Thursday, May 18, 2006

1996


Yup, every year I have done a retrospective post of ten years back. The fact that this is my third one doesn’t go down well with me because it shows I’ve been around for a really long time. There was 1995 and 1994.

Of course the most outstanding thing of that was clearing with K.C.S.E. Talk about the beginning of a long road to hell…but that’s another post altogether.

This time we'll do a very quick run through…bringing to serious competition to MEMOIRE my fellow flashbacking competitor!( Oh this post was done earlier in the year when she had returned!)

Music

Enter Metro FM which in fact initially was called Capital…then enter Capital FM-with the Likes of Feel My-Toes(Phil Mathews), BAB KEY-Oh-Koh(Bob Kioko)...Zain Verjee,Jo Theones, etc etc etc. Bye Bye KBC we now had new stations to dub our music from. And what was the music that graced us at that period. I remember Walt Baby Love quite well cause I had dubbed his voice in my own home copy of 'if your girl only knew' Aaliyah and 'Last Night' Az Yet. Do you remember 'Who do you love' Deborah Cox?

Of course spilling onto this year from the previous, was BROWNSTONE, 3T (can anyone remember the song Tease Me…we can do it nice and slow bring your body close to mine...)
Also spilling over were MJ’s album-HiStory and Mariah’s Daydream Album-which to me is her best-with songs like Underneath the stars, Melt Away, Open Arms, Always be my baby-shururup dow shrururuturutu dow…Janet Jackson’s Design of a Decade Album with ‘Runaway’ that had a line about … ‘... African skies with a Nairobi mood

Celine Dion broke out with her ‘Falling into you’ album wow ‘if that’s what it takes’still my fav song with that 10min long song ‘all coming back to me now’ A song also featured in “Up Close and Personal” Pfeiffer and Redford.

Waiting to Exhale Soundtrack was also spilling into this year…and so was 'Kiss from a Rose'. Can you remember Tony Rich Project….' nights are lonely the days are so sad'. Toni Braxton Sophomore album…'I always think of you inside of my private thoughts…the very thought of you makes me wanna get undressed I wanna be with you in spite of what my heart says…." NGAI FAFA...and then there was a Ragga re-mix of the same song that’s my all time fav re-mix ever! Notable Soundtracks “Nutty Proff” with Montel's killer 'I Like' obviously Az Yet, and there was a song there by Ill NANA…oh yeah! I think even Set It Off was from that era. The likes of Notorious B.I.G and idiots arguing Notorious Big. Tupac died-or did he in that year! 'Changes' what a song! Babyface and 'The Day' Fugees made an appearance 'Killing me softly' Wasn't 'Macarena' also form this year? Space Jam soundtrack!

Television

I think the best thing to happen to me TV wise was Beverly Hills 90210-unleash that Theme music with the serious trumpet…and the 2 hour long pilot episode that debuted the week we opened school, first term. There was the usual Living Single/Fresh Prince/Perfect Strangers /Family Matters/ Sisters / Lois and Clark / E.R / Neighbours / Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/ Commish / Family Matters / Murphy Brown / cheap comedy On Our Own/ Step by Step
Knots Landing…

Club Kiboko…with its funny cartoons like ‘Count Duckula’ the blood-fearing, vegetarian Count also known as ‘Ducky-Boo’ (LOL -Kipepeo you must have loved it!)


Movies

I think all through, I didn’t watch a lot till I cleared then I let it rip. Beginning with Richard Gere's Final Analysis...to Basic Instinct to Fatal Attraction...that was a Genre of movies I got acquainted to. Sliver to Fair Game to Indecent Proposal. Who needs to sneak in porn when you could rent it out legit! Talk about Porn with a great stotyline=Basic Instinct! Went for those New Years back to back movies at Fox Drive-In 7pm-4am and watched Jumanji Twister Mission Impossible, Nutty Professor…Other movies to note: Dante’s Peak/ Devil’s Own / Primal Fear/ Braveheart/ Independence Day/ Set it Off/Jerry Maguire/Space Jam/Phenomenon/Broken Arrow (Travolta was making as many movies as he could lest his fame plummeted again) /Sleepers (all star cast!) Courage Under Fire (Meg Ryan still had it!) ….and many many more cause there was a night that MNET-movie magic didn’t disconnect and I watched from 7pm till 12pm the following day...yes the birth of the Couch Potato. M-Net was like a forbidden fruit only for the privileged lucky and for you to get it free-well Santa wasn’t coming your way for the next few years or so.

