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and then set about deciding what to do with my day. It was cloudy but mild..................
probably playing a lot of mega drive
memorising the capital cities, flags and other demographic data about all the countries in the world
add dinosaurs and chess to thes things and you've got my 7 year old self.
and watching the 'back to the future' trilogy back to back on vhs
this is heavy
is there some kind of problem with the earth's gravitational field?
I'm not that much of a twat
Listening to Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Cypress Hill a lot
Reading Tank Girl
Getting undercuts at the barber's shop
Discovering Rough Trade (due to it being under Slam City Skates)
Wearing purple 501s, baggy tartan trousers, cherry red Doc Martens and Airwalk Jason Lee pro models
Being a 4th former
Living in Andover
or maybe 2000
Skateboarding. All over the place. Got rather bloody good at it too I might add. Those were the days, sponsored for boards and bits of clothing, shoes. That was all I needed to survive!
This post took ages to write because there's an advert for bras over to the right with a lovely girl. Mmmm girls. There's something else I was "doing" in 1994!
Not quite Tom Penny Alex! I was on the shop flow from the good boys at Ideal up here in Birmingham.
being a really great shop.
You must remember 'Benny', I forget his surname, but he went by Birmingham Benny to most who knew him, he was forever in R/A/D and Sidewalk Surfer and seemed to show up at every skate comp in the mid-late 90s.
He still rips to this day. I've let it slip myself a little, haven't been on a board for about a year but then, my son just turned one so that's probably why. Skateboarding was my life. It's a great thing to be into as a young man isn't it? I came really close to getting on Death Box literally 2 months before it became Flip. On the day of my "audition" with Jeremy at Radlands Northampton I hung up on a kickflip to fakie on the 6' quarter and messed my back up before he even got there! That, as they say, was the end of that. My greatest regret.
It was always the oncoming car that did it.
There's a fire in my heart and you fan it, Janet!
who 'just fell in love with those boots, girl!'. They ran down the street to tell me that, then took me to the midnight showing and then we bought cakes and wound down the taxi windows shouting Happy Thanksgiving. I had giant sunglasses on, still.
I have watched it in some odd settings before but that was officially the CAMPEST DAY OF MY LIFE
Listening to Superunknown.
IN MY DREAMS
probably saying "IN YOUR DREAMS" a lot.
Dancing around my bedroom to Baby Come Back.
I MUST ADMIT I WAS A CLOWN
TO BE MESSING YOU AROUND
BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT YOU HAVE TO LEAVE TOWN
WITH ME RECORD COLLECTION AND ME COLOUR TV
Whilst also being cool and Britpop. Obviously.
Also: chatting up Emily Smith's little sister from my bedroom window.
and they didn't block out the word "sensi", must have been an old radio edit, wouldn't get away with it now.
She bought Love Spreads at the same time to 'look cool'.
of Bob Marleeeee
Assuming your talking about the Stone Roses song, and not some kind of dirty 90s margerine.
I wasn't allowed to say that in 1994 though. I'd have got thrown out of Evening Session Club.
I actually quite like it. Thought that's probably because it's on Shine Too.
Reading The Merchant of Venice
Experimenting with 'cool' spellings of my name.
Learning about rude song lyrics in R.E (man, I loved our R.E teacher)
Probs laughing at someone fumbling with a condom and a banana
Selling Camels round the back of the science block
Learning how to tie a tie so that it was really tiny
Listening to Alisha's Attic
Being devastated by school showers and the butch pervy teachers
Cutting out lyrics from Smash Hits
Taping songs off the radio
USING SUN-IN. Sigh.
Oh and the Kurt thing too, I thought I was going to marry him. No one else in class knew who he was.
Wouldn't be such a pedant but those 2 years between 11 and 13 make a HELL of a lot of difference.
I really hope that the camels you sold round the back of your school were of the animal and not the cigarette variety...
1994 was all about Regulate with Warren G and Nate Dogg (contrary to Jens Lekman's incorrect remembering of when this came out)
I loved all the songs of 1994 with the exclusion of Love Is All Around, Celine Dion and Whigfield (though I probs did like Whigfield a little bit)
...just KNEW it. 1993 was too primitive, man... A lot happened between Boom Shake the Room and Regulate. A HELL of a lot.
Mind you "Warren G" and "1994" don't rhyme so...
Yep, was definitely doing that. And probs wearing So! and some nasty make up.
So few things have changed.
My sister loved Take That. I loved mainstream indie chart music. Thus, I used to bully her for my superior skillz BUT... secretly I loved Take That's winning way with a melody and clean cut charm. I couldn't let onto her about this. A secret I will take to the grave. TO THE GRAVE.
I didn't used to wear So! mind you... although I did read her copies of Sugar and Bliss when she weren't about...
