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What Was Your First Music Purchase?

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?

cat scratch 8track ebay


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.

Lemme explain.

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?



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I don't know everything about the world of food and wine, but I'm not going to let a small detail like that stop me from blogging about it.

36 comments on “What Was Your First Music Purchase?

  1. wildbluewonder
    April 25, 2014

    That’s a great album.

    I truly can’t remember the first one I bought with my own money. It was a looooong time ago! May have been MJ’s Off the Wall…

  2. Mysterious
    April 25, 2014

    I bought Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s “Couldn’t Stand the Weather.” Actually, I was in the record store to buy the Stray Cats’ “Built for Speed” as a gift for my brother but, while I was in there, they were playing “Couldn’t Stand the Weather” and I knew I HAD to buy it. I bought both and never regretted the purchase.

  3. armchairsommelier
    April 25, 2014

    Shawn Cassidy . . . Da Doo Ron Ron Ron. He was so dreamy . . . 😉!

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      April 26, 2014

      I remember that one. Couldn’t understand why all the other 3rd graders were going nuts

    • SAHMmelier
      April 26, 2014

      That was my first album on vinyl but it was gifted from the neighbor. My first PURCHASE was the 45 of Xanadu. Yep. My brother bought “Upside Down” by Dianan Ross and my sister bought The Theme from Dukes of Hazard by Waylon Jennings. It was a banner day at Record Town!

  4. emilyzaikis
    April 25, 2014

    I love this. Recently I took a poll on FB to ask the same question. But Billy Joel takes me back to one of my first jobs. I was working as a teller at a small bank and the owner played two CDs. One was Billy Joel’s greatest hits, and the other was Celine Dione. ALL DAY LONG….. So I learned to appreciate when the Billy Joel CD was on and like many of the songs in your post. And a few others. As for my first music purchase, it was not as cool. I bought Ace of Base’s single: I Saw the Sign on cassette. Then bought the whole CD when it came out as I was at the age when cassettes were on the cusp of being phased out. I may still have it somewhere in a box in the basement…

  5. the drunken cyclist
    April 25, 2014

    Pablo Cruise World’s Away

  6. Yinzerella
    April 25, 2014

    I love “My Life!” Bosom Buddies forever!

    I can’t remember the first record or tape I bought for myself. I remember the first cassette I owned was Madonna’s “True Blue.” And my first CDs were U2’s “Joshua Tree,” “Achtung Baby,” and Depeche Mode’s “Violator.”

  7. Shirley Marquez
    April 25, 2014

    First single: Mammy, The Happenings. First album: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Iron Butterfly. I know, I’m dating myself – good thing, nobody else will 🙂

    • Shirley Marquez
      April 25, 2014

      On vinyl, of course. The single was a 7 incher with a big hole in the middle.

      My first CD was Tango In The Night by Fleetwood Mac, bought at the same time as my first CD player, a Sony D-3 Discman.

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      April 26, 2014

      Omg iron butterfly. I loved the version On Less than zero soundtrack. I think it was slayer

  8. Max D.
    April 25, 2014

    The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” (the US album, not the single). I wasn’t old enough to have free access to the family’s turntable, so instead of getting the vinyl, I bought the cassette, since i was old enough to be given a lousy plastic one-speaker, second-hand cassette player. I must’ve played that tape a billion times. In one of your earlier posts I commented that although a great song, I can’t ever again listen to “Hey Jude” from start to finish, to the point that I took a well-timed bathroom break when Paul sang it at his last concert at Comerica Park (my other bathroom break came during “Yesterday”–yech!). None of the other songs on that album have that effect on me. I can’t remember my first vinyl, but it was probably something by the Beatles. As for my first CD, I vaguely remember buying three at once when i finally got a CD player (I stuck to vinyl as long as I could): the Unplugged 10,000 Maniacs CD, the first Sinead O’Connor CD, and the first Cranberries CD. And I know you didn’t ask, but my first downloaded album was Caetano Veloso’ “Fina Estampa.”

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      April 26, 2014

      I think I still have lion and the cobra (sinead) and that maniacs. In my tribe was one of my first cds

  9. foxress
    April 25, 2014

    What a fun walk down memory lane. Helen Reddy I am Woman.

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      April 26, 2014

      I actually have that album on lp! I may or may not have done that a few times for karaoke.

      • foxress
        April 26, 2014

        I almost spit out my wine! You are hilarious…and strong and invincible.

  10. El Guapo
    April 25, 2014

    I always thought 52nd Street held up well over the years.

    I think my first was either Stray Cats – Built For Speed, or Iron Maiden – Number of the Beast. Maiden was because a friend was going to paint the cover on the back of a denim jacket.
    Never got the jacket back.
    Or the album.

  11. dwdirwin
    April 25, 2014

    Chicago “Hard Habit To Break” and Scandal “The Warrior” on the same day, singles on vinyl. I think I still have them somewhere too, probably all warped from years in a hot garage 🙂

  12. talkavino
    April 26, 2014

    Boy, did you send people onto the memory lane… I would never remember for the life of me… I’m sure it was a vinyl… But also growing up in Russia, absolute majority of the western music was not bought. It was copied and exchanged. For all remember, it was technically even illegal to bring music recordings from abroad back into Russia…

  13. Laura
    April 26, 2014

    First one, Ace of Base’s “The Sign” (on CD – what is this vinyl you speak of??). Second one, Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill.” Still love both, even though Ace of Base is kind of guilty pleasure territory.

  14. gabrieleneumann
    April 26, 2014

    My first CD was Jagged Little Pill from Alanis Morissette…which my mom somehow let 12 year old me buy. I was a very angsty pre-teen.

  15. Megan @ MegGoesNomNom
    April 27, 2014

    My very first music purchase was the Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits cassette, while my first CD purchase was ‘Bedtime Stories’ by Madonna. Haha. Winning.

  16. Fresh Ginger
    April 28, 2014

    My first purchase was a Debby Boone album at the grocery store. I remember paying for it with 50 cent pieces. Ohgawd, I feel old.
    But, she did “Light Up My Life,” right??

    • Max D.
      April 29, 2014

      “It can’t be wrong, if it feels so right.”

  17. jjbiener
    May 1, 2014

    It is obvious I am older than most of the people posting. While I am old enough to have bought 8-tracks, I had the good sense not to. I did buy a few singles on vinyl, I quickly moved to albums. While those singles are lost to memory, my first album was Three Dog Night – Golden Biscuits. This was before Joy to the World and a lot of their hokey pop stuff. I still like most of the stuff on that album.

    Billy Joel’s 52nd Street has Until the Night on it. I love that song. I put that CD on when I drive long distance.

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  19. PinotNinja
    July 10, 2014

    I’ve missed so much during my hiatus!! But, I think the Billy Joel explains a lot. He is totally a gateway drug to musical theater, which you obviously developed a penchant for.

    My first album, a CD, was Pearl Jam’s Ten. I must have played Alive at least 2.32 million times.

    I know, I’m wicked cool.

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