Friday, August 01, 2008

Your Turn

After all the scary, horrifying murders this week, I think we all need a laugh, or a flashback to times of innocence. At some point this week, for some reason I was having a conversation with someone and in the course of the conversation they said three or four words straight from a Sheena Easton song. So, I finished the lyric so to speak. I thought they had said it because they knew the song, but it turns out it was just a random grouping of words. In fact, they didn't even know who the hell Sheena Easton was. Never heard of her. Finally they admitted that maybe they remembered the For Your Eyes Only song.

Sheena Easton was like the Scottish Madonna. I really don't know how else to categorize her. I loved her though and it sucks that people don't remember her, especially considering that she was always in the tabloids. I think she was paired up with Don Johnson, Prince, and some others that escape me now.

Then, in another conversation with a completely different person yesterday they admitted they had just discovered a band they were hearing about for the very first time. A band called Pink Floyd. I know, I know, but it is completely f**king true. That's why I had the song reference today, because that conversation got me in the mood last night.

So, anyway, what I want from everyone today is the first record/CD you bought. If all of you say something critically acclaimed I will know you are lying. And, I want to know the first concert you went to as well. And yes, The Wiggles counts. And no, no one sees a Smiths concert first time out. I want things like Sugarhill Gang or Men At Work with Red Rider opening. Black Sabbath with some band you don't remember. Spill it all.

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Be Adequite! said...

First album I bought with my own money- Belinda Carlisle (the one with Heaven is a Place on Earth)...wore that record OUT

First concert- Beach Boys (shut it...I was 6 and with my parents).

First concert on my own- NKOTB, baby!!! Joey-Joe!!!

Damned said...

The first record I bought with my very own money was Saturday Night Fever.

My first concert was Johnny Cash/June Carter, but that was with my dad who was a fan. The first one I paid good money for was The Monkees with Weird Al Yankovic opening. It was the late 80s when MTV was rerunning the Monkees show and they made a 'comeback.'

Ice Angel said...

First album-Bad Company/Bad Company (I actually won it on the radio!)

First concert-Bryan Adams opening for Journey

(unless you count seeing Beatlemania with my parents when I was younger!)

I begged and begged my mom to see Shawn Cassidy to no avail!

Abaddon said...

OOh, that's a tough one. The earliest tape I can recall buying would have been Ace of Base. Around 8th grade. First concert? I think R.E.M. for the "Monster" tour.

Brit Brit said...

first cd i owned was kids songs my mom bought me.
First cd i bought was mariah Carey Butterfly i was in like 6th grade..

First concert i went to was either NOFX Or bad Religion!!
Still love them and will go and see them again when there here in san diego

Na-na 'n La-la said...

My first concert was Donnie and Marie at the CNE - I begged to go to that one and am still proud.

My first album that I purchased myself was the Olivia Newton John album with "Magic" and other goodies from the early 80"s...no shame in my game.

valerie said...

First record - Shawn Cassidy. Da doo ron ron! I was 8 years old, and had a big crush on him and Andy Gibb.

First concert - Air Supply, with my brother. He must have exhausted all of his friends (or been too embarrassed to go with his friends), so took his 12-year-old sister. I was ashamed at the time, but finally broke down and bought their greatest hits last year.

Pamela S. said...

1st record: Proud Mary by Ike & Tina Turner (197?...I was about 3 or 4 then)

1st concert: Ozzy Meadowlands 1982

d said...

Monty Python

not a famous adrian said...

My very 1st album purchased with my baby-sitting money? "Band on the Run". I 1st bought the 45 of "Jet", I liked it so munch & went back for the album. It was the summer I was 12.
My 1st concert was Yes--the 2nd day of 10th grade, on a school night, my parents let me take the LIRR to Madison Square Garden with a bunch of seniors to see them. I am still shocked to this day that I was allowed to do so.

Barbara said...

1st concert - I'm too old to remember that far back. I remember my mom and dad taking me with them to see Dinah Shore when I was REALLY little. (I shit you not.) And she was good.

1st record ('cause they DIDN'T EVEN HAVE CDs that far back) - had to be a Donny Osmond 45er.

And honest to God I had a friend tell me once: "Pink Floyd? I really like him."

Jesse D said...

First tape I bought? Pink Floyd Momentary Lapse of Reason - which is STILL my favorite album of theirs.

First concert? Robert Plant with my best friend and her horn dog dad who stuck his tongue in my ear! First concert alone? Meatloaf, and his show was a LOT better than Plant.

Lori said...

The first album (cassette tape, actually) I ever bought was either Europe or USA for Africa We Are the World. I think the USA for Africa tape might have been the first I ever owned (my parents bought it for me at my request) but the Europe tape was the first I ever bought with my allowance money - I loved The Final Countdown and Carrie so much I just HAD to have it!

As for concerts, I remember going to some with my parents, but the first I ever went to because I wanted to was Jack Wagner. (Sad, I know. I was a HUGE Frisco fan in fifth grade. Still am, actually. You never outgrow your childhood soap crushes.)

jlb said...

Ahhh Ent, you did bring some nice memories. :D Thank you.

First record I listened to and claimed to be mine was The Beatles Abbey Road (still to this day my favourite of all time). First records I bought with baby sitting money too (lol) were J. Geils Band/Freeze Frame and the GoGo's/Permanent Vacation.

First two concerts were right in a row - Trooper and then Harlequin. I was 8 or 9 and can still remember the guy from Trooper's spandex pants. LOL

Lauren said...

First Album - Monkees first album

First Concert - Nektar/Pavlov's Dog
circa 1975

violet said...

OH boy here we go......
First Cassette tapes I ever bought with my own money:
Paula Abdul: Forever your Girl
Bobby Brown : My Prerogative

First concert: New Kids on the Block.I was in fifth grade and went with my mom.
I thought I was the coolest thing EVER!!! LOL

Miranda said...

First tape I bought? The Beatles red album (I had this disturbing Beatlesmania phase when I was 12 ... in 1994). First CD was Oasis - What's the Story, Morning Glory? I still have it and listen to it on occasion. :)

Stephani said...

Kiss - Destroyer. I saved up my allowance money. I was ten. My parents were horrified.

