The First Music You Remember Buying With Your Own Money

by KimW
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I'm sure this actually isn't the first I bought (The Album,not just the song) but it's the first I can remember right now.
There are albums by Ultimate Spibach and The Grateful dead that are nagging at the back of my mind say they cam before this,but not 100% sure.


Ok, I'm adding the other two albums just to cover my behind.

First Dead album I ever bought:


And the Ultimate Spinach album.

  • Profile picture of the author Halcyon
    For me it was U2 Joshua Tree. I rode all the way downtown on the bus and stood in line for 30 minutes to buy it on vinyl. I was supposed to go straight home from school but I was over an hour late. I didn't even care about the stern look on my dad's face, I had Bono!!

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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    I was working the midnight shift at the post office when The Joshua Tree came out. Def Leopard Hysteria came out about the same time, We all had walkmans back then,there, and we all would trade tapes . Awesome album.
    I have a copy of the first US release by U2.
    I know I'm already going off topic ( imagine that!) but this is the first U2 song I ever heard from the first album released in the US and the first U2 album I ever bought.

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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    Does buying with your allowance count? I bought Green Day's Insomniac when I was 12. Best song on the album:


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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      If you're allowing pocket money, it was the Beatles - "She Loves You" (okay, technically it was bought for me, but it was my money).

      I couldn't afford LPs until I was old enough to get a paper round. I'm almost certain the first album I bought was this:


      But I've got a nagging feeling that it might have been this Trojan reggae compilation:



      I remember being paranoid that the other bus passengers might see the sleeve through the bag.

      Happy days!


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    Of course it counts.that was your own money :-)
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    Frank,
    I was lucky in my early music listening years because growing up my parent's own two drives ins. And back in those days it was a dime to play a song on the juke box with 3 plays for a quarter.

    Of course,pinball was a nickel a play......
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill Farnham
      Originally Posted by KimW View Post

      I was lucky in my early music listening years because growing up my parent's own two drives ins.
      Kim, were those in the DC area?


      I think mine may have been a Kinks record. 1964?

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      • Profile picture of the author KimW
        Originally Posted by Bill Farnham View Post

        Kim, were those in the DC area?


        I think mine may have been a Kinks record. 1964?

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        Bill,
        no both were in Oklahoma City before we moved to va, I was pre teen and just turned teen when we had the second one.
        First was named Gerners which made them decent money so they sold it and opend another one in a different part of OKC,that one was named Kim's and failed miserably...... maybe that should have told me something.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    For me it was Duran Duran - Rio... back in 1982. This was the track that made me buy a LP at the age of 10!!!


    Funny enough, I never bought many records along my life (except for my house/soul/disco/jazz/you name it DJ work) cause working as a radio DJ I had access to free promos before the records hit the stores.

    And Kim, thanks for the memories. That U2 track made me dream to a while back... cheers mate.
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  • Profile picture of the author alistair
    Don't know whether it was the first but brings back those memories, and the lyrics, what there are of them say it all really.

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  • Profile picture of the author kenmichaels
    Mine was Guns and Roses, Appetite for destruction...
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    • Profile picture of the author Halcyon
      Originally Posted by kenmichaels View Post

      Mine was Guns and Roses, Appetite for destruction...
      Great Album!
      I was the only girl in my class who could mimic Axl Rose's scream perfectly. I also do a pretty good Robert Plant and a passable Steven Tyler.

      I do love a quality scream.

      Originally Posted by KimW View Post

      I was working the midnight shift at the post office when The Joshua Tree came out. Def Leopard Hysteria came out about the same time, We all had walkmans back then,there, and we all would trade tapes . Awesome album.
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      I wasn't quite working age when Joshua Tree came out but I do remember Def Leopard's Hysteria being right on it's heels and I bought that one too. Guns and Roses Appetite for Destruction was also around that time and my budding love infatuation with Slash. He had hair like mine. Oh how I loved him so.

      I think I'll be spending the next few minutes on Rhapsody adding a few playlists. This sure brings back memories.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Patterson
    A 45. Can't remember what the flip side was...

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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    Terra,
    Sammy Davis Jr and Candy man, that DOES bring back some memories.
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  • I don't know if I should admit this, as it only could have possibly thrown me into a world of endless vicious drug dependency...:rolleyes:

    But the first .45 I bought with my very own money, was "Puff the Magic Dragon" ...for some reason as a little kid, it made me feel so grown up to buy that with my own money, all by myself...
    I was probably six. :p
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    • Profile picture of the author kenmichaels
      Originally Posted by MoneyMagnetMagnate View Post

      I "Puff the Magic Dragon"
      I did not buy it, but i remember my mom playing that record for us when i was about 5 myself .... woah serious trip down memory lane.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    My name is yukon & I bought a K-tel record from a drug store.
    [sits down]

    It was around 1980, I was 10 years old, damn those K-tel TV commercials.

    BTW, the K-tel founder has some interesting sales history.

    http://www.ktel.com/about.php
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    • Profile picture of the author KimW
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      [stands up]
      My name is yukon & I bought a K-tel record from a drug store.
      [sits down]

      It was around 1980, I was 10 years old, damn those K-tel TV commercials.

      BTW, the K-tel founder has some interesting sales history.

      Our History - About the Founder
      Too bad most of that site is under construction.
      I was going to try to liscense something just to see how much they charged.
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      • Profile picture of the author yukon
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        Originally Posted by KimW View Post

        Too bad most of that site is under construction.
        I was going to try to liscense something just to see how much they charged.
        They have an email that might get you a quote?

