My first non-kids album was Adam & The Ants, Kings of the Wild Frontier.
I listened to that almost non-stop.
Meet the Beatles
Color me Barbra. I know. I know. And I was thirteen years old! And I'm a girl!
The little Engine that could :)
in my teens ELO!
"Where Did Our Love Go?", The Supremes.
Yes, I know, MARY! (and Diana and Florence)
I don't remember the first album I bought, but I do remember the first album I bought while drunk
Culture Club's Colour By Numbers
Pink Floyd's The Wall. I was 10
Casey and the Sunshine Band
Dowdy Ferry Road by England Dan and John Ford Coley.
Grover Washington Jr - Feels So Good
The B-52s - The B-52s
The Carpenters (the envelope album)
Jesus Christ Superstar!
It was a Judy Garland album and I was 8 years old so cute and darling I'd have charmed the cigarette out of your mouth.
Under the Table and Dreaming - Dave Matthews Band
It was actually bought for me, but i had asked for it: Diana Ross and the Supremes Plus (A compilation with mostly DR+S but also Four Tops, Mary Wells, Temptations and Stevie Wonder).
I can't remember, but it was a 78.
When I was 10 years old.. First album's were two 45's ONJ Magic, and Pat Benetar Heartbreaker.
It might have been either Jagged Little Pill from Alanis Morrissette or 18 till I die by Bryan Adams (I had just turned 18). Funny that they are both Canadian.
My first album was Fleetwood Mac's Rumour a timeless classic.It was in 1993 and I was thirteen in the eighth grade.At the time my friends always thought I had an odd choice in music, I was beyond puff daddy.To this day at 33 Id rather listen to the classics of rocknroll and Motown."they just don't write them like that anymore"..(Greg kihn)..
Southern Nights (Glen Campbell)
I can clearly remember that was the first album that I got my mom to buy. Loved that single, but I was in 2nd grade so not able to buy stuff myself.
She's So Unusual (Cyndi Lauper)
My memory is less clear on which was the first album that I paid for myself but that's my best guess.
Actually the first Time I bought and paid for an album probably was when I joined Columbia House and ordered 8 at once, or whatever.
Steely Dan's Can't buy a Thrill. This was 1972 and I was 11.
My first single was the Isley's Who's That Lady in 1973
My second album was Aerosmith's Toys in the Attic bought in a record store where one could purchase pipes for smoking pot so I bought one of those too. This was 1975.
Whipped Cream & Other Delights - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
I still love it!
Great lp, R2. Loved that one from start to finish.
The first lp I owned was a Bay City Rollers lp that I won from a local radio station..Oy...The first one I bought was, Elton John's, "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy", and yes, I still know every single word. The Bay City Rollers? Not so much.
Edgar Winters Group - Frankenstein.
I've always been a freak.
go-go's beauty & the beat
Mario Lanza/The Great Caruso
ELO - Time
NIN Pretty Hate Machine
Kristin Hersh, Sky Motel. I think I was the last generation that dealt with CDs. I was about 16/17 and bought the album in 2000.
'Girl You Know It's True'by Milli Vanilli. I was 10. 24 years later and I'm still ashamed.
I loved the song Barracuda by Heart when I was little. It was released in 1977 and I was only two at the time, so it had to be a few years later. So my parents bought me the 45 with the single on it and I remember playing it over and over on the record player. Also had the Grease soundtrack. My first CD was The Bodyguard soundtrack when I was a senior in high school. I'm old.
The white album.
Those of a certain age to what I refer.
Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits in 1974. I was 9 years old and a little rocker boy obsessed with Alice and hard rock.
Oh my god R27!! My parents had that album. Both my parents worked and left me home by myself from 5th grade on (trust me this is a cruel thing to do to an only child). Anyway, to kill time because I was so incredibly bored, I would pull out all their albums and look at them for hours. It was a simpler time. I always thought the Whipped Cream cover was so crazy. Others that stuck out - The Beatles 1962 - 1970. I was fascinated by the pictures of them looking over the balcony and how drastically they had changed, especially John Lennon. Jimi Hendrix Experience is another one. Even at a young age, I would look at it and think "drugs." My mom had worked at a radio station right out of high school, so they had a great collection. I'm a 38 year old female FWIW.
My parents bought me The Rolling Stones "Hot Rocks, 1964-1971" when I was 6 or 7 years old. This was probably early-1972. I played that album to death and I loved every song.
1973-ish, my brother bought me the Edgar Winter Group's "They Only Come Out at Night" album" (the one with "Frankenstein" and "Free Ride"). A week later, I bought Grand Funk Railroad's "We're An American Band" album and Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water" 45 single. I was the rockingest 8 year-old boy in the neighborhood.
My older sister had a pretty groovy record collection and my parents had bought me a few 45s and cassettes but my first purchase at age 10 or so was Rick Springfield's Working Class Dog.
"Sweet Baby James" by James Taylor when I was about nine or ten. Also bought "Cosmo's Factory" by Creedence when I was about the same age.
When I was ten (1975), I had saved my allowance and I bought 4 albums the same day. They were "Alive!" by KISS, "Desolation Boulevard" by Sweet, "Toys in the Attic" by Aerosmith, and "Hair of the Dog" by Nazareth. My parents were not happy, but I sure was.
Boston's "Don't Look Back" and Van Halen's first album, on the same day in 1978. I was 13.
"Sheer Heart Attack" by Queen, followed by "Ziggy Stardust" by David Bowie. I was well on my way to gaydom, even at 8 years of age. LOL.
Four on the same day in June or July 1979.
1. ABBA - Voulez-Vous
2. Bee Gees - Spirits Having Flown
3. Queen - Live Killers
4. E.L.O. - Discovery
My "actual" first album was a K-tel compilation album called "Right On" (circa 1976, when I was 9). After that, there were a lot more K-tel & Ronco compilations before I bit the bullet and bought "real" albums.
My older brother gave me his extra copies of "Led Zeppelin IV" and The Rolling Stones' "Goats Head Soup" when I was nine years old (1973). He had gotten the extras as a member of one of those old record and tapes clubs. The first album I bought on my own was Alice Cooper's "Billion Dollar Babies."
Joey in Texas
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I Love Rock And Roll
Black Sabbath's 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' (circa 1974). Yes, I was a warped 10 year-old boy. My parents were very angry with me when they saw the album cover. Dad threatened to take it away from me, but relented and let me keep it. Dad said, "I'll let you keep that record, but Goddamn it, don't let your little brother and sister see it."
10 years old, it was Bee Gees' Main Course. I saw them play on the TV show "Midnight Special" and loved them immediately. I still love that album all these years later.
Led Zeppelin - "The Song Remains The Same." My brother took me and my best buddy to see the movie and I bought the soundtrack the next week. Awesome!
K.C. & the Sunshine Band's first album on 8-track. It was the one with 'Get Down Tonight', 'That's the Way I Like It' and 'Boogie Shoes.'
Boston's "Boston" and Heart's "Dreamboat Annie" on the same day in 1976. I was 11.
Heart's "Little Queen" (which, looking back, was very appropriate. LoL.). The next one was Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours."
Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" excerpts. At the age of 8.
Embarrassing... The Osmond's Crazy Horses. Awful. Hey, I was 7.
AC/DC's "Highway to Hell", 1979. I was 14. It's still my favorite album ever recorded. A day or two later, I bought Kiss' "Dynasty." I still love that one too.
KISS - Alive!
KISS - Destroyer
(the same day in 1976)
"I Have Dreamed" by Doris Day and "All the Way" by Frank Sinatra. I had a paper route and saved for 2 weeks to get 'em; bought the mono copies 'cuz stereo was a buck more.