I'm not going to count the concerts my parents dragged me to when I was child like the Beach Boys or Peter, Paul & Mary. So to answer you question, the first concert, in which I purchased my very own ticket with my very own money and went unchaperoned, was Adam Ant.

14-years-old.

Goody two-- Goody two-- Goody-goody two shoes.

not a famous adrian said...

oops-- I was 11 when I bought Band on the Run.

not a famous adrian said...

I don't see anyone admitting to buying an 8 track.

Moonmaid said...

LOL - Jack Wagner definitely wins so far. BTW, that's a bizarro video - is she wearing a jumpsuit? God the 80s were bad for fashion.

My first record I bought - a 45 of Evil Ways by Santana. I loved that song.

My first concert was Stephen Stills at Carnegie Hall. My big sis brought me. Someone passed me a joint and I said, "Uh, no thanks!" My sister laughed. I think I was 12.

Loree said...

My first album: Air Supply (Greatest Hits or something... yes, I am humiliated)

First concert: Duran Duran (about 1984)

Suzy2 said...

Shawn Cassidy album in the first grade - The Doo Run Run the Do run run.. god help me. The first concert was 38 Special and Bon Jovi opened for them... good times

JJ said...

This is so embarrassing to admit, but here it goes....

First album that I bought with my own money was a 45 of the theme to the TV show Angie. My 1st album ever was Shaun Cassidy.

My first free concert was Joan Jett and the Blackhearts at Summerfest in Milwaukee. The first one I paid for was The Pointer Sisters at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara.

Yes I know I'm old and have terrible taste in music.

ea73 said...

First record - Quiet Riot (I'm so ashamed....)
First concert - Billy Joel (with my parents) The Who (without parents)

GladysKravitz said...

First album: Abbey Road by The Beatles. 5th or
6th grade. I LOVED "Maxwell's Silver Hammer," because it sounded like a kid's song but was really about someone evil. I thought it was the most clever thing I'd ever heard. By then, The Beatles had already broken up.

First concert: Tower of Power, with the Funky Chickens (I think) opening. This was in 1976 or so, long after the TOP peaked. I've always been right there with what is current.

Barbara said...

After reading everyone else's - GOD do I feel old!

Bad Fish said...

Oh god this is so embarrassing!
I grew up in a fundamentalist Christian home and so the both the first album I bought and the first concert I ever saw, were both a Christian band whom I still find quite talented, called Newsboys.

Lil said...

Valerie - we must be close to the same age. My first album (bought for $3 on vinyl with my allowance) was Shawn Cassidy when I was about 7 years old. I so loved him. "Hey Deanie, won't you come out tonight!"

First concert on my own was the Monkees reunion tour thing. Lots of fun. :-)

vamp said...

first cassette wa tina turner "what's love got to do with it" and first concert was unexpected...i saw Labouch at the limelight in nyc...first one i intentionally went to was the beastie boys

Katy said...

First album was Jason Donovan Ten Good Reasons and my first concert was Boyzone.

Sad but true!!

snowshyn said...

First album: Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual.

First concert: Smashing Pumpkins

Kevin said...

First album - I think it was Kiss Rock n Roll Over
First concert was either Pat Benetar (Billy Squier opening) or Blue Öyster Cult. Both at the MacNichols arena in Denver in the summer of 81.

I don't remember who opened for BÖC, or which show was first.

More Cowbell!

Cali Girl said...

First album was the apparently very popular choice of Shawn Cassidy. Either that or it was Andy Gibb. Can't remember. Loved them both.

First concert was Beatlemania and if that doesn't count than I can redeem myself with Van Halen.

JJ said...

Ha! It's nice to see other Shaun Cassidy fans (and it's with a U, as any true obsessed fan would know).

Adrian, I bought an 8 track of Queen, The Game when I was in 7th grade. I was so cool.

primula said...

album meet the beatles
concert the beach boys

irishstayc2 said...

First record?? a 45 by Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky
and the B side was a happy little ditty called "Jethro bought himself a milkcow" mmmhmmm! annnnnd he called her bess... First concert?? i was 13 and my mom & I took the "dangerous" trip to Philly to the spectrum to see the one and only Mr. John Denver!

Yep.... I am that old! LOL

Thanks enty - this was fun to think about and fun to read the answers. xoxox

PS: somebody please tell me they remember spirit in the sky pleeeeeeeze???

heatherlynn said...

Mine go together....

First tape was the Beach Boys Still Cruisin

First concert the Beach Boys featuring John Stamos

This was when Full House was big, I thought I could die happy.

Moosefan said...

I bought the Prince "Purple Rain" 45 record and it was PURPLE!!! God I loved that one. I played it so much that it warped-which was not hard because I lived in the nice humid state of Florida.
First concert I went to was Hank Williams Jr and he was soooo drunk that he could not perform. I went with my friend and her parents and I remember asking her dad "What is wrong with him? Does he have the flu?" We had to get out of there because people started to throw stuff. My concert that I paid for the ticket and ended up not being able to march in the marching band that Friday at the football game because I missed practice that night-hey no laugh, I was on drill team and will admit I was a band geek-was A-HA. They came to the Bob Carr Auditorium in Orlando. I loved them and still do. My inlaws were stationed in Europe and she would send me the new CD's when they came out.
Ahhh, the days of aquanet and Europop!!

redhotpepper said...

My first album purchased with my own money was Jim Croce - Time in a Bottle. Bought it for $2.98!

First concert was the Grand Slam Summer Jam in the Kingdome, with Blue Oyster Cult, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Loverboy and Foreigner. Loverboy was great and Foreigner sucked. Of course, the Kingdome was not the greatest for acoustics.

This is my first post, by the way. I've been lurking since the Timmy/Shimmy thing.

Oybie said...

Thriller 1st. (tape)
Bruce Springsteen- Tunnel of Love Tour

Lisa said...

I was so excited to finally have some money to buy Madonna's first album. As it turns out I went to school with the guy behind the counter, and he was completely disgusted with my choice. If I put Madonna back, he had an extra ticket to the Dio concert.

Hmmm... I'd never heard of Dio, so naturally Madonna was replaced with Holy Diver and a date with the cute guy in my algebra class.

not a famous adrian said...

HaHa--JJ bought an 8 track!!

