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Aug
07

This movie 100% reminds me of my childhood in the 90’s; mostly because for a long time I was not allowed to watch it. However, once I entered my teens, my parents took the risk and let me watch this movie that spawned many a sequel and a popular theme park ride.

This film was based on the novel written by Michael Crichton in 1990 and produced by Steven Spielberg in 1993. It won 3 Oscars among many other awards and nominations. Spielberg also adapted the second novel “The Lost World” and produced it for theaters in 1997.

Here’s a basic synopsis of the film if you’ve never seen it:
On a remote island, a wealthy entrepreneur secretly creates a theme park featuring living dinosaurs drawn from prehistoric DNA. Before opening the attraction to the public, he invites a top paleontologist, a paleobotanist, a mathematician/theorist, and his two eager grandchildren to experience the park — and help calm anxious investors. However, their park visit is anything but tranquil as the park’s security system breaks down, the prehistoric creatures break out, and the excitement builds to surprising results.

Looking for a movie to rent this weekend, I highly recommend this thrilling rewind rental. Want to continue the journey? Try the sequel “The Lost World” for a deeper look at the world of dinosaurs.

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Aug
06

Alright. Who had them. You know you did. I had them twice in my lifetime. Once as a toddler in my mother’s Osh Kosh phase and then again in 1991 when overalls made their gigantic comeback. I can probably guess the overalls became popular when they were seen on a few popular teen TV shows; like, 90210 or Saved by the Bell.

There were two popular ways to wear your overalls in the 90’s. One was to where a belt around the waste of your overalls and then let the flaps (unbuckled) hang over the belt and the straps to hang loose in the back. Option two was the way I wore my overalls. You would do up only one side of your overalls and let the other side hang loose. So cool right? A white or black t-shirt underneath complimented this style perfectly!

Did you have overalls? How did you wear them? Here are some celebs wearing overalls in the 90’s!

Aug
05

1994 reminds  me not only of Junior High, but Junior High dances. Where you would dance awkwardly with a girl. Your hands on her hips, her hands on your shoulders, and room for 2 people between you. Why am I bringing this up? Well the Number 1 song in the US on this day in ’94 was I Swear by All-4-One. This song brings back so many memories of these dances on Friday nights. Here’s the video.

The Number 1 song in the UK? Love is All Around by Wet Wet Wet. Check it out here:

The Counting Crows graced the issue of Rolling Stone this day in 1994. Check it out here!

Aug
05

Its Toy Story Thursday and I can’t wait to bring you this fad that came as quickly as it left. POGS! Can’t quite remember this game? Crash course. Here we go.

POGS is a game that originated in Hawaii probably in the late 20’s or early 30’s and was played using juice bottle caps. A guidance counselor brought the game back in the 90’s when he taught it to a few elementary school classes in ’91.  The popularity of the game quickly grew on the islands and soon there after, a Canadian gaming company started mass producing printed pogs for sale. In 1993, the game exploded with special edition pogs becoming released from cartoons, video games, movies and the like. The fad quickly died out the following year.

Game play was simple. Stack your pogs upside down. Then, hurl your slammer towards the stack. All the pogs that turned over were yours to keep. The player with the most pogs at the end is the winner.

Pogs began to fizzle once schools started banning the game as some found it to be a form of gambling.

How many Pogs did you own? I remember having a tube of slammers and then 3 or 4 tubes of pogs alone. Where are they now I wonder?

Aug
04

This day in the year 2000 was a Friday so looking back, I’m sure you guys were all packing up your beach bags and heading out to enjoy some beautiful summer sun. What song were you jamming out to in the car on the way? Probably the Number 1 song in America. Think you know what it is? I’ll give you a hint. Their two lead singers have moved on to be quite successful on their own. One has become a judge on a popular MTV dance show, while the other has become a mega-superstar with two major albums, a huge tour and he officially brought sexy back to the world.

