The other night I was watching the premier of the Carrie Diaries with my 15-year-old. During the show a reference was made to “The Jennifers,” a snarky trio of 80s teeny-boppers. My daughter explained to me that trios of Jennifers appear in other shows including Big Time Rush. No matter where they turn up, The Jennifers have a collective persona of self-absorption, fearlessness and superficiality.
And, I thought all Jennifers were exactly like they’re described in this entry in the Urban Dictionary:
“An amazing girl. Smiles all the time whether she is happy or not. Laughs alot. Usually very pretty. Is worth waiting for, fighting for, and most of the time some men don’t deserve her. She is very friendly but can be quiet and shy around people she doesn’t know. A very trustworthy person. Keeps her promises and doesn’t reveal your secrets. An awesome friend. Loves to party and have fun. Prefers being called beautiful rather than hot or sexy. Loves to cuddle. Would rather you tell her the truth than to lie or keep things from her. Prefers to hear the truth no matter how much it hurts. No matter how hurts she is she always manages to force out a smile. Has a great personality. Very smart but can act like a total air head sometimes. The cutest person ever. She is a wonderful person. ♥”
Speaking of The Carrie Diaries, did you watch it? Teenagers in the 80s did not dress like this. They’re rewriting Generation X history to boost Gen Y viewership. How annoying. Tom and Lorenzo put it like this:
And it’s not like ’80s teen fashion is some obscure phenomenon that would require extensive research. In other words, the thinking behind this prequel seems to be 1) Carrie Bradshaw: Anyone with curly hair. 2) 80s fashion: Just like 2012 fashion, except with more paint splashes.So you can understand our disappointment and confusion.
The Jennifers Band
Back to The Jennifers. The Big Time Rush Jennifers are Gen Y while The Jennifers in The Carrie Diaries are obviously Generation X. Not to completely confuse you, but there are also two bands called The Jennifers. The first was a short-lived British band that was part of the indie music scene in Oxford during the early 90s. The second is an American band that is still playing today. All of the musicians in both bands are Gen Xers.
Were they any good? Nightshift writes,
“Oh, yes. Bright, shiny and effortlessly fresh, they were the first genuinely post-Ride band in Oxford; they had the songs and the image and looked set for big things.”
I dig the the American band, The Jennifers. Here’s a December 2010 video of Christmas in Reverse. It features a lot of great vintage clips.