School

-Besides the whole Final year pressure, and notable set books of Government Inspector, Concubine, Shamba La Wanyama-puke! Yawn!
-Our Bio Prac involved some cow intestines, and instructions involved, squeezing out the contents and testing for presence of lipids, carbs bi-products, fats…and for obvious reasons that section was done last. Funny thing is guys were handling them intestines like you do your privates with the utmost delicate and fine precision…careful not to stink yourself. Until time was of the essence and people grabbed them intestines and squeezed them chap chap…jist aside, graceless under pressure…it was do or die/squeeze or else
-Took part in M.U.N. Did not get selected to become a Junior chair in M.U.N-no I was not bitter having spent numerous sessions on Friday at I.S.K training only not get picked at the end! It's not like I wasn't smart or the Koffi Annan type or anything-DAMNIT! Adding salt to insulted injury I got stuck as Ecuador Ambassador in Nuclear Disarmament. Now you know the juiciest sessions were in Human Rights! Funny thing, I had co-signed a document for France and in the session voted against it. JACK-ASS! France was not amused. France represented by a pit-bull in a skirt, stared at me threateningly across the aisles… Oh and there was this babe called Anushka that had long flowing hair and she was from Malaysia( as in she was not representing it she was from that country) and she kept stealing glances or so I thought…oooh I still have her signature…God Bless the United Nations and NO PLACE else!
-Became a School Prefect…OH the power of the RED TIE! And the prefects room where we’d play Strip Poker with none other than Stunnuh Jay…that’s when we became buddies with Ms Stunnuh especially since we got picked from school real late…the prefects room was also a den for playing marbles and darts and table tennis and hanky panky hahahahahaha. There was this chick Sheila that was always eager to play strip poker but always lost…so off would go her shoes…socks…tie…hanky…shirt…and she’d remain in a t-shirt clutching her arms in front of her looking like she had been violated in a very, very naughty way!
-Oh those numerous dates to Slush ati and mature romantic walks to and fro school.
And the lunch dates were after or before swapping letters. Yaani I’m still yet to fathom why those letters meant so much at the time-but boy oh boy there was hell to pay if you had not replied a letter.
-A buddy of mine, Sam and I were busted tuning this chick-Faith in Physics class. The idiots that we were, were passing her letters…I don’t remember well but I had written something to the effect “Michelangelo knew art I know not…Picasso knew beauty I know not…But when I look at you…I know…I know….” (Give me a second as I regain my composure…is that a master piece or what!?!?!?!?!?) So, the Physics class teacher curious as to what this 3 buffoons were giggling at came running and managed to get hold of the paper…10 years today she’s probably stopped laughing!

Social

-14/02 got a lovely Val’s card signed J.A.F…didn’t take me long to figure what that meant and to think I had given her an Original Poster of GoldenEye. Unbreak my heart say you love me again…Undo the tears…Cut the crap and give me back my POSTER!
-Sofi, Sofi, Sofi…if there was a year we really bonded this was it! Hope you are reading.
-My friend’s sis would hide out at our place when I was reading during the holidays. She’d appear at 10 and stick till around 4…Poor thing was lying to her family she was in college all day…and then when my buddy once appeared without prior notice and found her there…there was an awkward moment! I mean all parties involved were innocent but wow that awkwardness…mmm mm mmm
-Discovered the value of relatives…or the lack of. It’s such an awakening when you realize that no one actually cares about you, no one is there for you as they pretend to be. You are alone in this world…and the better you realize this the faster you grow up!
(Cue M.J’s they don’t really care about us!)
-Couldn’t wait till Dec hols…to live the wild side. Cut my hair! Go partying till the break of dawn. Hung out with my cousins…er…uhmm…that fro lingered on a few more years and partying till the break of dusk is what most likely happened.
-Missed one of my favorite cousin’s wedding...at that time I was feel-anga nothing but in retrospect I do wish I kinda attended!
-We kosanad with an entire family over some stolen goods at our place. Our immediate cousins…things never returned to normal…but as much as you realize family counts you also discover-tough love!


