Rollerblading, an official 90’s activity. Combine the agility of figure skating with the retro-ness of roller skating, and just a dash of fashion faux pas knee pads and you’ve got the perfect way to enjoy a sunny day in the 90’s. Or as a role in a Mariah Carey video.
#69 “Fantasy” by Mariah Carey. One of the most successful musicians of the 90’s and in history, Mariah Carey charted hit after hit, after hit, after hit, after hi- well okay you get it. In a calculated move to venture into Hip Hop territory, and of course garner more sales (mo’ money!), “Fantasy” sampled the irresistibly catchy “Genius of Love” by the Tom Tom Club and debuted at the top of the charts.
Even today, the song’s theme of carrying a cosummate crush provides a strong nostalgic been there done that but in a good way feeling. The simplicity with which Mariah executes her multi-octave musing inspired young girls of the 90’s to indulge in their own fantasies of singing like her even if they sounded like mewing cats. In fact, shows like American Idol provided the proper forums for those dreams to be dashed or delivered. Carey herself even did her own stint as a judge, which must have felt beneath her from the perspective of her towering vocal range.
The video is a casual romp in the park. Amusement park. It debuted on September 7th of 1995 (happy birthday to me), and was directed completely by Mariah Carey due to her displeasure with previous videos. To be honest, I’m not sure I’d brag about that, not that the video is bad, but it’s not that special either. Regardless, no matter how many roller coaster riders’ faces are blurred because they were unpaid, the video supports the bubblegum themes that the song embodies.
Whether she’s slinging on roller coasters, rollerblading on the boardwalk, getting chased by a creepy rapper clown, or dancing through the sunroof of a jeep, Mariah never fails to sport her midriff and continues 20 years later to release hits while taking care of her young children, including her husband Nick Cannon.