JJ--when my sister had her Sweet 16 she begged my parents for a stereo with an 8 track player---she got it, & some friends chipped in & bought her "Tommy". That was the only 8 track she owned. When I got my stereo, I was smart enough to ask for a cassette deck. And you know what-- I still have that stereo, but the turntable was updated by my husband when we were dating, & I still listen to my albums. I guess I am old!

moxie said...

My first record was Thompson Twins "Into the Gap," purchased in 5th or 6th grade. Still have it, excellent record, no shame at all.

My first concert was Alabama when I was in grade school, my parents made me go. :P Then in high school my good friend was a rocker chick and she made me see Great White/Tesla with her. (The only way her mom would let her go was if I went with her, I was the "good kid.")

The first concert I actually went to on my own and paid for the ticket was U2, November 1992, on the eve of the US Presidential election. It was a religious experience.

Stephen said...

First album - Rolling Stones "High Tides & Green Grass

First concert - Jethro Tull

kris said...

First concert Ozzie Osbourne...i was 16. I don't remember much.

I think the first album was Get The Knack by The Knack.

JJ said...

irishstayc, what part of philly burbs are you from?

And it's nice to hear that I'm not the only one who finishes people's sentences in songs. It's a bad habit

Ice Angel said...

Hilarious how many of us grew up on Shawn Cassidy!

As far as 8-tracks, we had plenty of them, but they were all my brother's. Get the Knack by The Knack was the first I remember. (My Sharona!)

I also listened incessentaly to each and every one of my 12 year older brother's Beatles albums and memorized EVERY SINGLE word to EVERY SINGLE song!!! I remember thinking I was really cool for knowing all the words to Paperback Writer! And, yes...I most certainly DID try playing all of the albums backwards!!!

Kristen S. said...

Duran Duran - Rio

Robert said...

The first record I remember buying was a 45 of "And I Love Her" and "If I Fell" by the Beatles. And the first concert (not counting appearances - mostly lip-synched - by bands at the hottest top 40 station's "Fun Fair"s was Arlo Guthrie in July 1969. The opening act was an unknown young singer-songwriter named Joni Mitchell...

kathryn said...

First album-Michael Jackson's Dangerous, First concert, NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK!!!!

kathryn said...

First album-Michael Jackson's Dangerous, First concert, NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK!!!!

Kristen S. said...

Oh, and first concert - Duran Duran 1987 Strange Behaviour Tour at the SPAC in Saratoga, NY

Mooshki said...

Fun question, Enty!

First Album: "7 and the Ragged Tiger," Duran Duran
First three concerts: The Suburbs
First national concert: Power Station (with OMD opening - they were much better than P.S.!)

not a famous adrian said...

Irishstayc2--a few months ago my husband Wikipedia'd Norman Greenspan
for some very odd reason, & found out they had gone to the same high school, many years apart. He emailed him, Norm answered, & it turned out my husband's aunt had graduated with him. It was very interesting--he wrote that song to jump on the Christian bandwagen at the time--"Jesus Christ, Superstar", etc. He happens to be Jewish.

donna said...

the first album i bought was lynnyrd skynnard streets of fire .. it is a classic now, as I bought it pre-plane crash and they changed the art on the cover.

first concert was genesis at the spectrum in philly

the first movie i ever saw was hard days night .. i was like 5 .. and i fell in love with pmc ...

Lilandorth said...

Okay...I am going to date myself here...

First album: Beatles Abbey Road

First concert: Paul Revere and the Raiders where I went backstage and got Fang to autograph my hand

[ducking back into embarrassed lurking]

ma*betch said...

I bought No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom, and i went to see the beach boys for myfirst concert too! and Jan & Dean were w/ them

irishstayc2 said...

Forgot to mention i too loved Sahun but then discovered my taste changed to more grown up Andy Gibb - (he did have chest hair after all) But also old enough to have crushed on Bobby Sherman (i was very young for him) David Cassidy and of course Davy Jones.

BTW - first concert I went to w/ no parental guidance?? Heart... and I had to lie because that was when everyone believed that they were Mansons supporters and devil worshippers. There were people handing out Jesus stuff in front of the Spectrum too... I thought I was such a rebel but I still remember it being a frickin KICK ASS concert!

Spicey said...

Can't say exactly what my first album was, because I always used my parents...I was always playing the Police, Cyndi Lauper, Hall & Oates, David Bowie.

I think the first album I bought on my own was Talking Heads, but this is because I already was into them based on my parent's influence.

First concert was the Monkees with Weird Al in 1986.

ali said...

First tape - I'm pretty sure it was Run DMC, but it may have been The Bangles (6th grade)

First concert - B-52s (7th grade)

VM said...

First Tape: Madonna - True Blue
First CD: En Vogue
First Concert - Neil Diamond (with parents)
First Concert I paid for - REM

Thanks for the cheering up! The news is too depressing this week.

AM said...

My first album was Foreigner, Double Vision. I can still see the album cover and even feel the weight of the album in my hands.

My very first concert was REO Speedwagon but I remember very, very little about it.

The first concert I paid my own money to attend was New Order, Echo & the Bunnymen and Gene Loves Jezebel. Fabulous.

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Pinky said...

Irish - my first concert was at the Spectrum too. It was The Band, opening act was Taj Mahal. And I totally remember Spirit in the Sky, but my first 45 was Incense and Peppermint by the Strawberry Alarm Clock.

captivagrl said...

first album - saturday night fever soundtrack or billy joel's the stranger
first concert - beach boys

Mel said...

Sorry but it was a classic, probably luck though.

I bought the Beatles double A single Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever with my birthday money at the age of 11. I thought Paul was cute:)

irishstayc2 said...

Not a famous adrian - That is soooo cool!! God I loved that song and had no idea it was religious at the time-

JJ - Malvern/ West Chester area

Donna -YAY Spectrum - after that crash my mom made sure to tell my older brother - "that guy you like Leonard Skinner died in a plane crash today"

captivagrl said...

pinky - i saw the beach boys at the mann

Syko said...

Very embarrassing here. I was a kid and we went to see a movie about John Philip Sousa and I had some birthday money and bought the soundtrack. A box of 6 78 rpm records. Clifton Webb played Sousa in the movie. Does this tell you how long ago it was?

