Awesome 1990s

The History of Music Trackers

The History of Music Trackers

The 1980s brought the first 16-bit PCs, and advances in hardware brought better graphics and sound. Programmers went on to create music synthesizers and sequencers called trackers, which became a demo and hacker scene staple. Ahoy looks back at the history of trackers and the ear-pleasing chiptunes they produced.

Boston Dynamics in the ’90s

Boston Dynamics in the ’90s

Boston Dynamics has made a name for themselves with their humanoid and animal-inspired robots. We’ve previously met Spot, their robo-dog that can handle all kinds of terrain and carry small payloads. Future Punk made this fun video that imagines what Spot might have been like had he come out in the 1990s.

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Radiohead: Follow Me Around

Radiohead: Follow Me Around

Radiohead’s KID A MNESIA drops on 11.5.21, and includes reissues of Kid A and Amnesiac, along with unreleased tracks from their 1999 to 2000 recording sessions. The music video for the acoustic track Follow Me Around looks like it was shot on VHS tape, and features Guy Pearce doing everything he can to avoid the camera.

Welcome! Sweatshirt

Welcome! Sweatshirt
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’90s kids, remember the squeal of your modem as it connected to America Online? Vapor95 pays tribute to the once-massive online service with a vibrant polyester micro-fleece sweatshirt, embellished with the AOL logo on its chest, a colorful community of people on its sleeves, and the familiar cry of “¿A/S/L?” on its back.

Spider-Man: No Way Home as a 90s Cartoon

Spider-Man: No Way Home as a 90s Cartoon

100Bombs Studios dusted off footage from the 1990s Spider-Man animated series and edited it to match the audio from the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer. Using scenes between Spidey, Doctor Strange, and Doc Ock, it syncs up surprisingly well.

The Last Video Store VR Game

The Last Video Store VR Game

RareBird Games created this VR gaming oddity. The game sends players back in time to a Blockbuster-style video store to wander the shelves looking for movies to rent on VHS and DVD. In survival mode, you’ll work to make money for bills and movie rentals, and you’ll even be able to watch some movies inside of the game.

Your Illustrated Childhood

Your Illustrated Childhood

If you grew up in the ’80s, ’90s, or ’00s you saw the work of artist Gary Ciccarelli. You might not know his name, but the illustrator created airbrushed images for countless products, including action figure packages, toy boxes, board games, movie posters, trading cards, and more. His work is gradually being archived on Instagram.

Bliss

Bliss

In 1996, photographer Charles O’Rear snapped a photo that would appear on over a billion desktops thanks to its selection as the default Windows XP wallpaper. Animator Zachary Loren Jones revisits the story of this iconic image and its impact on the zeitgeist with an imaginative and surreal retrospective.

If Weezer Was Nirvana

If Weezer Was Nirvana

Musician and impressionist Steve Welsh imagine what it might have sounded like of the Nirvana classic Come as You Are were performed by another band that hit it big in the early 1990s, Weezer. He totally nails the layered pop vocals and garage rock sounds of Rivers Cuomo and gang.

If Blink-182 Wrote Don’t Stop Believin’

If Blink-182 Wrote Don’t Stop Believin’

Among his talents, musician Alex Melton has a knack for rearranging songs so they sound like they were performed by Blink-182. Here, he takes on the Journey classic Don’t Stop Believin’, and gives it the trademark sounds of late-1990s pop-punk. Can you imagine if The Sopranos ended with this version?

Famous Synth Sounds of the ’80s and ’90s

Famous Synth Sounds of the ’80s and ’90s

Are you an ’80s or ’90s kid? Then you’ll want to hit play on Estuera’s two-part video series about the synthesizers and presets that defined the sounds of two decades. Along the way, he performs excerpts from more than 40 tracks and makes them sound just like the originals, thanks in part to Arturia’s synth emulation tech.

Instacart in the 1990s

Instacart in the 1990s

Offering same-day grocery and deliveries in many places, Instacart is one of life’s many modern conveniences. But what might the Instacart experience have been like had it come out on a floppy diskette and run only on Windows 95? Squirrel Monkey has the answer.

60 Songs a Year: 1990 to 1999

60 Songs a Year: 1990 to 1999

After taking on the 1980s with aplomb, The Hood Internet has completed the cycle for the 1990s. Hit play and enjoy this 35-minute playlist of classic hits from nineties hitmakers like Deee-Lite, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, No Doubt, Alanis Morissette, Everclear, and Missy Elliott.