"Physical," Olivia Newton-John
My Best to You - Donny Osmond
I was 10. I didn't know why at the time, but I adored him. "Hey Girl" is still one of my favorite songs and I don't care what that makes me!!
Yes - 90125
1983 or so, I guess?
They've both already been mentioned by other people, but my first two were Queen's 'Sheer Heart Attack' and Alice Cooper's 'Greatest Hits.' I was 8. In the car on the way home my dad and I stopped at McDonald's and were sitting in the drive-thru. He asked me which albums I bought and I showed him. He said, "Alice Cooper? I've never heard of her." I laughed and explained that it was a guy.
Then he saw the Queen album and said, "Damn, son, those are some ugly bitches." I, once again, explained that they were men and he just shook his head and said, "Hmmm, and they're called 'Queen'? Dad was cool. He ended up liking both albums and both acts. From my first musical selections, he probably wasn't surprised that I turned out gay. Which was cool with him.
Village People "Macho Man" and ABBA "The Album" (yes, I know...KA-WEEEN!!!! LOL)
The Best Of Brenda Lee, because I loved "Break It To Me Gently", which was the soundtrack to a cancer ad on TV.
Ozzy Osbourne/Bark at the Moon.
I saw the video for the title song on MTV (late 1983) when I was 5 years old and I loved the werewolf. I begged my mom for the album. I played that album thousands of times.
Springsteen BORN TO RUN
Captain & Tenille - Song of Joy (1976) - On 8-track
I was a little '70s rocker boy. Styx 'The Grand Illusion' and the first Boston album were my first album purchases on my 11th Birthday in July of 1977. Those albums made me so happy and kept me entertained for months.
Bought (3) at once at Korvetttes. The Original Cast Recordings of Grease and Annie and Fleetwood Mac's Rumours.
Still listen to Rumours to this day.
Cheap Trick's "At Budokan" or Boston's "Don't Look Back". I can't remember which I bought first. I bought them both around March/April of 1979.
"Bad Company" by Bad Company in 1974 (age 12).
Christmas 1977. I was 12. Kiss' "Alive II", Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever", and the "Saturday Night Fever" Soundtrack. The Kiss and Bee Gees albums are still favorites and both have hallowed places on my iPod. Ted lost me a few years back with his warped politcal and personal views.
KISS-"Dynasty" in May 1979.
"I was made for lovin' you, baby...
you were made for lovin' me.
I can't get enough of you, baby.
Can you get enough of me?"
(I knew I was gay at age 13. I wanted to help Paul Stanley wash off that make-up and I wanted to do about 3,000 unmentionable things with him. LOL.)
I don't know about a full album but I vividly remember buying "The Greatest Love of All" by Whitney on cassette single and playing it constantly. It had her rendition of "The National Anthem" on the flip side!
"The Marshall Mathers LP" - Eminem
It was the year 2000, I was 9 years old and my cousin (21 @ the time) bought the album for me. I learned about Heroine, Schizophrenia, & Blowjobs, along with falling in love with Eminem's Vocal/Rap ability. The age of innocence intrigued by Detriot Filth.........
I hated that record so much, R83, that I melted it down and threw it away.
First bought for me by parents:
Foreigner - "4"
First I bought:
Rolling Stones - "Tattoo You"
Fall of 1981 - I was 9.
AC/DC - Back in Black
Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue
Pat Benatar - Crimes of Passion
Judas Priest - British Steel
Around September or October of 1980. I was 12 and took my allowance to Peaches Record Store and bought these four classics (all new at that time). I still love 'em.
3 at the same time:
Supertramp/Breakfast in America, Kiss/Dynasty, and E.L.O./Discovery. Summer 1979.
A double-shot in late-1980.
"Xanadu" soundtrack by Electric Light Orchestra & Olivia Newton-John.
"Rock '80" a K-Tel compilation with Cheap Trick, Blondie, The Ramones, Gary Numan, Pretenders, Sniff 'n' The Tears, The Knack, Nick Lowe, Joe Jackson.
The latter was more indicative of the musical turn I would take in high school a couple of years later.
Master of Puppets - Metallica
I was 13 in the late part of 1978. I went to the record store with my new buddy, who was a rocker (and thankfully turned out to be gay too). My first album was "Hemispheres" by Rush. I had never heard their music before, but I wanted to look cool for my new buddy, and he worshiped Rush. I am sure I chose that particular album because of the naked dude on the front cover. I stared at that guy's ass for years. I am still a major Rush fan.
The Knack-Get The Knack (1979). I was 13.
Van Halen's 'Women & Children First' on 8-track in April of 1980. I was fourteen. It was the only 8-track I ever bought. After that, it was albums and cassettes only. 'Women & Children First' is still my favorite Van Halen album.
1980, age 13.
AC/DC's "Back in Black" and Queen's "The Game."
Styx ... Paradise Theater (1981)
Like A Virgin by Madonna and Out Of The Cellar by Ratt.
Foreigner-Double Vision, Boston-Don't Look Back, and Rolling Stones-Some Girls. (1978).
No Doubt "Tragic Kingdom" and Alice In Chains "Unplugged". I think it was 1996. I was around 8 or 9.
[quote84] Aww, I'm sure you hurt his record sells by doing so. Good Job!
My first three (same day) were AC/DC's "For Those About To Rock, We Salute You", Rush's "Exit Stage Left" and The Rolling Stones' "Tattoo You." I bought them in December of 1981 with money from my first job, at age 14.
A few weeks later, for Christmas, I got Journey's "Escape" and Ozzy Osbourne's "Diary Of A Madman."
Bowie's "Let's Dance".
"Back in Black" by AC/DC in 1980. I was a freshman in HS.
Later on in high school, I moved more into new wave territory. My faves were Psychedelic Furs, Adam & The Ants, Depeche Mode, U2 and Ramones, but my love for AC/DC and "Back in Black" never diminished. It's still one of my favorite albums ever.
I honestly can't remember the first, I had so many, and started buying them very young. It was in the mid 70's though.
The soundtrack to the movie "Heavy Metal". I went to see the movie with friends and had to have it. It was a great snapshot of the day's music, from metal/hard rock (Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Trust, Riggs, Nazareth) to new wave (Cheap Trick, Devo) to pop (Don Felder, Stevie Nicks, Journey, Donald Fagen). It was a musical jukebox and a great intro into the world of rock 'n' roll. Great movie too.
My taste changed soon after, but...
REO Speedwagon "Hi Infidelty"
Styx "Paradise Theater"
I bought these in early 1981. I would have been around 12. Vinyl, baby!
My first crush was also my first album.
"Frampton Comes Alive" by Peter Frampton - 1976
My parents were ultra-right wing, ultra-religious assholes and would not allow rock music (or pop, or anything "secular") into the house. They actually bought me some religious music (Sandy Patti, etc.) that I NEVER even played. My friend at school was a rocker and I loved the rock music of the time.
I had $30.00 in my pocket one day in the spring of 1986 (I was 16) and I ran into Hasting's and bought three cassettes. Van Halen's '5150', Metallica's 'Master of Puppets' and Judas Priest's 'Turbo'. I kept them hidden away and listened to them on headphones. Luckily, when I came out a couple of years later, I never had to see those suppressive parents again. They disowned me.
"Pieces of Eight" by Styx. I bought it on October 10, 1978. I looked inside the album cover and I had written my name and the date I purchased it.
A K-Tel record called "Right On" in 1976 (age 10). It featured some great songs: Heart (Magic Man), Thin Lizzy (The Boys Are Back In Town), Bay City Rollers (Saturday Night), Eric Carmen (All By Myself), Elton John (Daniel), Diana Ross (Love Hangover), Brick (Dazz), ABBA (I Do, I Do, I Do , I Do), plus, a shitload of crap.
