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More Music Firsts

Last week I asked what your first music purchase was and some of you answered with your first purchases in different formats – vinyl, cassette, CD, or downloads.  For that proactive thinking, you get this –

Spring Mtn cab

the picture, not the wine


I hadn’t even thought about my first purchases in different formats.  But after that I read those comments I did start to think about them. And think about them. Again. And again.

Now I haven’t STOPPED thinking them as they’ve weaseled their way into my head land I can’t get them out!!!


First Cassette

It was probably a blank one.  Since I had the capability to record onto a cassette, I used to borrow LPs from others and make mix tapes.  I do remember having a couple store-bought ones lying around my car and one in particular was played over and over until it disintegrated.  Anyone remember The Dead Milkmen?



However, I’m pretty sure I didn’t actually buy it.  I may have stole it out of my buddy’s car.


First CD

This one was easy – it was Paul Young’s CD which featured  this classic –


The great thing about CDs was that, no matter how many times you play them, they would never wear down. I think I still have my first one lying around and I’m sure it’s just as great as it was back in 1985.

Unlike Paul Young’s mullet –



First Download

I can’t really say what my first digital download was.  It’s not that I don’t remember, it’s just that it was through Napster and thus not entirely legal.  But even without the legal ramifications, I probably couldn’t tell you what it was because I lost a ton of music when my old piece of crap computer crashed a long time ago.

So you’ll have to settle for the oldest song on my iTunes library. It’s Jeffrey Gaines’ AWESOME solo acoustic version of the Peter Gabriel hit.



Thanks for forcing me to think about those. I think I’ll let them stick around in my head for a few more days.

Not that I have any idea how to get them out.


Do you remember any of these? Any more music firsts you want to share?




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16 comments on “More Music Firsts

  1. Peggy Isaacs
    May 2, 2014

    That Jeffrey Gaines version is one of my favorite songs.

    • It’s one if those rare cases where the cover is equal to the original. Which gets me thinking about the scene in Say Anything with the boom box. Wonder if he’d hold up his iPod connected to Bluetooth speakers now. Or if he’d say screw it and go to OkCupid for someone else.

  2. rachelocal
    May 2, 2014

    My first CD? I didn’t actually purchase one of my own (I stole/borrowed from friends too) until I was about 26 years old. And it was…I can’t tell you…here goes…Britney Spears’ CD inspiringly entitled Britney. Don’t I owe you a Guilty Pleasures post??

    • Yes you do! And Britney’s pretty guilty for someone in their mid-late 20s. Tho oops I did it again is a terrific song if u can get past it being sung by her…

  3. El Guapo
    May 2, 2014

    Didn’t Julio Iglesias cover Every Time You Go Away, or was he the original?
    (By the way, I hate that song, so thanks so much for sticking it in my head!)

    I also had a machine die with all my music. I was so upset, I sent the drive out to see if it could be recovered. $2500, for a 75% chance of getting the music off.
    On the bright side, when I declined, they said they’d throw it out for free.

  4. Mysterious
    May 2, 2014

    I do remember the Dead Milkmen; although, at the time, I was more into Kitchens of Distinction, the Hopping Penguins and King Missile.

    I would have purchased blank cassettes before recorded ones, as well. I do remember that my first CD was Manhattan Transfer’s “Brasil.” I’m fairly certain that my first SACD was Nat Adderley’s “The Work Song.” My first DVD Audio was probably Porcupine Tree’s “In Absentia.”

    For some reason, I have no idea what my first recorded cassette was. I vaguely think my first download was either The Kingston Trio’s “M.T.A.” or Meryn Cadell’s “The Sweater.”

    None of these are burned into my memory the way my first vinyl purchase of Stevie Ray Vaughan is, though.

  5. armchairsommelier
    May 2, 2014

    I couldn’t tell you what my FIRST cassette was, only that there were many in rotation: The Smiths, The Cure, Depeche Mode, REM, Violent Femmes, New Order. There may or may not have been angst and blackish eyeliner. 😉

    • Yes! Totally forgot I had Smiths’ Meat is Murder and Queen is Dead, and Violent Femmes Blind Leading the Naked on cassette as well… In college I had absolutely everything New Order and The Clash put outl – LPs, 12 inch singles, CDs… Gotta pull some of that stuff out!

  6. dwdirwin
    May 2, 2014

    We got into her car, away we started rollin, I said how much pay for this, said nothing man it’s stolen- just you and me Punk Rock Girl- that’s my Dead Milkmen song. Why on the Paul Young, why?

  7. ksbeth
    May 3, 2014

    yep, i’m old enough to remember all of them, for better or worse )

  8. thewineraconteur
    May 3, 2014

    I think my first purchase was a 78 (just kidding), back in the day it was 45’s for hit songs and you were lucky if Side B was good, and 33’s for albums, maybe that explains why I drank so many wines in the 60’s.

    • 78s? Didn’t they handcrank those? There weren’t a whole lot of good b-sides. Led Zeppelin had hey hey what can I do, but can’t remember many others

  9. reversecommuter
    May 7, 2014

    Great – now this is all I can think about – cool thought provoking obsession building post!

    Must go start my list…

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