Moving along a few years, the first record I ever bought (a 45) was "Bye Bye Love" by the Everly Brothers. The honors for my first album ever go to Elvis.

I'm very very old.

Wes Fowler said...

First 45- "9 to 5" by Dolly Parton

First album- "Kissing to be Clever" by Culture Club [which I exchanged at the store the very next day for "Cargo" by Men at Work

First concert- Petra - the "Beat the System" tour

Carlene said...

I usually creep, but considering my first cd and first concert were both Celine Dion-Falling Into You...
yeah. we canadians sure love(d) 'saint celine'

Jewels said...

Hm...
First album: Michael Jackson's "Thriller" (which had to be replaced by my very unhappy daddy after it had an unfortunate accident with the heater...)
First concert: Barenaked Ladies! and they ROCKED!

WriterMommy said...

1st cassette tape: "Thriller" I was 9 when it came out and I loved the whole tape.

1st concert: Shamefully, Vanilla Ice, although I did leave early because my mom came to pick me up at the previously appointed time.

stacers said...

My first tape I bought was Michael Jackson's Thriller.
My first concert was the Monkees reunion tour.

Nicole said...

First album was the Lost Boys soundtrack. I bought it before I had anything to play it on and before I'd seen the movie, but I was so obsessed with the Coreys that I knew I would love it.

First concert with my parents was George Strait.

First concert that I chose (though my mom had to take me, since I was just 14) was George Michael. Second concert was NKOTB and Tiffany - I'm SO glad I didn't start out with that one.

dreadpiratecuervo said...

I think the first record I got was Duran Duran "Seven & the Ragged Tiger".

My first concert was Depeche Mode with Nine Inch Nails & Nitzer Ebb opening.

babyface shane said...

can't remember the first record i bought, but remember the first one i had - kenny rogers - the gambler!first concert - lionel richie, with sheila e drumming and damita jo freeman dancin :) good times!

irishstayc2 said...

Pinky - Taj Mahal??? Awesome! I'll bet that was fantastic!

kyonosan said...

Okay, first record Private Eyes-Hall and Oates.

First concert: John Cougar Mellencamp and I swore to all my friends he stared at me the whole time...jealous?

Christella M said...

Album: Billy Ray Cyrus - Achy Breaky Heart

Concert: SARS Benefit in Toronto w/ rolling stones, ac/dc, justin timberlake, etc. (for serious!)

Unless you count Mr.Dressup but I consider that a "show"

Dana said...

first tape - actually, a cassette single - UB40, Red, Red Wine

first concert - New Kids on the Block with Tiffany as the opener

HautieTx said...

~My first purchased album, with my baby sitting money:

REO Speedwagon - Hi Infidelity

To this day... I still have a wonderful CD of Hi Infidelity in my truck. I love that album.

~First concert:

9th grade 1981-1982

Foreigner with Billy Squier opening for them. It was when "Foreigner 4" was HUGE. And Squier had just hit with "Stroke Me" Dallas Texas... Reunion Arena...

Tho... my second concert in 1982... Sammy Hagar with Night Ranger opening... this is when Sammy had out Three Lock Box... and Night Ranger had hit with "Don't tell me you love me"...

Oh... and Van Halen! 1983! They had no album to support... they were just touring.

And to be clear... My Mother had no idea I went to any of them. haha! Thank goodness for best friends with Mothers who were not freaked out by it all.

patian said...

Children, Children the first record I bought was Moon River by Henry Mancini (DUH) the first album; The Skip Jacks Sweet Hot and Blue (Jazz); the first concert (they didn't have many when I was 12) was in college and it was Sly and the Family Stone

this is fun to see where everyone is with this and yes I remember spirit in the sky; Hound Dog Man; and Pat Boone. I really need to get over myself!!!!!!

budford said...

First 45 Donny Osmond.
First Album. Alice Cooper
They're so similar.

Interplanet Janet said...

First record I was ever given was a 45 - "American Pie" by Don McLean. But the first record I ever bought myself was the Partridge Family. The red album.

My first concert was the Village People.

Amy said...

The first record I bought was an Elvis double live album - Las Vegas era.

First concert - Adam Ant with INXS opening. Got front row tickets after waiting out all night and got a piece of AA's black t shirt that he took off and threw!

Lil said...

This has been a fun one, Ent. Thank you. :-)

My apologies to Shaun Cassidy for misspelling his name. :-P

Mama Theresa said...

first 8 track - Donny & Marie

first Album - On The Radio (donna summer) with Le Freak (Chic) the same weekend

First 45 - Rod Stewart (I think do ya think I'm sexy?)

Firt Concert - Bob Seger or Loverboy with Zebra opening.

Kara said...

First concert - Donnie and Marie and the Osmond Brothers.

First Tape? - I haven't a clue what I bought first with my own money. Mom bought me Corey Hart though.

sheetrock said...

Let's see here, the first "45" I bought with my own money was Devo "Whip It" and the first concert I went to was Elvis Presley when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade. My parents wanted me to see him before he died. The first concert I went to with my own money was the Stay Cats at the Des Moines Civic Center when I was in
9th grade.

Kit said...

First album..... The album with Dream Weaver by Gary Wright. I later offered it to my at-the-time boyfriend when he needed something to smash.

First concert.... Opening act, Thin Lizzy. Main act, Queen. I still remember the awesome brown corduroy overalls I wore.

Harriet Hellfire said...

This is one of the best posts - including subsequent comments - ever!

My first album was, incidentally, "The First Album" by Madonna.

My first concert was Iron Maiden w/ Helloween. Ruined me for life.

IndigoBlue said...

Okay, first tape I bought with my own money - Seven and the Ragged Tiger by Duran Duran

First concert I ever went to see: Hall & Oates with Til' Tuesday opening. Hall and Oates were good, Til Tuesday just sounded like screaming noise which is strange b/c I like Aimee Mann now, but their sound system sucked. But my mom chaperoned (we couldn't drive yet and it was in another town)

First concert I went to unchaperoned: Paul Young and I can't recall for the life of me who opened for him

Marisa said...

first cd/tape - Boys II Men. God I was way cooler in 5th grade.
first concert - New Kids on the Block with a friend & our dads...i gotta go call my dad and thank him for that one.

what's a 45? JK!

LRS said...

