Monday, March 13, 2006

Pop Quiz: Embarrassing Personal History Edition

Pop quiz: What's the first album you every bought?

Extra credit: What's the first album I ever bought?*

* Hint #1: Sarah won a dance contest while busting her moves to its title track in Junior High. Hint #2: It's utterly inconsistent with my later-life musical tastes.


  1. Anonymous11:29 AM

    embarrassing indeed!
    my first music purchase was actually a cassette tape, not an album, and was circa 1977 - the Bay City Rollers - for their mega hit - "S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT!" sad but t
    but I also remember a dual album DISCO GOLD, that I actually wish I still owned

    extra credit:
    baby, it's gotta be Thriller

  2. I can no longer even remember how any of these songs go, and the tape is long gone, but here it is: Nervous Night by The Hooters.

    For the E.C., I'm going to have to second the Thriller nomination.

  3. hard to remember (it's been so looooong) but hubby thinks it was Sunflower - Milt Jackson.

    and your album? Step by Step? (NKOTB)

  4. Anonymous8:06 PM

    Mine was a double purchase... OMD and Crowded House. I'm guessing yours was Madonna.

  5. Anonymous9:39 PM

    My first ever music purchase: two cassette tapes - De Barge (whose holding donna now?) and lionel richie (dancin' on the ceiling.)

    Okay, what did David buy... this is a tough question. Butthole Surfers? Christopher Cross? Damn, it could be ANYTHING!

  6. Anonymous9:44 PM

    Kool & the Gang, As One. It was a cassette and I used to sing along in the bathtub and I knew all the words.

  7. First purchase:
    2 cassettes:
    U2's October
    Raisin' Hell

    I had no idea what I was doing. The clerk at the Oakridge Mall Musicland must have thought, "What a dork."

  8. Anonymous9:50 PM

    Francine, you should feel no shame regarding the purchase of the Bay City Rollers. That's a great song.

    My first album? Thriller.

  9. Oh, and for the extra credit--

    (Cameron: I am trying to imagine--but not too hard--a Junior-High Sarah dancing to either of your proposed answers)

    My guess:
    Duran Duran--Rio

  10. Anonymous10:30 PM

    I remove my previous submisions. I got to thinking and those COULDN'T have been my first records! They were Madness (self-titled) and Chicago 17. I loved that Peter Cetera. And Madness had the song "Our House" on it which is where, I think, I got Crowded House. OMD was my first rock t-shirt, but I don't think I owned their LP.
    David, yours isn't Madonna?! Cause I can totally see Sarah dancing to Material Girl in some torn up lace with neon half-gloves.

  11. my first actual vinyl was the Stray Cats' Built for Speed. My family didn't own a cassette deck at the time. Before I bought that I listened hard to my mom's Blondie (Parallel Lines), Beatles (Sgt. Pepper's), and Nilsson (The Point).

  12. Hint #3: I have the same first album as one of the previous commenters.

  13. Taco, Puttin' on the Ritz and Bonnie Tyler, Total Eclipse of the Heart....both of them 45's. Night Trax was rockin' my musical tendencies at the time.

    It was also about the time all my girlfriends went trick-or-treating as Boy George. Hmmm.

  14. Anonymous10:18 AM

    Mine was the Grease soundtrack.

    I'm going to plump with Lionel Richie for David.


  15. Ding! Ding! Ding! Zena snags the extra credit! Yes, indeed, Dancing on the Ceiling. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. While well-versed in all the contents of my parents record collection, contemporary pop culture was a complete mystery to me.

    Cameron, I wish it had been the Butthole Surfers.

  16. Anonymous8:53 PM

    I think your second album must have been by the Screeching Weasels. I seem to remember a number of trips to school with their melodious sounds resonating throughout the car And was their one by the Yeastie Girls?

  17. 2 Cassette Tapes -

    Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
    The Cars - The Cars

    and it was a big darn deal, because I had to get a friend to drive me to Johnson City, because my tiny lil town only had one record store, which was not the kind that would have carried the Violent Femmes. (The Cars tape was an impulse buy - in a remainder bin near the register.)

    These are still two of my favorites....

    EC: I'm thinking Thriller sounds good.

  18. Mom, your memory is pretty good although it took me a while to get to that neck of the musical woods, and I don't think I ever actually owned a Yeastie Girls album.

  19. Album.... I think I killed that brain cell. If I had to guess, it was Prince's Purple Rain. Yeah for 7th grade!

    45 though - Shake your groove thing! I think I was probably 6 but I know I bought it, not received as a gift. I am not sure I had any idea what my groove thing was. I've figured it out since :)

  20. Anonymous3:35 PM

    You have to blame your father for the Yeastie Girls recollection!!

  21. I am trying to remember...but I am PRETTY sure it was (tape) Madonna -the one with "Like a Virgin", and at the same time, The Cars -the one with "Shake It Up." Now, I WON an Ozzy Osbourne, Bark at the Moon record at a fair and listened to it relentlessly just because I won it. Ah-oooo. Yep.