I think that is all I chose to remember for now. It seems like yesterday.

41 Comments:

Blogger Guessaurus said...

Unless yu sing, sing sing sing, for the love you give, wont mean a thing, less u sing, sing sing sing...
Travis

5/19/2006 12:41 AM  
Anonymous acolyte said...

Number 2!Have that all of you blog stalkers!Off to read.....

5/19/2006 12:55 AM  
Anonymous acolyte said...

@ Nick
Since you have chomoad quite a few flash back posts I have decided I know what to buy you for Christmas.....A time machine!!!!Loooooool!

5/19/2006 1:02 AM  
Anonymous Oh oh zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz said...

First off 'Tato spinner - dont you think this post should have featured in Couch'tato -'96 reminsce - dude I am sooo laughing on this one.

I will return to dissect said post - but dude, did you finish KCSE at 19yrs old? What did you have to do: a double kindergarten and repeat standard one? OK just messing... need to get some zzz - good night my tatoed tato friend :D

5/19/2006 1:03 AM  
Anonymous G said...

@Aco - Time machine, dude he needs a mobile phone, them things are way past our times. Didnt you read my post??

@Nicko -I am still waiting for yr answer on that one - you know you can do it in confidence :d

5/19/2006 1:06 AM  
Anonymous G said...

@Aco - Time machine, dude he needs a mobile phone, them things are way past our times. Didnt you read my post??

@Nicko -I am still waiting for yr answer on that one - you know you can do it in confidence :d

5/19/2006 1:06 AM  
Blogger Kabinti said...

talk about memory lane lol i also remember dubbing some presenters voice on capital on a fav song of mine. kwanza the worst is when listening back to the tape and not only did i have a voice dubbed on it but also my mum was in the background asking if the tea was ready aaaaaaaaaaarrrggh and I had been timing that kasong "last night" by az yet for the whole afte!!

5/19/2006 1:46 AM  
Blogger s! said...

i see you still dream about sofi.. now lemme not bring that one up here!

i keep forgetting we gave KCSE the same year.. and to think i whooped your ass! heheh!

5/19/2006 3:12 AM  
Blogger KenyanMusings said...

Nicko, you are a fossil! Ma some people cleared shule teneeeee, kitambo...ati 96? Ngai!!!

Good memories....

Lois and Clark ruled!!!!! Saturday at 10 oclock....oh men!!! That Dean Cain sure was a cutie!!!!!!

Moving on....whaddaya mean? Me I LOVED Shamba la wanyama...Aiiiii SANA SANA, but then again, I was the school resident Geek!!


Uh, oh, and Jo thoenes(Tunis, tihi), ma I used to love that mama...she had cool jokes!!!

Jerry Maguire...HELP ME HELP YOU....ahhhhh such good times those...

Kwani you were in across wewe Nick, ama what do you mean by 'socials?'...whence I came from...those things rocked...hanging out with boys eating crisps, juice and bikas.....aiii, and being katiwad ...aiii, good life!!!

Need I tell you Az Yet was the first tape I ever owned. I bought it with my own pocket money tamaka!!! Last Night, Saved for someone else......sob mara 10.

Errr....M.U.N...tihihi.....me i go selected...all the way mpaka in Uni...but then again...say it with me...I was the resident school geek. woiye me...

Aiii, a thousand memories there my dear fossilized friend.

*sniff sniff*

How are you doing Nicholas?

5/19/2006 9:05 AM  
Blogger Nakeel said...

Down the memory lane Lol are u turning to be Hez Wephukulu of the blog.. LOL #3..

Ati school was cleared when? yeha used to listen to my bro ad siz singing along Yellow man and chaka demus and pliers..

5/19/2006 10:44 AM  
Blogger akiey said...

This "reminisce" post is mambo yote Nick! You covered it all save for the ever boring politics that has dominated Kenyan society for decades.

Great hits dropped this year for sure. Still have my Tony Rich Project CD was bumping it last weekend,lol!

