The Naughty Nineties

1990: Freedom for Nelson Mandela
Leading anti-apartheid campaigner Nelson Mandela was freed from prison in South Africa after 27 years. His release followed the relaxation of apartheid laws – including lifting the ban on leading black rights party the African National Congress (ANC) – by South African President FW de Klerk.

A decade more famous for its political sleaze than it’s music, the nineties none the less had some interesting moments:

Nicholas Ridley comparing the EU to the Third Reich (1990)

Arms-to-Iraq and the closely connected Iraqi Supergun affair (1990)

David Mellor resignation after press disclose his affair with Antonia de Sancha (1992) He was known for wearing a soccer top in the affair a claim he declined
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Squidgygate, the covert leaking of a bugged phone call between the Princess of Wales and a male, although the phrase originally referred to the exposure of the Princess’s extra marital affair (1992)

Michael Mates gift of watch to Asil Nadir (1993)

“Back to Basics”, a government policy slogan portrayed by opponents and press as a morality campaign to compare it with a contemporaneous succession of sex scandals in John Major’s government which led to the resignation of Tim Yeo and the Earl of Caithness, among others (1994)

Cash-for-questions affair involving Neil Hamilton, Tim Smith and Mohamed Al-Fayed (1994)

Jonathan Aitken and the hotel bill allegations, and subsequent conviction for perjury (1995)

Bernie Ecclestone was involved in a political scandal when it transpired he had given the Labour Party a million pound donation – which raised eyebrows when the Labour government changed policy to allow Formula 1 to continue being sponsored by tobacco. The Labour Party returned the donation when the scandal came to light. (1997)

Double resignation rocks government. Peter Mandelson, Trade and Industry Secretary, resigns after failing to disclose loan from Paymaster General Geoffrey Robinson. (1998)

Ron Davies resigns from cabinet after being robbed by a man he met at Clapham Common(1998)

1990: Freedom for Nelson Mandela
Leading anti-apartheid campaigner Nelson Mandela was freed from prison in South Africa after 27 years. His release followed the relaxation of apartheid laws – including lifting the ban on leading black rights party the African National Congress (ANC) – by South African President FW de Klerk.

1991: Publisher Robert Maxwell dies at sea: The body of the millionaire newspaper publisher, Robert Maxwell, was found in the sea off the coast of Tenerife. Mr Maxwell’s body was discovered at approximately 1800 local time (1700 GMT) and flown to Gran Canaria for identification. The publisher had been cruising in the Canary Isles aboard his luxury yacht, the Ghislaine.

1994: Sunday trading legalised: Thousands of shops throughout England and Wales have opened legally for the first time following a change in the Sunday trading laws. The new law was not expected to herald a large increase in the number of stores open on a Sunday as many had broken the old law for years.

1994: Rock musician Kurt Cobain ‘shoots himself’ The lead-singer of American grunge rock band Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, has been found dead in his Seattle home. The 27-year-old rock star had a single gunshot wound to the head. A gun and suicide note were found nearby.
It appeared he had been dead for at least 34 hours when his body was discovered by an electrician who was carrying out repairs at the musician’s house. Mr Cobain’s mother, Wendy O’Connor, said she had not heard from him for six days.

Overall, the variety of 90’s music that charted is quite overwhelming. As the 90’s began, pop music began to fade. The New Kids on the Block,  Paula Abdul and  Taylor Dayne were among some of the stars who scored pop gems of that type. Of course, the pop sound returned by the end of the decade with acts like  *NSYNC , Britney Spears and The  Backstreet Boys . Freestyle artists, The  Cover Girls , Linear and Stevie B , saw their genre fade in the early 90’s. Hair bands like  Warrant , Winger  and Poison were replaced with an edgier form of rock. Nirvana , Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins a90’s Music & Top 100 90’s Songsnd Stone Temple Pilots would bring a new sound to 90’s music. Alternative rock rose to the top of the charts. Early in the decade,  Billy Ray Cyrus and  Restless Heart crossed on to the pop charts from the country charts. Before long,Tim McGraw , Faith Hill  and Lonestar were regular acts on top 40 radio. Many Christian acts broke into the pop market. Amy Grant,  Michael W. Smith and Kathy Troccoli found themselves with major top 40 hits. Rap proved that it was not a passing phase. Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer eased the way for acts like the Notorious B.I.G. and Ice Cube. With so much variety, 90’s songs & 90’s music filled the top 40 with a little bit of everything.
From 90’s music one hit wonders Positive K and Duncan Sheik, to the megastars Christina Aguilera , Britney Spears,  and Mariah Carey, we’ve got them all!

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