Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My first WHAT THE KIDS ARE CALLING CD.

The first CD I ever bought was when I was 12 years old. Jon Scoville was the coolest kid my age in the neighborhood. And he is also responsible for teaching me 75% of what I currently know about sex.

NOT THAT I KNOW WHAT THAT IS CATHIE!!!

Truthfully, most of what he told me about sex is not even true.

NOT THAT I KNOW WHAT IS TRUE, CATHIE!!!

I was at his house one Saturday morning after spending a few very unfortunate days camping with the Boy Scouts of America. Then the following exchange happened:

Jon: Do you like the band Bush?

Eli: I love Bush. They are like the most amazing band. (Says Eli, who has never in his life heard of Bush).

Jon: Good. Buy this CD from me for 8 dollars.

Eli: I will totally buy that from you for 8 dollars. Because I love Bush, the band.

Then I bought that CD from Jon Scoville for 8 dollars. Because I was willing to pay any amount at that point to be a somewhat cool kid in the hood. And then I carried it home on my finger, because it didn't have a case.

So now I want to know: what was the first CD or cassette tape YOU bought? And what were the circumstances?

~It Just Gets Stranger 

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  1. When I was five I spent my birthday money on the Michael Jackson Thriller Album. As in, a cassette tape. Even though I had a record player, I opted for the new fanged invention. And when I saw his face on the cover I was disappointed. Because I had imagined him to look like Kenny Rogers.

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    1. Angela, I hereby love you,. When are you available to adopt/marry me?

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    2. It depends on how your hair is looking today.

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    3. That is the single greatest response to that question, ever.

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  2. I couldn't figure out enough bands that I knew from the radio to fulfill my BMG order (when I was old enough to order myself! Yay for 13 yr old freedom!) Eventually I ended up with some shady albums on tape (that also taught me about sex) because I'd buy it for one song. Or because someone cool said that artist was cool. *face palm*

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  3. Tarzan soundtrack. Yes, the Phil Collins one. It was THE coolest thing my family owned (according to me) because it was a cd, and we didn't even own a cd player yet.

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  4. Not sure what year.. but it was christmas and CD's were a relatively new things. I was blessed with a jam box that had a cd player and a copy of the Aladdin soundtrack. I think my parents didn't realize what they were getting themselves into." I can show you the world" was on repeat for the better part of the following year.

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    1. Haha. HairDreamer, I think we need to have a full interview with you sometime.

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    2. The Aladdin soundtrack was my first CD, too! My parents gave it to me for my birthday. We had no CD player at home at the time, and after I opened it they were like, "You can listen to it at your friend's house!" After letting me believe that I would have to take it somewhere else to listen to it, they brought out my other gift, which, thankfully, was a huge boombox. And yes, I still have both of those items.

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  5. I don't remember ever actually spending my own money on cds or tapes (always bummed 'em off my parents and got mixes from friends), but I do buy vinyl records, and one of the first albums I bought was a collection of German Party and Drinking Songs, so that's something...

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  6. Titanic. To this day I still haven't seen that movie, but I got the cd for "My Heart Will Go On." And I listened to it on repeat for many, many days.

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    1. That was MY fist CD too!!! I won it as a prize in Sunday school (our Sunday school teacher let each boy pick our choice of CD to as a prize for memorizing all the books off the bible and I chose Titanic. Of course I hadn't seen the movie because BOOBS but I terrorized the family by playing Celine on repeat and kicked it up to the next level when I taught myself how to play the song on the flute :-P

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  7. We got a CD player for the big family Christmas present when I was about 9 or so, and the only CD we had for a while was of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite" and "1812 Overture". We loved that CD and listened to it all the time! My very first personal CD, however, was the "Beauty and the Beast" soundtrack!

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  8. I was probably 13 or 14 the first time I bought a CD. I was a super super SUPER nerdy teenager and i'm pretty sure the first CD I bought was either a collection of Baroque music or Vivaldi's Four Seasons. I don't remember which came first because I bought them at about the same time.

    Honestly, I kind of blame my parents because the only music I remember listening to growing up was Barry Manilow, the Carpenters, and classical music. I have since expanded my musical tastes, although I still listen to that Four Seasons CD. The only difference is it's been ripped onto my computer. :)

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    1. Your parents were AWESOME. Just sayin'. ;) Totally sounds like my playlist right now.

