What's the first music you bought with your own money?

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Can you guess which member of Team Backbeat bought this record?
Do you remember the first album you bought with your own money? Of course you do! It's like the first person you kissed or the first one who broke your heart -- it's a monumental, life-changing moment in your life that's unforgettable. Well, that is, of course, unless the first record you forked over your cash for is one that you'd just as soon forget. Read about the first records we purchased, then feel free to share the story about the first record you bought.

Comment Contest: Best story, as determined by the number of "likes" your comment garners below, wins a $25 gift certificate to a local music store -- to buy more records, of course.

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Various Artists - Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996) (CD)

"My own money" plays a key role in this. The first album I purchased with my own money was the soundtrack to Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. I wasn't allowed to watch Beavis and Butt-Head on TV, so purchasing the album was a side-step way of rebelling. With "Love Rollercoaster" by Red Hot Chili Peppers blasting sexual animated imagery all over MTV at the time, and my eleven-year-old eye balls soaking up every second of it, I had found what I was looking for without even seeing the movie. I don't medically suffer from ADD, but it's been argued that I have it running through every vein. This album shows that I can't pay attention to shit, I don't like congruency, I'm open to anything, and it taught me one thing with one very important life-changing line: "Pimp'n Ain't Ez." -- Britt Chester

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Deee-Lite - World Clique (1990) CD

Of course, eleven-year-old me bought it for "Groove Is in the Heart," but the rest of the record stuck, and continues to resonate with me twenty years later. It is probably in my top ten favorite albums of all time. I generally like songs first by beat, then by lyrics, then comes everything else -- but this record is all about beats. The message is pretty sweet, too -- before I dove into rave culture as a teen in the mid-'90s and all that PLUR business, there was Deee-Lite's idea of the "world clique," a dance planet where music was the universal language. Basically, I just love to fucking dance, and I can all the way through this record. From "ESP" to "What Is Love?" Deee-Lite's best record is a lot bigger than "Groove Is in the Heart" ever let on.-- Bree Davies

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Kiss - Love Gun (1977) (vinyl)

In the months, weeks and days leading up to my seventh birthday, I had a bit of a ritual. As I wandered the North Valley Mall, where my parents owned a clothing store, I always ended up at the record store on the other end of the shopping center, where I spent countless afternoons marveling at this album. As much as I'd like to have you think I was a precocious kid with musical tastes well beyond my age, the truth is, I had no earthly idea who the hell Kiss was -- and clearly, neither did my folks, who unwittingly bankrolled my purchase. Had they heard songs like "Plaster Caster" and "Shock Me," I'm pretty sure they would've given me the gas face. As it was, I was mesmerized by the cover art. And while that's what drew me in, once I heard the music and later bought the trading cards with Gene Simmons spewing blood and breathing fire -- well, let's just say I was a card-carrying member of the Kiss Army. -- Dave Herrera

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Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die (1994) (CD)

The first album I bought with my own money was Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die. I was in the third or fourth grade, and I remember hearing Biggie's voice so much throughout that summer that when the album dropped, I just had to have it. Who was this husky Brooklyn boy with the street-styled flow? I listened to that album back-to-back-to-back. Ignoring my parents' protests and qualms over the violence in the lyrics, I related to Biggie at epic levels, and I still do. To this day, Christopher Wallace is one of my most important teachers. -- Ru Johnson


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backbeatmod
backbeatmod

Thanks for all the wonderful entries. FYI: We'll be picking a winner tomorrow morning.

Jerri
Jerri

Mortified to admit that it was Asia's Asia. I wish I could say it was something cooler... 

ChristaWSantiago
ChristaWSantiago

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Rick Skidmore
Rick Skidmore

As a former Westword writer, I will exempt myself from the running. Plus Solomon mentioned  Business as Usual, one of my first LP's (that's Long Player for you new-comers.) But the first album I bought at a movie theater. Immediately following a matinee of that blockbuster Sam Brown vehicle Flash Gordon. There in the lobby was a merch stand offering Queen's soundtrack which opened with a great quote from Max Von Sydow as Ming the Merciless. Finally, I had vinyl ammunition to combat the sounds of Barry Manilow that vomited from my sister's room. She fortunately made the switch to Adam Ant shortly after.

