Sunday, January 11, 2009

What Was The First Album You Owned?

My roommates and I had this discussion lately - what was the first album you ever owned?

As far as I can remember, mine were Nirvana's Nevermind and Pearl Jam's Ten. They came out when I was fifth grade, and, at the time, owning them made me feel like such a grown up.

I look forward to hearing your answers to this - and who knows, it may inspire a couple of mass YouTube postings on the subject.

15 comments:

Lauren said...

Janet Jackson, Rhythm Nation, 4th grade. My most vivid memory was getting Smashing Pumpkins, Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness for Hanukkah, but that was in middle school

ryan said...

Collective Soul, self-titled album, 6th grade. This was shortly followed by the first Foo Fighters album, which I'd like to think represented a significant evolutionary step forward for me musically.

Ellen said...

I didn't buy it for myself, but I think that still counts: When I was little my dad would always play us the same cassette tape over and over. I think we even wore out his copy. So when I got my first Walkman in 4th grade, with it I got my first album... Paul Simon, Graceland. I imagine I still know all the words.

Ben said...

Bon Jovi's "Slippery When Wet"

John said...

Snap! - World Power (featuring "The Power")

8yearoldsdude said...

REM's "out of Time".

Wade Garrett said...

'Graceland' is one of my all-time favorite albums - I didn't get a copy until college but loved it as a kid when my parents played it. 1986 was a good year.

'Out of Time' is really good - it was one of the first albums I bought, then I put it aside for a long time because I had heard all of the songs so often that I was tired of them, and also, admittedly, because it wasn't cool to like them in high school or college. I got back to them in law school in a big way, and sort of rediscovered it. There are a lot of great songs on that record, even if you've already heard them two hundred times.

Paul Smecker said...

oy vey.

the human touch by the jersey swamp monster.

Anonymous said...

first purchase with own money was Bobby Brown's "Don't Be Cruel" and the single "The promise" by When In Rome. wtf?

Senor Beavis said...

The Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack. On vinyl. The heat is on, motherfuckers.

By the way, "The Promise" still freaking rules.

ShakenNeighborSyndrome said...

The Beatles, A Hard Day's Night. Well, that was the first CD. I had to share it with my sister too. Before that cassettes and LPS, but I can't remember specifics.

Terry said...

I actually got my first CDs when I joined the BMG mail-order music club. I got four CDs and they were:

Ace of Base: The Sign
Crash Test Dummies: God Shuffled His Feet
Green Day: Dookie
Smashing Pumpkins: Siamese Dream

I'm proud to call two of those my favorite album. The other two... actually I stand by the Ace of Base and Crash Test Dummies singles. But past track 4 or so, on both albums, not so much.

nina said...

Meet the Beatles. Vinyl. Fifth grade. Am I old or what?

Wade Garrett said...

As far as I know, Meet the Beatles isn't available on cd - it was an American release, and only their British albums made it onto cd. Meet the Beatles featured songs from a couple of different early British releases of the Beatles, as well as a couple of songs like "I Want to Hold Your Hand," which are depressingly hard to find on cd in America.

For that matter, their complilation album "Rock and Roll Music," a collection of cover songs ("Money," "Twist and Shout," "I'm Down," etc.)

I think the reason the Beatles released their cds as they did is because it would likely force the casual fan to but several different albums, instead of just Meet the Beatles, which was, in practice, sort of a 'greatest hits' of their first couple of years. Its too bad, because that's the album that exposed most of America to the Beatles, and the nostalgia appeal is almost immeasurable.

Kevin said...

I guess there's some things you never forget. Christmas, 1981. I was 11-years-old and got two albums that year:

Freeze Frame - The J. Geils Band
Tattoo You - Rolling Stones

And I still have all my vinyl

/end old man talk