International Record Store Day: What’s the First Record You Bought? The Last?



FIRST: The first CD I ever bought myself was Michael Jackson’s HIStory: Past, Present and Future. It was actually two CDs so I thought I was getting extra value. I would listen to them over and over on my little boom box, while jumping on my bed to “Billie Jean”. I think I was 7.

LAST: Last year I bought The CliksDirty King. I bought it shortly before they played at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. Love Gun is my favorite song of the record and it sounds fantastic live.


FIRST: For starters I grew up listening to actual records, FYI. First self-purchase was a cassette tape motherfuckers. Maybe 1990? Madonna, Like a Virgin. I got it at Recordtown in the Briarwood Fucking Mall in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I’d first discovered Madonna on a flight from the U.S. to Australia on one of those 12-song-repeat ‘radio stations’ airplanes used to offer as your sole option for personalized entertainment. Then I heard “Material Girl” and had to have it — Like A Virgin seemed dangerous and necessary. First CD was Boyz II Men’s Cooleyhighharmony.

Once I got grown I clearly left the mall behind for local spots like Encore Records & now-defunct Schoolkids Records & Neptune (in nearby Royal Oak) and always went on serious record-shopping sprees when I’d visit or temporarily reside in New York City — Other Music, Kims, Sounds, Rebel Rebel. Ann Arbor’s Tower Records outpost (now out of business) also sold ‘zines.

LAST: This can’t possibly be true but yet I fear it is — March 2008. OMG I have become a digital-download person!!  Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Virgin Records in Union Square NYC. I like to listen to opera or classical when i write and I was planning for a month away from home writing my novel (which turned out to be a hoax)


FIRST: I went to the mall when I was 13 and bought Liz Phair‘s Whip-Smart and NIN‘s The Downward Spiral. My entire music collection up to that point consisted of Top 40 CDs and tapes that had been given to me as gifts. Hearing Liz Phair sing “you fuck like a volcano” changed my life completely.

LAST: Just a few weeks ago I picked up a limited edition re-release of The Old Crow Medicine Show‘s Greetings From Wawa, and Joni Mitchell’s Blue and Carole King’s Tapestry, both previously-owned and on vinyl. There are only like, two things I’d rather do on a Saturday afternoon than hang out at the record store. (jump in a bounce house or eat sushi)


FIRST: In the spring of 1994 (I was 12) I bought myself a pile of cassette tapes and, luckily for me, I found most of them in a box in my parents basement a few months ago. These are real gems, people: the Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit soundtrack, Disney’s The Lion King, Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation, En Vogue’s Funky Divas, Snoop Doggy Dogg’s Doggystyle, Mariah Carey’s Music Box, Ini Kamoze’s Here Comes The Hotstepper (single), Cypress Hill’s Black Sunday, Tevin Campbell’s I’m Ready (it’s busted so I can no longer listen to “Hall’s Of Desire”!) and Color Me Badd’s Time And Chance. There were probably others, but these are the ones that survived.

LAST:The other day I bought Howie Day‘s Australia for 90 cents because I saw it and I remembered that I once owned a personally signed copy (that was lost in the Great Car-Content Thievery of 2004.) It’s rare that I buy physical music anymore, unless it’s an actual vinyl record. I made an exception for Sainthood in October though, because I will buy anything Tegan & Sara put out.


FIRST: I can’t remember which CD I bought myself first. People used to buy me CDs as gifts, like my aunt bought me The Spice Girls first record, Spice, and changed my life. It’s a toss up between a Britney Spears album, ‘N Sync’s No Strings Attached, Christina Aguilera’s album where she sang that Genie song, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. You didn’t know she had an album? Well, she did.

LAST: Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago on vinyl because I thought it would make me cool even though I already have the CD. If we’re talking real CDs though, it was An Horse’s Rearrange Beds. Both were money well spent, and I even got Kate and Damon’s autograph. I also like to think that makes me cool.


FIRST: My first record store visit was when I was around 7 or 8. I remember having earned my own money somehow and we went to a local record store with the intentions of me buying my first CD. It was Billy Joel’s River of Dreams. I only listened to the title track on that album.