My first "real" record, which I bought a few weeks later, was Boston's debut LP.
I think it was Barbra Streisand, A Happening in Central Park in about 1969. How gay is that!?
Shortly thereafter I shopped regularly for albums- Smokey and the Miracles Greatest Hits was a favorite- Elton John, CSNY, Judy Collins, Aretha, Temps, (not the Supremes- only their singles were any good), loved the Mama's and Papas- lots of rock. My Dad was on the board of Capitol Records so I just checked of the production list :) to get Beatles LPs.
All through my discovery and purchase of the great music of the late 60s and early 70s Streisand and her voice cut through it all- I just could not believe how expressive, beautiful and powerful it was- and the range of her choices. I went back and bought the early stuff as well and listened to her vocal development and early song-writing efforts. She was so unlike everyone else traditional or modern (rock/hippies etc) yet she was politically quite progressive and acted on it. I remember listening to Blind Faith on the headphones (remember them?) then putting on Streisand singing Clear Day and thinking I had visited heaven the way her voice soared through that song. What is it about gay sensibilities? Then she turned toward pop etc and it got more interesting.
But probably the Miracles LP, Sargent Pepper LHCB and Revolver were my all time favorites of that time. Did not get into Dylan until later. By the late 70s the California rock sound, Eagles, Fleetword Mac took over my listening- and Streisand always, Aretha too.
R109 here. I forgot to mention my favorite song on "Right On." It was E.L.O.'s "Strange Magic." Great song!
My first album was at age 14. It was October or November of 1979 and the album was Led Zeppelin's "In Through The Out Door." My next one was AC/DC's "Highway To Hell."
[quote]My parents were ultra-right wing, ultra-religious assholes and would not allow rock music (or pop, or anything "secular") into the house.
I had a cousin who was like this growing up but I don't think his parents forbid secular music, they strongly frowned on it though. He would periodically destroy his secular music out of some kind of fundie guilt. I thought it was the weirdest thing ever.
Queen's "News of the World" album. I received it for Christmas in 1977. Awesome album. As a 12 year old, I couldn't get enough of it and I ended up spending most of my allowance in 1978 on the rest of Queen LP's. They're still my favorite band of all-time!
Like r88, the first album I actually bought was one of those K-Tel compilation records called "Fantastic" or "Fabulous" or something like that. It had "Eres Tu" AND "Bongo Rock" on it!
For you young'ins--K-Tel records were the "Now That's What I Call Music" of the 1970s / 1980's
When I was 11 years old (1978), my awesome older brother (who was 17 and had a job) took me to the record store and told me to pick out four or five records that I wanted. The first ones I received:
Foreigner - Double Vision
Black Sabbath - Never Say Die!
Styx - Pieces of Eight
Blue Oyster Cult - Some Enchanted Evening
My brother was my hero. When I came out, he was my rock and my greatest supporter. Thank you Chris. You were a helluva guy!
R107 & R113 what religions were these? I've never heard of such a thing.
Meatloaf Bat Out of Hell.
R117 My parents were hardcore Southern Baptists. Our local church used to have record burnings where all the kids were encouraged to bring their "satanic" rock records and tapes to burn. They were against dancing, rock/pop/country music, etc.
Everything was "evil" to them. They worried about all the evil on TV, in movies and in secular music, but they had no problem throwing their 18 year old son out into the street (three weeks before HS graduation)because he was gay. I was supposed to be heading to college in the fall and they revoked payment, so I had to take a year off and pay for college myself. I no longer exist to them, and vice versa!
1986 = Depeche Mode's Black Celebration and AC/DC's Who Made Who.
Hard to remember but think it was Johnny Cash - "Ride This Train"
My first 45 was Link Ray - Raw Hide.
Still have them.
My first were Donna Summer's Bad Girls and Olivia Newton-John's Totally Hot!. Surprise! Surprise! I grew up to be a big old queen. Who would have known? LOL.
The White Album by the Beatles. I was eight years old and I saved my allowance for about two months.
Queen-"The Game" and Devo-"Freedom of Choice" 1980
Stevie Wonder's "Songs in the Key of Life" & Earth, Wind & Fire's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1
ABBA - Voulez Vous
It would have been O.C. Smith's "Hickory Holler's Tramp." I loved those Southern country-pop crossover ballads--"Harper Valley P.T.A.," "Fancy," "Polk Salad Annie," "Amos Moses."
Destroyer by Kiss. It was 1976, I was 11 and became a huge Kiss fan. I ended up with all of their albums within 6 months of buying Destroyer. My buddies and I used to put on our own Kiss concerts in the backyard with cardboard guitars and our own variations on their makeup.
I'm glad to see I wasn't the only 'mo boy in the 1970s to have Boston's first album. It was my first, as well. That album just rocked. I still love it.
My cousin gave me his Led Zeppelin IV album. He recorded it off to 8-track and gave me the vinyl (I still have the vinyl. I'll bet $100 he no longer has the 8-track LOL). The first one I ever bought was The Who's "Who's Next". Both were in late 1971 or early 1972. I was 13.
Meet the Beatles
Yes, I'm old.
It was either Def Leppard's "Pyromania" or Journey's "Frontiers." It was early 1983, I remember that much. I was in the 6th Grade.
Discovery - ELO
"Whitesnake" by Whitesnake and "Girls, Girls, Girls" by Motley Crue (in 1987, if memory serves). Who'd have known that a 14 year old boy buying an album called "Girls, Girls, Girls" would soon become the biggest queen in three counties? lol.
You're calling yourself "queen"? Does that mean you've had reassignment surgery?
Pat Travers Band, "Live! Go for What You Know." It must have been 1979. I was around 12 and loved "Boom, Boom (Out Go The Lights)."
"Destroyer" and "Rock And Roll Over" by Kiss. I was a shy 6 year old boy. I had just watched the group on Paul Lynde's Halloween Special and fell in love with them. My mom took me a few days later to buy me a Kiss album. We picked up "Destroyer" and the clerk said, "Kiss just released a new album a few days ago." My mom was a sweetie, and said, "Sure, we'll take that one too." I love my mom.
"Saturday Night Fever"
Blondie's Parallel Lines. I knew when I saw Deborah Harry on the front that I was "different" from the other girls in my 8th grade class.
Ted Nugent's "Double Live Gonzo!" and Foghat's "Foghat Live!"
The Rolling Stones' "Some Girls" in June of 1978. I bought it with my birthday money (my 13th birthday). Great album then, and it still holds up quite well today.
Paula Abdul remix album. Tape.
KISS Love Gun, I think it was '77.
It looks like Kiss turned a lot of little fuckers gay. My first album was also a Kiss album. It was "Alive!", which I asked for and got for Christmas in 1975.
Paul Stanley's Rose Tattoo and Chest Wig
I hold my head in shame. My first was New Kids on the Block in the late eighties. I was 4, give me a break!
Diana by Diana Ross... the one with Upside Down and I'm Coming Out.
Yes, I was very gay at a very young age.
To The Extreme by Vanilla Ice.
Yes, I am very ashamed of this, but I was very young (7).
I redeemed myself with my next purchase. It was AC/DC's "The Razors Edge" later in the year.
Iron Maiden's 'Killers.' I was 8 years old (1981) and had my allowance at the record store. I knew NOTHING about music and bought it because I fell in love with the twisted album cover. I was a weird kid.
My older brother was 14 and a rocker. He had never heard of Iron Maiden, and thought it was a punk rock album. I took it home and put it on the turntable. I was shocked by how heavy the music was. But I grew to love it. My brother tried, in vain, to take it from me because he liked it too. My first 10 or 12 albums were based on my love of the album covers. Most ended up being great albums.
r149, the "shame" you should feel is for the idiotic way you're acting now about your first album purchase.