Laughing at your Q on 'Pac. Yeah, he "left" us that year and that's also the year he released 2 hott movies and 2 killer albums back-to-back...record still unmatched to this day.

Ok, you want us to believe nada was cooking b/n you & that chick that came to shinda at your diggs? Nicko? Hapo,Iko kitu!

So you were a fan of Living Single as well. Never missed it for err..obvious reasons or it seasons??

5/19/2006 11:48 AM  
Anonymous M.I.G. said...

'96 was a very good year...

Pints erased a good portion of what my memory held from that year. Dammit!

Funkies soooo ruled! It was like heaven, but only if u went to akina Ms. K's school as opposed to meeting mamas from some shagz DEB secondary school (woi!)

Remember calling Capital and Metro from the landline to win all those free tickets and giveaways...siku hizi ni SMS tu...

5/19/2006 12:09 PM  
Blogger Shiroh said...

Hey!! The fossil. 1996 me ingiad Form One.

Chekain at dubbing from Metro. Kwanza they use to have top 10s at 7 and we would dub the songs. Guilty. Kwanza there was this song

I should make a move but i wont
I know you prolly thinking something is wrong
Knowing if i do it then it wont be right
I don't get down on the first night



(remembers she has bile with Nick, goes off to pack all her clothes. Thinks to self "Meet me at my mothers@.

Nick must run a diary. Hakuna

5/19/2006 1:09 PM  
Anonymous maitha said...

so we were on the same boat eh ?
nice rundown of events , i remember going to buy luthers your secret love on the eve of my math paper ,no prizes for guessing what I got .

90210's opener impressed me plus there was another spelling drama called Round Table or something like that

a sure way to cap off that year would be to have a small get together with former classmates ama ? ,

speaking of Tony Rich , new album is out..... unataka nifanye kweli ?

5/19/2006 1:14 PM  
Blogger bankelele said...

ha ha - they think you'd old!

5/19/2006 2:47 PM  
Blogger Msanii_XL said...

a rush of nostalgia...

Fm killed ngomas...kila saa repeating the same song.

Good post bradey foo'

5/19/2006 5:12 PM  
Blogger Movie Buff said...

OK first off... Shamba la Wanyama was a good book u hater.....

The mention of socials..... the mere mention!Hmmmm!!!![Directed to KM].....

Metro FM... dear lawd....... Im not even touching that one!!!! Whatever happened to Phil Matthews..... I liked him!

Sijawahi watch Basic Instinct..!!

5/19/2006 5:54 PM  
Blogger AK said...

around 1996, sheki leggie on metro FM at around 1pm. i don't remember the station being called Capital b4 that. Good memories these...
good post!

5/19/2006 10:10 PM  
Blogger Stunuh Jay said...

Ok it'w quite natural that at your age you'd want to document these things for prosterity....MHM!
Anyway, I made it into MUN...so there!

5/20/2006 2:42 AM  
Blogger spicebear said...

aaah, si M.U.N was the coolest? i enjoyed myself them days, good stuff, good times.

damn, si some of us are young .... i was still in primary school in '96! and shamba la wanyama rocked (yup, by the time i was in fourth that book had been rewinded)i absolutely love brownstone, whatever happened to them? this was a daedly post!

5/20/2006 4:05 AM  
Blogger Couch 'tato said...

@Guessy:finished at the tender age of 17...ebu go refresh you subtraction skills.
I know i felt like pasting beats in Tato-heh heh u noticed as well arent i in a reflective mood

@Aco:if only i could get one...ebu chomoa ur memories

@kabiniti:remember how tony msalame would vibe in the middle of the song wacha at the end where u could delete

@S!:you know-lets not open that door!

@KM: have u ever loved someone so much it hurt like hell-WASNT babyface great in his best days
Ati Fossil...Animal Farm was great...but Shamba la hasha

@Naksis:i had chaka demus and pliers tape...nothing like Tease Me loud on air

@Akiey:kim fields was solid in Living Single so was Latifah and of course crazy Maxine. Tony Rich will listen to it this weekend. Nothin happened haki i promise hahahaha. In school someone had scrolled on the blackboard "R.I.P Tupac" and when we returned on Monday someone has scribbled "i'm still around!"

