Song Blog: The Wombats – 1996

I’m entering the age where I not only don’t know what’s going on with youth culture, but I am separated from it. For example, the phrase “yolo” makes me viscerally angry. I am shocked when I see questionable fashion choices from my teen years making a comeback. (ModCloth has a whole section dedicated to 90s fashion).

And bands are writing songs nostalgic for when I was growing up. And no song done it better (yet) than “1996” from the Wombats. The song is about the hopefulness we all had in the mid-90’s. “We cloning sheep in the 1990’s/We were building telescopes.” And sure there were some bad things going on, but that wasn’t what grabbed our attention. After all, we were only kids.

It still hurt a little though when I saw the Wombats play this song live and they led into it with something along the lines of “this song isn’t for the kids in the audience.” Because that was the moment I realized I was no longer one of the kids in the audience.

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