10 thoughts on “Generation X

  1. I saw them in Lollapolooza ’94 Houston. I got a good beating in the moshpit.

    Totally worth it.

  2. OT: a recurring pet peeve of mine lately is the habit of defining Generation X to include everyone born through 1980, or even later. I was born in the late 70s and, back in the early 90s when there was so much excitement about “Gen X”, I never once thought I was part of the cohort they were talking about.

    This is OT because of course this post is not guilty, the Beastie Boys being plenty old enough to be Gen X. If anything, maybe they’re slightly too old for it, just a few years younger than Obama. On the other hand, David Foster Wallace strikes me as a definitive Gen Xer; and I also always think of Janeane Garofalo goofing around as the TV-ugly friend in the goofing-around scene from Reality Bites; and they’re both older than the Beastie Boys are.

  3. Honour to Razib. Been lovin your words since Gregory Cohran introdused me to your knowledge. Here is another greatern hit by Burzum called Ea, the lord of the depths. Thttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fXlpYCBfLY

  4. This is OT because of course this post is not guilty, the Beastie Boys being plenty old enough to be Gen X. If anything, maybe they’re slightly too old for it, just a few years younger than Obama. On the other hand, David Foster Wallace strikes me as a definitive Gen Xer; and I also always think of Janeane Garofalo goofing around as the TV-ugly friend in the goofing-around scene from Reality Bites; and they’re both older than the Beastie Boys are.

    Generally speaking, the cultural touchstones for a generation – the writers, musicians, and actors that generation is associated with – are going to be a good decade or so older than the young people who are influenced by popular culture at that time. For example, all of the big hippie bands were mostly fronted by Silents (born in the late 30s to mid 1940s) while the first generation of punk artists were all baby boomers.

    Anyway, I was born in 1979. I agree with you that I felt sort of “post peak” for Gen X, but at the same time, I very much don’t feel like a millennial.

  5. I was born in the late 70s and, back in the early 90s when there was so much excitement about “Gen X”, I never once thought I was part of the cohort they were talking about.

    same boat. when *reality bytes* came out i was in high school. it felt so far in the future since when you are before 18 everything is so far in the future. but with hindsight i’m clearly on the tail end of gen-X…. (my boss was born 8 years before me and he feels solidly in the middle of gen-X)

  6. Don’t worry, my fellow born-between-’77-and-’83ers; there’s a term for us, too.

    Xillennials.

    I kid you not.

    I mean, I absolutely share the sense of being too young for GenX references and too old for the Millennial ones, but surely this is the case for most? Aren’t those references always pitched at a more narrow crowd than the age range would suggest? (I think my oldest brother, born 1966, has the same problem with GenX from the opposite angle.)

  7. when *reality bytes* came out

    I am a few years older than you. I saw “Reality Bites” and found it mundane and not particularly evocative of my generation (I am at the beginning – that is to say, older – end of the Gen X spectrum).

    On the other hand, because I grew up partly in East Asia, I was culturally “older” – I grew up with TV programs and movies that were about 10-15 years behind those being played in the U.S. at the time. So I was raised on some 1950’s fare such “Adventures of Superman” with George Reeves or “Shane” and what have you. So in terms of pop culture, I have more in common with the Boomers. Perhaps partly because of this, I always found it more comfortable to talk to my wife’s father and grandfather than her brothers/cousins or younger kin in this country.

    I came of age and found political consciousness in Reagan’s “It’s morning again in America.” I eagerly signed up for THAT America. Now I find that country has disappeared and, frankly, I feel cheated… and more than a little angry.

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