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Nostalgia wins as Major smashes Cameron in the battle of the PMs

04/11/2011 – We’re a nation in love with the Nineties, as a wave of nostalgia sees the stars of yesterday trounce today’s celebrities in a new poll of almost 7,000 Brits.

The poll was carried out by men’s lifestyle site – as it celebrated 20 years of SEGA’s iconic video game character, Sonic The Hedgehog.

In a true battle of the generations, readers were asked to vote on whether they preferred a famous face from 1991 or their modern day rival. With figures from film, music, politics, TV and sport up for the public vote, celebrities from 1991 won six of the ten categories.

In sport, the larger-than-life former England star Paul Gascoigne remains close to our hearts, beating Wayne Rooney. The unpopularity of David Cameron was highlighted, as John Major was the resounding victor in the battle of the Prime Ministers. In music Phil Collins shamed modern day actor and musician Plan B as Madonna crushed Lady Gaga, and Nirvana were named more popular than Dave Grohl’s current band, Foo Fighters.

It wasn’t an absolute victory for the stars of 1991, as Beyonce beat Whitney Houston and current Doctor Who companion, Karen Gillan narrowly won over Darling Buds of May star and Hollywood actress, Catherine Zeta Jones. The reformed Take That proved their success with the 2011 ‘new’ version significantly outperforming the fresh-faced youngsters of 1991, scooping 70% of the votes.

AskMen’s Battle of the Generations

Nirvana: 52%
Foo Fighters: 48%

Phil Collins: 63%
Plan B: 37%

Madonna: 59%
Lady Gaga: 41%

MC Hammer: 57%
Kanye West: 43%

Old Take That: 30%
New Take That: 70%

Paul Gascoigne: 63%
Wayne Rooney: 37%

Catherine Zeta Jones: 48%
Karen Gillan: 52%

John Major: 59%
David Cameron: 41%

Whitney Houston: 35%
Beyonce: 65%

Timothy Dalton: 27%
Daniel Craig: 73%

Mike Goldstein, Publisher of AskMen UK, said:

“We’re a nation in the love with the past, and it’s clear so many of us become misty-eyed nostalgics when discussing our heroes. In today’s celeb obsessed age, where stars like Rooney and Lady Gaga are splashed over the news, it’s great to celebrate a simpler time.”


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