R152 - My first two albums were based on the album covers. I was around 10 and I bought Rick Springfield's "Working Class Dog" and Billy Squier's "Don't Say No." I thought both guys were so hot on the album covers. I knew I was into guys, even at that tender age.
"Get Lucky" by Loverboy. Early '82. Vinyl. I was 13.
Go West by Village People. Yes, the one with In The Navy. My 11 year old ass had a huge crush on that construction worker. I still love blond guys in faded jeans.
R153 = Jonathan Knight?
Captain & Tennille
"Creatures of the Night" by KISS. Christmas of 1982. I still "love it loud!"
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
Spirits Having Flown-Bee Gees and At Budokan-Cheap Trick.
Same day in 1979.
R149 My first album purchase was also NKOTB when I was around 9 years old (1989?). Not because I liked it, but because I had to buy my older sister a new one because my best friend and I unwound her cassette tape of it all over the driveway. Mom was livid and made me buy her a new one with my allowance.
My first album purchase for myself was Metallica's Black Album in 1991 (I was 14).
I officially earned my 'gay card' at age 8. I bought the 'Grease 2' soundtrack. Not 'Grease'! Fucking'Grease 2'!!! My second album was The Go-Go's 'Vacation.'
Oops. R161 here. I bought my first album at age ELEVEN (11), not 14. It's been a Loooooonnnngggg day here at the office.
Bought 2 at the same time. Queen's "The Game" and Pat Benatar's "Crimes Of Passion."
"Go West by Village People. Yes, the one with In The Navy. My 11 year old ass had a huge crush on that construction worker. I still love blond guys in faded jeans."
Last year I found a copy of this at a flea market and gave it to a friend of mine as a gag gift.
The "Beverly Hills Cop" soundtrack, and the "Breakin'" soundtrack. X-Mas '84.
Abbey Road, the Beatles, at age 12.
Summer of 1979 --- A killer disco compilation (2 Record Set), called "A Night at Studio 54." It featured Village People, Donna Summer, Chic, Alicia Bridges, Peaches & Herb, Dan Hartman, etc. Excellent.
Three on same day. They were: "Pyromania"-Def Leppard, "Thriller"-Michael Jackson, "Let's Dance"-David Bowie.
It was either Nazareth's "Hair of the Dog" or Kiss' "Destroyer." That was so long ago I can't remember. I played the shit out of both of them though.
Tom, formerly Tommy
"The Wiz" soundtrack album. I didn't even really like it then. It never grew on me. I never really cared about buying it, but there was a limited selection of albums at K-Mart and I was itching to buy a record, lol.
I think it was 1998 or so, I was 7 and they had a Pokemon rap cd...
"Flick of the Switch" by AC/DC - first record - 1983
"The Works" by Queen - first cassette - 1984
"Appetite for Destruction" by Guns N' Roses - first CD - 1987/88
QUIET RIOT "Metal Health" - age 13 - 1983.
"She's So Unusual" by Cyndi Lauper & "Stay Hungry" by Twisted Sister. What a combo, huh?
Strangers in the Night by U.F.O. in '79, I think. I was 13 or 14. Best live album ever.
Some Great Reward / Depeche Mode
It was either J. Geils Band "Freeze-Frame" or Joan Jett & The Blackhearts "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" in 1982.
Exposure by Expose. It's still the best album I ever purchased. I had good taste for a seven yr old.
"Peter Pan" Original Broadway Cast with Mary Martin.
"Back In Black" AC/DC. I was 13 and I bought it in October or November of 1980.
It's still my favorite album ever.
The soundtrack album of "The Sound of Music". My parents rented the video, so I'd seen the movie and was obsessed with the songs. I pestered my dad to buy me a tape of the soundtrack and would listen to it over and over again. I never told them that I also had a secret crush on Christopher Plummer(!) after watching the movie.
The first album that I paid for with my own money was probably Babs' "Broadway Album" on CD. No wonder no one in my family even pretended to be surprised when I came out.
"Welcome To My Nightmare" - Alice Cooper, 1975. I saw his TV special and ran out and bought the album the next day.
The Go-Go's Beauty & The Beat with The Rolling Stones' Tattoo You.
Beethoven's 9th on vinyl. I was ten or eleven and had recently gotten a Sears stereo for Christmas. I would don my parents' gigantor Koss headphones and listen over and over. I laugh when I look back on those days, but I remember feeling so happy. I wish I could have protected that boy for the harsh years to come.
[quote]My first album purchase for myself was Metallica's Black Album in 1991 (I was 14).
I'm very shocked that your patents allowed you to buy that album at such a young age.
[quote]Summer of 1979 --- A killer disco compilation (2 Record Set), called "A Night at Studio 54." It featured Village People, Donna Summer, Chic, Alicia Bridges, Peaches & Herb, Dan Hartman, etc. Excellent.
That album is very hard to find. Great album, and I loved the way each song blended in with the next song.
There are some great choices in this thread. What a stereotype-shredder this thread can be.
It used to be loads of fun, waiting for the release day of an album that you just had to have, and going to the record store browsing all the other new releases.
For me, my local record store was Tower Records on Sunset Blvd. It was rare to go there and not see someone famous music shopping, and it was fun sneaking a peak at what they were getting.
Music Box, Mariah.
Like a prayer.
Jesus Christ Superstar!
My best friend and I went to the record store with our allowance when we were around 12 (1981). I bought Rush "Moving Pictures" and he bought April Wine "Nature Of The Beast" on cassettes. We each recorded our album off for the other. We used to do that a lot back then.
I watched a lot of MTV and I had a secret crush on Adam Ant, so it's only natural that my first album was "Friend or Foe" by Adam Ant, at the tender age of 13.
Queen's "Live Killers" and "Van Halen II" in July of 1979.
For my 8th Birthday:
Village People - Go West
Donna Summer - Bad Girls
Kiss - Dynasty
(I guess my birthday helped keep Casablanca Records afloat for a bit longer, LOL).
Christmas 1973 - I asked for, and got, Elvis Presley's "Aloha From Hawaii" and Paul McCartney & Wings' "Band On The Run." I was a very happy little guy. I still have both of those vinyl albums somewhere.
On vinyl, "A Night At The Opera" by Queen, in 1975, at nine years old.
"Xanadu" soundtrack in 1980-age 11. I loved Side Two (the ELO Side). I rarely listened to Side One (I did like ONJ'S "Magic, but that was about it). Side Two rocked: ELO's "I'm Alive", "The Fall", "Don't Walk Away", and "All Over The World." Side Two ended with ONJ & ELO'S "Xanadu." A terrific LP.
The soundtrack to a long-forgotten 1978 comedy film called "F.M." I loved the movie and the soundtrack. It was a movie about an FM Rock station and the soundtrack was a time capsule of late-70's FM Rock. It featured Queen, Boston, Linda Ronstadt, The Eagles, Bob Seger, Billy Joel, Steely Dan, Foreigner, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Steve Miller Band, Joe Walsh, Boz Scaggs and tons more. I loved that album.
"Grease" (Movie Soundtrack) '78. Still my fave album.
Oddly, as a 12 year old, I had a huge crush on John Travolta, but I resigned myself to the fact that he was straight and I would never have a chance. Now I hear otherwise, but he's no longer attractive.
Eurythmics Touch in 1984.
I was 13 years old.
Circa 1977. For being a good boy and getting straight A's at school, my parents bought me the first Foreigner album, the first Boston album and ABBA's "Arrival" (yes, the one with "Dancing Queen").
