Some people remember moments from 1998. Some people remember songs from 1998. Some people remember fashion from 1998. Some people remember movies from 1998. Whatever your trigger is, 1998 was a memorable year.
There was the Clinton Sex Scandal. Who knew a dirty blue dress could cause such a commotion? US Embassies were bombed in Tanzania and Kenya. Who knew it would escalate into 9/11? Europe agreed on collectively switching to the euro. Who wonders what the Greeks think about the euro now?
K-Ci and JoJo, Puff Daddy, Marcy Playground, Barenaked Ladies, and Next. Music was still recorded by actual musicians, or at the least, it was sampled from musicians (wink). It was the rise of hip hop and the downward turn of grunge. Video killed the radio star but reality TV killed the music video. To their defense, MTV was still playing some music videos, although most of it was in 30 second snippets on TRL.
Fashion was coming back out of the backwoods of the pacific northwest and onto the streets of Manhattan. By 1998, most of the flannel and plaid had gone away. TV was swaying trends in fashion and taste. Friends was in it’s prime and the “Rachel” was all the rage. Sex and the City was inspiring women to be more NYC and a little less Seattle. Some believe it was the start of a new golden age of television. 1998 was the year Dawson’s Creek, King of Queens, and Pamela Anderson’s V.I.P premiered. Some shows would lead fashion forward while other shows would lead it two steps back.
Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Michael Bay, and Aerosmith brought us Armageddon. Meanwhile, Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, and Steven Spielberg brought us Saving Private Ryan. Then there was a “hair gel” incident for Cameron Diaz in Something About Mary, another space invader on course to destroy earth in Deep Impact, and Gwyneth starred in another period piece, Shakespeare in Love.
So, tell me in the comments below what you remember about 1998. Then, sit back and watch the clever piece below shared on youtube by thepeterson.