LAST: Prior to two weeks ago I had not been to a record store in a very long time. However, while on vacation in L.A my friend made us go to Amoeba Music, which apparently is a music lovers mecca. I love it there, but only walked away with one album, Michael Jackson’s Dangerous. We ended up there again before the trip was over, but lack of money kept me from purchasing anything else.


FIRST: My grandma has this awesome, really old record player. I was fascinated by this machine when I was little. I think I was 11 or 12 years old when I bought the record Abbey Road by The Beatles. Initially it was a birthday present for my grandma, but she let me keep it and play it on her cool record player.

LAST: There was a record store closing, so a couple of weeks ago I decided to go and have a look at the remaining CDs and LPs. I found the opera Euridice by Jacopo Peri on vinyl for a couple of Euros. I love classical music.

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  1. My first record would be Closer with Joy Division on cd.
    It is just the shit.

    Last time i bought three vinyl records. Thriller with Michael Jackson(damn that album is good). Lovesexy with prince(dont judge me.) And finally Leonard Cohen, Songs of Leonard Cohen(Coffee and cigarette music.)

  2. The first: Nirvana – MTV Unplugged in New York (Hi, Crystal!)
    The last: Buckethead – Electric Tears (which I actually already had on my computer)and Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold As Love

    • MTV Unplugged was a great first album, huh. I used to listen to ‘The Man Who Sold The World” on repeat, I spent an embarrassing number of years thinking that Nirvana wrote it.

      • The best. I was 11, making it 2003 and me a bit late to the party, but fortunately, Nirvana is never out of fashion for people in their early teens…
        (Re:’The Man Who Sold The World’ I remember being given that piece of trivia by my supercool older boyfriend who gave me mix-tapes with grunge and punk rock. I was 12. He was 13, wearing flannel and reading superhero cartoons. I’m only human.)

      • SAVAGE GARDEN <3!! DARREN HAYES <3 <3!!! Theirs was the second album I ever bought and I played out the tapes like crazy. Same thing with Affirmation. Spin I got early thanks to a great friend with connections – it was fun but definitely not his best work! Tension and The Spark is my favourite, haunting gold, and This Delicate Thing We Made didn't quite make sense at first and then I saw the stage show and was all WHOA THIS IS AWESOME. And I collect all the B-Sides.

        I have been a fan since 1998 (tho I think I heard TTM&B a year earlier?). Darren Hayes is my biggest inspiration. Have you checked out his solo stuff? He's gone more electronic-pop, and he's very vocal about gay rights now, and is made of awesome.

        (first record? Aqua. Still love them because they are happy silly crazy. Last one? erm, haven't been to a record store in yonks, though I did buy some dark cabaret music off CDBaby and can't seem to find them! I tend to buy them at gigs or events now, or get given them.)

  3. First record: Led Zeppelin – The Early Years… Because of the song whole lotta love it was the theme song to Top Of The Pops… It was in 1989 and I was 4…

    Latest record: Meat Loaf – Hang Cool Teddy Bear

    I just want to say as I still work in a record store my love for the old media might be a bit biassed

  4. Wow, this is dredging up some memories, great Audiostraddle topic…again.

    First: 1994, aged 12, a cassette single of Trouble by Shampoo, bought for 50p in the short-lived Sam Goody’s in Stockport, which they’d made into the most amazing space for browsing all sorts of incredible music and shit, in completely the wrong town.

    I got it because my sister despised the song and I wanted to annoy her, but within a couple of years, she reversed her opinion on the band and stole the tape from me. To this day, I try not to be bitter about this.

    Last: having converted to downloads in an attempt to declutter my life, physical purchases are rare these days. The last was a CD of French four-hand piano music, but that was off ebay, so does that not count?

    The last time I went into a record store was probably Southampton HMV in Christmas 2008, when I bought someone a compilation of vintage sex songs for a secret santa gift!

  5. The first tape I ever bought with my own money/allowance was Green Day Dookie. I was 8 and my parents were like, “I don’t know, Heather.” But I was like, “Dude, you said I could pick.”
    I’m sure they loved it when I would take my little tape player out on the deck and blast songs about masturbation and shit while I was playing in the back yard.

    Sadly, I do not know what the last album I bought was, and even more sadly, the only fucking record store in this town closed a couple of months ago, so if I want a physical album anytime soon, I’ll have to go to WalMart(hell no) or drive 30 miles. Now that I’ve thought about that, I might want to die.

