Feelin' Groovy: The Rebirth of Schmaltz

| January 8, 2001

Feelin' Groovy: The Rebirth of Schmaltz, Jen Chaney, PopPolitics
'In the late 1970s and 1980s, unabashed sentimentality was literally dripping from much of popular culture,' writes Jen Chaney in the political webzine PopPolitics. 'It was a time when people were naive enough to think that Born in the U.S.A. was a pro-American anthem and every week brought yet another very special episode of Punky Brewster. ' But the '90s killed all that. Grunge music and Seinfeld reflected a cynical realism unlike decades past, smirking at all things positive. But the pendulum may be swinging the other way, says Chaney. She points to the popularity of movies like Titanic, TV shows like Ed and The West Wing, and the return of schmaltzy '80s arena-rockers like Journey, REO Speedwagon and Styx (my own first favorite band), as signs that happy is turning hip again. 'Even the queens of detached slickness, the chicks on Sex and the City, admit to appreciating Styx.' Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto.
--Leif Utne
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