We like to think we know it all here in the year 2009, don't we? We know what looks good. We know what sounds good. We know what's best for the environment, for our country, for our fellow man.
Those people in the '70s and the '80s and the '90s? They were idiots weren't they? And those people who lived in the '40s, '50s and '60s? What were they thinking?
I already poked fun at the '70s this week. But it's easy to look back at the '80s and laugh, too. The bizarre stylings. The Sansabelt uniforms. What are Harold Baines and Jesse Barfield wearing in the photo on this card? The longer you stare at Baines the more he looks less like a ballplayer and more like a guy who found some knock-off MLB clothing at Kmart and snuck into the stadium to get his picture taken with Jesse Barfield.
And Barfield? Well, he's wearing the very '80s blue, synthetic jersey top with the matching blue glove draped over Baines' shoulder. They both look like they're on their way to a costume party. "Look at us, we're ball players!"
It always makes me think, what will we be poking fun at 20 years from now? What do ballplayers wear now that future players wouldn't be caught dead in during the year 2029? What do WE wear now that will repulse our offspring's offspring? And what music from today will be the equivalent of Expose and Mr. Mister in two decades?
Anyone want to throw some candidates out there?
I'll get it started. For music: in 20 years, the Jonas Brothers, Nickelback, the vast majority of anyone who had any success on American Idol, and that bleepin' "Single Ladies" song by Beyonce will make everyone cringe. For fashion: we will look at anyone with a "faux-hawk" and wonder what the hell we were smoking.
Said the perfectly coiffed man with impeccable taste in music.