Monday, May 10, 2004

It's not as good as it used to be

Shit a brick! Have I gone eBay mad or what? My latest round of purchases are an N64 and a couple of assorted games. Retro-bleeding-tastic. I think I bought it firstly out of ease with my new card, and secondly because of the fun I had with a uni mate's console back in the day.

I have to wonder where this nostalgia thing is going. I've no problem with films or music specifically as it's obvious that The Wickerman and The Specials no doubt pisses from a great height down onto Van Helsing and The Streets below. But TV, football, drugs, technology, sex? Eeek, the dreaded pub conversation no-no of children's TV, don't get that one started it never ends. A couple of weeks ago during my birthday lunch-time drinks, the conversation turned accidentally onto the subject. An hour later it was still going as a throwaway BraveStarr reference snowballed into the rheumy-eyed wistfullness of the over 50's and their Muffin the fucking Mule obsessions. End of lunch-hour. What a waste. But aren't we all guilty?

TosserThe BBC cashed in during the identity-confused couple of years before the millennium beamed in, with their weird I Love... series. "Oh wow" they said in unison, "BA Baracas, Spokey Dokeys, Spit the Dog, Matey Bubble Bath, Nottingham Forest, Blockbusters, Ferris Bueller, Gordon the Gopher and Spandau Ballet." Fine, but don't forget the Falklands War, Aids paranoia, Thatcherism, endless frigging Royal Weddings, Hooliganism, Heysel and Hillsborough, Tiananmen Square, Lockerbie, Hungerford, Herald of Free Enterprise, IRA bombings, Timmy Mallett, Teen Wolf and fucking Deelyboppers.

Are we going all going to crawl back into our retro minds, to our personal golden year for the rest of our lives. Like a never-ending episode of Heartbeat. Ughhh!

In the 1950's society tended to look forward towards the future, you can see it in the artwork, technology, the 'B' movies, architecture, and the nihilistic pre-punk Teddy Boys. In the 1960's people looked at the present and lived the much ridiculed Age of Aquarius bollocks. Ever since 1969 our culture has looked backwards, as if the man on the moon was some kind of closure, not a beginning. This fire has been fuelled by TV schedulers, film directors, artists, architects, songwriters, even video game designers with products of varying quality (Withnail and I, Back to the Future, UK Gold, American Graffiti, The Wonder Years, Ocean Colour Scene, TV Cream, and even GTA: Vice City). They know that we all find the past somewhat comforting and reassuring. I asked my mother why she was watching the half-arsed TV retro wallpaper that is Heartbeat last Sunday, she told me it was because it was easy to watch.

In conclusion then,

nostalgia = mass culture comfort blanket.

Still, it was only £17.50 and with Legend of Zelda included.


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