God Bless MMMBop and the Game Boy: the ’90s Festival Mines Rush for Nostalgia

By | November 25, 2019

Jakarta Globe

The ’90s revival sees no sign of weakening as the latest edition of the ’90s Festival continued to attract a large crowd, mostly middle-aged Jakartans, to the Gambir Expo in Kemayoran, North Jakarta, on Saturday.

At the festival’s community market, they gobbled up classic ’90s memorabilia such as Tamiya Mini 4WD racing kits, Gundam toy robots, classic Nokia cellphones, analog cameras (came with expired but perfectly usable film rolls), VHS or Betamax video cassettes and Nintendo and Sega video game consoles. Are you a Super Mario or a Sonic the Hedgehog fan?

The festival also featured bands that used to be regulars on the Indonesian MTV Ampuh playlist: from locals Godbless, Potret, Wong, Element, Jamrud, Naif and Kla Project to international ’90s sensations Aqua and Hanson.

Isaac, Zac and Taylor from Hanson sing Penny and Me at the 90s Festival 2019 in Gambir Expo, Kemayoran, North Jakarta on Saturday (23/11). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Isaac, Zac and Taylor from Hanson sing ‘Penny and Me.’ (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)Isaac Hanson in action during 90s Festival 2019 at Gambir Expo, Kemayoran, North Jakarta on Saturday (23/11). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)Isaac Hanson in action. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Taylor Hanson sings the bands best known 1997 hit song 'MMMBop' at 90s Festival 2019 in Gambir Expo, Kemayoran, North Jakarta on Saturday (23/11). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)Taylor Hanson sings the band’s most famous hit from 1997, ‘MMMBop.’ (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)