Derek and Keith if I remember right, never were there two dorkier sounding models
As if Arnie would let anyone called KEITH reside there on his watch.
Still, with names like Derek and Keith (I hope there was a Malcolm thrown in as well) it probably made them a bit more "attainable" than if they'd have been called Jared or Corey.
- end of year 10 / beginning of year 11
- went on a school exchange trip with a girl called katy. all my friends said that it was a "dirty weekend" but i wasn't trying anything on with her. however, she felt it necessary to explain to me anyway that she wouldn't go on a dirty weekend with me if i was the last guy on earth.
- brief Nirvana-liking phase (lasted for the time that I borrowed Nevermind from my friend Alec to take on said exchange trip)
- watched a lot of AFC Bournemouth matches and still read Match magazine religiously (hadn't moved onto the more grown-up 90 Minutes yet)
- bought my first album (Definitely Maybe) that year
- started liking Pulp and Suede. Kept this secret from my brother as he thought I was gay and I didn't want to give him any more reason to think this than was necessary
- played flute in the school orchestra, mainly because i fancied a girl in the orchestra and this was my only regular contact with her. didn't get anywhere.
Reading Spike Milligan's war diaries
Watching slightly terrified as Maradona ran towards the camera
Playing football for Maldon Town U14s
Teaching my 4-year old brother swear words
in my first year of High School.
"AND DENNIS IRWIN PUTS THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND INTO THE WORLD CUP FINAL!!!!!!!!!!"
having a good time.
- worrying about what to wear to the disco
- worrying about what fragrance of Lynx to wear
what other ones were there? (old school ones not none of these new fangled cedar wood baws)
there may have been an Apollo as well.
I only ever found it twice. It had an orange symbol thingy. Lord knows what it was called. Anyway, that. Then aged 16 I realised that no-one should be using Lynx at my age and moved onto Gilette body spray, because I thought it was manlier.
I remember spraying it in the changing room at rugby once the coach was like
"what the fook is that smell?" (he was from Leeds)
"Out of Africa more fooking like"
is it a new thing ? or were you schooled in America ?
I'd not really considered it. If you want me to be particular then it was Ysgol Uwchradd.
When I see the words High School I envisage you doing some cheesey song and dance number. Maybe you were, I don't know.
so the song and dance is plausible, but generally reserved for the St David's Day Eisteddfod!
day solo singing competition in 1984. I deserved to win for sure.
Designing (comics about an alien race)
Negotiation (choosing football teams)
Academia (with Mrs Dickinson, Year 4)
thanks for asking
Being made to play rugby for the first time at BIGGER BOYS school. I was easily the smallest boy in my class. Every time I got the ball I would be pummelled into the ground so hard I was practically beneath the crust of the earth. Good times.
The summer of '94 was notable for some exquisite pop music.
Being eight years old and completely in my own world
The end of our new garden was basically a scrapheap and I was mostly interested in finding insects in it
being in the last year of primary school, doing entrance exams for secondary school
doing other things 11 year olds do i spose
or were you two years ahead of that?
So it refers to hearing DJ Shadow on the phone to his nan, doing the hoovering or having a posh wank in the room next door, stuff like that.
putting bowls on my head
it appears I was mainly circumnavigating the globe in an array of amazing flying machines
You are not an over-budget, critically-panned summer blockbuster.
discovering the verve, smoking weed and drinking cider. Good times.
My first ever internet experience
listening to Pantera and GraveDiggaz.
Same shit really
I f**king LOVED Speedball II. This deserves it's own thread...
I was listening to Maiden and Motorhead. And falling in love with Burn My Eyes.
who'd just had a new baby brother and chicken pox
so going into the girls loos by accident on my first day, and not having to do anything that i'd now count as 'work'
Seeing Arsenal win the Cup-Winners Cup
Starting Secondary School
on my black DMs.
thinking of one day in the distant future when it would be 2000 and i would be 13! a teenager!!!!
was 5 going on 6 (summer birthday ftw). going to my first ice hockey game where i decided steve yzerman was one of the best players ever (& have thought so since), wondering why the one girl on the playground always sucked her pinky (never found out), & getting stung by a bee for the first time after which the high school boy named eric carried me in his arms to the nurses office.
rooting for Detroit is a bit of a cop out
then cringing at Ned's Atomic Dustbin trying to follow them, painfully bad. Then I had a beer and watched Brazil win the world cup. Probably other stuff too...I'll have a think.
hockey's the only thing i follow around here anyway. cba about the tigers, lions, or pistons.
Being ridiculed for supporting Chelsea (would later become 'being reviled')
Impersonating Jim Carey
ABH from my stepdad but mother dearest taking him back.
listening to The Manics and Ride, traveling each week to one of Berlin/Barcelona/Turin, working 10 hours a day and permanently knackered.
short sleeve t-shirts on top of long sleeve t-shirts.