Abaddon -- my first tape was also Ace of Base! Good (bad?) taste.

Kasey said...

The first album i bought was Alanis Morrisette and i went to a barenaked ladies concert when i was younger at a very small venue. amazing.

BlahFrickinBlah said...

8 tracks of Elton John passed down to me by brothers

First album bought for me that I didn't ask for: Heart Little Queen. Brothers bought it for me so they could steal it for their own.

First album bought for me that I wanted (by mom)~Bay City Rollers *shoot me!* or one of those K-tel compilation albums. Can't remember.

First CD: Def Leppard Hysteria

First concert: Billy Squier and Def Leppard-DL opened. Saw Ozzy 4 days later. *head bangs!*

Blondie said...

My first cassette tape was Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet. It was for my 10th birthday. My grandmother bought it for my birthday and I can still hear her say, "slippery when wet, what the heck does that mean" LOL

But, by the time I was 4 yrs. old I could run my dad's reel to reel system and would always play CSNY, so I grew up with that.

My first concert was the Nelson twins. I was in 7th grade. I still sing along when I hear them on Sirius radio.

@Lisa, laughing about the choice you had to make. As much as I love Madonna, I would have taken the cute boy too.

DNfromMN said...

First tape: New Kids on the Block, Hangin' Tough.

First concert: Tori Amos, Choirgirl Hotel tour.

And to think I was in denial about how gay I really was. :)

Zeke said...

My first two CDs were Wham! "Make it Big" and Madonna, her first album "Madonna." I know, how gay is that? It was right when CDs were first introduced, and I think they were about $20+ each.

The first concert I ever went to was Cyndi Lauper in 1984-1985, and her opener was The Bangles. I'd never heard of the Bangles before, and I thought they sucked. Cyndi was great. In fact, she's the last concert I went to, too, just a few months ago.

sillyme said...

First concert was Blue Oyster Cult and first eight track tape was Elton John. First CD was REM.

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Lisa said...

Long time reader... first time poster. Great site! I especially love the lack of snark and how polite and friendly everybody is!

First album with my own money:
Two for one! Soundtracks from Grease and Saturday Night Fever - Summer of 1978.

First Concert:
Journey with Loverboy opening. Yeah, baby!

jlb said...

What were yours Ent? You gotta spill too...LOL

BlahFrickinBlah said...

DONNA!!! I saw Genesis at the Spectrum (Rectum!) in Philly. What tour did you see? I saw the Invisible Touch tour. Most of the concerts I saw were at the Spectrum, the Vet or JFK stadium. Those were the days. *tear* LOL

janele said...

First Album: Lovely by The Primitives.

First Concert: Depeche Mode

Clint said...

my first album ever was Spice, by whomelse? The Spice Girls. They would have been my first concert, too, if my mother would have made the effort to buy them.she just recently admitted that she forgot to, and then lied and told me they sold out. I made up for it years later by going to 11 of their reunion shows. Embarassing, I know. But my first concert was Cher's farewell tour. They filmed it for tv, and you can briefly see a little 12-year-old me in the audience. :)

MontanaMarriott said...

First Album, would have been the Grease soundtrack, I LOVED OLIVIA

First Concert-Celia Cruz at the San Jose Theater in NYC

Flora said...

First record: Mickey Mouse Disco, circa 1980

First tape: Whiney Houston, circa 1985

First CD: Motley Crue, Decade of Decadence, circa 1991

First concert(With parents): Oak Ridge Boys with The Judds (bring your own lawn chairs and mosquito repellent)

First concert without parents: Warrant with Pauly Shore (age: 16)

lachickforever said...

1st Album - New Edition "Candy Girl"

1st Concert - NEW EDITION!!

janele said...

To my fellow Shaun Cassidy fans: I knew I was old when I asked a much younger co-worker with the last name of Cassidy if she was related to him. She asked me, "Who is Shaun Cassidy"?

SchmaddaKid said...

1st Album: RUN DMC - Raisin' Hell. No CDs then, so I wore the tape out and had to buy it again on CD a bit later.

1st Concert: Guns n' Roses / Metallica tour at RFK. That was also me first whiff of weed and my first tittie grap. Ahhh, that was one of my top 3 days ever.

hockeychic said...

De-lurking for this fun post.

1st album bought with my own money - either the "Grease" soundtrack or "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". I was in fourth grade.

1st concert - Blue Oyster Cult with Aldo Nova opening (remember him? "Life is just a fantasy.")

Amanda said...

First Tape: David Lee Roth "Crazy from the Heat"

First Album (which, weirdly, was after): INXS "Kick"

First CD: Paula Abdul "Forever Your Girl"

First Concert: The Judds!

First Concert w/o parents: Bobby Brown. It was so bad that even at 14 I walked out.

Sarah O. said...

My first CD AND concert are the same:

HANSON!

I'm still sad I didn't marry Taylor. Wait, on second thought, I'm glad I didn't.

*Miss_P* said...

First LP -
Pet Shop Boys- Absolutely

First gig - Oasis (& Ocean Colour Scene, Black Grapa, Cast and others) - Loch Lomond

Sarah Jane said...

First CD: Metallica (Black Album)

Tape would have to be NKOTB


First concert, Vince Gill and Trisha Yearwood. ...

first concert without parents was White Zombie with the Ramones

CM said...

My first CD - Ready - Sheena Easton Lover in Me. I still have the long box that it came in because I thought she looked hot.

First concert - I went with a girlfriend to Jones beach in New York. We saw Michael Bolton as the main show. His OPENING ACT ... some French Canadian named woman named Celine Dion.

Pinky said...

Captiva - Mann in Philly? I didn't even know it existed until I looked it up. I lived in Newark Delaware at the time. Remember Sally Starr? Jerry Blavitt, the Geeter with the Heater? I actually auditioned for the Ted Mack Amateur Hour (I'm clearly ancient) but didn't make it.

Irish - Taj Mahal was better than The Band. "One potato two potato three potato four..." so bluesy and so cool. And I went with the two cutest boys in the Junior class and I was a Sophomore. Yeah, I was THAT cool ;)

Sarah said...

First album (er, tape) I bought with my own money was Led Zeppelin IV, when I was 11. I got it at the KMart near my grandparents' house and spent the rest of the visit holed up in my room with my Walkman.