My mum got me every Blondie and ABBA record, I was obsessed with those two - especially Blondie. "Call Me" was my favourite song, age 4.
Although I was always aware of music to an extent with Top of the Pops and the like (then a must see show for all the family), I just was out playing all the time as a kid. I copied my older sister's taste. I did have a boombox.
I didn't get into music hardcore though till 1988, so there were several albums I bought on vinyl then but I can't pinpoint the first. Prince Sign O The Times, Janet Jackson Control, Belinda Carlisle Heaven, Gloria Estefan Anything For You (UK version of Let it Loose), Freddie Jackson Don't Let Love Slip Away.
I think the very first though may have been Pebbles eponymous debut.
First single - rarely bought those but Michael Jackson Dirty Diana.
First CD - I got a CD player for Christmas in 1989 and asked for a heap of CDs. Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation, Lisa Stansfield Affection. I became obsessed with them and remember the little 3 inch CD singles - Ultra Nate It's Over may have been the first CD single.
Oh, God! I was 9 years old and I must've been fucked in the head. I bought that terrible Toni Basil album (the one with "Mickey"). I only liked that song and I thought the rest of the album was atrocious. I ended up getting tired of "Mickey" and I still hate it to this day. By early 1983, I had broken the album by using it as a Frisbee. I consider my "real" first album to have been my next purchase a few months later, "Let's Dance" by David Bowie. That set me on the right musical track.
In eight grade I won Barry Manilow's greatest hits. I gave it away to one of the square girls.
In 1976, my mom joined one of those mail-order record clubs (12 albums for a penny) and told me to pick out three albums I wanted. I picked Boston's "Boston", Heart's "Dreamboat Annie", and E.L.O.'s "A New World Record." I was very happy with those.
I had that Toni Basil album too, R206. It was truly awful. Do you remember this tune?
Toni Basil - Shoppin' From A To Z Shop
My Mom paid for a lot of my music including my first: The Carpenters 1969-1973. But when I finally used my own money? Stevie Nicks' BELLA DONNA.
Billy Joel "the Stranger" and "Grease"
In the late '70s when I was 10, I saw Alice Cooper on "The Muppet Show" (yes, the fucking "Muppet Show"!!!). He performed several songs and I ran out and bought three of his albums. I purchased "Greatest Hits", "Welcome To My Nightmare" and "Alice Cooper Goes To Hell." My fundamentalist, religious parents were horrified, so I knew I had made the correct musical choices.
The first identifiable signs of my future homosexuality became evident soon after buying my first album at age 8. The album was Andy Gibb's "Flowing Rivers." I could not take my eyes off of his picture on the front cover. I could not have explained what I was feeling, but in retrospect, it was a massive crush! Even now, I can see old pictures of Andy Gibb and think, "Damn, that was one sexy dude."
My first album was by KISS. It was appropriately titled, "Love Gun". I was 12.
Christmas 1984. Prince "Purple Rain", Madonna "Like A Virgin" and Kiss "Animalize", all on vinyl.
Lez here. It was either Air Supply's Lost in Love, or Linda Ronstadt's Mad Love. I can't remember shit anymore. Getting old sucks!
The first one I bought was Billy Joel's "Glass Houses." I was at the record store with a friend from school and he convinced me that I should buy that one. I hated the album from the first time I heard it and I quickly traded it to my next door neighbor in exchange for Queen's "The Game". I was much, much happier with the Queen LP.
My dad gave me my allowance and took me to Sound Warehouse when I was 9. I bought Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Blood, Sugar Sex, Majik" and Pearl Jam's "Ten." It was either late 1991 or early 1992.
Carole King "Tapestry"
Styx "Equinox" and "The Grand Illusion" (same day in '77)
The Grease soundtrack or Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell. One of the two, I can't remember which.
On CD, AC/DC's "The Razors Edge" in Nov. 1990.
"Top Gun" Soundtrack & Rush's "Power Windows" in 1986. I was 12.
For my 11th birthday in February of '84, I got Van Halen "1984" and Yes "90125"
Mid-80s, "Catching Up with Depeche Mode" on cassette.
When I was 8, I asked my parents for Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water." A few years later, I asked for money to buy Elton John's "Captain Fastastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy." I think the first album I ever bought with my own money was Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band's debut album.
Wham! "Make It Big" - 1984 (I was 6).
The Divine Miss M
Spring of 1986. I was a rowdy 12 year old boy that tagged along with my 16 year old brother everywhere. He was my hero. One Saturday at the record store, I asked him what albums I should buy. He pointed out the first two albums I ever bought... Ozzy Osbourne's "The Ultimate Sin" and Judas Priest's "Turbo." Good choices. I still love those two albums.
Live - Throwing Copper. I think I was around 10 years old. Mid-1990's.
Either Nu Shooz "Poolside" or Stacey Q's "Better Than Heaven". I was a little kid, it was the 80s, I can't remember all the details.
1981, I was 14. My unholy threesome that started my musical journey.
Styx "Paradise Theater"
Rush "Moving Pictures"
Bee Gees Saturday Night Fever!
Staind "Dysfunction" 1999 when I was 10.
Rolling Stones "Some Girls"
Devo "Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo"
I saw them a week apart on Saturday Night Live and ran out and bought their albums on the same day in '78.
My dad told me that he first suspected I was going to be gay after I begged for my first CD in 1996. It was The Spice Girls' "Spice" (Which I still think is the greatest pop album ever recorded). He said he used to cringe watching me lip-syncing into a hairbrush and doing my little girly dance routines to the songs (especially "Wannabe"). He got used to my being gay and we laugh about it now, but he said it caused him some sleepless nights back then, worrying about my future and how tough my life might would be. No frets, it turned out just fine.
Led Zeppelin / Presence, when I was 11.
Electric Light Orchestra's "Discovery" and The Knack's "Get The Knack" - Summer of 1979. I associate both with sunny hot days and roller skating at the skating rink.
Aww nice story r238. Parents nowadays will know the warning sign that if their son is preoccupied with female singers, they're gay.
Not that they didn't before as well but it's known more in the culture as an obvious signifier these days. And of course liking female singers is not the case for everyone gay but often tends to be the way we're wired.
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
The Eagles - Hotel California
I still love FW Mac's "Rumours", but, oddly, I can't stand The Eagles anymore. I hear one of their songs beginning on the radio and I reach for the dial.
The fabulous Sheena Easton's debut album, quickly followed by the most glorious album ever recorded, Manhattan Transfer's Mecca for Moderns.
I watched a lot of Night Flight on USA Network. They used to run a metal show called "Heavy Metal Heroes" and I used to watch with my older brother and sister. In early 1984, I bought Judas Priest's "Defenders of the Faith" and Motley Crue's "Shout at the Devil", based on their videos being shown.
Even in the Quietest Moments -- Supertramp 1977
I was 15 and this was a tough time as I was in a shitty group home for awhile due to being both depressed and rebellious. The title song and the others calmed me and helped get me through. I still like the album a lot all these years later.
Olivia Newton-John, "ONJ"
Donna Summer - "On The Radio/Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 & 2"
Bette Midler - "The Rose" (Movie Soundtrack)
Abba - "Voulez-Vous"
"Roller Boogie" (Movie Soundtrack)
All Christmas "1979".
My older brother bought me "Powerage" by AC/DC and "Heaven Tonight" by Cheap Trick in mid-1978. I was 13. The first album I bought with my own money was Aerosmith's "Live Bootleg" later that year.
Michael Jackson's "Bad" - I had it for a few months and then I traded it for Guns N' Roses "Appetite for Destruction."
In retrospect, I hate both of them. In '99, I bought Limp Bizkit's Significant Other and that horrid Kid Rock album. Fortunately, my taste has changed for the better since I was 9.