  6. ALEX. if i’d known you were a Savage Garden fan, i would’ve asked you to sing “To the Moon and Back” instead of “Irreplaceable”!! sigh. NEXT TIME, VEGA.

    I AM SO EXCITED FOR BON IVER / PETER GABRIEL AND T+S. there’s also a 12″ compilation w/ Blonde Redhead and Tune-Yards that i MUST OWN.

    [i believe this comment accurately showcases my all-capsing talents. it’s going on my resumé.]

    • Let’s. My 11-year-old self learned all the damn words to that song obviously.

      It’s okay Laneia, next time. Cause there will be a next time.

      I also remember liking track #4 from the Savage Garden album but I don’t remember what it was because on CD players you could only see the number. Sigh. What a ridiculous album indeed.

      • I totally adore the fact that SG was your first album. My first job in music was working for Savage Garden and so this band is super close to my heart.

        I think the fourth track might’ve been ‘Break Me, Shake Me’

          • At least it was on the Australian release, the international version might’ve been different.

        • Crystal you’re right! TSwizzle, “I Want You” for me was track #2, so I know it wasn’t that for sure :) (I didn’t have the Australian release)

          Also, Crystal I will be asking you about this job you had with Savage Garden. I HAD NO IDEA.

          • Christ, why did I even bother to question the knowledge of someone who actually worked for Savage Garden? (I’m gonna need that story also :P )

          • Unfortunately there’s not much to tell, it was just a brief part-time job doing grunt work. I was still in high school, I guess it was like a (barely) paid internship.

            TSwizzle – you’re probs correct about the track listing being different, my copy of the record is likely an o/seas or promo version.

      • no i didn’t [MEGA SAD FACE]. i went to two different stores, half an hour after they’d opened, and neither had it. but i got the 4AD sampler and it did not disappoint.

        also! as part of the loot bag @ store #2, i got the Light In The Attic Records sampler and it is PERFECT. usually the free cds they give away on RSD are balls, but this one is my new favorite.

        shoot me an email if you find bon iver mp3?? i’ll do the same.

        • Yes, sadly no free samples this year at my record store. We’ve had a few stores come and go over the years, so I’m just glad we have one, even if it’s really small.

          I know what you mean about the samples being a compilation suck fest, so thanks for the Light In The Attic link!

          I’ll definitely send an email if I see the Bon Iver out there. I’m sure I will!

  7. First: Space Jam Soundtrack
    Last: Fuck I don’t even remember the last CD I bought in a record store… I usually just buy my stuff online/download it. And I know it doesn’t count but the last album I bought was Chris Pureka’s “How I Learned to See in the Dark”

    Clearly I have an eclectic taste in music.

  8. first cassette – Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged in New York
    first CD – Alanis Morissette’s Jagged little pill

    i listened to them both so much that even now, almost 15 years later, i have no need to listen to either…

    the last record i bought is The Bambi Molesters – As the dark wave swells. they’re a Croatian surf rock band, and i bought it for a Belgian friend who’s a fan. i don’t really buy CDs any more, coz i just rip them onto my HDD and then they collect dust in my room, so it’s kinda pointless. downloads FTW.

  9. the first cassette i bought was definitely some dead or alive tape at my cool older cousin’s yard sale… but cds? first was tlc’s ‘crazysexycool,’ and i stand by that. i still listen to it often, and i still bust out left eye’s rap from ‘waterfalls’ at parties. i seen a rainbow yesterday but too many storms have come and gone leavin’ a trace of not one god-given ray, is it because my life is ten shades of grey?

    now that there are no more record chains in new york and you have to go to best buy or some shit to buy an album, i only buy cds at concerts. last night i bought the new kaki king record! buy cds from concerts! it makes the bands happy and they make money and it’s nice!

  10. First: it was 1998 and I was ten. The first cd I bought myself was Kid Rock’s Devil Without a Cause from On Cue. I thought I was the coolest kid ever ’cause my dad let me buy it even though it had a parental advisory sticker. I spent the next few years trying to hide the huge middle finger on the disc from my mom.

    Latest: Holly Miranda’s The Magician’s Private Library from iTunes ’cause she knocked my socks off opening for Tegan and Sara in Chicago and Lil Wayne feat. Eminem’s Drop the World.

