You Never Forget Your First Album, Despite Best Efforts Monday, May 7, 2007Posted by Suss-- in (You Didn't) Ask DeadOn, albums, athleticsupporter, Baba Oje, BowdenBowdenBowden, CDNMoose, Clare, Holly/Magnolia, jerkwheat, JukeboxHero, Lady Andrea, Len Bias Cocaine Surplus, suss, svpimh, The Fan's Attic, undergroundBTO, Yostal.
We here at DeadOn don’t purposely attempt to out-lame our fellow brethren and sistren. It just happens naturally, and rather often.
There’s no better Lame-O-Meter (hopefully pronounced “lame-AHM-uh-terr”) than one’s ownership of music and albums. Today one’s iPod nominally determines how often they should breed. But when we’re young and buy horrible music, it’s cute. Or something.
In the second installment of (You Didn’t) Ask DeadOn, the available suspects answer the pressing question of the first album (CD/tape/Victrola) they bought. It’s the perfect question to see where one’s taste began. They can try to lie (“Wait, no, the Friends soundtrack wasn’t my first album.”) but that first album is just unavoidable. We could lie, but nobody does that on the Internet.
I never thought I needed to buy music growing up (“Video games have their own music!”) until I was 15 and decided to be the most popular boy in school with purchase of the soundtrack to the summer blockbuster Armageddon. It was then I learned that ugly people like Steven Tyler have the ability to father extremely hot women. So now I anxiously await outside Abe Vigoda’s door hoping for a suitable wife in 20 years.
It was the summer of 1994 and my little league team was on its way to a second round exit from the playoffs. The soundtrack to that summer? Cracked Rear View by Hootie and the Blowfish. I would later have a cat named Hootie after the band, and yes, it was black.
My first cassette tapes were the soundtracks to La Bamba and Ghostbusters II.
Ace of Base — The Sign.
Three facts in my defense:
1. It was 1993.
2. I was, in fact, an 11-year-old girl.
3. And I was actually living in Sweden, where they were hot stuff.
In all seriousness? Probably the soundtrack to the Disney movie Aladdin.
I was 9. And just to show that what you learn as a kid sticks with you, I can probably still sing the entire soundtrack. Does this count?
It seems really pretentious and a little too good to be true but…
Radiohead’s OK Computer.
But, I only knew Karma Police and that I liked it. So there you go.
The first CD I even bought for myself with money I earned was the soundtrack to Space Jam. I earned the money by winning a bet with my dad involving me scoring 20 points in a youth league basketball game. Hit Em High is still amazing.
Metallica, The Black Album.
I was the baddest-ass fifth grader at The Baldwin School, thank you.
My first CD was also Ace of Base. However, I was a 9-year-old boy living in Plano, IL who thought it made great trampoline jumping music.
Pearl Jam’s Ten, in 1992 after seeing them on SNL, largely because my family did not have a CD player until Christmas 1991.
The Fan’s Attic
My first CD was purchased in 1991 when I was a 12-year-old country boy from the illustrious Columbia House CD Club. Not some of those 12 CDs for a penny crap, a real coddamned purchase.
That CD — Ice T’s O.G. (Original Gangster).
It’s funny ‘cuz it’s true. Still love that CD. One of the best real gangsta rap albums out there.
Boy did my parents hate me having this album. Although, not as much as the Marilyn Manson CD I got a few years later.
Okay… so this may be the most random one. I still remember being in the record store with my mom and feeling nervous/anxious/awesome that I was getting a cd. I love me some Canadian progressive rock. Can we do first cassette tapes too? Good story there as well.
Back in ’77 when I was, like 9, I asked for two albums for my birthday: Steve Martin’s Let’s Get Small and Sgt. Pepper’s by The Beatles.
I got the one “without the language”.
No worries — the cover was awesome and at the time, they were the only band I knew.
The first album of music I personally bought was Kool and the Gang’s
Emergency. It was on cassette, and I rocked that shit in my Toys-R-Us
First album was Metallica – Kill ‘em All. I spent quite a bit of time hanging out in a small music store in Queens, where I got to meet members of Anthrax and the Ramones,
First CD was Gin Blossom’s New Miserable Experience. I believe I was
13 at the time. Good times. I still have my copy of it and I still
give it an occasional spin in the car.