The nineties came in with a flurry of absurd fashions, if I'm remembering things right. Long hair with centre partings and lots of floppy fringes. Ridiculously baggy clothing. MC Hammer with the world's stupidest trousers in the video for U Can't Touch This
. One of those decades when I could be very grateful for not being fashionable! Better stuff going on in other avenues though. Nelson Mandela was freed this year, which was a great thing to see. Brian Keenan was released as well, after four and a half years in Lebanon. The British public actually managed to accomplish something constructive this year as well, standing up to the Poll Tax, and eventually forcing Margaret Thatcher out of office. Why can't we do that kind of thing anymore? Her resignation was one of those great moments in history (I fully accept that other political viewpoints do exist, but the important thing to remember is that they're wrong
And as for the rest of the year - we lost Sammy Davis Jr, which was a terrible shame. I don't know quite when I first latched on to the whole Rat Pack thing - certainly it all started with Dino, but the other two weren't that far behind; and Sammy was a heck of a talent. Elsewhere, Sue the T. rex
was found in the hills of Dakota, a truly beautiful discovery. This
was the pop video that everybody was talking about. Woman dances seamlessly with cartoon! It looked really impressive. Guess I hadn't seen this
yet. Not that it cheapens Opposites Attract
exactly, but when you've seen Gene Kelly dance with a cartoon, Paula Abdul seriously ain't gonna cut it anymore. You know, that's either one gigantic mouse, or Gene Kelly was a lot
shorter than I've been led to believe...
Good year for the telly. The Mary Whitehouse Experience
transferred from Radio 1. I loved it because it was funny, but I must admit that I also loved it because my mother wholly disapproved of the theme music. When you're fifteen, you know a TV show is good if even just the theme tune makes your mother bristle! Fry & Laurie were still doing their sketch show for the BBC, but also started the excellent Jeeves & Wooster
for the other side. And they filmed bits of it near here. I didn't see them, but there was much local excitement! Quantum Leap
aired for the first time, and Drop The Dead Donkey
as well. Probably not all at the same time. I was still watching a lot of TV in those days, but even I couldn't have handled that. I think Have I Got News For You
started in 1990 too. It was still watchable then, before they sacked Angus.
But for me, one thing above all else sums up 1990. On August 8th, my mother decided that we had been without a cat for long enough, and we went to visit the local branch of the Cats Protection League. There was a little tabby there, with half a tail, and a whole lot of personality. I can't claim that it was love at first sight, as she'd been badly treated by somebody, and was a little bundle of nerves to begin with, but we got over that in time. She was the best thing that ever happened to me. The 8th August 1990 was a Good Day.( Music time )