Oh, 1993. Remember that year? (Audits of our readership show most of you do not.)
There was a Clinton in the White House. Han Solo was The Fugitive. If you turned on the radio, you were likely to hear Whitney Houston (RIP) belting her rendition of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” or a reggae-hip-hop fusion number from Canada (of all places), Snow’s “Informer.”
And Jacksonville got a professional football team!
At Thursday night’s preseason finale, that professional football team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, will be putting in the final preparations for its 25th season (the team didn’t take the field until ’95). To help fans prepare, the Jags are inviting us to “Party Like it’s 1995” with an evening-long tribute to the 90s, featuring a halftime performance by members of Duval music icons the Quad City DJ’s!
“There’s a certain nostalgia to the early years of Jaguars football, and we’re really excited to have fun with it next Thursday night,” said Jaguars Chief Marketing Officer Julian Duncan “From a ‘Space Jam’ inspired kickoff video to special performances by THE ROAR, we’re bringing the 90s to every part of the game day experience. We hope fans will come dressed in their throwback Jags gear and join our tribute to the 25th season.”
Some of the greatest music hits of the late 90s originated from Jacksonville-grown artists, many of whom formed super groups including 95 South, 69 Boyz and the Quad City DJ’s. Members of the Quad City Family will perform a halftime mashup of their biggest hits from the 90s including “Whoot There it Is,” “Space Jam,” “C’Mon N’ Ride It (The Train),” and “Tootsee Roll.” The group will perform atop the Dick’s Wings Rally Zone in the north end zone which is open to any guest with a game ticket. The First DUUUVAL of the game will be delivered by Quad City Family member Jay McGowan, who co-wrote and co-produced each of these hits resulting in more than 25 million album sales and multiple Grammy nominations.
Sounds awesome, right? Here’s a 90s-themed playlist to help get you in the mood.