Okay, I’ve asked about disco before, how about something a little more recent?
Due to the numerous upheavals in my life during the mid-90’s, there isn’t really much I remember about the period culturally. One thing, however, has always stuck out, and maybe it’s the upcoming Halloween season or whatever, but it just jumped back to the forefront of my memory.
Anyway. I distinctly remember a period of maybe a year or so when swing dancing (and the accompanying music) was absolutely pushed to the moon. Swing bands popped out of nowhere and produced crates of albums, music videos used swing dancers, at least one TV commercial used swing, and on and on. Needless to say, there never was any serious swing movement on a national level, certainly not among the young folks most of the videos et al were aimed at. I do not personally know a single person who’s ever shown the slightest interest in swing music or dancing, including my sister, who put off getting a new job for several months so she could have the time to pursue her art.
How the heck did this happen? Who wanted it to happen? I mean, the Macarena had virtually nothing going for it other than novelty and was good mainly for getting drunk sports fans to act dumb in a manner less harmful than throwing batteries onto the field, but that’s something. Trying to dupe people into putting on old costumes and dance to classic music did…what, exactly? The only explanation I heard was that this was part of some “innocence” initiative, y’know, to get kids to stop having sex and drinking and stuff. But force-feeding some bogus “craze” hardly seems like an effective method. (Besides, I’m not buying any anti-sex movement that women in loose skirts getting turned upside-down. :D)
Gah. Countless folks deluding themselves into thinking that swing was hot in the mid-90’s. The mind reels. (Wonder if these were the same folks that screamed in my ears for over a year and a half that a video game system that I couldn’t buy, couldn’t reserve, couldn’t find, and coulnd’t even freaking see was THE SUPER-HOT SYSTEM THAT EVERYONE HAD TO HAVE!!!)