Party to End all Parties – 1999

by eirenehogan

I was singing along with the Prince song, 1999, (or rather, dancing along to it) when I thought about just how long ago that was now, 1999 I mean.  Of course the song itself is much older, released in 1982.  And it certainly reflects that as well, with its images of destruction and that they will all, ‘die any day’.  The song is resplendent with the post-nuke themes of the Cold War II – that is, the Cold War restarted by Ronald Ray-gun and all his Star Wars rhetoric.

But the real 1999 was not like that at all. It was post Cold War; the Berlin Wall was well and truly gone, as was the Soviet Union itself.  Rather than fears of world destruction – apart from the usual doomsday predictions that accompanies all major changes in dates – most people were feeling pretty confident about the future.  The recessions of the 80s were over, 9/11 hadn’t happened so there was no paranoia over middle eastern terrorists, and the Tea Party and modern christian fundamentalists hadn’t got control of the politicians.  There was the environment issue, but we still had some naive hope that the world might actually try and DO something about that.

We were starting a new millenium and there was a lot of hope for a bright and peaceful future.

That is my memory of the feelings of the party to end all parties, turn of the century.

I wonder what others remember about 1999 and the beginning of 2000.

Shirley Strachen from Skyhooks, singing, I am hoping, ‘Party to end all Parties.

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2 Comments to “Party to End all Parties – 1999”

  1. Let me do an article for this blog on 999? I can tell you all kinds of things.

    Cordially,

    Christopher Hawthorne Moss, Historical Novelist GLBT Bookshelf editor and blogger Author site: http://www.authorchhermoss.com GLBT BOOKSHELF http://www.glbtbookshelf.com GLBT Bookshelf blog: http://glbtbookshelf.blogger.com

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