3 albums zoomers must listen to before they become T-shirts
The ’90s and early 2000s are back in full force, from fashion faux pas and music to the ridiculous choices millennials made when we were young, which we often watch with embarrassment and shame.
The other day I was walking through the mall shopping for groceries when I started to notice a bunch of Gen Z kids sporting all kinds of trends from what I can now call “back then.” . Baggy pants, Doc Martins, oversized plaid shirts and T-shirts with what I guess you can now call “retro” stripes. There was a teenage boy who couldn’t have been over 14 wearing a Backstreet Boys t-shirt, another friend in the band had his hair tied up in a scrunchie – yes, a scrunchie – and I even walked past a weird person here. and there who sported layered clothing paired with ties.
And then, of course, there were the grungies: people dressed in dark colors with long messy hair and Nirvana T-shirts and the like. Madonna is grown up again too. In my opinion, I don’t think she was ever fat, but it’s just me.
The more I looked around, the more I wondered if these statement pieces were superficial representations of a time gone by and here again, the epitome of postmodernism, or if this generation really took a deep dive into meaning and music. what they’re wearing. For example, one of the biggest bangers of the summer season is a reworked hit song, Cold heart, by Elton John with favorite zoomer Dua Lipa. Do they know the original song? Do they think Elton John is… “new”? Do they know that every time they listen to this song, they engage with the music of a living legend whose discography far exceeds that of Dua Lipa?
I think if the zoomers are going to keep going in that direction, they should go all the way. And so I decided to jot down some iconic artists and their albums that would do a great education. I wonder though, once their listening sessions are over, if they would still be so inclined to wear Backstreet Boys t-shirts. I have a little tickle inside thinking about it …
This list is not in a specific order. And There you go :
Justin Timberlake’s Justified (2002): It was an iconic breakout and breakup album after its fallout with Britney Spears. And while we’re on Britney Spears, let’s move on to the second album …
There are more tweets than I can count that come with the support hashtag #FreeBritney, and at first glance, not all of them are tweeted by people who grew up with people like … Baby one more time (1999), and pretended to hate him, but actually really liked him. So I would like to invite all zoomers to visit the Britney catalog for the first time maybe, and maybe once again afterwards. Also, please take it a step further and watch her YouTube videos for some real fashion inspiration (but don’t say I didn’t warn you of the regret you will face the line and the time you will spend in it. delete photos from your Instagram feed).
Aailyah by Aaliyah (2001). Old-school R&B is back. Hip-hop too. In fact the other day while shopping for groceries I saw something called Hip-Hop Crisps. Each of the flavors had a different rap icon like Notorious BIG or the Wu-Tang Clan, for example. Here’s the thing about the Aaliyah album: if you don’t listen to it, you’ll never understand the need and need for strong, languid ballads mixed with R&B beats. You might find it in the new JLo offerings.
But do you even listen to JLo? If you don’t, do it. And then go out and buy yourself a white cardigan, loose beige chinos, a pair of Nike Cortezs, and an almost unsightly puffer jacket. You will be by far the coolest zoom in the alleys.
Haji Mohamed Dawjee is a South African columnist, peace disruptor and the author of ‘Sorry, Not Sorry: Experiences of a brown woman in a white South Africa’. Follow her on Twitter.