Being a Teenager in the 90s
In a previous post, James mentioned being in a rock band in the 90s and loving it. Now I was never in a rock band, but it got me thinking about all the bands I loved as a teenager in the 90s. Which led me to think about all the things I loved about being a teenager in the 90s.
The 90s, was one of the best decades to be a teen. It was expressive and raw, teen angst was in full effect. You could wear a cute girly dress, but pair it with a pair of bad ass boots, a complete metaphor for a rebel artsy attitude of a teenage girl in the 90s like myself.
I am still obsessed with Mary Janes to this day.
Music was awesome… I could go on and on, sharing tons of bands I loved, and still do. Rockin’ out girls made a serious stamp on the 90s music scene in America, and as a teenager girl, I was really into it. You could be feminine, but strong. One of my favourite concerts I’ve attended, was L7. My friend Susanne and I, took her grandma’s car (without permission) to get to the show on South Street in Philly. We spent all our money on the tickets. We rocked out, and then got pulled over by the cops on the way home, and ended up being picked up by her grandma at the police station. Needless to say, I had distanced myself from my Sunday School days at this point.
Juliana Hatfield had this baby voice, but used the F word like no once else.
Sonic Youth was played at lots of my friends’ houses, but honestly Kathleen Hanna steals the show in the video.
And the place to be was South Street. A collection of hip stores, bars, and rock venues. I spent many days and nights on this strip, even cut some school to do so. Perhaps not the wisest choice, but hey, I was a teenager and it was fun.