My record buying began in 1972 at the age of eleven with Hawkwind's Silver Machine - truly a vioson of a new world captured through a murky concert video shown on Top of the Pops!
My entry into the world of the album came just a year later with ELP's Brain Salad Surgery, bought on release, a "deluxe" album featuring the most amazing sleeve design and still surely one of the most iconic. Somehow I had persuaded my parents to let me stay up and watch the now legendary Old Grey Whistle Test Manticore Special (this being ten years before the VCR...) which I can honestly say changed my life, with music - mostly prog - becoming central to my life.
I may not hold ELP in the esteem I did in those days - I think on balance Yes are much more in my line - and I listen to more classical than rock these days, but these two records remain for me life changers.
The first contemporary record I spent my own money on was Adam and the Ants Kings of the WIld Frontier. I would have been about ten. Up until that point I'd bought a few records but they were old stuff like the Beatles reissues you could get in WH Smiths. The first album I bought, other than the NOW compilations, was Status Quo 12 Gold Bars.
Anyone claiming they can't remember their first record is lying. Trying to massage facts and ignore purchases is an even worse crime.
Mine was WASP - The Last Command on vinyl when I was about 10 after wearing out my taped copy of Inside The Electric Circus from my mate. Saved up for ages and still remember buying it on a Saturday morning with my parent in the indy music shop in town then sat on a chair in the tax office looking at the inner sleeve artwork.
My first album that I bought was a cassette of Queens 'best of' from Woolworths, It must of been about 1980. I am not totally sure it was even Queen performing, Woolies used to have a bucket by the tills with all these uber cheap cassettes in (I also bought an Alvin Stardust cassette about the same time)
The firstVinyl album I bought was Bon Jovi's 'Slippery When Wet' & Europe's 'The Final Countdown' (I bought them on them at the same time)
My first CD was Erasure's 'The Innocents', bought on day of release from Our Price!
The charts were so eclectic back then. I used to pick up ex-Jukebox singles for 10p each in the newsagent and you could be buying records by the Police, Alvin Stardust, the Specials and Motorhead in the same batch and no one would find that at all unlikely.
Once you got to being a teenager then it was a lot more tribal but you could go from being a dapper mod one week to being a bondage trousered punk the next. Would just mean giving and getting a kicking from different people.
Alvin Stardust though - how did he sneak through into the 1980s? Pretend wasn't it?
Remember the 'Fame' label? It was EMI's *budget* re-issue label. I think I still have a Pistols live album that I got from a Woolworth's spinner. £3.99 - or were they £2.99? Can't remember. Loads of Shakin' Stevens and the Sunsets albums and pre-fame Paul Young.
Yeah, I definitely had a Sunsets album on Fame. Also the MFP label had a couple of decent Beatles compilation albums. Can't remember the WH Smith reissue label - you could get all kinds of classic 50s and 60 singles for pocket money. Ahh - MFP was an EMI subsidiary and Fame was a subsidiary of MFP.
First album was Dark Side of the Moon, I remember that my cousin was 'home' from Australia and had a copy of the album and would play it on the family's Dansette but wouldn't allow to play the album when she wasn't about, so I begged my parents to buy a copy for me.
First album bought with my own hard earned cash was Rattus by the Stranglers
The first record I bought was XTC - Senses Working Overtime in 1982. I think the single had 3 or 4 tracks if I remember correctly, and I was totally obsessed with it. In those days I would only have just enough money for the single, so I would forgo the bus and walk a couple of miles into town and back again. Then I'd play the single over and over and never get bored of it.