Monday, November 29, 2004

First music

Part of last night's conversation centered on the first 45s, LPs and CDs we each bought. The other guys all bought wacky 70s tunes like "The Night Chicago Died" to start their vinyl collections. I should mention that the four of us were 35 or 36 years old, so my first vinyl should have been something equally 70s rock/pop.

But noooo. I was a little gay boy hopelessly out of step with my peers. I was a shy little homebody perfectly content to dance around the living room all alone, listening to my parents' albums, especially Herb Alpert's Whipped Cream & Other Delights, the West Side Story movie soundtrack and the original Sound of Music Broadway cast recording.

(And yet somehow, my parents were surprised to find out I was gay.)

The first albums I bought were just as gay, and I got them from one of those school book-and-record order forms. They arrived together, so I don't really have a "first" album. And—quel surprise—they were the original cast recordings of Annie and A Chorus Line. I seem to recall I got them in sixth grade with my paper route money.

To be honest, I don't really remember the first 45 I bought. But I think it was either "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" or Miami Sound Machine's "Conga"—which, for those of you who are paying close attention, weren't even recorded until the 1980s. Which further underscores just how out of step I was with my peers.

I do remember my first CDs, which I also bought together: Carl Orff's mighty Carmina Burana and Meatloaf's operatic Bat Out of Hell. Neither of which earns me any butch points.

And while I'm on the topic, I do remember my first illegal Napster download as well: that dance-a-delic 80s remix of "Oh What A Night (December 1963)."

And in case I need to remind you: Yes, I am gay.


Todd said...

Jake, I found your blog a while back, and I love reading your posts. Your show tunes stories especially make my day! Your pics aren't bad either! :-) Thanks for sharing.

Erick said...

I remember the first album I ever bought with my own money. I saved my allowance for almost three weeks to buy...Judy Garland's Thats Entertainment. I was seven. I would play it on my Fisher Price record player. I can almost hear her now...Clang clang clang went the...

buff said...

We all have our firsts. For me, Queen and Freddy Mercury. WOOOF.
Love your writing style. Great blog. Keep it up, stud.

Sven said...

what's a 45? [twirling lock of hair]

just kiddin'!

dan said...

I didn't think it got more butch than Meatloaf, but maybe I'm misguided.

My first 45 was a song from Xanadu. My first LP was Prince 1999. My first tape that I bought myself was Prince's Around the World in a Day. My first CD was some a Cure single. Fascination Street I think.

David said...

Jake, you're gayer then Liberace in an antique store!

My first single was 'I Think I Love You' by the Partridge family. First album- the movie sountrack of 'Tommy'. But I have to admit I wanted it for Ann-Margret, I could care less about The Who...,
I can also sing all of Ann-Margret's scenes in the movie. Just ask me! Go ahead, ask me! Jake? Jake???

Jim said...

As a child, I totally WORE OUT my parent's vinyl copy of The Sound Of Music. To this day I can listen to the CD and tell you exactly where the "skips" shoud be!

Anonymous said...

First album was most likely AC/DC's High Voltage, first single probably Blondie’s Heart of Glass and the first CD was Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel’s Nail (Foetus was the awesome blueprint that most horrible "industrial" bands would later copy). And, no, I'm not gay. But I love this blog, funny as hell and the writing keeps me coming back. Thanks. Ivo