This entire week at Dazed we're rewinding time 20 years to celebrate the best of 1993
To honour the release of our 93' til Infinity issue fronted by Chance The Rapper, Dazed Digital is extending the celebration of what turned out to be a gamechanging year by hosting a week long takeover!
As well as exclusives from some of the young creative powerhouses profiled in the issue, there'll be a heavy dose of nostalgia with an A-Z of 93 superstars: The Backstreet Boys, R&B superproducer Jimmy Jam, Wu Tang's RZA, and Ace of Base, to name a few. And as if that isn't enough, we'll be soundtracking the week with some killer mixes.
To kick things off we asked the Dazed crew what they were vibing off the year the first public internet browser launched. A lot of pop music, a couple of divas, and some CGI dinosaurs by the looks of things...
In 1993 my parents refused to let me watch Alice in Chains play at Brixton Academy because I was 14 years old and had homework to do. So instead, I skated over to my friend’s house and built bongs out of Irn-Bru bottles while listening to Cypress Hill and Wu-Tang on loop. I was then banned from going to see Sepultura and Nirvana. BTW Mum, Dad, that’s not the best way to subdue teen angst. Raaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
I have a video of me dancing to Capella’s “U Got 2 Let the Music”. I was 6 years old. My dad edited it so that I move in slo-mo for the majority! I had a cardboard crown on my head with a white sheet over it. Strong look!
Flora Yin Wong
Mariah Carey’s Dreamlover! Besides being one of the biggest-selling artists of ALL TIME, MC will remain the ultimate 90s music icon despite going temporarily batshit cray. Released during her still innocent days, Dreamlover embodies everything good and wholesome in r'n'b/pop of the era. I was five when this came out, apparently I was already dancing along and hitting all the high notes to the music video, and the rest is history.
I have vivid recollections of watching Power rangers and Sharky and George every morning at 6am. My fav films were Mrs Doubtfire and Jurassic park. It's also the year I watched cliffhanger (at the age of 6) and had nightmares for weeks about Sylvester Stallone dropping me from a rope across a canyon. River Phoenix died and broke my heart. He could have been the love of my life.
The Naomi Tyra feud. I won't take sides as they have both taught me very valuable lessons. Ensuring that I always smize if throwing a phone.
Janet Jackson’s “That’s the Way Love Goes”. I was only 6 when this song came out in 1993, but have a very clear memory of my mom listening to it when picking me up and dropping me off at various after school activities. A few years later I bought the CD janet. along with The Velvet Rope. I also had a very cool baby sitter who always listened to Janet and TLC all the time, I wanted to be her!
Charlie Robin Jones
Torn between Gold Against The Soul, “Party & Bullshit” and Stephen King's Nightmares & Dreamscapes, but I’m going to go with the latter I think… (Don't judge!) I sneaked it home from Hexham library, and read everyone of its 800 pages before I knew any better.
Björk - "Big Time Sensuality". Rave-pop at its peak. The girl with the hair twists fused dance futurism with warm carnality, and taught me to never compromise my hairstyles.
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey came out in theatres. I was 3 at the time, but when I did see it (much later), it was my first introduction to The Witch Doctor song, which I definitely used to throw my parent's over the edge. OOH EEH OOH AH AH TING TANG WALLA WALLA BING BANG.
Jurassic Park scared me so much I couldn't sleep for weeks, now at 26 it still gets to me. Unlike the sequel, JP will still be a classic 20 years on from now.
In 1993 I was 8 years old. At that tender age several things pretty much changed my life. In TV, my Saturday mornings were pretty much ruled by Live & Kicking. I hated Gordon the Gopher and the Going Live stuff. L&K had more attitude. I felt empowered by Andi Peters. Also a show called ZZZap! left a pretty endemic mark on me - I think it's responsible for my loud shirts. Jurassic Park also was a big deal as a kid. I was really sad and wrote a letter to Steven Spielberg about how great it was. The reply got lost in the post. If only email was bigger back then.
Pretty much my only memory of Junior School is arguing in the playground with my Best Friend about who loved All That She Wants by Ace of Base more. We settled it by singing it angrily at each other until one of us forgot the words. In my memory I won.
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