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Jim Mullen's Hot Sheet

The 15 hottest topics for the year of 1992

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1 Grunge rock
Thanks, Seattle. Anything else to export? Brown wine? Fish potpourri?

2 Bungee jumping
It takes no skill, lasts less than a minute, and you can brag to your friends how terrific you were. No wonder men love it.

3 Media feeding frenzies
There are 8 million stories in the naked city. Four million apiece for Woody Allen and Amy Fisher.

4 The ubiquitous X
”The” symbol of black pride and white guilt. Is it such a good idea to let our baseball caps do all the talking for us?

5 Hurrican Andrew
Let’s move as far from Florida as we can. Kauai, Hawaii, looks like it.

6 Garth Brooks
Twenty years from now we won’t have to choose between the skinny one and the fat one for the stamp.

7 Wayne’s World
A TV sketch turned into a huge hit movie. Imagine the blockbuster they could make from a ThighMaster commercial.

8 Leno/Letterman/Hall
If these guys are so great, why aren’t they on in prime time?

9 Royal Annus Horribilus
They’re adding a new room when they rebuild Windsor Castle. Her Majesty’s Singles Bar.

10 Sex
Fifty dollars! Was it good for you, too, Madonna?

11 SinĂ©ad O’Connor
Are they the Gaelic words for shrill and self-righteous or the answer to the question, ”If all your friends shaved their heads, would you?”

12 Bush’s troubles
Unlike Clinton, Bush said that appearing on Arsenio wasn’t ”presidential.” Like vomiting on the Japanese prime minister was? He still might have won the election with one more campaign stop: Lourdes.

13 End of the Cold War
We would have heard more about it if Madonna had handled the publicity.

14 Ice-T
All cops are perfect and the real problem with this country is rap music. Can I be a pundit now, please?

15 Murphy Brown’s baby
Imagine the to-do if she’d had quints.

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