Despite how easy it is to go online and quickly download an entire album in just a few seconds (which we are paying for, of course), there’s nothing particularly special in purchasing music from the ether. Gone are the days of driving to the mall to browse through the racks of CDs at Camelot Music and Sam Goody; no longer can we fill out multiple Columbia House order forms for seemingly free albums. CDs were the last physical music objects, and our first purchases say a lot about us as much and the time in which we grew up. (For the record, I like to tell everyone my first CD was the Reality Bites soundtrack, but it was, regrettably, the revival Broadway cast recording of Grease! featuring Brooke Shields as Rizzo.) I asked a few friends from across the Internet to share their first CD purchases. Click through after the jump, and share your stories in the comments!
My first CD was Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam’s Spanish Fly. Although this contains their biggest hits (“Head to Toe” and “Lost in Emotion” both went to No. 1 on the Hot 100), it does not contain their coolest hits (“I Wonder If I Take You Home” and “Can You Feel the Beat” are harder dance classics; “All Cried Out” is an overflowing well of melodrama, which is not cool but is very impressive). But whatever. I was a pre-gay nine-year-old. I stand by this choice. — Rich Juzwiak, Gawker