ZZ Top's "Afterburner" in late 1985. I sure loved that album back then. I drove my parents crazy with it for months. They got so tired of it, they drove me to the record store and begged me to pick out something, ANYTHING, so they would not have to hear that ZZ Top album again. I bought Van Halen's "5150" and drove them nuts with that (and I continued to pummel them with "Afterburner"). My poor parents, I made them suffer so (and then I turned out gay on top of it all, LOL). They were the greatest, though.
Madonna's Ray of Light CD and Cher's Believe single. Gay boy got started off right.
A Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding ones on the same day. My WASP mother(this was 1970) nearly had a stroke. All my other friends were buying The Monkees and Beatles. And just to put the cherry on top of the sundae, I told her it was my dream to lose my virginity to Jimi. Needless to say, I had to sneak out of the house to go to his concert.
Either Depeche Mode's "Violator" or INXS' "X" - I'm trying to remember which came 1st.
Journey's "Escape" in 1981. Soon after, I got into punk and industrial, but in 81/82 my world revolved around Journey. Once I got into punk, I never listened to Journey again until a few years ago (after my mom died) when I was cleaning out my parent's house to sell. I was in my old room and I fired up the turntable and put on "Escape" for the first time in over 25 years.
I stretched out on the floor, closed my eyes and reflected on my youth. A few tears ran down my face when I thought of friends I had lost to AIDS, the loss of my parents (dad in 2003 and mom in 2007) in the years since I was the young Journey obsessive. I wanted to go back in time and give all those special people a big hug and tell them all one more time how much I loved them. That album brought so many special memories roaring back.
Journey's "Escape" will never leave my life again.
This thread is making me tremendously nostalgic for my 70s youth! Don't remember exactly what was the very first album I ever purchased, but there are lots of elder gays in here who are about my age (48) and we all owned pretty much the same music.
Schindler's List Soundtrack
BOSTON "Don't Look Back" in 1978.
All the same day in '76.
I was about 12 and I got 2 Live Crew As Nasty As They Wanna Be (the really nasty version). I stole it from the mall record store. I ran out the door of the store and all the way out the mall. Security was chasing me and couldn't get close. I played that cassette til it wore plum out.
Me so horny... me love you long time...
"Wild Cherry" by Wild Cherry. The one with "Play That Funky Music." I had it for about a year and ended up trading it for The Ramones "Rocket to Russia"
(My cousin begged me to trade with him. He somehow ended up with that Ramones album and hated it. I had never heard of them, but I traded anyway. "Rocket to Russia" ended up being one of the best albums I have ever owned. I am grateful for that trade)
Lesley Gore's first two albums, I'll Cry if I Want to and Lesley Gore Sings of Mixed Up Hearts.
R263 Was that the first time you heard most of those songs? What a treat.
R263, if you're going to be in the first row to see Diane perform, you'd better start voice practice and memorize the lyrics to all her songs. 'Cause you know Diane sounds like shit now and ends up making her audiences sing all her songs.
Guns 'n Roses - Appetite for Destruction
[quote]The first identifiable signs of my future homosexuality became evident soon after buying my first album at age 8. The album was Andy Gibb's "Flowing Rivers." I could not take my eyes off of his picture on the front cover. I could not have explained what I was feeling, but in retrospect, it was a massive crush! Even now, I can see old pictures of Andy Gibb and think, "Damn, that was one sexy dude."
That was a great cover album of Andy.
[quote]Diana Ross and the Supremes Greatest Hits
That just came out on iTunes a month ago for the very first time.
October 1983 at the age of 14. One day I helped my uncle build a small shed in his back yard and he paid me $100. I went to the record store and bought 5 records:
AC/DC - "Flick of the Switch"
Kiss - "Lick it Up"
Iron Maiden - "Piece of Mind"
Def Leppard - "Pyromania"
ZZ Top - "Eliminator"
Believe it or not, there was a lot of money left over. I spent that going to see movies and hanging with my friends at the arcade. I think I spent my first paycheck very well.
London Town by Wings.
The Music Man soundtrack on eight-track
I was six, and it was a 45 of Glen Campbell's Everyday Housewife. I can remember playing it alone in the nursery and just knowing that one day I would be a housewife too.
Kiss "Dynasty" and Cheap Trick "At Budokan" on vinyl. Bought them with money from my first odd-job at 14 in July of 1979.
"Building the Perfect Beast" by Don Henley. I used to have the hots for Henley back in the 80s.
Dance 88, with songs from such classic artists as Bad boys Blue and Sabrina
In 4th grade, a CD of the soundtrack to My So-Called Life.
"Europop" by Eiffel 65 (the one with "Blue"). Love it. Greatest CD ever recorded. I was so happy to hear "Blue" as the opening theme to "Iron Man 3"
"Cruising" by Village People and "Blondes Have More Fun" by Rod Stewart. I think it was early 1979. I was 7.
"Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille in 1975, I think. I was very young, maybe 4. By the time I was 12, I was a raging hardcore punk rocker.
Ten years old. Christmas 1975.
KISS / "Alive"
Led Zeppelin / "Physical Graffiti"
Led Zeppelin / "Led Zeppelin IV"
Montrose / "Montrose"
It was a killer Christmas!
Circa 1973 (I was 10), I begged my mom to order me an album that was constantly being advertised on TV. It was an Elvis Presley Greatest Hits album called "Elvis." It had a blue cover and he was in his "Aloha From Hawaii" suit (very sexy picture). It had all of his early hits and I played that double-album to death. I still love Elvis with a passion.
I used Christmas money to buy two albums in 1972 -- The Osmonds Live and the Beatles' Sgt Pepper. I was 11 at the time.
"Destroyer" by Kiss on my 11th Birthday (April 6, 1976).
Probably the OLIVER! soundtrack.
First given to me:
LOAD by Metallica (1996). My 12th birthday.
First I bought with my own money:
WITHER, BLISTER, BURN & PEEL by Stabbing Westward (1996).
"Unleashed in the East (Live in Japan)" by Judas Priest. I was 13 and purchased it in late 1979. It's still my favorite album of all-time!
I hate to say this, but it was The Eagles' Hotel California when I was 14 (1977). I loved the album until a few months later. My cousins took me to see them live. We had second row tickets. I was disappointed because they were a snooze-fest live. Even worse, we had backstage passes. They were the vilest, rudest, most condescending bunch of assholes I have ever met. They looked down on the fans in attendance backstage as if we were cockroaches on the floor. I surprised they didn't demand rim jobs from each of us. We were well-mannered, even after their rudeness. We just slipped out of the room and left. When I got home I broke the record over my knee and threw it in the trashcan outside. I never gave those coke-headed wastes of sperm another penny of my money.
Fleetwood Mac's white album - Rhiannon is on it. And yes, I, like so many others, thought the new guy was named Stevie and the new girl was named Lindsay.
Kiss' "Love Gun" at age 9. Bought it hot off the rack the first day of its release in June of '77.
Kiss "Double Platinum" - it was an awesome 1978 two-record set and featured all of their biggest hits up to that point. I played it until it melted. LOL.
The first Boston album (the one with "More Than a Feeling").
BLUE OYSTER CULT'S "Spectres" in 1977. Awesome album!!!
Neneh Cherry's 'Raw Like Sushi' I was 12 or 13. I think it was in 1988 or 1989. It was a cassette cartridge.
Barbra Streisand's "The Main Event (Soundtrack)", The Village People "Live & Sleazy" and Bette Midler's "The Rose (Soundtrack) for X-mas '79.
White Lion's "Pride". They were a late 80s MTV hair pop band. I listened to it twice and gave it to my little sister. It sucked. The next week I went out and bought Queensryche's "Operation: Mindcrime" --- MUCH BETTER!
