Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Music was my first love......

The first single I ever owned was "Wherever I Lay My Hat" by Paul Young. I didn't strictly buy it - I got a voucher with my new pair of Clarks school shoes (brown, lace-up, thanks mother) and could choose from a list of four singles. I don't remember what the others were, but chose the Paul Young and spent the next five years totally obsessed. My first album is a little more embarrassing...iwanttodoitwithyoubybarrymanilow (hopefully that's indecipherable). Again, I blame my mother - she had "Manilow Magic" on LP and I (apparently) used to kiss the picture of the over-tanned, bouffy-haired housewives favourite when I was about five. So when I had enough birthday money saved up, I bought an album of my own. Tragic.

The last CD I bought was "Intensive Care" by Robbie Williams. In between the first and last there's a whole slew of music, ranging from Slayer to Darius. I own virtually every Black Sabbath and Deep Purple album on vinyl. I love Guns and Roses, the Beautiful South and Glen Campbell. And do you know what? I'm not ashamed of any of it*. Music is so subjective and music snobbery makes me cross.

Carry on.

* With the possible exception of "Fighting the World" by Manowar.


Blogger Stef the engineer chimed in with...

From Barry to Robbie. You've come full circle!

29 November, 2005 12:00  
Blogger Merkin chimed in with...

Please don't tell anyone, but the first CD I ever bought was "Please Hammer Don't Hurt Me" by MC Hammer. Oh the shame. Oh the humiliation. In fact, if I ever invent a time machine, that's the VERY FIRST thing I'm going back to change....

29 November, 2005 12:11  
Blogger Donna chimed in with...

"Mamma He's Making Eyes at Me" - Lena Zavaroni. I say no more.

29 November, 2005 12:30  
Blogger Urban Chick chimed in with...

OMG! lena zavaroni! i had forgotten about her!

me: 'wake me up before you go go' (12 inch version, so a modicum of cool there, no?)

i detest music snobbery, which is why i am happy to confess my love of genesis POST peter gabriel

29 November, 2005 12:51  
Blogger Homer chimed in with...

My first single wasn't too embarrassing - a song I can never remember by Strawberry Switchblade [?]. My first album, however, was recorded by none other than busty chanteuse Samantha Fox.

Totally with you on music snobbery - I loved Take That and Busted with no irony whatsoever!

(But then, as LC points out, I am only 12.)

Ypdfx - the sound of putting a needle on a 33.

29 November, 2005 13:21  
Blogger Brom chimed in with...

My first was ELO's 10538 Overture followed by The Wombles.

I list two Duran Duran tracks amongst my mostly prog and metal fave list.

29 November, 2005 13:27  
Blogger GreatSheElephant chimed in with...

first single: Money, money, money - Abba
first album: If - Telly Savalas. Go on - beat that for embarrassment.

Last cd - can't remember actually

mprjrrm - a return to traditional Tory values

29 November, 2005 13:27  
Anonymous Other Half chimed in with...

SG and I share a love of all things cheesey musically. We particularly favour old school 70's and 80's rock when played by balding, middle-aged men in pub covers bands. Many is the night we have been heard wailing along to some Whitesnake or Maiden 'classics' frequently air-guitaring along or at the very least throwing out the 'devils horn' sign at the band.

We have been told frequently that WE ROCK !!!!!!!!!!!!

29 November, 2005 13:39  
Blogger patroclus chimed in with...

Eh heh heh heh heh. I'm pretty sure the first single I ever bought was something by King, but it wasn't "Love and Pride". Years and years later I used to see Paul King at the bus stop in Kentish Town, getting the 134 down to Camden to do his VJ slot on VH-1.

First album? Can't quite remember, but have a sneaking suspicion it might have been post-Duran Duran outfit Arcadia.

Around the same time I *did* buy - and love - Rock Me Amadeus by Falco, and Holding Out For A Hero by Bonnie Tyler, which I could get quite embarrassed about if I wanted to.

