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1990's Rock picture internet gold.

by Jon Henseler

Well this is the picture that made the internet stop, drop and roll yesterday. Like I don't even have the words to describe the feeling I had when I saw this on the Yahoo front page today. It was like a cocktail of joy, laughter, faith and.....I'll admit it, attraction. I'm not sure what you call that but it's what I felt. And that's how impactful this thing is. I'm 30 years old and felt a new emotion today. The picture is just too perfect. If aliens came down to Earth tomorrow and demanded one, single picture that defined the entire decade of the 1990's, this is it. Hell if it's possible this pic might be even more 90's than the 90's. It's certainly more 90's than 1995 and probably has 1997-1999 beat too. The baggy turtleneck, the gold watch, bracelet and necklace, the high waist-ed Dad-jeans, House Party themed flat top, and to top it all off, the brown leather fanny pack. Nothing hotter in the 90's than fanny packs. Maybe Trapper Keepers or Zubaz but that was it. I kind of wonder how much money it would take for me to get every element in this picture and recreate it. $35? $40? I'm picturing the scene in The Office where Jim comes to work dressed as Dwight. Bears, beets, Battlestar Gallactica.

PS: I would pay literally THOUSANDS of internet dollars to find out what is in that fanny pack. Gun to my head I'm saying rubbers, Fruit by the Foot, pogs, Tic Tacs, a mini tube of Dep hair gel and a Jock Jams cassette tape.

Double PS: I don't care to admit how long that 'PS' took me to concoct. Safe to say it was not money well spent by Midwest Communications.