Analyzing A Late ’90s Rave

It's 1997 somewhere in Eastern Europe and the kids are going fucking bananas. Hopped up on alcohol and powerful drugs, they're dancing beneath the lazers. The bass pounds, as do their fists. It's a magical scene someone was thankfully smart enough to capture on video—foresight in the truest sense. If you're like me then you're one of the 1.5 million people that have reveled in "Rave Party 1997," the majestic time capsule of a bygone era. Perfectly condensed into 2 minutes and 18 seconds, this clip is something to behold. Quite frankly, I've had to watch it a few times in an effort to properly process the insanity presented on screen. So, what can "Rave Party 1997" teach us about life? What the fuck exactly is happening? Who are these people? And what are they wearing? Let's begin, shall we?

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