|New year is all about looking ahead and thinking what the next year could possibly have in store for us, be it in our personal lives or maybe just what amazing new music, movies and TV shows will change our lives and have us thinking….how did we live before this?!? What did we listen to or watch??
Just for a cheeky change and to add some extra little reminder that you now need to write 2014 and not 2013 on everything (it can take us a wee while) we thought we would take a look back at what we were loving a massive 20 years ago now and perhaps scare ourselves a little at how not long ago that really feels!
Yep this year, if you haven’t already realised, all the albums that were released back in 1994 will be turning a milestone 20 years old!! Can you believe it?! It was a truly great time for music with so many bands we still love now first hitting the scene and of course some others we’d much rather forget.
With an almost disbelief and slight feeling of our age now, we thought we would take a quick look back to remind ourselves what was hot back then and what classics have been with us for two decades now (sorry). Enjoy!
Weezer – Weezer (Blue Album)
Their debut studio album which included some songs you might remember such as “Undone – The Sweater Song”, “Buddy Holly”, and “Say It Ain’t So”, this amazing album really launched them into big mainstream success but sadly only reach the number 23 spot in the UK charts. For shame!
Green Day – Dookie
Featuring pop punk classic “When I Come Around”, “Basket Case” and “Welcome to Paradise”, this was the third album from punk rock giants Green Day. As of 2013, Dookie is named the band’s best-selling album, with more than 20 million copies sold worldwide and has picked up wards such as a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1995. Not bad huh!
Pink Floyd – The Division Bell
Reaching the number one spot in the the UK and USA, this fourteenth and final studio album from prog rockers Pink Floyd also sparked their tour which took them right up to late October. Key tracks included “High Hopes” / “Keep Talking” and “Take it Back”. Even if you didn’t know the album, you’ll certainly know the cover!
Beastie Boys – Ill Communication
Their fourth album to hit the scene, it was their second #1 album on the Billboard charts thanks largely to their amazing hit we all know “Sabotage” – the one with the amazing 70s cops style video. Classic huh! As well as another of our faves “Get It Together”.
Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Ranked at number ten in Rolling Stone Magazine’s best albums of the nineties, this second studio album reached an impressive number 15 in the UK charts and saw the band find a more classic rock sound and style. Key singles included “Haunt You Down”, “Cut Your Hair” and “Gold Soundz”. As always, it’s packed with great lyrics and melodies. Very cool!
Oasis – Definitely Maybe
That’s right folks! Yep the band’s debut album was released back in August 1994! How old do you feel now? 🙂 Shooting straight to the number one UK spot, at the time it was the fastest felling debut album ever and launched them into amazing new heights selling more than 15 million copies worldwide. Possibly one of the defining albums of the 90s, it’s certainly one of our faves!
Blur – Park Life
The third studio album by the English alternative rock band, Parklife returned Blur to prominence in the UK. This is a real cult album and has come to define the Britpop movement in the 90s and influences in music can still be heard today. If you were cool in the 90s, you had this album!
Portishead – Dummy
This debut album from Bristol based group hit the charts taking an impressive number 2 spot in the UK and also went on to win the 1995 Mercury Music Prize! Dummy helped to cement the reputation of Bristol as the capital of trip hop, a nascent genre which was then often referred to simply as “the Bristol sound”
Soundgarden – Superunknown
Widely considered the bands breakthrough album, their fourth record sold an amazing 310,000 copies in its opening week and reached high positions on charts worldwide. Picking up Grammy awards along the way, this launched them into mainstream success and still remains their most successful album ever.
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Working for the biggest online retailer of cool t-shirts, we see our fair share of amazing tees hit the shelves…! But which ones have stuck out? Do we have a favourite..and why do we love them so much? I’ve grabbed 10 minutes with a few of my favourite TruffleShufflers and asked them about their fashion tee-ndencies while they’ve worked here, and what generally makes them tick when it comes to the world of retro! Enjoy!
First up is James, the designer for TruffleShuffle (he’s the one responsible for all the cool t-shirts – so we should probably take 5 minutes to applaud his geniusness!)
Favourite t-shirt ever produced? – Old Skool Gamer T-Shirt. I’ve been a massive computer game fan since I was about 10, so to get the opportunity to design a T-Shirt featuring all my favourite consoles and controllers was a bit of a treat.
Favourite range you’ve ever designed? – Sesame Street is always really fun to work with, they’ve got such a versatile range of characters and we’re always allowed to do quite weird and wonderful things with them. Whether we’ve got Elmo and the gang crossing Abbey Road, joining a rock group or even recreating the Trainspotting movie poster they always make it look cool!
