Wednesday, August 10, 2011

QOTD: Music

What was the first record (LP, CD, 45, etc.) you owned? The first record you bought with your own money?

The first LP I owned was The Osmonds'
Crazy Horses. My parents bought it for me and my sister to share. Here's the rockin' title cut. People not on drugs don't often dance like this, so pay attention.

When I was 10 or 11, my mom bought me the first three 45s I ever owned. You might note that two of these three songs include cowbell.

I didn't realize Leonard Smalls was the lead singer for BTO. Sorry about the ad.

This one's horrible.

The first record I bought with my own money was Ronco's Good Vibrations. I think I knew a total of five songs on it.

Your turn.


  1. My first album that wasn't like The 3 Little Pigs or Sesame Street was...... Eddie Rabbit's Greatest Hits!!! I still love me some Eddie Rabbit :)

  2. I can't remember the first one I actually bought, but I lusted after the Beatle's White Album for years. Finally bought it as an adult on CD. Even though I never play it, it's MINE!

    I didn't have any $$ until high school and probably bought Elton John and Cat Stevens albums with it.

    When I was little, my mom bought me one of the Beatle's first albums -- the one with "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" on it (which always hurt my feelings) and somewhere along the way I was given 45s of Smokey Robinson's "Tears of a Clown", Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song", and another one I can't remember. To this day I still don't know why.

  3. p.s. I played the shit outta those 45s, tho.

  4. Please, Please me, by the Beatles. Of course, I was 6 months old at the time.

  5. And it cost $4.99. Ten hours of babysitting . . .uh, myself.

  6. The first record album I ever bought with my own money was Michael Jackson's Thriller.

  7. Can't recall what I first owned, but the first ones I bought with my own money were the 12" single of "Enough is Enough (No More Tears)" by Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand, and the album "On The Radio", also by Donna Summer. I bought them both at once. I think I was about 5 years old.

  8. My first record I bought with my own money was Hearts -Dreamboat Annie.

    My first cd was -10000 Maniacs -In my tribe.

    As a teenager I bought an expensive stereo system and the first song that played on it was a song by Pheobe Snow.

  9. My parents bought me my first LP when I was 3. It was Amanda Miguel, who sings a bout heartbreak and being dumped for another woman. Totally inappropiate for a toddler, but I used to sing it with such passion that they couldn't help buying it for me:
    The first album bought with my own money was Madonna's Like a Prayer when I was 10. My parents don't speak English, that's the only way I could get it.

  10. First one I bought was Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". I rode the bus to Woolworth's - played it until the grooves just about wore out. The first album was Jukebox Jive - i don't remember the music but the sleeve was shaped like a jukebox. Seemed pretty cool at the time.

  11. The first album I remember owning (and still do) is Shaun Cassidy. I would play "That's Rock 'n' Roll over and over again. Right after that, my mom bought me a pair of Shaun Cassidy jeans with a satin jacket to match... not to mention the "His Girl" nightgown. All of which I still have. Wow, how embarrassing. The first album I bought with my own money was Foreigner's Double Vision. I hope that redeems me.

  12. First album I owned was Endless Summer by The Beach Boys.
    It was a Xmas gift from my aunt.
    My brothers were 10 & 11 years older than me and hated the Beach Boys so they promptly went out and bought me Machine Head by Deep Purple.
    I was hooked on screaming guitars from that point though I still love The Beach Boys.
    I remember buying Evolution by Journey. My oldest brother was with me and tried to talk me into buying a Pink Floyd album instead.

  13. First Album I remember owning was when my parents bought me Andy Gibb's "Shadow Dancing" ... WORE. IT. OUT.

    First Album I bought with my own money: Michael Jackson, "Thriller"

    First CD I bought after I bought a CD player: Van Morrison, "Moondance"...... still wonderful.

  14. My first album was "Best of Blondie". $7.99 at Kmart! I played "Atomic" over and over again. I still know "Rapture" by heart. In fact, I still have it on CD and play songs from it all the time. I am a Blondie fiend!

  15. First 45 was Pac Man Fever.
    First cassette tape was Footloose.
    First LP was Rick Springfield, Tao.
    First CD was Weird Al's Even Worse.

  16. hmm... first 8-track was Bay City Rollers. hehe

  17. First albums I bought with my own money were Purple Rain and Arena (Duran Duran - shocking, I know). I remember listening to "Darling Nikki" and asking my babysitter what the hell Prince was signing about.

  18. The first 45 I owned was given to me by my parents: "These Boots Are Made for Walking" by Nancy Sinatra. They gave it to me so I could learn it and perform it for their friends at dinner parties. Complete with white go-go boots. (I often followed it up with the 2nd song they bought me, "Harper Valley P.T.A.")

    The first album I bought with my own money was "The Partridge Family Album."

  19. Pac-Man Fever. Such a horrible song. I was at Tastee Freeze in Destin, FL with a group of h.s. friends back in 1982 and we played PMF on the outdoor patio jukebox just so we could laugh at it. Another group of teens got pissed and yelled at us for playing such a horrible song. We finished our lunch and left but on the way out we stuffed the jukebox with several dollars and set it to play PMF like 15 times in a row. SUCK ON THAT, BITCHEZ. We really showed them. Wurd.