Fortunately my brother came to my rescue shortly after and made me listen to Laibach and Nick Cave and stuff. Phew.

29 November, 2005 13:46  
Blogger surly girl chimed in with...

right. is anyone else seeing a different template when they visit? about an hour ago my sidebar was on the other side, and now i've got green blobs.

that aside, i had the captain beaky album...

29 November, 2005 14:02  
Anonymous Other Half chimed in with...

Rising by Rainbow was one of my first albums but sad to say my first single was I Love You Love by Gary Glitter....although I'm not sure I should admit to that in the current climate.

...and before anyone says anything, yes it was 1972 ans yes I am that old !!!

BTW, all sidebars, menus etc look fine to me my love.

29 November, 2005 14:20  
Blogger Northern Blond chimed in with...

ahh the good old days. In the days when Boots had a record department I remember saving up all my christmas money and purchasing two fabulous albums - hey I was 11 what was I to know......Best of Bucks Fizz and Best of Tight Fit - kwality!! I won't mention the fact that I used to number my singles with little squares of paper cut with pinking shears. Hmmmmm OCD kicked in early for me :-)

29 November, 2005 14:28  
Blogger Lee chimed in with...

> Music is so subjective and music snobbery makes me cross.

Oh god yes. I love Girls Aloud *far* too much.

Although, converse Mariah Carey can just *die*.

29 November, 2005 15:05  
Anonymous Other Half chimed in with...

See, thats why music is so subjective...there's something inherently sexy about Maria Carey even though her singing can make me kinda nauseous...and I know she has strange 'man' hands, is probably a closet TS but i don't care, she has a 'quality' !!!

29 November, 2005 15:42  
Blogger surly girl chimed in with...

you mean she goes like a train and is mental to boot. doesn't count as a "quality" i'm afraid.

and wanting to shag someone is not the same as "liking their music", really....

29 November, 2005 15:49  
Anonymous Other Half chimed in with...

Errr ok, best I dump half the CD's in my collection then as their purchase was based on the slut on the cover hehehehehe.

29 November, 2005 16:03  
Blogger Cleavers chimed in with...

"Crush" by the Jets. I was lured by the bright pink cover, but then I was only 9 years old

Not sure my music taste has improved much improved to be honest. I have to admit to going to a Steps concert and an S Club 7 concert. I was in my mid-twenties. I claimed that it was so sad as to be cool, that's why I was doing it. Really? I just loved their music and was gutted when they both split up.

*retires back to the rock of shame from under which she crawled*

29 November, 2005 16:43  
Blogger LC chimed in with...

First album I owned: Rio by Duran Duran, on cassette tape, bought for me by an aunt.

First vinyl album I bought: Appetite for Destruction by G&R. ROCK! (LC punches the air, making sign of the devil...)

First CD: Grave Dancers' Union, Soul Asylum (during a particularly sulky period of my youth).

29 November, 2005 16:44  
Blogger Perry Neeham chimed in with...

Hope there is room for the B52's in your eclectic collection?

I still have the fist single I bought (Lulu/Shout) but thankfully nothing to play it on.

29 November, 2005 16:53  
Blogger CyberPete chimed in with...

My first album was 'Sabrina' by Sabrina and first single was 'Gringo' by Sabrina. Yes, I was a fan and no, not so much anymore.

29 November, 2005 17:52  
Anonymous Piggy and Tazzy chimed in with...

How could any sane person be obsessed with Paul Young? He has to have been one of the ugliest mongs ever born.

My first ever was much more sedate - Rolf Harris. Because I was young and didn't know any better.

And I liked 'two little boys' (not in that sense either).

29 November, 2005 18:49  
Anonymous Stu Savory chimed in with...

I'm so old that my first record was cylindrical ;-)

No, seriously, it WAS shellack though.

Given your varied tastes you might like guitar virtuoso Steve Vai.
He 'played' (sic!) the Devil's guitarist in the film Crossroads. (Fast metal).


