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What was your first cd? (Lemme know, win a whack of cards…)

February 26th, 2009

[March 15, 2009 — Just picked a winner from the 67 entries on this blog and on facebook... and the online random number generator chose #13: Megan MacDonald! Congrats!!!!]

I bought a couple of cd’s at the Jill Barber show I went to last Friday, and my first inclination was to rip them to my computer. Times like this, I wonder when cds might become obsolete. It amazes me that, within this generation, we’ve seen 8-tracks, 45’s and LPs, cassettes, cds, iPods and mp3’s…

Right when cds were becoming more readily available was when I started becoming a bit of a music fanatic. The first cd I ever owned was Sinéad O’Connors’ I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got. It was 1990, and I was in grade 9. I got it from my cousin Ed for my 15th birthday.

I played the Sinéad cd relentlessly. I remember defending her spastic dance moves to Jesse, the newspaper boy. I saw her perform at the Ex that summer. I was somewhat obsessed with the Nothing Compares 2 U video. Black Boys on Mopeds is still one of my favourite songs…

I was wondering if everyone has such nostalgia about their first cd. So I asked “What was the first cd you owned?” to my Twitter friends, and here are some of the answers I got back:

notrachel — “ever? dang, the first NSYNC CD…can’t believe i just admitted that”

pomomama — “Big Country, Greatest Hits”

Jim Bryson — “I bought The Pursuit of Happiness’ Love Junk and Steve Earle’s Copperhead Road the day I bought my 1st player at the Bay. Hehehe.

jessrawk — “Barstool Prophets’ Deflowered.”

jessgonacha — “Mariah Carey Christmas. I kid you not.”

Canadian_Shield — “I bought [Led Zeppelin's] Houses of the Holy, [The Doors'] Soft Parade, and Harry Chapin — I bought them at the same time – Sunrise Records in Eaton Centre”

geekigirl — “I think it was the Prince Batman soundtrack.”

[As an aside, John takes the cake for Most Obscure Answer. His first cd was "The Answer's Electric" by Brett Ryan. Uh... what?]

Question for you: What was the first cd YOU owned?
Leave a comment before March 15th, and I’ll send a handful of my greeting cards to one of you. It may be a draw, or I might just choose the answer that makes me grin the most. (Make sure to leave an email address where I can reach you, svp!)

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  1. March 14th, 2009 at 19:53 | #1

    The first one I bought for myself was Dave Matthew’s “Under the Table and Dreaming.” I remember going to one of those stores where you can stand there with ginormous headphones on and I listened to the entire thing to be sure I would like all the songs. I’m a thrifty spender…and I actually still love that CD.

  2. March 14th, 2009 at 20:00 | #2

    Ok. I’m old. I can’t for the life of me remember the first CD I owned,but I’ll never forget the first album I bought. It was Mickey Mouse Disco. It was the late 70s, I was 7, and I saved up my allowance for that album. I still love disco to this day. It makes me a little sad I don’t have that album still. Perhaps I could upgrade and get that as my 14-month-old son’s first CD. How much trauma do you think it would inflict on his young psyche? LOL! ;)

  3. Brad MacNeil
    March 15th, 2009 at 10:55 | #3

    The CD player was a family purchase, with my parents getting us a five disc changer and getting me one for my room. It came with a variety of musicals and I remember buying a litter of CDs that Boxing Day. If I have to pick one out the the bunch, I’ll say;
    Depeche Mode-101

  4. Donna Silver
    March 15th, 2009 at 11:35 | #4

    Ambient Music for Airports – Brian Eno. I had the album, but it was ’snitched’ by someone, and I could not find it in album format – which of course led to me finally buying a device to listen to Brian Eno and subsequently many others followed. Still think that albums have a sound uniquely different from CD’s which are digitally stripped pretty much of ‘the flaws in fine leather’, and still play lots of albums too.

  5. Adam Skanks
    March 15th, 2009 at 13:58 | #5

    I am ashamed to say it was Spin Doctors. …and I bought it myself. Sigh.

  6. March 15th, 2009 at 17:13 | #6

    R. Kelly – R. Kelly in 1995. This is obliviously when I was into R & B. I also loved 12 play…I must say I had a very different taste in music than.

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