An American Tail debuts this week in 1986, introducing us to adorable little Fievel, while 1996 brought us Jingle All The Way and Star Trek’s biggest hit in a decade. 2006 saw the launch of Nintendo’s Wii and the Pick of Destiny, plus the Burger King Trilogy.
Other topics covered include:
Mike Tyson knocks out Trevor Berbick, becoming the youngest heavyweight champion of the world at age 20.
Disney’s Song of the South is re-released in theaters, where it’s joined by An American Tail and Firewalkers.
George Clooney debuts on Facts of Life, Magnum PI crosses over with Murder, She Wrote and Bruce Willis dances on Moonlighting.
LA Law episode “The Venus Butterfly” airs. The court case is about a gay man with AIDS on trial for mercy killing his partner (who also had AIDS), but the title of the episode comes from a fictional sexual technique which is never revealed but is very effective. It won an emmy for writing, and many of the cast are still asked about the technique.
The Wonderful World of Disney airs “The Thanksgiving Promise” about a boy (Jason Bateman) who becomes attached to a goose who is supposed to be cooked for Thanksgiving
#1 song is Human / Human League
August – Eric Clapton
Utter Madness – Madness, greatest hits album incl Our House
Notorious – Duran Duran, beginning of their downward turn, lots of infighting between band members, they’d done side projects (Arcadia & Power Station), toured the world and a mix of fame / money / stress. Brassy, departure from new wavey-ness
Blood Brothers – 5 song EP from Bruce Springsteen, incl string version of Secret Garden, which was initially released in 95 but became more popular after its inclusion in Jerry McGuire.
Emancipation – Prince’s first post-WB album, third of the year and three discs long. Sold 500k, but since RIAA goes by discs sold, it’s technically double platinum.
House of Music – Tone Toni Tony
Life in General – MxPx
Razorblade Suitcase – Bush’s followup to Sixteen Stone, Mouth is the main song I remember, Swallowed was another hit
Telegram – Bjork’s first full remix album
Jingle All The Way, Shine and Star Trek: First Contact release in theaters.
Phil Hartman hosts SNL. It is his final appearance on the show.
Sonic Christmas Blast airs, an Xmas special for The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog that aired TWO YEARS after the show ended its normal run
In the most 90s thing to ever happen, Drew Carey show stars Drew Carey and Kathy Kinney (Mimi) guest star on Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Donkey Kong Country 3 hits the Super NES, while WWF In Your House and Sonic 3D Blast release on Saturn.
Dreams: The Ultimate Corrs Collection
The Love Album – Westlife
Stop the Clocks – Oasis compilation album that did NOT include their song Stop the Clocks
US18 Singles – U2 compilation that does a pretty good job of their different eras. Pride, Still Haven’t Found, Vertigo, Beautiful Day
As Daylight Dies – Killswitch Engage
A Decade – Our Lady Peace
Kingdom Come – Jay-Z “comeback” album
Pac’s Life – 6th posthumous 2pac album, lots of cameos incl TI, Ashanti, Chamillionaire, Snoop Dogg, posthumous Kadafi
Deja Vu, Deck the Halls and The Fountain debut, as does Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny.
How I Met Your Mother “The Slap Bet”: A monumental ep of HIMYM, includes the series-spanning slap bet where Marshall (Jason Segel) is allowed to slap Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) five times. The final slap isn’t delivered until the penultimate episode 7 years later.
Wii launches on Nov 19: Packed w Wii Sports and pushing ease and simplicity and value instead of cutting edge, expensive technology, Wii catapulted over PS3 and 360 for quite some time. Eventually sold 101 million units… BUT many folks including myself predicted this thing would fizzle out within a year or so and it did, hard. By 09, 2010, it was very hard to get anyone excited about new games that weren’t called Mario Galaxy or New SMB.
Excite Truck, Red Steel, Banana Blitz, Rayman Raving Rabbids, Trauma Center Second Opinion, Twilight Princess. Began as a teaser at E3 04, my first, and was essentially pushed as the “serious” Ocarina follow-up we’d wanted since the 2000 Shoshinkai trailer from the GCN days. 8.85m sold apparently making it the best selling Zelda ever, makes sense given Wii’s base.
Burger King Trilogy releases on various platforms, as does Rainbow Six: Vegas
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