@Migz:yeah bana landlines rocked and you'd start callin 30 minutes in advance...heh good one!

@Shiroh-yup fossil but my memories are as young as you and KM heh heh. ebu stop bringin in Monica at 98 'first time'

@Maitha:if u caught the pilot i'm impressed i only kno ike 2 people who did. LOL at secret love-luther sure could sing...ebu tandika Tony Rich...na hana haya kakiuliza

@bankelele:can i reveal?

@Brade Msanii: They'd repeat so much you could dub an entire album...they was so predictable

@M.Buff: i hear he is at NationFm behind the scenes. Basic Instinct...cammon woman cammon.

@AK: manze they had taken capital anem before...there was a hairglo sponsored show on Sundays as ell brought by Lydia Manyasi remember on KBC

@Stunnuh: i know very well you were not a Junior Chair-quit lying...you didnt see the part that i mentioned yoour name on the post hahahaha

@Spice:brownstone wasnt that bad. discovered by M.J... i guessa fter one chick left the group it was headed down. She had laryngeal cancer or somethin like that

5/20/2006 8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

“Michelangelo knew art I know not…Picasso knew beauty I know not…But when I look at you…I know…I know….”

Ha ha ha.

N.K

5/20/2006 1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ati intestines???? U sure we did the same exam...it was gills. Unless u guys dubbed and had to be punished with cow shit!!
N.K

5/20/2006 1:43 PM  
Anonymous kelitu said...

'96 mmhh...
...when Mutoko was still tame.

Loved Jo Thoenes to death.

Zain Verjee always played that ka-scratch cd song and you win money.

Phil with his AMUUKA.

Bob and his hits-not homework.

Love zone on Metro FM was the one to tune in for those cold & lonely highschool nights.lol!

Xcape was the fav. girl group.

Tupac got shot...chickdees went mad in school saying it's all puffy's and biggie's fault. lol!

5/20/2006 5:50 PM  
Anonymous Daud El Rude said...

Nicko! (Hereafter refered to the more descriptive, Fatso!)Why did you leave out the getting beat down by a gal(s) incident?!Hmmmm.....

For y'all not in the know,It was a warm friday afternoon in early 96. what ha-happened was Fatso and his peeps decided to catch a glimpse of the ladies,who were enjoying an afternoon deep, in their swimsuits.Unfortunately for them,(fortunate for me,cause I get to tell this storo)They were seen by the above mentioned ladies and chased after.Everyone got away, except the unhealthy bulk that was Fatso here!

Lets just say that what ensued was not pretty.Fatso still bears the scars.Unfortunately that has not deterred him from his eeerr...fetishes.
Ur ladies out there,trust him at your own peril, Lakini don't be surprised if you catch him in the bushes AKIWACHUNGULIA!!!!!


Daud El Rude(With only passion, you will not be able to express yourself, With only discipline you will have nothing to express!-Unkown. Damn! I just went philosophical on y'all!!)

5/20/2006 9:06 PM  
Blogger nick said...

@N.K...you did Bio pracs by correspondence
@Kelitu:manze hits not homework do u remember in 97 Muthoin had cleared from school and she'd claw on the show..
Bob: "at number 7 we have my pony by Ginuwine"...and she'd jump in "at 6 we have..."

5/20/2006 9:59 PM  
Blogger nick said...

@DAUD:mpaka u get a separate comment

1.Ati payback for not meeting KM...get your own blog and stop riding on mine...trust me you will do terribly well on your own-them ladies love you so chuck from your insecure shell and blossom like out of the nerd-petals and shine. Embrace the light..they wont bite you...own it...

2.In 96 hadnt u already cleared and were in the process of searchin urself...Stunnuh and S! can attest to this

3. BTW u and blue should team up....i need war!!!!

4.You are still not invited to the next meetup!

5.Nyanyako star..star...uji na ko!

6.Kumbaff!

5/20/2006 10:06 PM  
Blogger Adrian said...

nice post nick!

5/21/2006 9:15 PM  
Blogger Stunuh Jay said...