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The Mystery of the Flaming Skier

The Mystery of the Flaming Skier

The opening credits from Malcolm in the Middle featured a number of memorable images, accompanied by a great They Might Be Giants tune. For a brief moment, we see a man performing a ski jump while completely ablaze. Kid Leaves Stoop digs into the mystery behind this burning man, and who he really was.

Oasis x Bronski Beat

Oasis x Bronski Beat

Imagine for a moment that the Oasis hit Wonderwall was recorded in the 1980s, and the lead vocals were performed by Jimmy Somerville instead of Liam Gallagher. Deco did a great job mashing up the track with 1984’s Smalltown Boy. Their Spice Girls / Marvin Gaye combo is a good listen too.

One Week with Blink-182

One Week with Blink-182

Musician Alex Melton is back with another song remade in the pop-punk style of Blink-182. This time, he did it with the Barenaked Ladies track One Week, complete with Chickity China, the Chinese chicken. We wonder if this could be done with any 1990s song. We’d like to request TMBG’s Birdhouse in Your Soul.

Retro Gamer Logo Magnets

Retro Gamer Logo Magnets
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UK shop ReadyPlayerTwo creates these nifty 3-dimensional logo signs inspired by classic video game and computer systems. Each one is 3D printed from PLA plastic to accurately replicate the original color scheme, and has neodymium magnets securely mounted inside.

Big Boxes.

Big Boxes.

As we move more and more towards digital downloads and streaming, there’s less need for packaging. Ahoy looks back at the days when computer games mostly came in oversize packages with bold box art, and started to standardize on a form factor back in the early 1990s. Despite the dry subject matter, Ahoy makes it interesting.

Mr. Delicious

Mr. Delicious

Back in the 1980s, Rax Roast Beef was a popular fast-food chain. But the company lost its way, trying to reinvent itself in the face of competition and is down to its last few locations. And then there’s this disastrous ad campaign which certainly didn’t help. The Vlogbrothers offer their take on the one and only Mr. Delicious.

Retro Tech: HitClips

Retro Tech: HitClips

Back in 2000, Tiger Electronics released HitClips – a tiny audio player designed to get tweens to buy digital music. Techmoan looks back at this ridiculous cash grab for kids’ money and its significant limitations. Along the way, he debunks some misinformation and myths about the toys.

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The Hood Internet: 1990

The Hood Internet: 1990

After wowing us with their awesome 1980s music compilations, the guys from The Hood Internet have kicked off a new decade, this time cramming 60 hits from 1990 into a 3-minute, 30-second medley. From Deee-Lite to Depeche Mode and Pixies to Public Enemy, it’s a fantastic flashback to a fondly-remembered time.

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Airbnb

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Airbnb

Will Smith will welcome five lucky Airbnb renters who snag $30 bookings for overnight stays at the real “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” mansion from the ‘90s sitcom. Royal perks include meals served on silver platters, a fly wardrobe, and turntables like DJ Jazzy Jeff’s. Book it at 11am PDT 9.29.20 for October 2, 5, 8, 11 or 14.

It’s the ’90s!

It’s the ’90s!

Hey, kids! It’s time to go back in time. Let’s take a trip back to the 1990s for a supercut of movies and TV shows where characters were so in awe of the time they were living in, that they had to remind us what decade it was. Posted by Everything Is Terrible back at the beginning of the 2010s, which weren’t nearly as memorable.

Metal Peaches

Metal Peaches

Peaches come in a can. They were put there by a man, in a factory downtown. Leo Moracchioli dusts of the 1995 Presidents of the U.S.A. hit Peaches, replacing the twangy alt-pop sounds of the original with angry electric guitar, and energetic screams about nature’s candy and some not-so-thinly-veiled sexual innuendo.

Wix in the 1990s

Wix in the 1990s

Back in the 1990s, the way for people to easily build their own websites was with services like GeoCities. But Squirrel Monkey is here to imagine that a graphical web-building tool like Wix was also around to give Yahoo!’s service a run for its money, complete with MIDI sounds, background textures, and “Under Construction” GIFs.

Black: Blues Orchestral Cover

Black: Blues Orchestral Cover

Postmodern Jukebox and vocalist Cortnie Frazier perform a truly unique rendition of Pearl Jam’s 1991 grunge classic Black. Scott Bradlee’s smoky blues arrangement is perfectly executed through Frazier’s silky smooth vocals and the band’s rich orchestral sounds.

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