by Brandon James Anderson
When it comes to all things celebrating civilization’s greatest decade, my ear is always to the ground.
And, thus, there is still proverbial ringing in my ear from some of the latest examples of how the ’90s are making a comeback.
The mid-to-late ’90s was arguably the best era of Saturday Night Live. The cast was stacked with talented comedians and the Clinton scandal provided the show with a treasure trove of material. In those days, President Bill Clinton was portrayed by the serviceable Darrell Hammond, who inarguably was the second best comedian to impersonate the 42nd Commander-in-chief.
With SNL about to kick off its 40th season, Hammond is coming back as the voice of the show. Hopefully he’ll tackle his new announcing gig with the same gusto he exhumed when portraying Sean Connery.
Let’s face it, Bono and the boys, whether you like it or not, have never really left the public conscience since coming to prominence in the ’80s. They solidified their status in music history by the early ’90s with the release of Achtung Baby which features the brilliant song “One.”
Since that point, many have grown tired of U2 thanks in large part to Bono’s relentless and holier-than-thou championing of social, economic, and environmental causes. And now — again, whether you like or not — the band has sought popular and critical relevance once more by adding themselves to your iTunes library without your permission.
As a self-admitted Bono apologist, Apple’s giveaway of the new Songs of Innocence album saved me $10. So while the move annoyed many, I’m completely fine with it. Plus, the controversial giveaway has given us the hilarious (and completely NSFW) whoisu2.com site.
Married… With Children
For the past several years, those who felt nostalgia for the long-running Fox sitcom that was never short on lewdness and crudeness were able to turn to Modern Family and Sons of Anarchy to find Ed O’Neil and Katey Sagal, the actors who respectively portrayed Al and Peg Bundy.
The most famous cast member from Married… With Children is of course Christina Applegate who portrayed daughter Kelly throughout the show’s 11 seasons. So, naturally, 13 years after the show ended its run, the world is clamoring for more of the Bundy family’s most forgettable member, Bud.
According to E! Online, a proposed spin-off is in the works that would feature David Faustino reprising his role of Bud Bundy. Presumably producers went with the sequel route (ala Girl Meets World) instead of a reboot since Fox continues to air an animated version of the show…
For anyone who was truly in touch with the sensibilities of the 90’s, the news earlier this week that the Coca-Cola Company has finally wised up and acknowledged the groundswell of customer demand for the resurrection of the gone-too-soon beverage known as Surge was nothing short of a miraculous dream come true.
A precursor to Monster energy drinks, Surge was the in-your-face, kick-ass carbonated beverage of choice for those of us who found Mellow Yellow far too blasé and the extremeness of Mountain Dew leaving much to be desired.
Now that Surge has finally come back, it’s pretty clear that ’90s nostalgia (and, perhaps, type 2 diabetes) is here to stay.