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  9. Well, they say the music you liked in your teen years from 14-16 either those bands you go back to over and over or ones that are similar. My first album I bought for myself- I do not count the Elvis Christmas on 8- track for my dad when I was young young- was a great trip to the record store. I walked out with U2's Joshua Tree, The Smith's and to this day my favorite The Phantom of the Opera Orginal Canadian Cast. I have been through like 6 tapes who knows how many CD's and now on my phone. Both leads have the most amazing voices. Nope no polka music for me. Though the festival is coming up :-) .

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  10. My first cassette tape was Britney Spears circa 1998 although technically I conned my grandmother into buying it for me as I didnt have enough money. I told her that Britney was a good Christian role model and that I would probably grow up to be a better person if she bought me the tape. I was 8 years old and felt like a GENIUS.

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  11. My first tape was the Bodyguard soundtrack. I don't know why I bothered buying the whole soundtrack since I only played "I Will Always Love You". On repeat. I sang along with it until my mom asked me to stop because "it bothered the parakeet".

    My first CD was Ace of Base and miraculously, it still works. I know this because I play it at work, much to my coworker's disdain.

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    1. Ace of Base was one of my first, too! And I still love the whole album!

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  12. My first CD was N'sync No Strings Attached. I was madly in love with Justin Timberlake (still am) and I was convinced that if I owned his CD, it would heighten my chances of living happily ever after with him. I was eight years old when I bought it and I have been forcing my brothers and parents to listen to Bye Bye Bye on repeat for the past fourteen years. That song never gets old!

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  13. It was either Aaron Carter, Hoku, or Lindsay Pagano. I'm pretty sure it was all three right around the same time. The only reason I bought the Lindsay Pagano CD was because it was $1.75 and I couldn't believe what a deal it was. It only had 3 songs. Her 'hit' Everything U R, a remix of Everything U R, and Burnin' In Me. I actually really loved her voice and couldn't believe she was only 13 or something like that when she recorded it.
    After I started writing this comment I went to research her, and it looks like she was on The Voice recently. Who knew.
    And yeah, I'm pretty sure I had a special dance routine made up for every song on Hoku's album, which, like many of you, was played on repeat for 100 million years. "I was there\when we met\you were eating a burrito\with a girl\some brunette\at El Torosco's." My mom told me that I had the same range as her, so I spent the next 5 years thinking that I was going to be a famous singer like HOKU!!

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  14. I also got my first 13 CD's from BMG (10 were free!! haha), but the one I knew I really wanted was Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill. I don't think that my 11-year-old self (or my mom for that matter) realized what the songs on that CD were saying...

    Also, I think that Keith Sweat, No Doubt, Blackstreet, C+C Music Factory, and Shania Twain were in that mix. I was obviously trying to find myself, musically...

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  15. OMG how young are all you people. Do read along vinyl records count? If so it was probably Mickey Mouse in The Brave Little Tailor. I think my mom had also bought me the Star Wars soundtrack on vinyl as well when I was young. I can't remember what the first record/tape I bought myself was though. My older siblings already had so many records, I don't think I really needed to buy any till I was around 10 or so which probably was the Michael Jackson Beat It single tape or something. I do, however, remember liking my sister's Elvis albums and she blow dried my hair back so it was all poofy and blown back on top, and I'd walk around pretending I was Elvis for my mom. My mom said I used to do all these skits for her when I was little and I use to entertain her. I remember one time I did some skit with my Mickey Mouse drum set for my aunt and mom...of course I was just hitting the drums randomly and had no idea what I was doing. When I was 12 I had my sister (hair dresser) curl my hair and I duped the moves of MJ and would do the dance to Billie Jean in front of friends and family...which is completely embarrassing when I think back on it...but apparently I was fairly good at it. Or they were just sadistically evil and wanted to laugh at my expense.

    ...why am I telling you people this?

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    1. Oh! I had read along vinyls too!