First concert I went to was The Ramones when I was 16 and visiting my sister in college. Frank Black opened for them. It was made of awesome.

trashtalker said...

First record album: Michael Jackson's Thriller

First concert: George Michael, circa Faith.

kimi said...

First tape was Wham-Make it Big, first concert was Chicago.

dahling said...

1st record- My Son the Nut -Allan Sherman (Hello Mutha,Hello Fatha ..here I am in Camp Granada..)
1st concert- a Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars..April and Nino Tempo (Deep Velvet) Little Stevie Wonder...1963?...and about 20 other acts...3 songs each...

Hortencia Willowby said...

Heck, I wish my first album was as cool as the Beach Boys because I think Brian Wilson is a music god.

Album: Olivia Newton-John "Physical"

Seriously. (I still stand by John Farrar's production and arrangement skillz though)

Concert: Fleetwood Mac Mirage Tour 1982.

I still stand by them too.

Judi said...

In chron order~
First record bought for me: Poetry in Motion by Johnny Tillotson.
First concert: a celebration of Calif music at the Hollywood Bowl sponsored by the Y with Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, Dick Dale, the Ventures, and others. I was ten. Three years later, saw Buffalo Springfield.
With my own $, first record was Houses of the Holy by Led Zepellin.
I'm ancient.

Merlin D. Bear said...

True confessions time - the first album I bought was Black Sabbath's "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" ... but the first concert I attended was Captain and Tenille (this was 1977) courtesy of the parental units.

diatribes and dish said...

First album: Amy Grant / Unguarded

First concert: John Denver

Moosefan said...

ok-so here is one-Who was the celeb-singer, actor/actress, that adorned your walls?
I had Bon Jovi-circa slippery when wet-hanging on the back of my bedroom door-Ricky Shroder, The Coreys, Boy George-I remember telling my mom-he's not gay, he's just british-Wham-and I had one of those cheesy "choose life" shirts. Duran Duran-God I wore all of those pins on my jacket, looking sooooo cool. I really liked the drummer-Roger Taylor. I remember when Simon LeBon got married and this one girl just cried over it. Funny! Loved going to the 7-11 and getting the latest copy of Tiger Beat and a cola slurpee.

jax said...

wow this was a big seller EL!

my mom had bought me Smurfs and ther Mini Pops but my first bought with my own $ was Duran Duran The Reflex 45". First full album was Culture Club, colour by numbers.

First concert was The Police Synchronicity Tour '84 (i was 9 with my older bro)...but my mom thinks its was Crowded House '87.

i was so a kid of the 80s but i most remember boogying in the basement to my brothers Blondie records.

Nature Girl said...

Late to the party, but...

First Cassettes (bought together with own money) was Madonna 'True Blue' and Bon Jovi 'Slipery when wet' in 1986

First Concert was New Kids on the Block, circa 1989

First CD was The Beatles 'Live at the BBC' in '94.

tania said...

First single I bought - Nilsson, 'Without You'.

First gig - either:
The Police, in a tent on Tooting Common (South London). The opening act was the late great Tommy Cooper. I kid you not. (He was booed, sadly. Not exactly his type of crowd...)
or:
The Rolling Stones at Wembley.

Hey, it's a long time ago, I honestly can't remember which came first! And can't be arsed to google it... ;-)

Pandora said...

First Album I bought for myself (vs. received as a gift): The Cars in '78

First concert: Steve Miller Band at the PNE in Vancouver in November 1977.
(And we found a little 'something-something' in a bag on the floor in front of us that kept us wee teens girls happy, but hungry for days.)

Yikes, I feel old!

Sara said...

First album, Thriller. I was 6. Took it to frist grade for show and tell, and the teacher even let me play a song.

First concert, not so epic: Richard Marx.

selenakyle said...

David Cassidy for probably both album and live concert.

My Mom said he looked like he had to pee the whole time. Like what she and Grandmama used to call having "St. Vitus Dance," flitting around the stage.

JessieE said...

First album was Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, first concert was Moody Blues. I made out with some random guy. I was 14. It was beautiful.

selenakyle said...

...and I was probably 8 or 9 yrs old.

littleoleme said...

First Album - Duran Duran - Rio

First concert - The DeFranco Family - yeah I know. No one's ever heard of them.

The Dude Abides said...

First album (yes, album) I ever bought with my own money when I was a kid was Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. It still holds up pretty well, even today.

not a famous adrian said...

The Defranco family--A heartbeat,it's a lovebeat, and a lovebeat it's a good vibration...or something like that.
I really do need to get a life.
"sigh"

The Dude Abides said...

Oops...first concert I ever went to was when I was in high school and went to see Queen, when they played the Fabulous Forum. The Fat Bottomed Girls tour, and the concert pretty much sucked (hated that album). Second concert was much better--Supertramp.

Rhianna said...

First music I ever bought was with my allowance and it was a Ronald McDonald one from McD's. Early 80's, I'd have been about 5 or 6.

Concert? Um, do you count the USAF's productions? I've been to several of them. Other than that, I don't go to concerts and the USO doesn't do diddly here. :(

sassafrass said...

Grateful Dead

Francoise said...

First album was Dookie by Green Day circa 1994. I was 11 and in love.

First real show was a NoFX concert a few years later.

Now I waste my time reading Hwood gossip.

Dharma said...

First record? Donny Osmond (6th grade maybe...)
First concert, honestly don't remember (probably too stoned!)

A said...

First album: Olivia Newton John - Totally Hot
First concert: Depeche Mode

Squeezebox said...

First records: Gitarzan by Ray Stevens, and Good Morning Sunshine by Oliver. Bought both 45s at the same time.

First concert: Michael Martin Murphey with Emmylou Harris opening. Touring on the strength of his first hit Wildfire.

Andrea said...

First record was She's So Unusual by Cyndi Lauper. LOVED She Bop. My father would slap me when I sang it around the house. I never understood why until I was older..

First concert was the New Kids. I had the best time. I can't wait for the show in September to happen!

kittenkeane said...

Parallel Lines~ Blondie
Rumours~ Fleetwood Mac

kittenkeane said...

Oh~ First concert~
Purple Rain Tour~ Prince

takeme2espana said...