Madonna's "Erotica" in '92. I was only 10 and couldn't buy it so I gave my cousin the money and he went in and got it for me. It's still my fave Madge album.
Oct. 1979, I bought Led Zeppelin's "In Through The Out Door", AC/DC's "Highway To Hell", Cheap Trick's "Dream Police" and Styx' "Cornerstone" with my first paycheck from Shakey's Pizza. I was 15.
Prior to that, I had taped songs off FM rock radio or off of friends albums.
"Disco Duck" by Rick Dees & His Cast Of Idiots" and "New Season" by Donny & Marie. Say what you will, but I loved those albums.
Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
Asia by Asia
(Summer of 1982)
Early 1982, I had just turned 13. I bought AC/DC's "For Those About To Rock, We Salute You" and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts' "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" albums. Both were excellent.
The Supremes Greatest Hits
Who are the 7 year olds that were buying albums?
R310 My brothers, my sisters and I began buying albums when we were younger than that. One weekend evening a month (usually Friday), my parents would cart us all into the car and we would head for Peaches Records and load up.
I think the first album I bought was "The Story of Star Wars" in 1977. My first music album, I think, was Paul McCartney & Wings' "Wings Over America." I was 5.
The Rolling Stones' "Some Girls" and Cheap Trick's "Heaven Tonight" in 1978. I was a rockin' little 13 year old dude. It seems like my next purchase was B.O.C.'s "Some Enchanted Evening."
"Born Late" - Shaun Cassidy. (1977, at ten).
All the other little girls liked him. I almost had a crush on him (because he was girly looking, I guess)
Styx - The Grand Illusion on vinyl. I was 12 and had saved my allowance. I remember it was July of 1977. Styx was my favorite band for years back then.
sign of the times by prince. my mother brought it. it was 16 dollars and i thought that was a lot of money. it twas a cassette. i was 12
The Stampeders, Sweet City Woman.
You kind of had to be there.
Take Off Your Pants & Jacket by Blink 182 in 2001. I was 9.
A K-TEL album called "The Rock Album" in 1980.
Don't Bring Me Down - Electric Light Orchestra
Dirty White Boy - Foreigner
Two Tickets To Paradise - Eddie Money
Too Rolling Stoned - Robin Trower
(Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
Dream Police - Cheap Trick
Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor) - Robert Palmer
Renegade - Styx
More Than A Feeling - Boston
Something's On The Move - Jethro Tull
Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin' - Journey
Isn't It Time? - The Babys
Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
Hold The Line - Toto
My second album was AC/DC's Back In Black.
"Set My Love In Motion" by Syreeta (featuring my all time fave song "Quick Slick"). It must have been in 1981. I would have been 12 years old. Great LP.
AC/DC's Back in Black & Pat Benatar's Crimes of Passion. 1980.
The Presidents of the United States of America's debut album (1995). It was a stinker, in retrospect. I pulled the CD out a couple of years ago and almost threw up when I heard it. Garbage.
It was 1962 or 3. I had been taken to see Nancy Wilson at the Playboy Club on Sunset. She sang a song which I though was so beautiful I bought the album the next day.
"Foreigner" by Foreigner (1977). I was 12.
"News of the World" - Queen
Kiss "Alive II" and Blue Oyster Cult's "Spectres". I believe it was in November of 1977. I was 13.
1973 - Alice Cooper/Billion Dollar Babies. I bought it with money that my grandmother gave me for my 13th Birthday.
I still LOVE that album!
Billy Joel 52nd Street when I was 13. Loved it then, hate it now. I hear any song off of it now and I want to hurl. My musical taste changed to harder rock and punk soon after. I've never been able to listen to that pablum again.
"Long Live Rock 'n' Roll" by Rainbow in 1978. I was a 13 year-old Central-Texas metal 'mo. I still think it's one of the best rock albums ever recorded.
Jeremy in TX.
Parallel Lines - BLONDIE
The Cars - THE CARS
"Memories" by Barbra Streisand
I was a twelve year old queen in the making. LOL. My next record was Manhattan Transfer.
"Rock '80" - a 1980 new wave K-Tel compilation. I was 11 or 12.
Side One: Cars - Gary Numan, Brass In Pocket - The Pretenders, Driver's Seat - Sniff & The Tears, Cruel To Be Kind - Nick Lowe, Is She Really Going Out With Him? - Joe Jackson, Heartbreaker - Pat Benatar, Call Me - Blondie
Side Two: Do You Remember Rock 'n Roll Radio? -Ramones, My Sharona - The Knack, I Want You To Want Me -Cheap Trick, Hold On - Ian Gomm, One Way Or Another - Blondie, We Live For Love - Pat Benatar, Pop Muzik - M
R331 Great album. I had that one too.
Of Course no one here will have ever heard of her, she is pretty uber cool indie, but Cat Power's You Are Free. Bought it when I was 16, totally awesome album.
R333 I'm 46 and I love that album. Good taste!
How's this for a combo pack?
In late 1976, when I was 13, I bought K.C. & The Sunshine Band's "Part 3" album (with Shake Your Booty, I'm Your Boogie Man & Keep It Comin' Love).
At the same time, I bought Rush's "2112" album(which is still my all-time favorite rock album).
Olivia Newton-John's 1977 "Greatest Hits" album (before she crossed over to pop-rock) and the Grease soundtrack.
Offspring's 'Americana' around late-1998. I got it for my 11th Birthday.
Culture Club - Kissing To Be Clever in early '83. I had just turned 8. Two weeks later I bought ZZ Top - Eliminator. I watched a lot of MTV back then.
Aerosmith's Toys in the Attic on 8-track.
The first I bought was Michael Jackson's "Thriller" cassette in 1983 when I was 9. My next-door neighbor, who was 8, loved Michael Jackson and begged me to make a trade with him. I traded it for Def Leppard's "Pyromania" cassette (which I liked better anyway).
A few days later, his older brother asked me about the supposed trade. It seems the little shit next door had stolen the tape from his older brother to trade to me. The older brother was cool and told me to keep it, he would get his little brother to pay for it.
Gunter glieben glauchen globen
My first ones were Donna Summer Bad Girls and Blondie Parallel Lines.
In 2005, at age 11, I bought Aaron Carter's "Saturday Night" (abysmal album), because I thought he was cute. That was just before he became a drugged-out fug zombie. Soon after I got into Indie music. That Carter CD is at the bottom of a landfill somewhere outside of Chicago. LOL.
Led Zeppelin's "In Through the Out Door" in September of 1979. Age: 12.
Fleetwood Mac's "Tango in the Night" and Pink Floyd's "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" in 1987 (age 13).
The Eagles-"The Long Run" and Foreigner-"Head Games"
Endless Love Soundtrack (1981) at the age of 8.
It featured Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, KISS, Cliff Richard, and awesome dialogue from the wonderful film (still one of my favorite flicks), which my mom took me to see (and regretted because of all the nudity and graphic sex). LoL.
The "Breakin'" and "Beat Street" soundtracks. They were huge in my neighborhood. We were all breakdancing all day long. Good times.
Ac/Dc's "Highway to Hell" vinyl album at age 14.
"Back In Black" by AC/DC and "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" by AC/DC. I bought them in early 1981. I was eleven years old.
Proudly, my first album was "Wet" by Ms. Barbra Joan Streisand in 1979. I was fifteen years old and her biggest fan. I still worship her.
I took my allowance and, in late 1984 at the age of 13, bought my first five albums (on vinyl):
Iron Maiden "Powerslave"
AC/DC "Flick of the Switch"
Dio "The Last in Line"
Judas Priest "Defenders of the Faith"
Scorpions "Love at First Sting"
I was a rockin' little gay boy!
