Oh, the '90s. For some of us, it was the Lost Decade. Let's just leave it at that, OK? Lost. Decade. Or maybe lost half-decade.
But, thanks to Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and her co-author, Brian Bellmont, we have the new tome "The Totally Sweet '90s: From Clear Cola to Furby and Grunge to 'Whatever,' the Toys, Tastes and Trends That Defined a Decade" to help us remember. These writers also gave us the look at an earlier era with "Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?: The Lost Toys, Tastes & Trends of the '70s and '80s," so you know they are too legit to quit (yes, there is an entry in the new '90s book on MC Hammer).
"Totally Sweet '90s" (Perigee Books, $14) takes an encyclopedic look over 245 pages at key Slacker Decade moments -- from "American Gladiators" (never liked it) and Andrew Dice Clay (Oh!) to 'zines (we published one, Amalgam, with some college pals) to Zima (drank a few one night at our bar, until the waitress asked if we wanted "a real drink now?") . . . you can see how it was a lost decade for us.
Other cool flashbacks include riffs on "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (awesome!), "Riverdance" (eek) and Urkel (did I write that?).