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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    I have no idea what the first 45 I bought would be. I can't remember my first album either, but it might have been this...


    Edit: Just thought of another album that I may have bought first, The Amboy Dukes first album.

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    • Profile picture of the author KimW
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      I have no idea what the first 45 I bought would be. I can't remember my first album either, but it might have been this...

      JAMES GANG - The Bomber - YouTube

      Edit: Just thought of another album that I may have bought first, The Amboy Dukes first album.

      THE AMBOY DUKES -BABY PLEASE DON'T GO - YouTube

      Both good choices.
      I was introduced to the sound of The James Gang after I moved to Va. One of my first friends here was a teenager named Kenny Loyk. He introduced me to them. A great guy,sadly he died in a motorcycle wreck in his early 20s.

      Ironically we had drifted apart for a few years when he came into a music store I was working at named Head Over Heels ,and we made plans to hook up and talk about old times. He never got back in contact and then later I heard about his death.
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      • Profile picture of the author ThomM
        Kim I've been buying music for so long I can't remember what the first was.
        It may have been this 45 though.
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        • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
          Originally Posted by ThomM View Post

          Kim I've been buying music for so long I can't remember what the first was.
          It may have been this 45 though.
          Li'l Red Riding Hood - Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs (1966) - YouTube
          Thom, my sister used to sing in a band that opened for Sam the Sham. They won a Battle of the Bands contest and won a record deal. Unfortunately they only had cut one demo when half the band was drafted for the Vietnam war, and that ended that.
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    Same here Thom,tho I think I did manage to narrow it to my most likely buys.
    Music wise I didn't start actually buying till my teens,but I had a good knowledge of music because of the juke boxes in my family's drive ins.

    I currently have several thousand albums and at least that and more 45s,but the 45s are because when i had a consignment store in my 30s I bought out a vending machine vendor.
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  • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
    The first single I bought was this 'un:


    The first LP (a double album at that!) was Kiss - Alive!, featuring this song:

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    You... buy music?
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    • Profile picture of the author KimW
      Originally Posted by ericbryant View Post

      You... buy music?
      Yes,some of us actually do the right thing.
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    • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
      Originally Posted by ericbryant View Post

      You... buy music?
      LOL. Some of us here have been "acquiring" music since long before the days of mp3s. Back in those days personal computers were science fiction.
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      • Profile picture of the author kenmichaels
        Originally Posted by whateverpedia View Post

        LOL. Some of us here have been "acquiring" music since long before the days of mp3s. Back in those days personal computers were science fiction.
        I don't have any records, but i do have several big boxes of cassettes...

        i don't really know why, but i just cant bring myself to throw them away.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dr Jan Simpson
    WOW-does this bring back memories! It was soon after The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show back in 1964! I remember my uncle telling me that The Beatles were not going to be around for very long and to save my money! LOL!
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    yesterday once more is the first music i bought with my own money
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    I'm a youngin' - I don't remember exactly, but it was definitely a Pearl Jam CD.
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    first cassette tape I bought with my allowance was Ozzy Osbourne, I just can't remember if the first one was Blizzard of Ozz, or Shot in the Dark
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  • I remember my best friend Dave and I had to pool our money to buy The Beatles 'White Album', I forget how much it was exactly, but it was like the outrageously high price of, $8, $12 or something...and for some reason - he got to keep it at his house, because his stereo was down stairs...:rolleyes:

    Hey...now that I think about it :confused:...he just didn't have enough money to buy it! :p :rolleyes: -
    (dang it Dave!)
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      Originally Posted by MoneyMagnetMagnate View Post

      I remember my best friend Dave and I had to pool our money to buy The Beatles 'White Album', I forget how much it was exactly, but it was like the outrageously high price of, $8, $12 or something...and for some reason - he got to keep it at his house, because his stereo was down stairs...:rolleyes:

      Hey...now that I think about it :confused:...he just didn't have enough money to buy it! :p :rolleyes: -
      (dang it Dave!)
      what number is it?
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      • Originally Posted by MoneyMagnetMagnate View Post

        I remember my best friend Dave and I had to pool our money to buy The Beatles 'White Album', I forget how much it was exactly, but it was like the outrageously high price of, $8, $12 or something...and for some reason - he got to keep it at his house, because his stereo was down stairs...:rolleyes:

        Hey...now that I think about it :confused:...he just didn't have enough money to buy it! :p :rolleyes: -
        (dang it Dave!)
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        what number is it?
        How would I know? Dave has it! :p
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        • Profile picture of the author KimW
          Originally Posted by oncewerewarriors View Post

          my first album was crowded house by crowded house, still have it on vinyl and cd, circa 1986.

          classic

          Crowded House - Something So Strong - YouTube
          I agree, great song Also Don't Dream It's Over.

          Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

          I was a normal kid. The first thing I ever bought with my money was candy.
          But Sal,the question was what was the first music you DID buy with your own money,not was the first thing you bought with it :p

          Originally Posted by MoneyMagnetMagnate View Post

          How would I know? Dave has it! :p
          Actually I wasn't even sure what he is asking there.
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    my first album was crowded house by crowded house, still have it on vinyl and cd, circa 1986.

    classic

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    I was a normal kid. The first thing I ever bought with my money was candy.
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    I never bought a music album with my own money. I usually buy other things with my own money
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