  11. Oh my goodness “River of Dreams” by Billy Joel! was definitely an album I owned as a child on cassette. It got much, much more play from me — I have a distinct memory of listening to it on my Walkman on the school bus and pausing it to quote some Really Profound Lyrics to my long-suffering best friend.

    This was also around the time I was pretty into Weird Al and making up little parody songs of my own. So the album also makes me think of a little ditty that began:

    In the middle of the Nile
    There was a baby crocodile . . .

    (I think the first CD I bought was Eve 6. Not a very auspicious start to my career of music-nerdiness.)

    • hahah that is awesome!! i think it was a couple yrs later my friends and i went through a weird al phase ironically… i just have a very vivid memory of being at my friends house trying to make up ridic songs

  12. Aaah, nostalgie. I just went trough my old cd’s and casettes. A lot of Metallica and Nirvana casettes. But I can’t find my casette player. Not today, not on Rex Manning day!!

  13. I can’t really remember what my first CD was but my fist cassette was the Traveling Wilburys vol 1 when I was 5 (I know weird taste for a 5 year old). Its been awhile since I last physically bought a record but I think it would have to be We Are The Same by the Tragically Hip (probably only fellow Canadians will know who this is)

  14. My first CD was ALSO dookie at age 13, followed shortly by jagged little pill and TLC’s crazysexycool. I also wore out my ase of base tape. And did you guys ever tape things off the radio? Those were the days. That’s how I got “waterfalls.” my last CD purchased in real life was tune-yards’ “bird brains,” bought at the show along with a rad tshirt. I agree with Stef about buying at shows – the money goes straight to the artist and with smaller artists can really make the difference in off-setting the cost of touring. Great post idea! I need to re-watch empire records now.

    • i taped so much shit off the radio. the problem was yeah, the “and that was [whatever] from kiss 105!”

      the worst was when you knew it was your song and you got to the tape recorder just one second to late.

      god we really had to work for our music back then.

      although actually my policy then is the same as it is now:

      artist i really like – buy the album
      artist who doesn’t need my fucking money/respect – limewire (now) tape off the radio (then)

      • You should try FrostWire. I think it’s a better Gnutella client that also works on Macs. I prefer searching for/downloading file host (think Rapidshare, MegaUpload, Hotfile, etc.) links and torrents myself though.

        First CD: Aaliyah – One in a Million (even though I had more than enough music to listen to between my radio recordings and my dad’s cassette tapes/records)
        Last CD: Tegan and Sara – Sainthood

      • I dunno, I feel like after a having spent ten years wading through the dodgier end of the download mire, I’ve kind of got past it now. Spotify is so brokenly good it feels like it should be illegal, and I much prefer streaming because you end up with less shite cluttering your hard drive, and it’s a lot safer.

        Taping things off radio rocked, and mixtaping in general. I have still never resolved the dilemma of what to do when the first side of tape runs out half way through a song.

    • I used to tape songs off “Ugly Phil’s Top 40” radio show every sunday night, it was a ritual my 13 year old self took super seriously. I remember there being a lot of Massive Attack and Marcy Playground.

    • I used to tape off of the radio and pretend I was the DJ introducing the next songs. Sometimes, during the summer when stations would just let the airwaves fly and give a big eff-you to the FCC, great rock/indie stations would reach my house and I would pop in a tape before school, hit record, and listen to it on the car ride the next day. Same with bedtime; turn the volume down, pop in a tape, hit record, and listen to it the next day.

      Now it’s like my Back To The Future dream come true (besides the Cubs winning the World Series)…internet radio! God bless KEXP out of Seattle. Keeps the work day sane.

  15. First cassettes (purchased at the same time when I was about 6 or 7): Guns-N-Roses – Welcome To The Jungle and Metallica – The Black Album

    First CDs: Same as above because I’m weird and sentimental like that.

    Last album: Lady Gaga – The Fame Monster

  16. 1ST – Ace Of Base – The Sign (which I still listen to occasionally) ps. Jen: yes, I do remember Stephanie’s band performing The Sign at The Smashbox (if only they;d rehearsed more!) but what I remember more is myself performing it at a 5th grade talent show. Embarrassing.

