I was going to post something relating to the seminar I had last Friday, but I thought I'd hold off a few days, given the incomprehensible awfulness of what happened in Virginia yesterday. You'll understand when I post it.
Instead, I thought I'd have a hand at a meme that I saw on Bubs' blog.
What was the first recorded music you bought?
I'd recieved records as gifts, but the first music I bought with my own money were three albums I bought in 1976 at The Swollen Head, a record store/head shop that used to be in Lagrange, Illinois. They had records 1 for $4.59 or 3 for $12, so I bought three. They were:
Hotel California- The Eagles
The Best of the Doobie Brothers- Doobie Brothers
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars- David Bowie.
I still have the Eagles record.
What was the last?
I was inspired by a post from Bubs to finally get the cd of "A Vision Shared," a fundraiser for Folkways, now owned by the Smithsonian. It's got covers of Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly songs by a bunch of great artists-- Bob Dylan, Little Richard, John Mellencamp, Brian Wilson, Sweet Honey In the Rock, Pete Seeger, etc.
What was the first "professional" music show you ever went to?
The summer of 1977, I was 16 and went to the first installment of "The Superbowl of Rock," in Soldier's Field. The line-up was the Climax Blues Band, Foghat, J. Geils Band and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Foghat and Geils were incredible. My friend's father was afraid to be downtown after dark (it seemed a lot of people in Western Springs were that way) and we missed ELP, who were performing with a full orchestra.
Maybe that was an omen: that was the height of pompous, overblown "progressive rock," and within a year, I started getting into punk (see next question).
What was the last?
Sunday night, April 15, Iggy and the Stooges. They were godhead.
What's your "desert island" album?
I'd be hard-pressed to choose between The Clash's "London Calling" and Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited." I'd probably end up choosing the Clash.
What's your favorite album/song title? (the *title* which is your fav, not the actual album or song)
Favorite album title- "What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits" by the Doobie Brothers.
Favorite song title- (I'm Gonna Start) Living Again If It Kills Me- Dave Edmunds
What's your favorite album art (include an image of it if you can)?
Sticky Fingers- The Rolling Stones. I found a copy with the zipper in a resale store some years back. I'm getting ready to dump most of my vinyl, but that'll be one I keep. It's by Andy Warhol.
BTW, a few years back, they released a limited run of the cd with working zippers.
The other is Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass' "Whipped Cream and other Favorites." I loved it the first time I saw it when I was maybe 7 or 8 years old, but didn't understand why until I was about 14.
Ideal choice for a karaoke song?
My favorite to do is Tony Bennett's "I Left My Heart In San Francisco," but everyone else likes when I do "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" by The Looking Glass.
Song you don't like that WILL NOT LEAVE YOUR HEAD if you hear it.
Afternoon Delight by the Starland Vocal Band.
Which is cooler? -- Vinyl? CD? Cassette? 8-track?
I loved vinyl, but have finally succumbed to cd's-- they take a lot less room and are so much easier to handle.