For last two hours now, I have been listening to/watching music videos from the late 90s and early 2000s. Brings back a ton of memory that I thought I forgot.
Shaktiman used to be aired during the weekends. That spinning superhero with the power of all the chakras in the human body. I was so in love with Gita Biswas. They changed actresses twice. But I fell in love even more. Today, everyone’s favourite super-villain is Thanos. But back then, it was Killbish. And nobody complained about the lack of CGI.
Period soaps were a common theme. Mahabharat on Sundays. Even fantasy found its place in Chandrakanta. That damsel-in-distress princess was all I had in my fantasy.
But the real glory of late 90s and early 2000s was in its music. So many solo indie artists thrived during this time. From Lucky Ali to Falguni Pathak to Shaan, every one of them made the decade unforgettable. Even bands left strong imprints in the music industry — Euphoria, Bombay Vikings, A Band of Boys are just a few among many others.
I think I was in class IX when my father got us ‘cable’ tv. I still have no clue why it was called ‘cable tv’ because early in the 2000s, dish-based direct-to-home solutions were not available im India; wired connection was only option.
Anyway, our local cable-tv provider used to air a channel specific to its subscribers (90s kids will know). It was called FMC, the full name of which I totally forgot. The channel let viewers queue songs by just dialing a phone number and choose from their huge list of songs. I used to line up at least five songs everyday. I got late for school everyday and phone bills came in hefty.
Then came audio recorders and FM radio. I used to spend all my money buying blank audio cassettes. I had a huge collection of recorded cassettes which still lie in the corner in obsolence. Technology is a merciless weapon.
I got my first taste of English music in 2002. Radio Mirchi used to air a weekly called ‘Internation Top 10’. Blue was my fav. A friend introduced me to Linkin Park. And everything changed. Every fucking thing. I splurged on buying all four LP albums. International titles were too costly and piracy was almost unheard of.
Simplicity is probably the one word that defines the 90s. We didn’t have smartphones. Simple life, studies, music and lot of friends — the 90s for me!