Glasgow was a totally different place in the 1990’s, under massive regeneration, the city was moving from the No Mean City tag of post war Glasgow to a more friendly upbeat cosmopolitan cafe culture. With some areas now almost unrecognisable. Glasgow has emerged from the shadows as a vibrant tourist friendly welcoming city.

We take a look back at some focal points of Glasgow in the 1990’s. How many did you experience?

9. Alien War @ Arches

Alien War

Your Dad might not have allowed you to watch the original psychological horror movie experience, but by golly gosh, he was dragging you along to the Arches in 1994 to take part in it. Alien Wars was utterly, pant-wettingly terrifying. It was also the day you realised, your father, the idealistic hero whom you looked up to most in the world, wouldn’t hesitate to throw you in the way of a rampaging, monstrous, xenomorph when the time arrived.

8. Irn Bru 20p return

Irn Bru bottles

Anybody who grew up with siblings of a similar age range will remember the daily battle to secure the Holy Grail of carbonated soft drinks. A 20p refund with a glass bottle of Irn Bru. “Why don’t you share it” came the cry of the parents, horrified at their progenies ongoing and escalating Irn Bru induced battles. “Never!!! There can only be death or glory in war”, came the reply, as siblings charged at each other with pots, pans, long handled brushes or even the dog if it unfortunately, strayed into the battle zone.

7. Tiger Tim Stevens


“What you gonna do after the Tigers Gone?” His iconic outro to his Clyde 1 radio show, the movie quiz, correcting competition entrants live on the radio if they said ferteen instead of thirteen. Like a kind but mischievous uncle, during the 1990’s Tiger Tim was with you, through the good times and the bad. “AwAwAwAho” was his trademark calling card, oh and his legendary tiger print trousers.

In 1993 was famously sacked from Celtic Park half way through a match, for asking the crowd over the tannoy, to hold a minute silence in memory of Rangers European Cup Campaign, which had died earlier in the day.

6. Krankies at Christmas Panto


Ian and Jeanette Krankie, the hilarious duo who made their name on the Scottish pantomime scene. No pantomime would be complete with the Krankies on stage, Jeanette playing “wee Jimmy Krankie” and getting away with some pretty risqué dialogue considering the age range of the crowd. Everybody always forgave Wee Jimmy Krankie though because he was just a “dirty wee boy”.

5. Construction Destruction

red road flats

Not entirely sure whether this is strictly a Glaswegian past time, but during the 90’s, Glasgow underwent massive regeneration, helping reshape the skyline. Anyway, it seemed almost every single week that another unsightly high rise building would be torn from the sky using massive amounts of explosives. With this, there would be hundreds of families, with full picnic supplies (Capri Sun, Sandwiches, biscuits etc) waiting anxiously to cheer on the destruction of the grey, concrete monsters.

4. The Killer Clowns & the Blue Transit Van

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The Killer Clowns in the blue transit van. Kidnapping children as they walked home from school, dragging you into the back of a van and taking you to their lair where they “made you laugh forever” using a credit card. It was always somebodies cousin’s friends brother’s friend who had seen them “with their own eyes”. The sheer terror induced by workmen who arrived at the school in a blue transit van to carry out any maintenance. Hysteria would reach fever point resulting in the head teacher sending out letters reassuring parents. There were no killer clowns. Stephen King’s “It” has a lot to answer for.

3. Tablet and Macaroon Runs

tablet and macarron

Like a child Ponzi scheme, Tablet and Macaroon runs were never going to be financially viable. Time consuming and dangerous. There was a extremely large chance that gangs of older kids and family members would help themselves to your supplies, seriously denting your £2.30 earned, 150 hour worked, profit.

2. Actually having to chap on a friends door

knock on doors

Overlooked but hugely important. The 90’s generation were arguably the final generation in the history of Western civilisation to be bereft of mobile technology. It was essential to pre arrange times and places to meet outside of school. Time it wrong and you spent the night wandering alone chasing the shadows of your friends.

1. Visiting Azad Video Store


The glory of visiting an Azad video shop and getting the last copy available in store. It’s tragic that generations of people nowadays will never experience something so beautiful. That unexplainable feeling of euphoria as you reach out to the shelf in the video shop and pick out the last copy of the freshly released “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2- The Secret of the Ooze” and hand it to your parents. Life was all downhill from that moment.