For the record... who was your first?

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THE first sin­gle I ever bought with my own money was Jim Dandy by LaVern Baker and the first al­bum I ever bought was All Sum­mer Long by The Beach Boys. I was about 14, 15, I’d cut some­body’s lawn, I’d get two dol­lars, and I’d go buy an al­bum.

Then, I’m paint­ing a house in Phoenix one sum­mer morn­ing and I hear this song called She Loves You by the band called The Bea­tles. I stopped paint­ing and I went “What was that?” Be­cause it was some­thing to­tally new. I never saw what they looked like, it didn’t mat­ter, it was the song that got me. Then I saw a pic­ture of The Bea­tles and I was hooked. THE first record I def­i­nitely fell un­der the spell of was Sea­sons In The Sun by Terry Jacks – a great record, which ac­tu­ally has a much grander tra­di­tion in the sense that it comes from Jac­ques Brel and that whole era. Then, I’d like to say it was Com­bat Rock (The Clash) but I think the week be­fore that I bought Kings Of The Wild Fron­tiers by Adam And The Ants. THE first sin­gle I re­mem­ber buy­ing on CD was Eminem, My Name Is. I must have been about 11. Be­fore that I had The Corrs on tape, I loved them. And I had the Spice Girls on tape. I had a Coca-Cola CD player – I was re­ally lit­tle. THE first one I ac­tu­ally bought was Chuck Berry On Stage, live at Tivoli The­ater. There was some­thing about vinyl. It’s pre­cious, isn’t it. It’s like an ex­ten­sion of your body, al­most. K-Tel. My mother was a pub­lic school teacher and so we didn’t have a record player in the house, but on week­ends she would bring the cr***y pub­lic school turnta­bles home. I bought this record – the K-Tel com­pi­la­tions – and it had Fly Robin Fly (Sil­ver Con­ven­tion) and That’s The Way (uh-huh, uh-huh) I Like It by KC and The Sun­shine Band, but it also had Edgar Win­ter’s Franken­stein on it, and it to­tally changed my life. It was like, ‘Oh my god.’ THE first record that I fell in love with, apart from Billy Eck­s­tine and John­nie Ray-type things, was called Flamingo by a sax­o­phone player called Earl Bos­tic. Soon af­ter I bought Walk­ing Shoes by Gerry Mul­li­gan’s Quar­tet. Earl Bos­tic was a sort of R&B jazz player and Gerry Mul­li­gan was out and out jazz. I RE­MEM­BER get­ting hold of a copy of Cool For Cats by Squeeze. I don’t think I would have bought it new, it must have been a few years old, even then. My mother threw it away, be­cause it was seen as a bad in­flu­ence. I CAN re­mem­ber where I was stand­ing when I saw the first Bea­tles record in this big dis­count house where my par­ents used to shop. I Want To Hold Your Hand – that might have been one of the first ones. But be­fore that, I bought a song by Freddy Can­non called Pal­isades Park, sort of a fair­ground-sound­ing thing, and The Or­lons, South Street. MY grand­mother took my two sis­ters and me to Mr Pem­ber­ton’s record store. We bought an Elvis Pres­ley al­bum from the film Dou­ble Trou­ble, and a Dis­ney film called The Par­ent Trap star­ring Hay­ley Mills. Among the sin­gles was Tammy Wynette’s D-I-V-O-R-C-E and I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Bea­tles. I LOVED Elvis very much. I didn’t like his later pe­riod, but I loved Heart­break Ho­tel and I liked Chuck Berry. I bought some stupid s**t too. I bought Venus In Blue Jeans by Jimmy Clan­ton. I loved The Everly Broth­ers, Cathy’s Clown, and I loved Buddy Holly.

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