Bostjan Avsec
Bostjan Avsec

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Jhagabcms
Jhagabcms

One day in 5th grade I stayed home with a high almost hallucinatory fever.  On the public TV station was a "Midday Matinee" program which played movies without any commercial interuption.  The Beatles' carton movie "Yellow Submarine" played the day I was home.  Totally blew my mind.  The next day (despite lingering fever) I rode my bike to a local Ben Franklin Drug store and they didn't have that album.  But they did have "Magical Mystery Tour" with the gatefold pitures of the Beatles dressed in strange suits and playing weird songs about a Walrus and A Blue Jay Way.  Hooked ever since.

Deejaybeekay
Deejaybeekay

I mowed lawns for $6 a pop then begged my Mom to drive me to the record shop so I could buy The Police-Synchronicity.  I LOVED the song "Ghost in the Machine" off that album!

Shannon Bock
Shannon Bock

I remember the first cassette tape I asked for & received....'Elvis Presley Live-Aloha From Hawaii-Via Satellite.'  The first song I asked my mom to crank on the car radio was Wham's 'Wake Me Up Before You Go-G-."  I bought 2 CDs the first time I moved up into the digital world with my own money which was 'Georgia Satelittes' 1986 & Grateful Dead's 'Skeletons In The Closet' and the song I want played at my funeral is Elvis Presley's version of 'My Way' from the 1968 Come Back Special.  Music defines every chapter of my life as a mile marker of where I have been & where I hope to go.

Shullamuth Smith
Shullamuth Smith

My Dad was living in Capitol Hill off of Downing. I remember him handing me my birthday money and the long sunny summer walk to Wax Trax. But the length of the way there did not compare with the eternity it took to get back to his house, holding the cellophane wrapped cassette of Iron Maiden's *Seventh Son of a Seventh Son,* in my shaking hands.

Seriously.  

Janice Fiorenza
Janice Fiorenza

With my own money, huh? I think it was a Lagwagon 7" or some local south Florida band's cassette tape. 

CJ Powell
CJ Powell

Boyz II Men - II. 

I remember playing this gem of an album on repeat - not just one song but the entire CD - as it has hit after hit after hit. Personal favorite is Water Runs Dry, which is completely underrated at this point. Props to the Sam Goody in the old Buckingham Mall for always dishing out sweet deals for young music lovers like me. 

Kidhum
Kidhum

I believe it was REM , Monster , when I was like 8. 

Fidel
Fidel

METALLICA--Kill 'Em All! Bought that cassette at the flea market for 5 bucks. Spent many adrenaline-filled hours playing air guitar while my brother and cousins pretended to be the rest of the band. Moved from playing air guitar to the real thing, jamming on Metallica covers with my best bros in my garage, all day Saturday, and all day Sunday. Miss those days like hell!Metal up your ass!!!

Melanie Asmar
Melanie Asmar

First cassette: Paula Abdul's "Spellbound"First CD: Meatloaf's "Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell." Because I would do anything for love. But I won't do that.

Roland
Roland

After mowing neighbor's yards one week in the summer of 1980 - I had enough money to buy both AC/DC's "Back in Black and The Who's "Live at Leeds" ... and still have both albums!!!

William Breathes
William Breathes

Guns n Roses - Appetite for Destruction... probably 1990 or 1991.

folks wouldn't buy it for me, so I snuck off on my bike to buy it with allowance money.

Aubrie Allen
Aubrie Allen

When I was like 7 or 8, I bought a Posion tape with some allowance money. But I didn't have a tape player of my own, so I had to play it in my Teddy Ruxpin Doll. I don't recall if it worked or not, but I would rock some Poision if Teddy Ruxpin was singing it today.

Dmason09
Dmason09

Guns'n'Roses - Appetite for Destruction, yo (on cassette, of course).

Holly H.
Holly H.