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  16. When I was 13 or 14, my friends and I decided that between us we would eventually have enough money to fulfill a record club contract (we were so wrong) so we divvied up the free ones and joined up. The only two I remember were an ABBA record and The Muppet Movie Soundtrack for my little brother. There were vinyl record albums. Because we didn't all have 8-track players.

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  17. I don't remember buying CDs before I was in college, though I am pretty sure they existed for at least a little while before that. I had CASSETTE TAPES (why should CDs get to be capitalized but not cassettes??). I don't know which ones I owned before others, but three that I remember having were Tiffany, Billy Joel, and Starship. Other than those, I had a lot of mix tapes that I recorded from the radio.

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    1. I take that all back. The very first album that was 100% mine was this Mini Pops vinyl http://www.discogs.com/Mini-Pops-Mini-Pops/master/373472 I remember blaring that album from our little record player in the dining room so it could be heard all over the house! I still have the album though I don't have a working record player.

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  18. When I was about nine or ten, I was friends with a girl named Katie, who I thought was really cool (she had her own room in the basement AND pet mice). We used to put the Aqua CD on and dance around to Barbie Girl. All. The. Time. I was so proud when I was finally able to buy the CD myself and dance to it at home!! I still know all the lyrics to all the songs on that CD (and yes...I'm slightly horrified I sang Barbie Girl lyrics at age ten).

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  19. Inner Circle-Bad Boys...because of the show Cops, duh. But their song Sweat is still one of my all-time favorite songs. And YES, I LIKE HOW DIRTY IT IS!!!

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  20. Donny Osmond's "To You, With Love". On vinyl. That's when I decided I was going to marry him. I was 6.

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  21. I think I was 11 years old when two friends at school convinced me to buy No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom album. My mom was shocked when I got it because I had never really listened to that type of music before but of course peer pressure makes you do things. I actually really do like that album still.

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  22. The Bodyguard soundtrack was the first CD i requested. My sister and I recieved a boom-box as a combined gift, and my mom let us choose some CDs from the Columbia House selection. I thought it was such an AWESOME deal that we got CDs for a penny. I had the choice of 5 total, and they consisted of 1. The Bodyguard Soundtrack 2. Michael Bolton - Time Love & Tenderness 3. Kenny G - Sentimental 4. Paula Abdul - Spellbound 5. Neil Diamond - The Christmas Album. Our only non-country, non-spanish, non-talk radio station was an easy listening/pop station. I just wanted anything that wasn't country.

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  23. The first CD I ever owned (birthday present) was Michael McClean, and I loved it. But the first CD I ever bought was Simon and Garfunkel's Concert in Central Park. Not because Paul Simon. Because Art Garfunkel. That curly hair. Those eyebrows. Yeah.

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    1. I had a burning crush on Art Garfunkel. I mean, I knew Paul Simon was the real power behind the throne, so to speak, but I too loved Art Garfunkel's angelic face and curly hair.

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    2. Everyone thinks they love Art Garfunkel because they want to be Art Garfunkel. Because Paul Simon.

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    3. I saw Art Garfunkel perform about 12 years ago and I definitely wanted to be him. But as we were walking out my mom said, "God I love Paul Simon," and the other people around us all nodded.

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  24. My mom had this thing where we could only listen to Christian pop or oldies. So when I decided that I liked mainstream pop, naturally I gravitated towards the wholesome group of Hanson. Middle of Nowhere is the first cd I bought, and I am not the least bit ashamed to say I still enjoy it.

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  25. I am an oldster and an eighties kid. So my first RECORDS were things like K-Tel's Blast Off, a collection of perfectly horrible songs from the early 80s, including Melissa Manchester's "You Should Hear How she Talks About You," Billy Idol's "Hot in the City" and songs from bands with names like Haircut One Hundred. I will say my favorite record as a kid remains much beloved-- Def Leppard's Pyromania. I also had David Bowie, Duran Duran, and Hall and Oates. Oh YEAH.

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    1. I still have some of those K-tel records!

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    2. Def Leppard's Pyromania was my first very own just mine Vinyl... (I had older sibs who didn't share well, and mom and dad were classical music folks, although I do like Johnny Cash 'cause dad did). That album still rocks the ages :-).

      And yes, as a teenager, I definitely wanted to get a hand on a member of Duran Duran... not mature enough for Paul Simon.

