been interesting tour of music from your time .... I am also a girl of 90, I was born precisely in the year 1990 ...
I constantly hear talk between family and friends of epochal changes, from how my parents lived until the differences we observe today's youth
Children carrying technology that I never imagined in my childhood while playing with Barbie dolls or teenagers playing with dolls really, in my country by means development that exists it is common to see girls of 14 or 16 years with children, an example is my sister who had my niece at age 14 ... OMG!!!!
┬┐how it came to pass that?
I do not know, but I'm happy that my childhood was not bombarded by so much technology and hormones, I lived happy playing, carefree world, writing and reading for fun, even growing up with Japanese anime Sailor Moon, Saint Seiya, Dragon Ball, Ranma 1/2 and a great etc >.<
There will always be changes and is a nostalgia see how our society changes, in some cases leading us to a setback despite the great technology that is emerging.
Your culture and mine is somewhat different, the only songs I heard in my country are the last 3 songs, probably Guns'n'Roses were also popular but never get to know.
By the way that movie whose song is Gangster's Paradise I saw her after Gokusen, I found a similar story but the American has a more dramatic style, I liked so despite being old is good to see.......
As you have seen wrote a letter hahaha *.*
that answers your question, I'm not doing anything, I'm in my work but business has been alone.......

Date: 2016-07-20 10:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ooh born precisely in 1990? Year buddies!

Wow, a girl at age 14? I've been around that too, I dont' think it's to do so much with generational and time changes but more to do specifically with circumstances. Ah Japanese anime, I was exposed to Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball too. (though on my end it was more Cardcaptor Sakura and Dragon Ball Z I paid attention to XD)

I think the story of a teacher who changes the lives of underprivileged or bad students is actually a fairly common one. What made Gokusen 2 so special was akame...I mean Hayaryu....
Greetings to you too!

Date: 2016-07-22 04:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
to be exact I born on October 12, 1990 ....
my birthday is approaching !!!!
I hope you remember it and send me a gift ok, no, just kidding >.<
I'm changing the subject, I am aunt because my sister is mother at age 14
as in the dorama "14-sai no Haha"
you have seen that novel?
Many changes are happening in society and have to adapt or change ...
I continue my way without affecting me enjoy life!!!!
the Akame has no end !!!!!!!!!
began before of Gokusen and although Jin no longer in Kat-tun, for us as fans we refuse to let die.....

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