    LAST – Evelyn, Evelyn

      • I received my vinyl/cd combo (I live in Toronto) and it was a very happy day. The binyl is great, quite smaller than typical vinyls. Not as small as the 7 inchers but still quite tiny in comparison to standard vinyl. I
        m in love with the album, especially the tracks that sort of tell the story of Evelyn, Evelyn. Quite creepy. Also got a ticket to see them live, which I’m hoping is just spectacular and nuts.

        So many people seem to have a problem with this project. They claim that it’s offensive to people with disabilities? That Palmer/Webley are being exploitative? Maybe I’m being insensitive, but I think that’s just the craziest thing ever.

  17. First: Miles Davis, Birth of the Cool when I was eight.
    Most recent: A new copy of Woods by Sleater-Kinney because my roommate busted my old one.
    Actual vinyl, though? I buy it used as often as possible, and I think my most recent purchase was an old box set of Chopin’s nocturnes, etudes, and fantasies.

    P.S. Love to Riese and Daphne for the classical music. You made this queer little opera singer very happy!

  18. I LOVE this, I’m totally old school and have thus resisted (so far)the temptation to download a single tune, mind you once I’ve actually worked out how to do that, what with my slow internet, that will change as you guys always mention such cool music and I can’t find hardly a dickie-bird of it in any of the remaining record stores.
    First -7″vinyl single -AMAZULU – To Good to be Forgotten
    Vinyl Album was MADONNA’s – True Blue
    Last one was TEGAN & SARA – The Con, which I purchased only 2wks ago.

    Savage Garden!!
    Hey, do any of you remember Let Loose? They were very much like Savage Garden, or am I embarrasingly on my own on that one?

  19. First: I saved up allowance money to buy En Vogue’s Funky Divas when I was in 4th grade, at Record Rendezvous, the local record store in town. It shared a thin-walled building with a pizza place, so music shopping made me want to eat greasy food for a while there. The purchase led to a lot of group lip synch performances of Free Your Mind in my bedroom.

    Last: Broadcast’s Pendulum from the used rack at Other Music in NY. I love that store, but I feel like their staff skews overwhelmingly towards dudes.

  20. I can’t remember my first since at 21 years of age I am ancient, but I’d put good money on it being “The Writing’s on the Wall.” 10 year old me was waaaay into Destiny’s Child.

    My most recent album purchase was Chris Pureka’s “How I Learned To See in the Dark,” which I got at her (amaaaazing) gig at Johnny Brenda’s in Philly. In terms of last actual in-store vinyl purchase, hmm. I picked up k.d. lang and the reclines’ “Absolute Torch and Twang” and Led Zeppelin II a couple of weeks ago.

  21. Hiya kids!
    first album: The Princess Bride soundtrack purchased around 1992-ish.
    last album that I actually walked into a store to buy: Screaming for My Supper, Beth Hart when I discovered her around 2005. Lots of tunes in-between and since. Good times.

  22. Every time I hear “The Sign” I think of Stephanie Tanner. Oh, how I love that show.

    The first cassette I remember buying myself (but with my mom’s money) is Spice. I would listen to it ALL THE TIME on the swings in 1st grade. Good times.
    The last physical CD I bought was Semi Precious Weapons “We Love You.”

  23. First: Either The Lion King Soundtrack or Shakira’s Pies Descalzos (back when she was the latin american version of a more conservative/tamer Alanis or something, instead of… I don’t even know what she’s going for now)

    Last: ZZK Sound Vol.2, a compilation by ZZK Records.

    ZZK and friends make highly enjoyable music. It’s cumbia meets electronic music, meets Hip Hop, meets clips of people chanting or teaching you english, meets sound bites of your homophobic aunt. (I know! That’s what I’ve/you’ve been waiting for all my/your life! Here, they even have free Mixtapes! [Recommended first listen: King Coya’s])

  24. First tape: Tonight, Tonight-NKOTB (is that what that album was called?)
    First CDs for b-day: Nirvana Unplugged and Live-Throwing Copper
    LAst CD hard copy, in hand, not on itunes: JUSTIN FUCKING BIEBER FOR MY GF! Not kidding.

  25. The first cd that I actually remember purchasing with my own money was Dummy by Portishead. I bought it at The Wall in a mall in New York and didn’t know anything AT ALL about who Portishead was or what they sounded like. All I knew was that Natalie Portman, my one true love that summer 11 years ago, said in a Star Wars magazine that Dummy was her favourite album she couldn’t live without. I still love Natalie Portman… and Portishead was the best thing she ever gave me.

