leave your inhibitions at the door
Was it something so earth-shatteringly cool for a young kid – like Radiohead or Gang of Four? Or was it something that screams teenybopper – like Vanilla Ice, Ke$ha, or The Monkees. And what format was it on?
That last one’s easy for me. After all, since I’ve hit “farting dust” status the only answer to that is vinyl. My older brother has the dubious distinction of having his first music purchase being Ted Nugent’s Cat Scratch Fever on 8-track tape. Remember those?
I was trying to decide what was funnier – the album cover or that someone was trying to sell a Ted Nugent 8-track on eBay. The answer – Neither. What’s funnier is that someone probably bought it.
It was due to that brother that I bought my first music purchase and it wasn’t really something I particularly wanted.
It was 1977 and we were Christmas shopping at the mall. I knew that he wanted this one album that recently came out so I went off by myself and bought it for him. I was beaming with pride as it was the first time I actually bought a gift by myself and not through my parents. When we met up again it was around closing time, so we went straight to the car. As soon as we got in, he showed us his purchase – the same frickin album I bought for him.
I was pissed.
It wasn’t like it was that big a deal – I knew I could return it. It was just that I went through the trouble of buying him a gift and he had the audacity to buy something for himself that he really wanted. (It makes more sense if you consider I was ten years old)
I was too young to drive to the mall myself so I had to wait for the next time my parents took us. By that time I lost the receipt so it was mine for keeps. At least it wasn’t something I hated. Actually, I was pretty young then and didn’t know what I hated. I remember knowing a few of the songs, so it was cool to be able to play it without asking his permission first.
As for whether it was a “cool” purchase or not? You decide –
I guess it was a pretty hip purchase for a kid my age at that time. At least it wasn’t “Uptown Girl” –era Billy Joel.
Here are a couple tracks from it. I really liked My Life -
And loved Big Shot at the time (though I DESPISE it now)
The one that held up the best for me is Honesty.
What was your first music purchase?