What was your first t-shirt ever purchased from TruffleShuffle? – My first T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle was one featuring Pac-Man and one of the Ghosts taking over Tokyo, it managed to look retro and modern at the same time and is still one of the favourite items in my wardrobe! It came from Chunk clothing who are always experts in doing weird mash ups with their characters.
Secondly we have the ever so beautiful Lucy, the buyer here at TruffleShuffle. She’s also responsible for all the coolness on the site – so be nice to her. If you want to bribe her into stocking something, chocolate and jewellery will definitely earn you some brownie points!
Favourite item you’ve ever sourced for TruffleShuffle? – The brand, Mr Gugu & Miss Go. It’s a really new, crazy, quirky and punchy range which makes a real statement. We like to keep things fresh and exciting on TruffleShuffle.com and this brand offers funky, psychedelic and kitsch retro influences, teamed with modern technology, creating cool, vibrant all over prints for an edgy, hipster look! My fave has to be the crazy cat!
Who’s your favourite celebrity ever spotted in TruffleShuffle clobber? – I think Cara Delevingne has a really fab look and always looks great in a retro tee!
Sum up TruffleShuffle in 5 words? – Nostalgic, Fun, Individual, Quirky, Awesome!
Next up is Amy, she’s responsible for overseeing the whole operation when it comes to your goods hitting the shelves…! She’ was the first ever member of staff here at TruffleShuffle (to be honest, I think she’s just waiting for the day we stock high heels…she doesn’t love us at all. It’s all about the shoes!)
So the Goonies kick-started it all for TruffleShuffle, but what’s your fave retro movie? – Mrs Doubtfire (1993!)
What item from TruffleShuffle are you lusting over at the moment? – http://www.truffleshuffle.co.uk/store/ladies-roald-dahl-matilda-tshirt-p-11883.html coming soon – can’t wait!
Who’s your favourite Disney princess? – Cinderella (Ultimate Disney glam!)
Next up is Iain, he’s in charge of marketing! He is responsible for all the cool stuff happening on our social networking sites.
If you could be an extra in any 80’s film, which would you choose? It would have to be Star Wars in Return of The Jedi, getting to dress up as a Stormtrooper would be so much fun. I’d make sure I didn’t pump my head though. D’oh!
Out of all the TruffleShuffle tees you have, what one gets the most comments? – Most comments? Hmmm probably my Tommy Cooper T-Shirt, I think he’s such a beloved comedian and not too often seen on screen these days sadly. Seeing it instantly reminds people of how amazing he was perhaps.
Favourite band from the 80’s? – WOW that’s a tricky one, torn between Metallica and Queen…I’m going to say Queen. I’ve always loved their sound and really believe they helped shape music even up to today. Legends.
Lee, our photographer wears aloooot of cool t-shirts so he’s next on our quiz hit list.
Biggest fashion faux paux of your childhood? Basin hair cut. My mum was so good at it though she didn’t need the basin to cut around
Last thing you bought from TruffleShuffle? Beastie Boys Robot T-shirt
Who would win in a fight…Superman or Batman, more importantly…why? Batman because as he is a member of the Justice League he knows all Superman’s strengths and weaknesses and habits, Plus Batman has possession of a kryptonite ring which would be able to leave Superman helpless.
There you have it…! All our favourite stuff summed up! What’s your favourite TruffleShuffle t-shirt, past or present?
|We love a good mash-up at TruffleShuffle and these brand new funky T-shirts certainly fit the bill! Quirky brand Cool Toons have added a humorous twist to some of our favourite hip-hop acts on an awesome line of music T-shirts that dares to be different.
Holy Moly! Inspired by one of the greatest hip hop acts ever, Run DMC, this Nun DMC offers a whole new take on the timeless rappers!
This Beastie Soys tee just made us chuckle so much when we first saw it! Quite an unusual combo to say the least. So fight for your right, to be different!
Stand out from the crowd by picking something from this great collection today!
They say a picture says a thousand words – here at TruffleShuffle, we like to think a photograph says a thousand cool words!
We have a bustling collection of Photographic t-shirts, so thought we would share our top ‘pics’ with you!
Exclusive to TruffleShuffle – our range of Thunderbirds t-shirts includes a Parker t-shirt – capturing cockney chaffer Aloysius “Nosey” Parker to a tee!
With David Bowie making a (very welcome) comeback – it seems only fair that he’s included in our selection! Featuring a super cool image of the star – these Amplified t-shirts would make an awesome addition to any music t-shirt collection!
Check out our full collection of photographic tees and also check out our blog post on our favourite slogan t-shirts! Happy Snapping and Happy Shopping!