ELVIS. I had a terrific crush on him. That's how I knew for sure I was gay. I had to be around 9.
90125 by Yes
Pyromania by Def Leppard
Colour by Numbers by Culture Club
Syncronicity by The Police
Eliminator by ZZ Top
Late 1983, I was a shy and sweet 12 year-old boy.
R352 Me too. My first album was "From Elvis in Memphis" in 1969. I was only 13, but I was so aroused by the photos on the front and back covers. He was my first gay crush and is still my ideal physical type. I actually met him in 1974 and he was the sweetest, kindest and funniest guy you could ever meet (and sooooo sexy!). He had to have known that my 18 year old self had a major crush (I couldn't take my eyes off of him), but he was so kind. It made me love him even more.
UFO's "Strangers in the Night" in 1979. I had never heard them but my cousin told me they were the "awesomest band ever." So, I bought it. I had never really listened to hard rock but from the time the needle hit the groove of the first record (it was a 2-record set live album), I was hooked. It's still a very special album to me.
"Flashdance" soundtrack. I loved it when I was 13. Now? Not so much. My second LP was almost as bad. It was the soundtrack to "Staying Alive." At least it had the Bee Gees on it. It was no "Saturday Night Fever", though.
"Out Of The Blue" Electric Light Orchestra.
The soundtrack to "A Star Is Born" in 1976. I don't know why I purchased it and I really didn't like it. I ended up taking it to a local bookstore and selling it shortly after I bought it. I took the money I got from it and bought the first Boston album. That suited my musical needs much better.
Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours", Heart's "Dreamboat Annie", & The Eagles' "Hotel California" in 1977. I was 9. I wanted to be "cool and rockin'" like my older cousins.
Starship. The one with "We Built This City." Yes, my taste changed for the better after that. Hey, I was only 8.
John Denver's Greatest Hits. I was either 9 or 10 years old. 1973 or 1974. That mellow phase didn't last too long.
My second album was a total shift in musical gears. It was Queen's "A Night at the Opera", followed by Kiss' "Alive!"
Cheap Trick "Dream Police" - I had just turned 14. Terrific album.
A K-tel vinyl album called "Hit Explosion" in late 1982.
Mickey-Toni Basil; Vacation-Go-Go's; Steppin' Out-Joe Jackson; Favourite Shirts-Haircut 100; Do You Wanna Touch Me-Joan Jett; Young Turks-Rod Stewart; Abracadabra-Steve Miller Band; Shadows Of The Night-Pat Benatar; Gloria-Laura Branigan; Hold On-Santana; Space Age Love Song-A Flock Of Seagulls; New World Man-Rush; Keep The Fire Burning-REO Speedwagon; Eye Of The Tiger-Survivor.
I loved the shit out of that album.
I had really gotten into AC/DC between my 8th Grade and Freshman years (Summer 1980). I went to the record store with my summer earnings and bought:
AC/DC - Back In Black (their new one at the time)
AC/DC - Highway To Hell
AC/DC - If You Want Blood, You've Got It
AC/DC - Powerage
AC/DC - High Voltage
(They're still my all-time favorite band).
My mom took me to the record store because I had gotten straight A's for the first half of my 8th grade year. I had been obsessed with Cher (I know, MARY!!) for years and mom bought me her albums "Take Me Home" and "Prisoner" (which I played religiously every day).
My rocker older brothers made fun of my musical taste, but to heck with 'em. I liked what I liked. I now own every Cher album ever recorded (again, MARY!!), even the out of print ones (I have ordered them as imports).
I love Cher and always will.
Foghat "Live!" (Late 1977 - age 12).
Early 1972 - I was 13 - I had been at a buddy's house and we smoked pot for the first time and listened to "Fragile" by Yes (with his older brothers who supplied the music and weed). I went out the next weekend and bought "Fragile" and I've never been the same since.
Alanis - Jagged Little Pill. It was obligatory for every 15 year old to buy that record back in 96.
Led Zeppelin, Houses of the Holy.
The entire housing subdivision we lived in, in Houston, TX., probably hated my guts. I played that album so much, and SO LOUD! LOL.
I bought four albums on the same day. It was September of 1982 (I was 13).
Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance
Billy Squier - Emotions in Motion
Asia - Asia
All three on vinyl. This boy watched a lot of MTV and I got most of my exposure to music there.
Rock & Roll Love Letter by the Bay City Rollers. I was 8.
R370 here. I meant to say "All FOUR on vinyl. This boy watched a lot of MTV and I got most of my exposure to music there." It's been a long fucking day. I wanna go home!
My first album was in 1980. I was 14. It was the soundtrack to a movie called "Times Square". To this day, I have never seen the movie (not even a preview for it). I just saw the album on a rack in the fall of that year and picked it up because it was a veritable juke box of new wave hits.
It featured The Ramones, The Pretenders, Talking Heads, Patti Smith Group, The Cure, Gary Numan, XTC, and a shitload of other new wave acts. It was an awesome album. One of my friends did see the movie and said it was dreadful. Maybe. But the soundtrack was frickin' awesome.
Steppenwolf with the cut "Born to Be Wild"
I think I was in 7th grade and just starting to appreciate music.
EXPOSED: A CHEAP PEEK AT TODAY'S PROVOCATIVE NEW ROCK. A Double-LP sampler compilation from CBS Records in 1981.
The Kid Is Hot Tonite - Loverboy
Heading out to the Highway - Judas Priest
Phases of Travel - Ellen Foley
Killer in the Home - Adam and the Ants
Cellophane City - Steve Forbert
Hold On - Ian Gomm
Baby, Better Start Turnin' 'em Down - Rosanne Cash
You Cannon Win If You Do Not Play - Steve Forbert
We Belong to the Night - Ellen Foley
21 an Over - The Romantics
Dog Eat Dog - Adam and the Ants
I Don't Like It Like That - Sorrows
The Elephants Graveyard - The Boomtown Rats
Breaking the Law - Judas Priest
True Confessions - Garland Jeffreys
First in Line - The Romantics
What Kinda Girl? - Rosanne Cash
Lady of the 80's - Loverboy
Christabelle - Sorrows
Man on a Mountain - Ian Gomm
Keep It up- The Boomtown Rats
Jump Jump - Garland Jeffreys
Please don't throw rotten vegetables at me! My first (when I was 9) was Creed's "My Own Prison" in late-1997. By the time its follow-up was released a couple of years later, I had moved on to much better things. I never tell anyone what my first album purchase was. I'm only doing it here because it's anonymous. LOL.
"Offering" by Axe, in 1982. I was obsessed with the album rock radio hit "Rock 'n' Roll Party in the Streets" that summer. I played that cassette until it finally unraveled in the tape deck. By then, I was moving on to The Scorpion's "Blackout" as my cassette of choice.
Guns & Roses - Appetite for Destruction
The Cult - Electric
1987, age 12.
"This One's For You" by Barry Manilow. It was either late 1976 or early 1977. Either way, I was 12.
Lez from Atlanta, GA
Village People - Cruisin'
Queen - Jazz
(Both in Dec. of 1978. I was 15).
Late 1980's (1989, I believe). I bought the B-52's "Cosmic Thing" with my birthday money. I was about 12 years old. Great CD.
Kiss "Alive!" circa 1975. Ten years old.
STYX/"Pieces Of Eight"
In the Summer of 1979, all on vinyl. I was 14.
Sweet - "Desolation Boulevard" (U.S. Version) in 1975.
I was about 10 years old in 1967. It was a Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood album. I think I picked it out because I liked Nancy's white lipstick.
Led Zeppelin's "In Through The Out Door."
It took me a long time to figure out what that album title meant.