First album I bought was the Woodstock soundtrack, I was 10. First concert, Beach Boys. It was at a Six Flags.

trashtalker said...

writermommy, I love not only that your first concert was Vanilla Ice, but also that you shared that info here! :)

Susan said...

OH this is a great one! And a great topic to bring out a lot of us who don't usually post!

First record purchased had to have been Rick Springfield (on vinyl!)

First concert was Power Station (loved them!)with opening act OMD.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

Caroline said...

I can't remember the first tape I bought myself, but I do recall buying my brother the Kajagoogoo tape. And, the first concert I ever saw was The Who/Eddie Money/and The Clash at the Pontiac Silverdome in the fall of 1982. My mom let me skip school to go with my then boyfriend and his friends. I didn't know it, but they were all tripping on acid. Also something I didn't know, both of my sisters and my brother had gone to this concert. Good times.

Lydia said...

My first album, Rick Springfield. I still love "Jessie's Girl"!

My first concert, The Cockroaches, an Aussie group, who kinda, sorta became The Wiggles.........lol.

Jasmine said...

oh god oh god i have to say i saw new kids on the block TWICE.
but, even as a 10 year old i still thought they were overrated.
ah, who am i kidding? i think i took off my training bra and threw it near the stage, where it landing atop the other 300 other bras from us desperate delusional tweens....

digawina said...

First album was either the Grease soundtrack of Mr. Roboto by Styx...they were around the same time, so I can't remember which one came first.

First concert was Duran Duran with Erasure opening for them. I think 1986 or '87.

JUDY said...

First album was the Monkees first album. First concert was Helen Reddy/It's a Beautiful Day.

kitoko said...

She Loves You. The 45. Swan Records. This is funny because when I was at the co-op the other day, one of the workers referenced "A Hard Days NIght, wondering if the other gal had even heard of it. I started laughing and said, "Lyceum Theater, St. Paul, continuous showing the day it came out." They were amazed that I was willing to admit I was old enough to have done this. OLD? ME?

Pimmy said...

AC/DC, Highway to Hell. What an exposure...

AprilinParis said...

Hi everybody! First time poster here. Been lurckin' though for quite a while and I gotta say that I LOVE this site!

The first album that I bought was the Culture Club cassette "Colour by numbers" which my dad used to play every morning (singing along to all of the songs with me), in an effort to bond with me, while he drove me to school. Awwww, good times!

My first concert was The Emotions. One of the singers had welts all over her back; they looked liked she'd been beaten with a riding whip but I was really young at the time and had just started riding so ....

Paisley said...

First album I tried to buy was Back in Black by AC/DC. However, the salesman told my dad that I was too young for it. :-(

First concert was Duran Duran. Awesome. I stood on my chair and spent two hours screaming with my 13 year old friends and our adult chaperone. :-)

Amanda said...

My first concert was New Kids on the Block...
My first concert by myself was *chews* a band called Jump, Little Children

the first CD I purchased for myself was a compilation type thing called... current noise? something along those lines

michael strangeways said...

It was either Downtown by Petula Clark or something by Herb Alpert and the Tiajuana Brass; maybe the theme from Casino Royale? (the first one)

michael strangeways said...

oh, the concert was J. Geils Band, (Centerfold era)

Maryglen said...

It's a Beautiful Day - loved the song "White Bird."

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

I'm old, so...

First record: The Monkees - Mind you, I was only 3, but I loved it.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Monkees_%28album%29)

First Concert: Paul McCartney & Wings (Wings Over America Tour - 1976)

Great topic!

kimpim said...

1st album: 'Thriller' listened to it for 6 hrs straight while on my 'rebounder'. Couldn't bend legs at knee for three days. 1st Concert: Neil Young in Toronto. Still remember the music (& the smells)25 years later! Awesome. Thanks Ent for the reminder.

Judi said...

Michael Strangeways, the Herb Alpert song - was it The Lonely Bull or A Taste of Honey (from the Whopped Cream album)?

Judi said...

Uh, that should read A Taste of Honey from the Whipped Cream album...

Kelli said...

oh god 1st record I bought was..
well probably the Grease soundtrack- I was in 2nd grade.
Then I remember at some point graduating to headphones & buying- ughhhh- "Styx". I was in 5th grade..

1st concert was Duran Duran!

Finnigin said...

First record I bought on my own was Duran Duran..sadly, I will admit to sending Simon Le Bon a teddy bear for his birthday to his fan club address...I was SOOO in love.

First concert was U2 - 1983, Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto - the guys behind us were smoking weed and we 4 13 year old girls thought we were the coolest!

Lil Bee said...

Anyone remember Samantha Fox? Yeah, thats my first album - I was about five and I would run around singing "Naughty Girls Need Love Too" with fingerless gloves on. My parents were thrilled.

nancer said...

first album the first peter, paul and mary album---self-titled, i think.

first concert, believe it or not, paul revere and the raiders.

Independent Progressive Woman said...

Geez, I bought so many 45s starting back in 1969, when I was a freshman in HS, I can't possibly remember the first I ever bought.

I believe that the first album I purchased was Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. Next was Isaac Hayes's Hot Buttered Soul, I believe. My family was really into music as well, so from a child, I was exposed to a lot of blues (Slim Harpo, Bobby Blue Bland, Muddy Waters, Albert King), pop/rock (Beatles, Carpenters), Country & Western (Tammy Wynette, Glen Campbell), R&B (Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, etc.) and, of course, a lot of Motown, Stax, Atlantic and the sounds of Muscle Shoals AL.

When I was about 10 years old and living with my dad and his family in Buffalo NY, my dad, who owned a taxi service, brought John Lee Hooker home with him, and the two of them played guitar together for a couple of hours before Hooker's appearance at the Bonton Club, blues/jazz joint up the street at Waverly and Jefferson, I believe. That was one of the few happy moments I ever had living in Buffalo.

The pervert Chuck Berry and my late father are/were 2nd or 3rd cousins.

classalpha said...

... + 50 pts for whoever said Black Sabbath and Paul Revere & the Raiders...


... first 45 I bought I was around 5 y/o. It was either the Grass Roots or Monkees I'm a Believer. I still have 'en... BTW. Firat album was Beatles Revolver or Wings RAM in '72... can't recall which either. My much older cousins had rock bands so I watched them play and even "jammed" with them when I was muy joven... but my first "major" concert was Ozzy (Randy Rhoads R.I.P.) and Motorhead in 1981... yes... *THAT* MOTORHEAD.