Darryl Hall & John Oates, in like 1983

Paction
Paction

The first tape I got was a Julian Lennon tape for my 7th birthday. I have no idea why someone bought me that. The first tape I ever bought with my own scratch was Armed & Dangerous by Anthrax at the old Finest record store while shopping with my mom in Greeley.

Apryl
Apryl

Mine was The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, age 11.

Arj Wild Card Narayan
Arj Wild Card Narayan

As a kid growing up in the 90's i use to make mix tapes of the shit i liked on the radio. I would literally stay up on all night and tape whatever caught my fancy. 90's rock and roll radio is lot different than what you may hear now. After a while i saved my money from chores and bought a tape and then a cd. I still own both.first tape bought....Smashing Pumpkins "Siamese Dream"first cd......Soundgarden "Superunknown"

Candacehorgan
Candacehorgan

Depends on how far back you go. My first cassette was John Denver's greatest hits when I was five, but I think my grandparents may have given me the money to get it. I remember going through a disco phase in the late 70s and buying Donna Summer's On the Radio, although again not technically with my own money. However, by the time I was 12, I was babysitting for my parents friends, and I bought Olivia Newton John's Xanadu and remember wanting to be a roller girl, so that's probably the first. Then I discovered Led Zeppelin IV and that was all she wrote.

Ant-fanatic
Ant-fanatic

The first album I bought with my own money was Friend or Foe by Adam Ant.  It was 1983 and I was obsessed with Adam Ant and Adam and the Ants.  I was in the 8th grade and friends with 4 girls with the same obsession.  At the play ground we would sing and act the songs, even had roles in the band.  We were lucky that Adam was touring that year and we all went together to see him at the Long Beachch Arena, my first concert.  INXS opened for him and I remember them being so energetic on stage.  When Adam finally came on stage I never screamed for anyone so much since. 

TJF
TJF

Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique.

Mark
Mark

My first music purchase would most definitely have to be The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. I am too young to know the Beatles in my life but that hasn't stopped me from loving every bit of everything they put out! Being born in 1978 put me at only two years old when Mark David Chapman took John Lennon from us. That fact hindered neither my love nor my appreciation of the art that was created prior. I learned everything I could find to learn about those four boys from Liverpool and continue to do so today. I was in high school when each of the Anthologies were released, which means, yes, I was at the local music store at midnight anxiously awaiting each of the releases. The store I purchased the first Anthology set from actually allowed me to buy it just a smidge before midnight so that I could, and still do to this day (don't ruin this for me if you know this not to be true) claim that I was, in fact, THE first person in all of Colorado to buy The Beatles - Anthology I. Of course, today I have everything I have had the opportunity (or cash) to aquire in regards to The Beatles. But I am forever on the hunt for that next piece, that next part, that next Beatles treasure.

CapnColleen
CapnColleen

DC Talk-- Free at Last.

Early 90's Christian rap rulez. Or...something....

Mary
Mary

Freak Out ~ Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention - 1967 - I took it home and played it over and over on my little plastic, portable record player. freshman year of high school. "what will you do if the people you knew ~ were the plastic that melted and the chromium too ~ who are the brain police....."

Mpcsmommy
Mpcsmommy

I was in 6th grade and couldn't decide if I wanted to be a vinyl kind of person or a cassette kind of person (for some reason I thought this was important).  I saved my money and bought two albums at the same time:  The Go-Go's "Beauty and the Beat" on cassette and Rick Springfield's "Working Class Dog" on vinyl.  Turns out the format doesn't matter.  I'd still listen to that Go-Go's album any day, but Rick Springfield...

Mamacates
Mamacates

I actually think that it might have been something stupid like 2Live Crew "Nasty as They Wanna Be".

Colin Bane
Colin Bane

I bought Frankenchrist by the Dead Kennedys when I was in 6th grade after seeing the DK logo on somebody's t-shirt in a photo in Thrasher Magazine. I often say skateboarding changed my life, but that Dead Kennedys record probably had something to do with it, too. "This Could Be Anywhere (This Could Be Everywhere)" is still one of my all-time favorite songs.

lersmi
lersmi

Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy. When I heard the opening guitar line for "Over the Hills and Far Away" on the only FM rock station in Fargo, North Dakota, this 12 year old boy had to take some of his newspaper money, run to Mother's Records (which my parents told me to stay away from because of the characters that ran the place) and buy that album. Have had three versions of that over the years: album, cassette and CD. It's still a favorite 38 years later.

