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    26 Signs You Were A Teenager In Cardiff In The '90s

    It was just like Human Traffic. Sort of.

    1. Your first proper night out was at the Under 18s Tuesday disco at Jacksons.

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    Where you danced to Return of the Mac when it was still light outside. And then got home in time for EastEnders.

    2. Of course, you soon graduated to Berlins... before it became a lap-dancing club.

    3. And you always tried your luck at getting in here on your way to Metros.

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    Entry to the staff club was 20p, and you paid an elderly man on a chair on the way in. Not weird at all.

    4. You celebrated your 18th birthday at your local rugby club.

    5. Where you drank so much Peach Schnapps you were forced to switch to cider and black. For the rest of your life.

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    6. You watched Jurassic Park in one of Queen Street's three cinemas.

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    Take that, Times Square.

    7. And on the way home, your dad took you to Great British Burger because they did cutlery.

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    Even though you actually wanted a McDonald's.

    8. You caught an orange bus to school.

    9. You remember how excited you felt on your first trip here.

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    Is there anything better than orange sherbet ice cream?

    10. And you were never too old for a trip to Barry Island.

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    Everyone knew someone who knew someone who'd been sick when the pirate ship turned upside down.

    11. "Safe" meant "hi" and "nice one" meant "bye".

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    12. If you didn’t have enough cash to skate at the ice rink on Fridays, 75p got you a "spectator" ticket, which basically meant you were in for an evening of snogging.

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    13. But you called snogging "copping", or "going with".

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    Which sounded waaaaay more dodgy than it was.

    14. Saturday afternoons were spent waiting for your friends by Beatties, or the band stand.


    Because you didn't have mobile phones.

    15. Trying to impress your crush at the Capitol centre's food hall.

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    16. Or meeting your friends at the pool. Whether it was the one with a massive crocodile and wave machine, or the one where you learned to dive.

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    17. They filmed this bit of Human Traffic where you used to lurk by the jeans in Madhouse.

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    18. Forget Mulberry, JD Sports was your go-to place for the "it" bag.

    For P.E. or your school books. It even looked really, really stylish if you wore it to the pub. Before it faded and the letters rubbed off a bit.

    19. And although you wanted a Naff Naff jacket, you totally styled out a Splott Market version.

    20. You tied one of these around your forehead for the Radio One Roadshow at Astoria.

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    Or around your bun. You were wearing a bandana years before hipsters came along.

    21. You tuned your radio to Red Dragon and waited to hear your name on "The Love Hour".

    22. You got sick on the boat party from Penarth to Weston-super-Mare and back.

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    You hadn't lived until you'd danced to "King of My Castle" under the stars, in a boob tube dress or fluorescent Ben Sherman shirt.

    23. You felt smug that you could roll the "r"s properly to Catatonia.

    24. You were too young for Emporium or The Hippo Club.

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    25. So you drank Hooch outside here, instead.

    26. And realised teenage life probably didn't get much better than that. Lush.

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