  20. We had a lot of kid records when we were little that my parents bought for us. I don't remember what the first album that I bought was. I would guess it was probably something by John Denver. The Rocky Mountain High album, maybe? I'm not sure.

  21. RGR - my wife had that record, too, and loved it. I don't think she ever performed it, though. My sister had all that Partridge Family and Shaun Cassidy crap.

    Angie - my sis had the "Saturday Night" 45, I'm pretty sure. We loved that song. S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y...NIGHT!

    Tracey - we had Woolworth's in Macon when I was a kid. I don't recall a lunch counter, though. My grandma would take us there to buy toys.

    Liz - I like Cat Stevens too. "Oh Very Young" is one of my favorite songs.

    Wendy - how did she answer that question?

    Nettiemac - I love the Moondance CD, also one of the first ones I ever bought.

    T-Ro - You were lucky, my aunt and uncle bought me the worst records--The Lettermen's Greatest Hits and Steve Miller's Abracadabra. "Abra, abra-cadabra. I wanna reach out and stab ya."

  22. First 45 I bought: Leavin' on a Jet Plane by Peter, Paul and Mary.
    First album: Nancy Sinatra (I SO wanted to be her). My brothers would refer to her as Nancy Snot-a-toes and it would make me cry.

  23. When I was about eleven I rode a bus into the big city (downtown Minneapolis) with a bunch of other girls (WHAT? was my mother thinking anyway?)to wander around one Saturday afternoon. In a record store all the girls were buying records but the only title I recognized or could afford was "Candy Man" by...Sammy Davis Jr.!

    First album was probably something by Donny Osmond or Partridge Family. Still have them!

  24. The Candy Man can. Of course now I hear "Candy Man" and think of this.

  25. Wow - very cool list, takin' me back...

    I always liked BTO's "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" - thanks for posting that.

    First album, in '78: Gerry Rafferty's City to City, because I LOVED Baker Street! I was in 6th grade at the time, and I got it at the huge Woolco (or Woolworth's) that was on the corner of 1st Ave. and Grant in Tucson. I heard it on the radio a few weeks ago, and realized that it is still awesome and that I should buy it on iTunes.

    First 45, in '78: Either Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me" or one of ELO's singles. I loved the shit out of the handful of 45's I owned!

    First CD, in '91: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark - Robert Cray Band

    First (and only, so far) iTune: So Flows The Current, by Patrick O'Hearn

    Yeah, my tastes have changed over the years, and a lot of the older stuff I loved in the '70's and early '80's is having this major nostalgic appeal.

    Don't miss vinyl,'s CD's and MP3/iTunes all the way, baby!

  26. My first 45 was "It's a Small World." Like, from the ride at Disneyland...the actual recording they play over and over and over and over.

    First cassette tape I ever bought was Duran Duran's "Rio."

  27. I only mention this because you said RONCO first - my brother's first album was RONCO's "Get It On"

    My first album was Herbie Hancock's Rockit....

  28. My first 45 was "King Tut" by Steve Martin. Later on my first album was Culture Club "Colour by Numbers". I later went on to buy several Weird Al Yankovic records.

    I'm surprised the Mormon Church let those boys get away with playing that heavy metal. That's as metal as Mormons get, anyway.

  29. The Beatles "Magical Mystery Tour"

  30. GREAT question! Love this stuff. Thanks to all who responded.

    First 45: "I Feel Fine" by the Beatles.

    My first LP, bought for me by my mom, was the Monkees' debut album, the one with "Last Train to Clarksville." I NEVER missed their show, and they've always been a guilty pleasure of mine. To this day, that Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing song always reminds me of my favorite Monkees song, "Pleasant Valley Sunday."

    The first album I bought with my own money was the Rolling Stones greatest hits volume 2, titled "Through the Past, Darkly." It had an octagonal album cover which I thought was really cool. "Honky Tonk Woman," "Let's Spend the Night Together," "Street Fighting Man," -- I played that thing to death.

    First cassette: "Honky Chateau" by Elton John. I never went in for 8-track tapes.

    First CD: The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night."

    Speaking of 45s... when I was 14, I won a radio contest and got the top 72 singles of 1972. (Yes, I was 14 in 1972. Do the math.) The collection had a few gems -- "Heart of Gold" by Neil Young, "Listen to the Music" by the Doobie Brothers, "American Pie" ... but a lot of stinkers too, like "Precious and Few" and ... wait for it... "Candy Man." I ended up giving most of them away.

  31. The first - and only - vinyl I purchased with my own money was a Village People 45. I think it was 'In the Navy', I don't remember the b-side. I assume it's wilting a slow death among my parents' Kenny Rogers, John Denver and Anne Murray albums. Knowing me, I had tons of angst over spending what must have been $.99 at the time.

    First cassette I bought myself? Probably the Weird Al "In 3D" with 'Eat It'. I'd already claimed my parents' Styx 'Kilroy was Here' cassette at that point.



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