    I believe the last record I bought was either You Are Here by thenewno2 or Let It Roll by George Harrison. thenewno2 is amazing, partially because of how much Dhani Harrison sounds like his dad. He’s got that sweet voice that just sounds like honey. It’s perfect.

  26. I don’t know how I got grandma to walk hand in hand to the mall record shop and purchase (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, but maybe it was b/c I was 9 and she thought it was about flowers.

    The Starfucker EP, Jupiter, was the last physical disk I picked up.

  27. My 1st 45 in 1959 was “Do a Dear” from The Sound of Music. The last LP I bought was “Blue Rider” Cris Williamson. 1989.

    Wow. That hurt my brain. Last CD was Sufi songs in Delhi, India. In Feb ’10

    • the first cd i bought for my little sister was Hillary Duff and if you think it’s embarrassing that you owned it at 8 yrs old, how about the fact that i made a copy of it, for myself, before i gave it to her?

      i was 22.

      • I’m 26 and still enjoy many items produced by Hilary Duff, including tshirts, a sweat band and even the ridic ‘Greatest Hits’ cd she released at the wise old age of 20. Let’s not be embarrassed, let’s own our love of the Duff.

  28. There is nothing embarrassing about Savage Garden!! Incidentally, Savage Garden was the first live show I ever went to. The only people in that stadium more into it than my 12 year old self were the Japanese business men in front of me.

    My first album purchase was S.C.I.E.N.C.E. by Incubus, which I have no strong feelings about. I think I bought it to look cool. The second was And Out Come the Wolves by Rancid though, which definitely changed my life for the better.

    Most recent- Airmail by Epicure b/c that’s the last time I wanted something too obscure to get on iTunes.

    • Nice selections! I love And Out Come The Wolves, it was one of my most influential early records too.

      I bought S.C.I.E.N.C.E to impress a girl. She played “A Certain Shade Of Green” for me on her guitar and I pretended like it was my favourite song, but in reality had never heard it before and needed to study up.

  29. Ok, now mind you I was born in ’87! That being said, the first “tape” I bought with my own money was KrisKross’ debut album. Ugh, loved. Moms’ hated my backwards swag and I loved that she hated it. The last (actual) record that I bought was… um, I think it was Erykah Badu – Baduizm Live. EPIC!!!

    • oh i get it now.

      most recent i bought in hard copy (obviously the first two were in hard copy b/c i was a young child and that was all we had aside from the aforementioned taping of the radio trick), was Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits. She’s really great, that Janis Jopin.

  30. Phew, mine are not so embarrassing.
    First album (cassette of course) was The B-52s Cosmic Thing in 1989. I fell in love with Love Shack because we learned a dance routine to it in my jazz dance class in fourth grade.
    Most recent album I got was last month, the Broken Bells self-titled (CD). It’s really good ya’ll.

  31. First Cd I bought with my own pocket money – No Doubt ‘Tragic Kingdom’. Mum had bought if for me too for Christmas, so she made me return it and I was so pissed at her until Christmas Day :)

    Most recently, I bought Gregory Alan Isakov’s ‘This Empty Northern Hemisphere’ which is such a beautiful album. Some of it was recorded in his car, some in a studio. Brandi Carlile does backing vox on some tracks so it’s really lush sounding.

  32. The first album I can remember buying was The Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’.
    The last album I bought was Evangelista’s ‘Prince of Truth’.

    But I seem to recall owning Boys 2 Men on cassette before having cds. I think my mom bought it for me! (not to say that I didn’t love it, coz I did!)

  33. i’m pretty sure my first was dreamstreet’s self-titled [and i think only] album when i was 12 and by most recent was justin bieber. clearly my taste in music has changed a lot in nine years.

  34. hi Jess R.,

    As a queer feminist who listens to a lot of hiphop, I have a complicated relationship with a music culture that promotes materialism, glorifies gun violence, and often relegates women to the scantily-clad margins. I have a lot of issues with the mainstream face of hip hop (there are of course a TON of socially conscious rappers out there), but I recognize that if I wrote off any artist who didn’t conform to my moral standards, I’d never be able to listen to another Jay-Z song again, and that’d be a real shame.