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  26. My first CD was the first NSYNC CD, I loved Lance Bass so much and listened to it non-stop for years. My sister bought her very first CD when she was 8 and was Queen because she had been in love with Freddie Mercury since she was like 4 and truly believed they would get married and live happily ever after. That night our father broke the news to her that Freddie had been dead for 5 years... she cried all night while listening to Somebody to love on repeat.

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    1. That might be the saddest story I've ever heard! Freddie Mercury was pretty much the greatest. Besides Lance Bass of course!!

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  27. My first cassette....because I am old....was Milli Vanilli. And I loved it more than anything in the world.....and then I was heartbroken. Why??? Why did they deceive us like that????? *sigh*

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  28. I don't remember precisely what my first cd was, but my family or I owned a lot of Disney cds. And then I remember getting the Remember the Titans soundtrack. Best. CD. Ever. Peace Train, Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Act Naturally--how could you not love these songs!? I'm pretty sure when I hear these songs today, I still know what song would go after it on the cd.

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  29. The first one I was given was the Tarzan soundtrack, but the first one I bought was in 6th grade, it was the Backstreet Boys album and I didn't tell anyone because I was so embarrassed because everyone else loved NSync.

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  30. The questions is: do you still "love" Bush? Did you really listen to the CD?

    My first cassette was New Kids on the Block, because I was 6 or 7 years old and I guess I was their target audience? (Eesh, listening to them now, I realize they're no good. I mean, their musical talent was pretty on-par for the 6-7 year-old population, is what!) Side note: I haven't given a crap about any boy bands since NKOTB. I think they ruined boy bands for me...

    My first CD was Amy Grant, House of Love. I was 12, and I bought it because my new neighbor/best friend had it and I wanted to be like her. To this day, I can probably sing along with all of those songs, even though I haven't listened to it since junior high...

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    1. I listened to it constantly. And still love it with all of my heart.

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    2. My dad had Amy Grant's House of Love when I was like 6-7ish and I thought it was the best cd ever! I'm sure I could still sing along to it today. The first cd I ever owned I think was The Lion King soundtrack, closely followed by MMMBOP! (just the single) both of which I still love.

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  31. Elton John. I was quite certain at my five year old age that he and I would get married and have a million kids. My parents had to talk with me a couple years later about that dream never becoming a reality.

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  32. Oh dear....well...ummmm ...it was about 1974 and it was not an album but 45 record of 'The Streak' by Ray Stevens that I bought with my allowance , brought home and played over and over on my kid type record player until they were both worn out. I think that explains quite a lot about how I turned out now that I think about it... lol http://youtu.be/XtzoUu7w-YM. After that I was banned from the recird store for about 5 years when I then bought the 'Cheap Trick'album...yup never really got much better..buhahahaha and im not anonymous im Holly but my Google seems to be embarrassed to know me at the moment. ��

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    1. Ray Stevens!!!! Agggh!!! He was my favorite for forever! The Squirrel, Tarzan, Uddn-Uddn! I can't even remember the names of the songs just bits and pieces that have me grinning even now! Thanks Holly (whom Google is embarrassed to know)! That totally made my day!

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    2. You are very welcome. .I'm happy to report I was singing 'the streak' all day as we floated around scout lake and now my 13 year old is pretty sure I need to be committed or at least evaluated ...(.parenting done right..buhahaha) and yes googke is STILL embarrassed to know me....have a awesome day:)

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  33. All you young puppies: I'm not sure if I've EVER paid for music -for listening enjoyment- on vinyl, 8-track, cassette, CD, or whatever comes next. I have paid for backing tracks (like karaoke), since I sang at my first wedding and often sang solos at church when the church only had a tape system and no pianist.

    HOWEVER, I have always been surrounded by music, and grew up listening to Barry Manilow, Barbra Streisand, the Eagles, Neil Diamond, and Neil Sedaka, all on 8-track (and if I hear the songs again, I remember where the tracks would "break"), as well as all of the Christmas music on vinyl. I think the first 45 I ever owned was Lionel Richie's "Hello" and my first vinyl albums were Duran Duran and/or Phil Collins. And I received a COMPLETE SET of the Time/Warner "Greatest Collection of Love Songs You Could Ever Even Imagine" as payment for the infomercial I shot for them.

