By Maya Devereaux, Staff Writer
If my 11-year-old sister asked me to name the members of One Direction, I would be foolishly stumped. The only one I know of is Harry Styles, and I would not even be able to recognize him on a magazine cover.
A.J. McLean, Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and Nick Carter, however, I could ring off in a moment’s time, as if I were still a squealing tween who melted at the sound of any track off of Millenium.
Assuming you know who I am referring to since you are still reading, let’s just take a moment to bask in the nostalgic memories of the fleeting 1990s, when we begged our mothers to let us buy the newest Backstreet Boys album and fought over who got to marry the beach blonde Nick Carter.
Though the Backstreet Boys has had a few reunions over the years, their biggest comeback is about to hit us all. According to USA Today, the seven time Grammy nominated pop group has announced plans for a BSB Documentary that is set to be released in 2014. In addition, the BSB is working on an eighth album in honor of the band’s 20th anniversary!
While a part of me is excited for the upcoming documentary, another part feels sad and old. There is a limit to how great this BSB re-vamp will be since pretty much nothing can top the glory of the group’s golden days. Looks like I will be catching this flick not with my sister, who will never find joy in buying a CD, but with my friends, with whom I still break into spontaneous renditions of “I Want It That Way.”
By Hilary Ribons, Blog Editor
I was out with friends recently when some pop-y rifts drifted through the restaurant’s radio, catching my attention and dredging up memories of frosted spiked hair and Britney Spears in her prime.
Tracks from the ’90s.
Officially weirded out by my flashback, I quickly surveyed the restaurant. Everyone was around my age. It then occurred to me: we’re a demographic.
Us twenty-somethings are being recognized as patrons of this restaurant; catered to with music that is no longer popular. Music of a…bygone era.
Just like our parents.
We’re getting old. Like, really old. Old enough to be marketed to separately than the next, younger generation.
This realization has come to me was on the tail end of other trends that I’ve been recognizing lately. On Facebook, people are starting to graduate college. They are beginning their careers, getting married, having kids. It’s strange to witness. You simultaneously recognize the realities of your age and gawk at the status updates in disbelief.
As a kid, adulthood seems so far away.
As a young person, you think there will be a big, momentous, marked step into adulthood.
But in reality, you wake up one day (or, in my case walk into a restaurant) and realize somewhere along the way, you started to get….well, old.
So for all you ’90’s kids out there, here’s a throwback. Remember what you were doing when these songs came out? When they were on the radio? On your portable CD player? Take some time to reminisce, and celebrate your last approximately two decades of life.
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