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This Is What The VMAs Looked Like In 1995

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    This weekend, Miley Cyrus will host MTV's Video Music Awards. Things will be licked, twerking may or may not occur, and, based on this video, she might be wearing dolphin head pasties. Even if you're long past the point when your Sunday night entertainment could be found on MTV, you probably have some fond memories of VMAs gone by. But, not every year gave the world gifts like Madonna writhing on the stage in a wedding dress or Britney's snake.

    Some, like the 1995 VMAs, just acted as a simple pop culture time capsule. Smack in the middle of the internet's most beloved decade, it had nearly everything we associate with '90s music. It featured a little grunge, a little Green Day that hipsters still love, and a girl group with better moves than any boy band. Allow the kids to have their Cyrus fun. Then they might not mock you for your old Hootie & The Blowfish CD.

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    TLC Slayed...Dressed As Barcodes

    They had the moves. They had the voices. And like all pop stars in the mid-90s, they had a designer who was obviously inspired by the dance costumes suburban middle schoolers wear.

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    Alanis Morissette Must Have Seen Her Ex in The Audience

    That's just a level of intensity beyond method acting. She's also rocking the dress blouse your "rebel" cousin wore to all the family functions in the '90s.

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    Green Day Was So Young—And Swedish

    Green Day was far from the height of their popularity in '95, but they were definitely at the pinnacle of punk credibility — before a surge of Hot Topic shirts and fuzzy wrist bands made them hopeless sellouts to the man. But way back when, they were so anti-establishment, and were all for camera-spitting!

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    Someone Stole Live's Lead Singer's Shirt

    This does not look like intentional shirtlessness. You do not decide to rock a bare chest with a pair of belted dress slacks. Maybe he got a stain just before curtain?

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    The Eternal Hootie & The Blowfish Question

    Was lead singer Darius Rucker dressed like a frat boy on laundry day, or are all frat boys dressing like him?