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  34. The first album I bought was also by Bush (because Gavin Rossdale was sooo dreamy). But it was on cassette, even though we had a CD player, because the 85-year-old trapped in my 12-year-old body was convinced CDs were a fad that would never last. But this was probably because we had a truck with an eight-track player, so I was a bit behind the times.

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  35. I was probably 9 or 10 when I was given a sweet bubblegum pink boom box/cassette player. I christened it with Kool and the Gang. Ce-le-brate good times, come on!

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  36. The year was 1992. I was probably in 2nd or third grade. I went to visit my grandma in the big city of Flint, MI. We visited the Mall, which was a BIG deal for me and I searched endlessly to find the cassette single of Achy Breaky Heart. I finally found it purchased it. I had the biggest crush on Billy Ray Cyrus in all of his mullet-y gloriousness. Oh goodness, I'm glad my taste in men and music has improved since then!

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    1. That was my first cassette, too! I saved up my allowance money and I was so excited when I bought it. Oh, my heart....

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  37. The first cassette that I remember buying was Duran Duran's self-titled album. I played it over and over, memorizing every word and all the harmonies and I just loved it so much. One fateful day, in a fit of rage, my older sister destroyed that tape. I was tempted to tear down her Michael Jackson posters in retaliation, but that would have endangered my precious Kirk Cameron poster, and that risk was just unacceptable.

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  38. Belinda Carlisle, and I bought it from my mom when I was 10 (well outside Belinda Carlisle peak popularity, too).
    I think I was trying to both impress her with my musical taste and that I had a whole 5 dollars to give her. I remember her being really amused but letting me do it. I'm pretty sure that money found its way back into my pants' pocket the same day.

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  39. My first cassette tape was Spice Girls. I was in 3rd grade and I realllly really wanted to be Sporty Spice because i was going through that weird tomboy phase. Well, my friend Abby had dark hair so apparently she "looked' more like Sporty Spice so SHE was Sporty Spice. Everyone said i looked like Baby Spice. OH. HELL. NO. She was too girly. So i became Scary Spice, the black one. Im not black...

    I still know all the words to "Wannabe" and "Say You'll Be There"

    My first actual CD was "NOW"

    I. WAS. SO. COOL.

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  40. Oh, mine was the dreamy Rick Springfield. And not as much for the music as for his picture on the album cover. Sigh...how I love him still.

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    1. Yummy, me too. I remember my sister and I sitting on the front porch singing along with "Jesse's Girl" on the radio. Rick's was the first concert I ever went to. I was in 7th grade, I believe, during his heyday. Sigh...

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  41. My very first cassette was Richard Marx's self-titled album. Of course, since it was the only music I owned, it was played non-stop. I got it for Christmas with a really nerdy tape deck that you had to hook up to a receiver. I really wanted a boom box, but my parents gave that to my brother instead...

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    1. Molly, that was my first cassette too! I desperately wanted it for Christmas, but as my dad was a pastor, I didn't expect to get it. What they did was so tricky--they bought me a 5-pack of blank cassettes, opened it, took one out, put the Richard Marx tape in its place, and then put the wrapper back on, which successfully covered up the Richard Marx tape. It was the last gift I opened, and when I saw that it was just blank tapes, I was so disappointed!

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  42. First cassette I ever had was a mix tape involving Ace of Base, Buggles, and Deee-Lite among others. My sisters and I would dance to Video Killed the Radio Star and The Sign on top of the kitchen table for daaaaaays. First CD I ever bought was The Beatles 1, which at the time I loved but since I've gotten older and appreciate more of their music I've found it actually doesn't have any of my favorite songs on it anymore.

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    1. Deee-Lite. How I hated them when they first came out. I thought that song of their's was just absolute garbage. Now it comes on the radio or played at a wedding and it's like....YEAH WOOO...

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  43. Isn't it the Boy Scouts of God Bless America?

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    1. Nice catch. I'm writing into my will that Cheryl Brown shall take over Stranger when I die from overeating ice cream.

