by Greg Call
I started buying my own music at about age 10. My first few records (tapes, really) were Thompson Twins, Into the Gap; Tears For Fears, Songs From the Big Chair; and Bryan Adams, Reckless.
You may or may not be surprised to hear that I don’t listen to these albums anymore. But some of the albums I acquired as a kid are still on heavy rotation in my home or iPod. Here they are:
Jimi Hendrix, Are You Experienced. Around age 13, I had a good friend whose older brother had a nice record collection, and he made a tape for me with this classic on one side. Soon after, my own older brother took me to a showing of Jimi Plays Monterey in some tiny independent movie house, and I was hooked. Jimi has probably been the biggest constant in my music tastes.
Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon: Same age, same friend as Hendrix. This was on the other side of the tape. Like any adolescent that encounters this album, I used to turn off the lights, put on the headphones, and zone out to this one for hours. I don’t love it as much as I did as a kid, but it’s a classic album that I still pop in from time to time.
Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A.: This was huge in 1984, and I drank it up. Nowadays I prefer The River, Nebraska, Darkness on the Edge of Town. But I still listen to BITUSA. I can’t say that "Dancing in the Dark" or the title track does much for me anymore, but there are a lot of great songs there.
Public Enemy, It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back: I don’t know how I ended up with this at age 14. I was into Run DMC and the Beastie Boys, and must have seen this in the record store and figured it was more of the same. It certainly wasnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t, and sounded totally foreign at first listen, but I liked it and have been listening to it ever since. At the next Kulturblog karaoke party I’ll rap "Night of the Living Baseheads" for you.
That’s all I could come up with. I listened to a lot of AC/DC and Van Halen at age 13-14, and still own a bunch of those albums, but I can’t say I listen to them much anymore. You would think that the Beatles would be the ideal candidate for this kind of list, but I didn’t listen to the post-1965 Beatles until college. As I kid, all I knew was the early stuff.
But enough about me. What did you listen to as a kid that still holds up today?