Rock's best years were 1967 to 1987... then it all went *downhill* from there.

Bonnie Blue said...

First cassette with my own money was Beastie Boys License to Ill.

First concert was the Nelson Twins. My best friend MADE me go because she loved them and I lived across the street from where they played. (that was painful to admit)

Bonnie Blue said...

I just realized that I lied...my parents took me to see Sammy Davis Jr. in Atlantic City when I was REALLY young. All I wanted was to hear Candy Man and I fell asleep with my head on the stage. oops.

Mags said...

First tape I bought: Def Leppard's Adrenalize

First tape I stole from my older brother: Michael Jackson's Thriller

First concert: Billy Joel - River of Dreams tour in 1994. I went for my birthday, and had the flu. :(

Ms. said...

First Album: Creedence Clearwater - Cosmo's Factory. I was 8. My babysitter brought it over and played it while looking after us. We were dancing with her in the living room to it and I thought she was the coolest teenager alive.

I made my Mom take me shopping the next day (with my birthday money.)

First concert. April Wine, with Bond as the opener. I was 13.

Enty, this is a fantastic topic and I really enjoyed reading everyone's responses.

Ms. said...

Just remembered, my first record, which I played all the time as a five & six year old, was a gift, but it was Little Drummer Boy sung by Bing Crosby.

And yes, I later purchased the version with David Bowie & Bing. Still one of my favourite songs.

It sort of counts, but as I posted earlier, CCR was the first record I purchased with my own coin

Ms. said...

Speak of concerts, did anyone else here attend the first Live Aid in Philly or London?

Jamie's Girl said...

Enty, I am old. The first record I bought was...."Have You Seen Her" by the Chi-Lites. Oh How I loved that! I loved them. They were so damn cool to me!

My first concert, my true first concert and not The Osmonds at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, was Rod Stewart in 1978. It KICKED ASS! His tight-ass pink satin pants. Phil Chen was rocking hot! I loved it. Hot Legs! I always thought that song was about me too!

Jamie's Girl said...

Oh Enty, here's another interesting fact...I had the identical jumpsuit that Sheena wore in the 9 to 5 video!

I loved her as Don Johnson's wife on Miami Vice. They were so HOT together. Thanks for the memories, baby!

bramblewitch said...

First concert, The Animals, before they were Eric Burden and the Animals. Can't remember what is the first album I bought, so far back.

jaloha said...

first concert - Rick Springlfield in 6th grade

First album - INXS - listen like thieves.........

Forever a child of the 80s!

CeCe said...

I am SO embarassed to admit that the 1st album, yes vinyl, I bought with my own $$ was Andy Gibb. The first concert I ever went to was The Brady Bunch. OMG I'm old.

Ms Cool said...

Olivia Newton John - Physical. Got it as a gift. Spent money on "PacMan Fever" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash" by the Rolling Stones which my mom made me return.

DEBORAH said...

First 45rpm Turn Turn Turn, the Byrds! First concert? THE BEATLES in Houston in 1965!

Kim said...

The first album I bought was Shaun Cassidy's self titled album (I still have it) where Da Doo Ron Ron was on the radio. I'm thinking 76? 77 maybe?

The first concert I ever went to was The Scorpions. Girlschool opened for them. September, 1981.

Sonia said...

My first record was a 45 - the song was "Go Away Little Girl" by Donny Osmond. (Does anyone else remember 45's?) I was 11. or 12. My first album was the Partridge Family. My first concert was Porter Wagner. (Please don't hate me - my parents dragged me there.) But on my own my first concert was Dan Fogelberg. Either that or it was Def Leopard - it was in college and I only hazily remember which was first. One with my girlfriends and one with my boyfriend. I'm pretty sure the Def Leopard was with the boyfriend.

Greg said...

Reading these posts are so great. First record bought with my own money was Fleetwood Mac's RUMOURS. First concert was ASIA. lol

Shoko Valensi said...

the first cd i bought with my own money was tragic kingdom by no doubt. the first tape i got was.. enrique iglesias debut album :(
my first concert was oasis in 2000 with my dad and Cafe Tacvba later that year alone.

El Hombre said...

It's like ENT was reading my mind...
My first concert was Men at Work in 1983 with none-other-than Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble opening up. My friends & I saw the sing listing the opening act and we had no idea who Stevie Ray Vaughn was, but about all I remember from the show was that Men at Work seemed kind of boring after Stevie Ray's set.

The Monkee's Greatest hits were my first record. And I played the sh*t out of it!

Ms. said...

Bramblewich, you saw the Animals in concert?!?!?! I am sooooooo jealous!

Enty - how about inviting your readers to post on their first movie in a cinema - kid & adult (by adult, I don't mean porno).

First kiss... Yes, the list could go on. The responses to first album/cd have been so wonderful and entertaining. Please continue with features in this vein. Pretty please?

reticulation said...

Concert:
The Monkees Reunion Tour, with Gary Pucket and the Union Gap

Tape:
The Monkees greatest hits

I was in 4th grade, and I'm 31 now. Beyond that I can't do the math.

chinacat said...

First Tape: A copy of the The Cocktail Soundtrack (!) on one side and True Blue by Madonna on the other. I was 11.

First concert: Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians opening up for Don Henley. I was 13; my big sister took me and it was quite possibly the coolest experience of my life up to that point.

dmd77 said...

First record I can remember: Thriller

First tape I bought with my own money: NKOTB

First concert: Madonna, Who's that Girl Tour

ElsieFire said...

Raise your right hand solemnly swear:

"As a Canadian, you will only ever worship at the altar of Rush".

First concert, 12 years old.

First album, well, I hadn't taken the oath, so..uhm..

Boney M, Nightflight to Venus

Rah-rah-Rasputin, lover of the Russian Queen...

girl said...

The first time I bought an 8-track I bought three: Aerosmith, Get Your Wings and Toys in the Attic.

Although, when I was real little my brother gave me a 45 of "Crystal Blue Persuasion" which I just carried around in my bookbag and never played.

Fist concert: Boston

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