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    2. It's Cheryl for the win! I had that same thought as I read the post, but I kept my mouth shut. By the way, am I the oldest person to read this thing? My first (or early) vinyl purchase was the Moody Blues "Days of Future Passed". (Yup, I'm an old fart.)

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  45. First off, I am very disappointed that this post is about the first CD you owned, Eli, because I thought it was going to be announcing the first CD you created. You know, with meow'd Miley Cyrus covers and PAUL SIMON! Second, my first CD was Britney Spears "Baby One More Time," when I was eleven. I threw it away a week later because my ten year old cousin convinced me that I would go to Hell if I listened to it since Britney wore a midriff-bearing shirt in one of her music videos. I was very timid and my cousin was very bossy.

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  46. My first cassette was the soundtrack to Where in the World is Carmen San Diego. I loved the Capital Song. And I loved yelling "Do it Rockapella!" and then slamming down that play button.

    I had a similar experience to Angela with my first CD. My dad bought me Backstreet Boys and I feigned excitement because I was really an NSync fan. When I finally bought the NSync album, I was disappointed because I expected them to look like the Jackson 5.
    Seriously.

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  47. Chicago 17- I jump/danced to "You're the Inspiration" on my trampoline over and over and over and over. One of the best summers of my life,

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  48. My first CD was Hansen, MMbop! I was so in love with these guys when I was in 6th grade, they hold a special place in heart forever!

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    1. Me too! Oh that hair! Hubba hubba woo hoo!!!!

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  49. I bullied my younger brother into buying the 3T single.
    "Sitting at home another lonely night. Wish you were here so i could hold you tight,.......................why did you leave why did tour love have to gooooo ooooo oooo. I'll give you love...."

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  50. My first CD was "Louder Than Bombs" by The Smiths. That CD ultimately saved my life, quite literally. Dark time in Michael's life where I thought I was lower than trash because I realized I was gay. I desperately clung to this music, allowing Morrissey to convince me that being different is no reason to swallow lots of pills. I owe that CD everything. Whoops! Didn't mean to over-share like that. Ummm, my first CD was....was...why is it so dang warm in here??

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    1. Michael, oversharing is why this blog exists! (See my post from a few weeks ago that included several crying bath selfies).

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    2. I love all the comments here, but I love love love this. Music is amazing - it has such power. Glad you found something that saved you!! Thanks for the overshare!

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  51. I'm pretty sure my first cassette was Wilson Phillips' self-titled album. Then a few years later, I bought it on CD along with the Top Gun soundtrack.

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  52. My brother bribed me to go halfsies with him on a Creed CD. He really just didn't want to pay full price, He took it to college with him and I never saw it again along with all of the other stuff we "shared"! haha.

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  53. My first cd was Endless Summer by The Beach Boys. I was a third grader, it was 1997. There's no logical reason why I wanted this particular cd. But I loved it and listened to it all the time until it got scratched and started skipping on Help Me Rhonda.

    Before that, my cassette collection included a homemade mixtape of Paul Simon. I misread the handwritten label and spent years thinking that my uncle Paul Simpson was an amazing musician.

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  54. I had cassettes gifted to me, but the first CD I bought with my own money was Real McCoy's Another Night (at least, I think that was the title track). Still include a few of the songs in my playlists, for nostalgia purposes, but we never realized back in...1992, probably? how terrible some of their music was.

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  55. 1986 I bought my first CD with my own money I was 14. The album - Stings' The Dream of the Blue Turtles. I never bothered to find out why it was called that - none of the songs mention it. I was sure I would grow up and save the world from all tragedy and evil because of that album. Yeah, that didn't happen...sorry, y'all.

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  56. Ive been pondering the question for 2 days now, and it think it was an Alan Jackson cassette tape "chattahoochee" that I bought at a garage sale for 5 cents. I lived in MT where that cassette was actually sold in stores at one point. Both the buyer and the seller thought they were stealing from each other! Man I thought I was sooooo cool rockin out to that in my lil pink cowgirl boots and undies.A few years later my sisters came in and unraveled all the black magnetic tape and cut it up so that they wouldn't have to listen to it anymore. They just couldn't stand one more rewind and playing of it. That was a day of dark clouds in my world. I'm pretty sure I even picked up all the lil pieces of it, put it in a shoe box, and conducted a funeral where I buried it in our lil animal graveyard down by the river. Don't worry though, a while late my mom gave me the CD version to get back at my sisters for listening to Salt-n-Pepa, MC Hammer, and LL Cool J everyday.

