Hot Pop Culture – 1990

People Mag just came out with their top 1000 top pop culture happenings between 1974 (year magazine was founded) through today. All of these events are in the Mr. Pop week-by week archives – so – let’s begin listing some of them. Some are so ridiculous and inane – you knew the magazine was just filling. Some are pretty good.

OK – here goes – Hot pop culture from 1990…
Movie – Home Alone
Beverly Hills 90210 debuts on the new Fox-TV net.
Jim Henson passes
Rod Stewart marries lovely Rachel Hunter
Career’s hot – Andrew Dice Clay
New hitmaker – Mariah Carey
We loved the movies, “Ghost” and “Pretty Woman
ABC-TV’s singing “Cop Rock” – ohhh boy.
The Gulf War and CNN coverage.
Seinfeld begins

More from 1990 to come. Visit the 1990′s week-by-week here or at

Mr. Pop Culture Report – March 10

Actor Corey Haim, 38, was pronounced dead at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif., Wednesday morning after an apparent overdose, police said. The Canadian-born Haim found fame in the 1987 when he co-starred in numerous films with actor Corey Feldman, including “The Lost Boys.”

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, co-founders of rock band KISS, are developing a children’s show based on the band with Canadian production company E1 Television. The untitled program is said to “create a comedic half-hour kids television series that galvanizes the band’s iconic personas for its young fans.” Both Simmons and Stanley will serve as executive producers, along with E1′s senior vice president of kids and animation, Frank Saperstein.

And The Nobel Peace Prize Goes To The Internet? – Several nominees for the prestigious 2010 prize, which was awarded last year to President Obama, surfaced on Wednesday in news reports. Among them: “The Internet” and, separately, several of the Web’s creators, including Larry Roberts, Vint Cerf and Tim Berners-Lee.

Another rapper jailed - Authorities in Arizona say rapper DMX has been arrested for allegedly violating his probation by using drugs. DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, had served about half of his 18-month supervised probation when he was booked Tuesday night into the downtown Phoenix jail. The rapper was released from jail in May after serving a 90-day sentence for felony convictions including cruelty to animals, theft and two drug counts.

Mr. Pop Archives – This Week In 1997 -

Rapper Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace) is gunned down in a Los Angeles parking lot via a drive-by shooting. He had just left a party celebrating his Soul Train Awards. It might have to do with the death of Tupac Shakur, who many considered a rival to Notorious. Wallace – originally from New Jersey – also went by the name of Biggie Smalls.

Snoop Doggy Dogg delays the start of his two-month concert tour in the wake of the Notorious B.I.G. murder.

Paul McCartney is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

Passing – Laverne Baker –  R&B hitmaker of the1950’s. She was 67.

Unreleased works of Selena – the last of her work – is released this week on the soundtrack to the movie “Selena.”

Top TV This Week In 1997 –

ER is taking a five week hiatus.

Seinfeld – 29.75

Friends – 25.84

Touched by an Angles – 24.42

Suddenly Susan – 24.18

3rd rock From The Sun – 22.70

60 Minutes -  20.92

Home Improvement – 20.65

Movie-To Dance With Olivia – 20.21


Cosby – 18.01

Drew Carey – 17.57

Cybill – 17.23

Everybody Loves Raymond – 17.17

From Valerie P – Mr. Pop – When was “Seinfeld” first released on DVD? Wasn’t there a big hoopla with a TV special?

Mr. Pop History – There was indeed. Back on Thanksgiving, 2004 – NBC aired “The Seinfeld Story” where the cast members plus creator Larry David talked about how the series began with meager ratings – then morphing into its super sitcom status.

But really, it was a brilliant move to kick off the sitcom’s DVD debut – the first three seasons. seinfeld

From Denise N – Mr. Pop – Which “Seinfeld” episode featured a product that was discontinued not long after the episode aired? Hint – this particular episode was almost built around it… Elaine… OK?

Mr. Pop History – This is a good one and my guess is “The Today Sponge.” In the episode – Elaine runs around seeking the sponge – her favorite method of birth control and she finds a case, then determines if boyfriends are “spongeworthy.” This episode first aired in 1995 – and that’s when the product disappeared… or did it?

Eight years later – it was resurrected. It was originally taken off the market because of problems at the manufacturer’s plant. Instead of expensive retooling, they just stopped. Another company began production of “The Today Sponge” in 2003. The original product had been on shelves from 1983-1995.