    That said, not to drink the haterade or anything, but why make Eminem one of the four artists since 2001 who get your financial support? He’s someone who has promoted a misogynistic, homophobic, and violent ethos since day one. I’m not saying you shouldn’t listen to his work, and there’s no disputing his talent, but every record he sells is a vote of confidence and approval of his persona. There are a ton of true artists out there who manage to make great music–like Madonna and Lady Gaga–and don’t do it at the expense of queers and women.

    Not to say my music taste has always been so spectacular…. I’m pretty sure my first CD purchase was the first Spice Girls album! I was also obsessed with Spiceworld: the Movie. and maybe secretly still am. Meatloaf is in it! My most recent album purchase was more respectable though: ShapeShifters by Invincible, who is a really phenomenal gay lady rapper from Detroit!

    peace and records,

  35. I’d like to say my first music purchase was Violent Femmes but it was Weird Al Yankovic in 3-D on cassette. I Lost on Jeopardy baby….OOOoooOOOooo. Oh and the latest was Kaki King via download.

    Things sure have changed and I miss the record stores that used to be around the corner.

  36. First cassettes: Mariah Carey- Daydream & Dance Mix 95
    First CDs: Jewel-Pieces of You & Savage Garden
    We don’t have any local record stores anymore (unless you count Walmart, which I don’t) so I mostly use iTunes (I always pay for music!) and I try to buy music/merch whenever I go to a live show.
    Last iTunes purchases: Glee- The Music vol 1&2
    Last physical purchase: Tegan & Sara- Sainthood

  37. My first vinyl: I was eight and it was Whitney Houston’s second album “Whitney”. Still have it!

    I can’t remember my first tape (probably a “Wee Sing and Play” deal or a Care Bears jam), but my first CD, which was a long time coming since it took us forever to get a CD player in the house, was R.E.M.’s “Out of Time”.

    My last vinyl: Picked up a few treats at Record Store Day, even though they weren’t any of the exclusive releases. I had to leave with something I wanted!

    The Ruby Suns “Fight Softly” on 12″
    Frightened Rabbit 7″ A side: Swim Until You Can’t See Land, B side: Fun Stuff

    I was so excited yesterday! Record Store Day is one of my favs. Unfortunately I didn’t get my hands on the exclusive Beach House vinyl with the extra tracks :( I had a long list of “if I don’t get this, then I’ll grab this…” and most of them weren’t sent to the store. I saw one person grab the R.E.M. blue vinyl and then I saw the Beach House get snatched up. Sad pirate sigh *arrrrgh*.

  38. Hah, I’m late, but I believe that my first CD buy was Smash Hits: Let’s Party back in 2002 or something. (I was young at the time.)
    My last order was about 10 minutes ago on Amazon with Breaking Benjamin’s “Phobia”, Nice Nice’s “Extra Wow”, and The Chemical Brothers’ “Brotherhood”. But the most recent ones that I actually bought and now have were Dream Theater’s “Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory”, Nine Inch Nail’s “Ghosts I-IV” and Kosheen’s “Resist”.
    I can’t stop buying CDs at the moment. I feel like I’m the only one keeping the business afloat or something. I’m too young for vinyls, heh.

  39. My first cassette was Hootie & The Blowfish – Cracked Rear View and I still love and listen to them.

    I was 11yrs old when I bought my first cd and it was HANSON – middle of nowhere (1997) enough said.

    p.s. I met Hanson in person the following year and still to this day have an autographed FRAMED poster of them.

  40. You people are all so cool. My first record (ON AN ACTUAL RECORD) was No More Games by New Kids On The Block.

    I was jealous of their leather jackets on the front. I’m so going to find that record and display it on my wall in an ironic hipster fashion.

    Last actual physical purchase was Martha Wainwright’s first album and it pleased me greatly.

  41. Ugh, too bad I’m like half a year late on reading this because I love it! Whatev, I’ll still reply.

    First cassettes purchased together: Joan Osborne’s Relish and (this is embarrassing because I’m soooo not religious anymore) Jars of Clay’s Jars of Clay. I think my last cassette was either a Third Eye Blind single or Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill.

    My first CD was Sublime’s Sublime. I belive Dookie was my second.

    My last CD was Okkervil River’s Don’t Fall in Love With Everyone You See.

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