1993. It was the year New Kids on the Block called it quits, Prince changed his name to a symbol, River Phoenix died of an overdose outside The Viper Room and Lorena Bobbitt severed her husband’s er, appendage.
If you’re having trouble casting your mind back nearly two decades (who isn’t?) here is a pop culture snapshot of what else was happening that year.
On television we were watching E Street, A Country Practice, Melrose Place, Beverly Hills 90210, Northern Exposure and Seinfeld. We sat down nightly to watch game shows Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune and Sale of the Century.
The top 10 singles in Australia were:
1. “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” Meat Loaf
2. “I Will Always Love You” Whitney Houston
3. “You Don’t Treat Me No Good” Sonia Dada
4. “Sweat (A La La La La Long)” Inner Circle
5. “(I Can’t Help) Falling in Love with You” UB40
6. “Informer” Snow
7. “What’s Up” 4 Non Blondes
8. “Cat’s in the Cradle” Ugly Kid Joe
9. “All That She Wants” Ace of Base
10. “Please Forgive Me” Bryan Adams
At the box office we were watching Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Sleepless in Seattle, Philadelphia, Indecent Proposal and future A-List movie stars, Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, and Milla Jovovich starred in Dazed and Confused.
I remember 1993 clearly as the year my braces came off; I hit puberty and got my first boyfriend. My whole closet was a fashion misfire. Key pieces included: an oversized Esprit denim jacket, yellow-stitched Doc Martens, a multi-coloured Mambo backpack, a striped crop top from (now defunct store) Hound Dog, a pork pie Stüssy hat and I seem to recall having a fondness for American baseball jerseys. I probably wore all six items together on mufti day.
What where you wearing (or doing) in 1993?