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  57. It was Bon Jovi 'Pyromania' on tape in like 1986. Not CD-- TAPE. It was total from-the-pit-of-hell contraband in my pentecostal house growing up, possibly actually produced by the devil, so I kept it under my mattress and only listened to it when no one was home, dancing around like Kevin Bacon in Footloose (the REAL FOOTLOOSE, not whatever that recent one was).

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  58. The first CD I ever owned was Metamorphosis by Hillary Duff. I think I could still sing the whole album today, which is only a little embarrassing.

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  59. i think i have the combined music tastes of everyone that reads you. the comments are fantastic on this one. Good question, Eli! And, for the record, my first tape was Phil Collin's "But Seriously" at the age of 8 (same year it came out - 1989). I am still in love with that man. First cd was either Enya's "Oronoco Flow" or Crash Test Dummies. Like most people here I was young and "finding myself musically."

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  60. I'm pretty sure the first cassette that I owned that was mine all mine was Garth Brooks. He was wearing a blue and black shirt in the cover.
    The first cd that I bought was Tragic Kingdom. I can't decide if No Doubt's debut album makes me feel old or not.

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  61. My Dad came home one day with a CD. His co-worker loaned it to him because he just had to show his children this fascinating shiny thing, we would think it was soooo cool and my Dad would be the hero.
    But, we didn't have a CD player, which apparently is pretty important when showing your kids the magic of the compact disc. Great job Dad, great job.
    I received my first CD player a couple of years later, my first CD-- DON'T BE JEALOUS-------Vanilla Ice

    Stop. Collaborate and Listen


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  62. The Bangles. Different Light. I jammed out to Manic Monday on my baby blue "boombox." "Six o'clock already! I was just in the middle o' a dream! Ba da daa da da da da dadadada doohdeleyoooo-doh!"

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  63. I had access to my dad's record and 8-track collection and (honest-to-god) I would keep trying to play his Simon & Garfunkle 8-track tape until he took it away from me (being worried the tape would get ruined). That being said I'm pretty sure my first cassette tape was Tracy Chapman and my first CD was Blackstreet or Smashmouth. Things haven't really changed.... Great post to fuel the musical fire in us all. ;-)

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  64. Pretty sure it was Spice Girls! Fifth grade and singing "2 become 1" and had no idea what they were talking about...

    Now my question, which Bush cd? My super cool older sister liked Bush, therefore I liked Bush. Fell in love with Gavin Rossdale instantly. I may or may not have named my first born after him...

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  65. I can't remember exactly what my first CD was but I'm pretty sure it was either Backstreet Boys, Nsync, or Spice Girls.

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  66. My first record purchase was in grade 6 and it was the single "These boots are made for walking" by Nancy Sinatra.I loved it! This might make me sound really old but I don't think I am at all. I might have to look for some boots and sing it now.

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  67. K-Ci and JoJo for the win! #facepalm.... I promise I have better taste in music than that....now.

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  68. Dj Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. My mom worked for the local video store and in my tweens I got to help out when the store participated in special events (we lived in a really small town, so that was like everything). I helped bag popcorn from the popcorn maker all day one Pioneer Day and I got to pick out a tape as "payment". (They had music too) I had heard of the Fresh prince from one of my more "wordly" friends and decided to check it out. :P

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  69. I'm semi-ashamed to admit this in a public forum. But, what the heck?!

    I'm proud to say that my first self-purchased album (not cassette, not CD) was Disco Duck (K-Tel). It was 1978...I was 10-years-old and had diligently saved my money to call in and order this. The anticipation of delivery was almost more than I could handle...I'd started to forget my daily checking of the mailbox when one day THERE IT WAS!

    I think I scratched the record on it's maiden voyage, but continued to listen to it, scratches and all, for DAYS to come.

    My older sister now holds this album in her vast collection...I'm sure it's the shining star of all that vinyl.

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