OOh Nicky Booo!
I did see the part where you had to mention the Pre-Room. Funny how you forgot to mention the only reason you really liked being a pre other than watching poo Sheila turn the red in as many hues as she possibly could, was that you liked the tea in that big yello birika that came in at break time, and the fact that that budha belly you spot is couresty of AUNTY who used to cater for the Kids and the Pre's on duty at her food shack got grab... you were on duty often!!!! :P

5/22/2006 2:39 AM  
Blogger poetfreak said...

Oh please, you sure had childhood and a half ati but your choice of music (and i insist) is repugnant to your said orientation.....what did you say you were again a boy? aaaaih!
No hating nick but haven't we discussed this before? azyet and 3T is bad music.PERIOD.

5/22/2006 4:47 PM  
Blogger kelitu said...

Just remember...SPICE GIRLS!!! Boy were they cool or what?!! Kwanza scary spice was my favourite. I loved her crazy hair and the tongue ring...

5/22/2006 7:18 PM  
Blogger KenyanMusings said...

LMAO Ibilisi Nick

@ nyanyako start, star, Uji na koo...Koo, anakula fish..fish ananyamba terereng'...aki, man, the thing you make me say wewe nicholas....LOOL..

LOOOL@ Daud 'owning it'

LOOL@ Muthoni jumping on "at number 6 we have"......ma this is insane..

@ Daud..woiye, next time we will say the truth regarding whereabouts...me, its Nick who misled me to say the truth...

LMAO mara 1 million @ 'kuwachungulia'...
In my head that sounds like nonini saying "naangusha fifty bob halafu ninam (raise tone a notch here) ....chuuungulia"...'Fuunikia'Kuta viiiiituuuuuuuu.


Aii, this post is for nostalgia...
And does anyone remember En vogue
dont you wanna be...more than friends...aki boys used to use that to "take it to the next level"

and xscape

"you are my little secret,
and thats how we should keep it
Its in everybody's mind
about you and me
they think....but they don't even know, they don't have clue..

Aii that ngoma used to roga me videadly!! (did I just say roga and deadly?)

Yaani, you guys have made me go full blown ghetto vile I am struggling to style up!! Aiii, now how?

5/24/2006 2:42 PM  
Blogger Brother Jero (BJ) said...

Ati atia mundu. 1994 you were clearing KCSE. Ok is this 8 or 4th. As in am that old cannot recall this. I happened to be in the 7:4:2:3 system, remember that? Nah, I didn't think so.

Now I have to watch what I say around here. Then again playa you must have started real early, coz you are a very bad boy.

Oh my God. What has happened to our children???

5/25/2006 12:48 AM  
Blogger Farmgal said...

enjoyed readin that. dont know how i missed this post. hebu we see the afro. si uko na zile picha za tene ni tene?
Daud el rude where u been?

5/25/2006 10:12 PM  
Blogger Brother Jero (BJ) said...

Nice weekend Nick & do not be too lost..

5/26/2006 4:08 PM  
Blogger baz said...

Strip poker in the prefects room??!! You delinquents.

I found this blog the wierdest way: random googling of the names of family members. Nick, you apparently knew a kinswoman of mine.

Thankfully she was not a prefect.

Nice trip down that lane, though. 1996 was the year I left Kenya for Uganda, incidentally. You do know that your former headmaster is now teaching these sides?

5/29/2006 10:48 AM  
Anonymous Daud El Rude said...

@ farmgal, I have been around, trying to make Nickos real life hell.

@ KM. don't stuka you are off the hook. I know it was all Nikos diabolical plan to have me running around the city, ovyo ovyo.


Daud El Rude(Leo, am bila words. Mta-do!!!!)

6/05/2006 4:19 PM  
Blogger s! said...

yo slimeball.. you've been tagged again! :-P

6/05/2006 9:22 PM  
Blogger Acolyte said...

Kijana, you have been tagged!I am still waiting!

6/09/2006 5:57 PM  
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6/12/2006 5:16 AM  
Blogger alexcia said...

You guys are way too young for me...i came of age when CNN and MTV was hitting Nairos.

I actually remember P diddy as a dancer with a box haircut.

6/19/2006 8:58 AM  

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