Colforbin
Colforbin

red hot chili peppers: freaky styley

Raziel Talos
Raziel Talos

Mine was Michael Jackson's Thriller. I had bought a Sega CD and I thought it was cool how I could listen to music on it so I started buying CDs. I listened to it all the time

Jenny Blumberg
Jenny Blumberg

Get out of my head!! It was Savage Garden!! I was so obsessed with them when I was 16. I had a Savage Garden website and owned literally every piece of merchandise they produced. I worked at one of those silly ass call centers for minimum wage and spent all of my money on SG shit.

Daniel Mastracco
Daniel Mastracco

Hootie and the Blowfish. sigh. I was 12 and grew up in the sticks. In fact, I bought many awfuly CDs (collective soul, DMB, etc) back when BMI and all those companies had 13 cds for $0.99.

Laura Keeney
Laura Keeney

It was 1980 and I took my hard-earned babysitting money and traipsed down to Heavy Metal Records in Webster, NY to pick up AC/DC's "Back in Black" on vinyl. Why? Well, for starters, the black cover and loud guitars were guaranteed to piss off my Mom. And, Heavy Metal Records was a place I was banned from going because it always reeked of pot in there. I took home my new album and rocked out hardcore after school, daily, air guitaring my face off until Mom got home. \m/

Calvin Locklear
Calvin Locklear

I stole Snoop Dogg's "Doggystyle" and Guns n' Roses' "The Spaghetti Incident?" from a local record store. My Mom caught me and made me go back and say I was sorry and pay the store. Then she confiscated the cassettes because of the explicit content. 

David McGhee
David McGhee

I remember the first album I bought with my own money was the Aladdin soundtrack. You remember right? The Disney movie before the Lion King (after which they all started sucking big huge cucumbers) and it was my favorite movie of all time, at the time. My favorite record of all time always shifts around like a delinquent child in foster homes.Maybe it's me being ADD but for one good solid week that album was my whole life! I've never really gotten an allowance but I was surprised at getting thirty dollars for no good reason other than my parents gave my brother the same amount and didn't want to seem like they were playing favorites. I never cared though, because for the first time in my life I had more than just quarters!I wasn't keen on the whole going to a record store yet but we did frequent Blockbusters a lot. I had never purchased music before but the idea grew on me the more I watched that movie. I think I got the CD more out of impulse than anything else. It was good, don't get me wrong, but I rarely buy things anyways because I always feel like the money can either be better spent or just saved.The problem about all this though was that I still didn't have a CD player at the time. It took a few months and some negotiating with Santa but I got one! It was a dinky Walkman but it was my world, and that soundtrack was the first stone in the pathway towards my love for music.I played it over and over again, analyzing what I liked about it and wrote those things down.I don't think I can ever really enjoy music for what it is like a normal person. I'm always looking into what made the chorus good and such. This is why it irks me when I listen to modern radio because there's almost nothing going on in the music.I don't remember whatever happened to it though. I kept the movie for years after but I lost the CD. No big deal though...Because I just bought the Freddy's Dead soundtrack.It had cussing in it.Oh man I thought I was so cool to be listening to a black guy sing "Don't you fuck with me!"

I felt like a rebel! That is until the Lion King soundtrack came out...

Can you see a pattern here?

katiekoivisto
katiekoivisto

I was in 5th grade (I think) and my first big music purchase was The Presidents of the United States of America's self titled debut. I still listen to it all the way through probably once a month, and it's one of my mandatory road trip albums. It's nice to know that 10 year old me and 27 year old me both have an appreciation for Feather Pluckn.

Joey B
Joey B

Motley Crüe - Shout at the Devil

Amber Taufen
Amber Taufen

Melanie, "Forever Your Girl" was my second-ever cassette purchase.

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