it was more of the 60s, I even dressed it , like in the ninth grade (mid 90s) ….I have a yearbook picture of me somewhere on here, where I got the whole hippie thing going on but only for teens who listen to a lot of alternative/ grunge /rock genres…. People identify with the music a lot more back then…. I can’t see the other genres like R&B, rap, country, easy listening, pop…etc. weren’t into the 60s or 70s…. Only the rock genre was and I believe that’s important to point out …and All genres were strong in the 90s….very Diverse.
Disco was never really popular in the 90s…. But we had some swing music/bands which was from the 50s that was kind of popular…. Like the Cherry Poppin Daddies… it was a smaller niche… again mostly in the rock genre, may be a little pop…
To me all of the 2000s have been a throwback of the 80s…pop music and more pop music and let’s add more pop music… the worst music in the 80s not the cool stuff…the 80s had a bit more variety of types of music.
ppl were into music more than the shows as teens in the 90s.
as for shows… dazed and confused, was very popular and that was set in the 70s (but 60s 70s it was the same as long as it was rock music..and hippies=drugs, sex and rock n roll) … and at the very end of the 90s or early 2000 I think they had to that 70s show… but by then the 90s was over…
I tend to agree here... now, obviously I'm a little older than you but I guess that's why I said 'it depends'.
Being a child of both
the 70's and 80's, later and entirely, respectively, the diversity that you reference there, it really was like that. It depended on where you were, some parts of the country (um, US) were perhaps a little more identified with different genres, who
you were (some kids were into different things), and what
you were doing.
For me it was little bit of a dance bc I always seemed to have at least two different sets of friends. There were the easy people to hang out with bc they were just there. We called them 'burn-outs', since they smoked cigs, had the best 'mullets' and pbly smoked pot too. We know what they liked... Ozzy, Motley Crue, Metallica, and various other hard rock acts.
And then there were the 'skaters'... had a couple friends here as well. As you might imagine, this was harder and more punk-like. For example, in 8th grade class (86?) there was a kid whose daily uniform was an old Viet era army jacket painted with a skull that had spikes coming out it, and below that was emblemized C.O.C.
Oh, and they shaved their heads and wore combat boots. He wasn't alone though, the best friend of this kid is actually a successful tattoo artist in Germany now. No names and not drawing any parallels.
And there were girls who were gaga over the Beastie Boys, kick it, and then there were other kids just looking for a fight, no idea what they were into. And this was just the 8th grade! Perhaps kids have always been a little dark and/or violent. We didn't bring guns to school though, I can at least say that. Kids sure did like to paint on their clothes however. Or write on their pants with an ink pen.
The reason I say all this though is my way of agreeing that kids and identification with music was really pronounced back in this era, depending on who and where you were. It wasn't until high school where the kids became even a little more diverse and not so 'hard'... I liked 'paradise city' AND the 'violent femmes'. I liked it if I could identify with it, perhaps that's how us white kids drew our differences. In a 'breakfast club' sort of way.
I have to say though, there is a window during the aughts where some genres finally collided and I have to admit I did like it. What do ppl call that... Emo Pop? Or something? To me it kinda felt like a revival of the Femmes, or the Cures. Coinciding.... this was also the era where everyone was worried that copyright infringement would ruin music, and looking back it seems like it was the opposite. It exploded into a million different directions. Not just radio 'pop'... but practically everything else too