That’s right… NSYNC! Their song Its Gonna Be Me exploded when it hit the airwaves and the video was groundbreaking with its effects of the boys pretending to be toys.

5ive feat. Queen held the Number 1 spot in the UK with their cover single We Will Rock You.

Blink 182 held the cover for this months issue of Rolling Stone. Check it out here!

Aug
04

Samantha Mumba is an Irish born singer who’s first single Gotta Tell You hit Number 2 on Billboards Hot 100 in 2000. The album of the same name stayed on the charts for 6 weeks and was certified platinum. To date, that album has sold over 4 million copies worldwide. Pretty impressive. Here’s the Gotta Tell You music video.

I remember listening to Samantha Mumba’s hit Gotta Tell You when it hit radio airwaves in the summer of 2000. I was just about to enter high school and big changes were about to happen. I can also remember having this song on a mix tape I had made of my favorite summer jams for the year and would listen to it non stop on car rides with the family or when I would just need to dance it off in my bedroom. I even used a permanent marker to color the whole tape red so that it stood out amongst all my other mix tapes.

Where is she now? According to her MySpace, in October of 2008, she posted 3 new songs for our listening pleasure. Candyland, Bad Boy and Turn Tha Beat Up. In an interview on in January of 2009, she mentioned a new album would be out early 2010. Still waiting! She has also been working on her acting career appearing in a handful of independent films in Ireland and the US.

Aug
03

What was going on this in 1996? What songs were Top of the Charts?

The number 1 hit on the charts in the US was a dance craze all across the world. Guaranteed this song will get a crowd moving at any wedding reception. Still no idea? It was the Macarena by Los Del Rio (pictured above). The number 1 song in the UK was by a female group who’s number 1 slogan was “Girl Power” and this leading single won us all over. You’re right. Wannabe by the Spice Girls!

Jenny McCarthy was also on the front of Rolling Stone magazine for the issue out on stands around this time squirting a load of mustard on a wiener. Don’t believe me? See for yourself here!

Aug
03

The Tamagotchi. Don’t lie. You had one. I know I did. And before my BlackBerry was my handheld device of choice, this little guy went with me everywhere. My friends all had one before I did and so for Christmas, I was so excited when I found one in my stocking. Don’t remember this? Let me give you a little refresher.

Tamagotchi was a Japanese toy that fit in the palm of your hand. A little creature in an egg was hatched on your screen and your job was to take care of it. Feed it (but not too much), clean up after it, play with it and the like. Slack on your duties and your little guy could die within the hour. Sounds like a great lesson in care and responsibility right? Too bad Tamagotchi was banned in many schools across North America.

Its constant beeps and sounds warned users of the “pets” constant need for attention. Students were constantly checking them during class and causing disruptions during lessons.

According to a Wikipedia source, over 70,000,000 Tamagotchi devices have been sold since its debut in 1996. But are they still around? Yes! In fact, the newest models allow the devices to connect through WiFi signal so that you can connect with other Tamagotchi creatures. You can make friends, play games and even exchange gifts!

Check out the official Tamagotchi site here!

Aug
03

Welcome to pop2k. The web’s leading site on all things 90’s and Millennium.

Remember bands like BranVan 3000? How about Velvet Empire and Eden’s Crush? Did you jam out to O-Town or Hanson’s MMMBop? Does Spice Up Your Life still make you hit the dance floor? Then this site is for you.

Was your favorite movie in the 90’s Cruel Intentions or Clueless? Have you seen all of the “I Know What You Did Last Summer’s” or the “Scream’s”? Did you see American Pie in theatres? Then this site if for you.

Did you own a Tamagotchi? How about a Furby? Did you ask for Moon Shoes for Christmas or fall into the WWJD? bracelet fad? Then this site is for you.

Don’t be embarrassed if you answered yes to any of these questions. We’ve all been there and we are going to celebrate it! Got a fad, movie or music group from the 90’s or early Millennium you want me to feature? Send me an email at pop.2k@live.com.