P-Mag Nostalgia Project: 1995 with Pileofmonkeys

Ah, 1995. When a young PoM’s fancy turned to thoughts of giant flannel shirts and Doc Martens. 1995 was a big year in entertainment, world events, and technology. Let’s dive in.

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1995 in the U.S. and around the world:

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  • The OJ Simpson trial dominates the airwaves and the newspapers (remember those?) for most of the year.
  • Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated.
  • The World Trade Organization is established.
  • The Oklahoma City bombing opens the U.S.’s eyes to domestic terrorism.
  • Windows 95 is released, forever changing the way we interact with technology, and starting the age of widespread digitalization.


1995 in TV:

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  • WB, UPN, and The History Channel are launched.
  • Star Trek: Voyager, Xena, and Jag debut.
  • Top shows include: Home Improvement (Jonathan Taylor Thomas, wherefore art thou?), NYPD Blue, and NBC’s Thursday night juggernaut of “Must-See TV,” consisting of Friends, some random half-hour comedy, Seinfeld, Random Comedy #2, and ER.


1995 in movies:

The top 10 most popular movies in 1995, according to IMDB, were:

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  1. Braveheart (Oh, remember the halcyon days before we knew how batshit crazy Mel Gibson is?)
  2. Se7en (To this day, “What’s in the boooooxxxxxx???” is one of my go-to movie quotes. This is also the first of two appearances by Brad Pitt on this list. 1995 was a big year for him.)
  3. Toy Story (It’s been 18 years since Toy Story came out. Is your mind blown?)
  4. The Usual Suspects (I remember people being SO PISSED at being spoiled for who Keyser Söze was. Pre-widespread Internet, being spoiled for movies was a big deal.)
  5. Heat (Otherwise known as the movie that Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro were both leads in without filming a single scene together.)
  6. Waterworld (Oh, Costner. There’s really nothing I can say. This movie was just terrible, and I suspect the only reason it was so high-grossing was because people didn’t believe it was really that bad. It was.)
  7. Bad Boys (I love this movie forever and always, and nothing you can say can make me ever change my mind. Martin Lawrence saying “Mike Lowry” over and over is one of his least appreciated moments of comic genius.)
  8. Twelve Monkeys (Directed by Terry Gilliam, this is Brad Pitt’s second appearance on this list, and a wonderfully weird sci-fi/psycho-thriller/mystery.)
  9. Kids (Even now, Kids still disturbs me on so many levels. I first saw it in the theater, and I’ve tried to rewatch it since then, and can’t bring myself to do it.)
  10. Waiting to Exhale (This was Terry McMillan’s first big screen adaptation of one of her books, and had one of the best ensemble casts in recent memory.)


Top five singles of 1995:

“Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio ft. L.V. (and Michelle Pfeiffer, but can we all just pretend that Dangerous Minds never happened?)

“Waterfalls” by TLC

“Creep” by TLC. It was a big year for TLC.

“Kiss From a Rose” by Seal. Movie soundtracks were big in 1995, especially soundtracks from pretty crappy movies.

“On Bended Knee” from Boyz II Men. Let’s be honest, this video had great mid-’90s casting.

1995 in literature and “literature”:

Bestsellers in 1995 included

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  • John Grisham’s The Rainmaker
  • Michael Crichton’s The Lost World
  • Danielle Steel’s Five Days in Paris
  • James Redfield’s The Celestine Prophecy 
  • Nicholas Evans’ The Horse Whisperer
  • John Gray’s Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus


The world was a really interesting place in 1995, and it’s sort of shocking to think of all the things that happened 18 years ago that are still relevant and influential today.

Where were you in 1995? Do you have any hilarious pictures of yourself in Docs and/or JNCOs? Did you have those hilarious curled-up-and-sprayed-to-death bangs? One or more of the above apply to me, but you’ll never find out which.

10 replies on “P-Mag Nostalgia Project: 1995 with Pileofmonkeys”

In ’95 I was ten. I remember being mesmerized by TLC’s performance of ‘Creep’ on All That (on SNICK!). I remember wearing a bunch of babydoll and tshirt dresses to school, and once a navy jumper, white undershirt and hot pink tights because I wanted to be like Clarissa Darling.
I may still want to be like Clarissa Darling, just a little.

The OJ trial. We spent a lot of time watching that in my American History class in 10th grade. Worst teacher ever, but I didn’t realize his full jerk-itude until the following year. We also went on a field trip to Gettysburg, where I spent the bulk of the trip making googly eyes at a boy named Matt. Oh, young qSS, you were so young and stupid.

In 1995 I turned 7 and started second grade. I finally dealt with my dyslexia and was Reconciled and Eucharisted in the Catholic Church, which I was and am super proud of. It was my first realization that my extended family would never ever ever come through for me, even though they did for my sister. it proved to me that my love of music and books would help me overcome all my obstacles (see: future boyfriend drama and suicidal friends). And it was the year that I was introduced to my first musical crush: Eddie Vedder (yes, I was late on this, but give me a break. I was seven.).

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