When I first started contemplating this throwback series, I wasn’t quite sure how far back in time I should go. There is only so much I can remember before age 10, lets be honest. That being said, the beauty of pop culture is that sometimes you don’t fully appreciate it until it’s aged a bit. When I think back to 2001 I am not only reminded of my childhood indulgences but also things I never fully appreciated until I was an adult.
In 2001 I was 9-turning-10 and in grade 4 in primary school. I know I may be young, but I’ve got feelings too (that was a Britney Spears quote in case you didn’t pick up on that.) I’m not going to downplay this, 2001 was a big year for me. Not only was I in a short-lived pop group called Shadow (we were a 4 piece girl/boy group) but I also got my ears pierced. Wild, right?
2001 was also the first year I officially developed an obsession for a celebrity. If you have been reading my throwback posts for a while, you may have noticed this has been a prevalent theme throughout. Who was my first obsession you may ask? Why it was none other than Australia’s own Nikki Webster. I think she was only about 14 when Strawberry Kisses came out and as a young girl, I felt that her brand of bubblegum pop was just perfect for me. I got a CD player for my 10th birthday and her single was the first CD I bought. Later I would buy her album and naively post the cover booklet to the address on her website. In my defence, her website did state that if fans posted their booklets she would sign it and mail it back. Nikki if you’re reading this, I’m still waiting and am still so disappointed in you.
What were some of my hobbies in 2001? Well, we didn’t have any gaming consoles at our house so I spent a lot of time coming up with creative games for my brother, sister and me to play. We moved houses early in the year and got a designated playroom for our activities which was pretty cool. We had a radio in there and would listen to it a lot, recording our favourites on a tape deck. We would also record ourselves pretending to “be” on the radio and sometimes just reading books for some reason. We also had hopping competitions to music. 2001 was definitely the year I first started really getting interested in music and that radio gets all the credit.
Me on my 10th birthday, with freshly pierced ears and a coordinating tracksuit.
Things I associate with 2001: Barbie and K-Zone Magazine, drowning people in the pool on The Sims, fluffy pens and pencil cases, Diva Stars (the dolls and the website) and coordinating tracksuits. I remember having countless sleepovers with friends and always wanting to stay up all night for some reason. (As an adult, that’s literally my worst nightmare.) We would watch Mary-Kate and Ashley movies, eat a heap of junk food and sleep in a big pile of sleeping bags on the lounge room floor. We would giggle so much that the host’s parents would inevitably always tell us off and I still remember this vividly because I was usually the loudest one.
Drops of Jupiter by Train was played to death in 2001, Don’t Stop Movin’ by S Club 7 was my jam and Me, Myself and I by the short-lived pop group Scandal’Us will always have a special place in my heart.
Survivor by Destiny’s child was released in 2001, which is by far their best album in my opinion. Daft Punk also released their infamous album Discovery which I wouldn’t fully appreciate until I was a teen browsing MySpace music years later. Fever by Kylie Minogue is also a classic as is J.Lo by Jennifer Lopez. RNB was really big in 2001 and so many songs that come out back then are still heard on the radio today, as if they haven’t aged at all.
MY TOP 5 FILMS OF 2001
THE PRINCESS DIARIES
Honestly, this film takes the cake for movie of the year. The story follows Mia, an ordinary teenager who finds out she is, well, a princess. Starring Anne Hathaway in her first breakout movie role and Julie Andrews, this movie is the perfect combination of wholesome and witty. I actually watched this movie the night before our wedding and it was honestly perfect. Such a feel-good movie.
I have seen this movie a few times and actually re-watched it not that long ago. It was one of the first more adult movies I watched as a kid and I remember thinking it was hilarious. It’s fun to see Reese Witherspoon in one of her early 2000’s roles as well, she was in so many rom-coms back in the day.
Honestly, name one person who doesn’t like this movie. Actually, name one person that can’t QUOTE this movie. Shrek remains to be one of the best animated movies of all-time. The modern spin on a fairy-tale, the all-star cast and great soundtrack – what’s not to love? Another movie that I find so much comfort in and can re-watch countless times.
Ok so this movie is actually terrible but it inspired me to want to visit the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey and years later I would. Like all Mary-Kate and Ashey movies, the story follows the usual script of studious vs spontaneous twin, coordinating outfits and international romance. Look, I would still watch it and it’s definitely one of their better straight-to-video releases in my opinion.
Personally, I preferred the second instalment of the Spy Kids franchise but I’ve included the original because it’s just so reminiscent of 2001 as a primary school-aged child. This movie hasn’t really stood the test of time and it’s most definitely a kids movie that isn’t relevant for adults. I wouldn’t go out of my way to watch it again, But hey, it does have Antonio Banderas and Danny Trejo in it, so there’s that?
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