29 November, 2005 18:58  
Blogger Donna chimed in with...

loving the use of 'mong' ...

29 November, 2005 19:00  
Blogger Whinger chimed in with...

My first album was Styx. I was a very advanced 8-year-old due to having older sisters. My first CD was more tame: Little River Band.

29 November, 2005 19:06  
Blogger Kyahgirl chimed in with...

For the life of me I can't remember the name of the guy on my first album....sang something about a lover's cross. I must be getting Alzheimers.
I think my next one was George Harrison in India. My strange meditation days.
My most recent was Doc Walker (country-please don't despise me).

29 November, 2005 19:29  
Blogger Inexplicable DeVice chimed in with...

Homer: I remember Strawberry Switchblade! I thought I'd made them up. Yay! I'm not mad after all.

I would love not to be snobby about music, but I can't help it. So, I'm not telling what my first single/album was. Or maybe I just can't remember...

Shit! I really can't.

29 November, 2005 20:09  
Blogger bedshaped chimed in with...

My first single was Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody".
My First album on vinyl was Adam and the Ants "Kings of the wild frontier".
My first and only ever album on tape was Jeff Waynes "War of the Worlds".
My first album on CD was Tyka Nelson (Prince's sister) "Royal Blue".
My first single on cd was Deacon Blue "Songs of Bacharach and David".
My last album on CD probably doesn't count, because it's a demo release of an unsigned band, so then it would be Radiohead "Kid A".
Yep, it's been that long since I've actually paid for an album.
That's really bad isn't it.
Shit, I feel crap now.

verification "drvel"
Whadya mean 'drivel'?

29 November, 2005 21:18  
Blogger Kyahgirl chimed in with...

sorry to 'clog the blog', I had to come back to say I remembered the name. Jim Croce. Ok, we're good now.

29 November, 2005 21:20  
Blogger surly girl chimed in with...

homer - it was "since yesterday"...

the rest of you - hurray! thanks for sharing (except ID who i fear is fibbing when he says he can't remember)

29 November, 2005 22:48  
Blogger Tabby Rabbit chimed in with...

Late, I know. Out at thing with customer(ie trying to hold glass of wine and plate of sarnies while shaking hands with strangers in crowded room). First single I bought was 'Love and Pride' by King. First album was 'The Hits'. Can't remember first CD I bought. Or first MP3/iTune download...

29 November, 2005 23:00  
Anonymous Piggy and Tazzy chimed in with...

...'the rest of you - hurray! thanks for sharing'.

Is that all we get? You lazy fucker.

29 November, 2005 23:30  
Blogger surly girl chimed in with...

fuck off then, and have another look. been slaving away, and that's all the thanks i get.

ungrateful fuckers.

29 November, 2005 23:55  
Blogger Inexplicable DeVice chimed in with...

OK, I was fibbing a little. I remember my first single (in this current body): Paula Abdul & MC Skat Cat (or something) with Opposites Attract. The first album I really can't remember, although I have a sneaky suspicion that it was Ralph Tresvant...

WV:wdcck All I could think of was woodcock (the bird, you perverts!)

30 November, 2005 17:39  
Blogger surly girl chimed in with...

ooh! i loved that - and weirdly i still know all the words......

01 December, 2005 09:11  
Blogger Juggling Mother chimed in with...

OH is much too cute to be able to remember 1972!

I never really managed to get into music, although I shared a room with my sister who spent every penny she ever aquired on records, so I just nicked hers:-)

Never bought a single (never!), but first album & CD was Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi, which is an acceptably crap choice for a tone deaf 13/14 year old.

01 December, 2005 16:59  
Blogger crisiswhatcrisis chimed in with...

I've come to this a few days late, but couldn't resist mentioning that my first single was 'Black Betty' by Ram Jam. I'm not quite that old, it had been out several years when I bought it second hand. I still like it, actually.

Oh, and I had Manowar as well. And Helstar. And Mama's Boys. I'll get my (long dark) coat.

07 December, 2005 16:03  

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