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Re: Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 9

Sat, 09 Feb 2013 15:33:18 -0000

First record: "Heart Like A Wheel" by Linda Ronstadt. I was in 5th grade at the time and thought she was hot...
First CD: "Songs from the Big Chair" by Tears for Fears. I was in college at the time and a dork.




Re: Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 9

Fri, 13 Apr 2012 08:31:39 -0000

Karla Bonoff bubbled under with SOmebody's Eyes from Footloose. The soundtrack had had six top 40 hits(Footloose, I'm Free, Let's Hear it for the Boy, Almost PAradise, Holding Out for a Hero, Dancing in the Sheets). Bonoff's song made the Footloose soundtrack come very close to being only the second album(at the time) to yield seven top 100 hits(Thriller had become the first a few months earlier)




Re: Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 9

Sun, 29 Jan 2012 22:47:50 -0000

 "I could absolutely tell people that it was Def Leppard, Billy Joel,"
Ironically, my first two albums purchased were Billy's An Innocent Man and Leppard's Pyromania. Both on cassette. Almost 30 (!) years ago now.

In the years since, I've replaced An Innocent Man on CD (twice) and still listen to it now and then. 

I haven't heard Pyromania in (probably) 29 years. Never replaced it. 




Re: Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 9

Sun, 22 Feb 2009 16:40:32 -0000

Dave: I couldn't find a way to e-mail you directly so I am replying to this post. I am a Blondie fan and I see that you purchase practicly anything made in the 80's and I 'm wondering if you have the Chequered Past LP anywhere in your collection. I know 2 Blondie members were in that group and the album had no singles and this album is nowhere to be found ¿Any chance you have it and if so, any what you could share it with me? Let me know at matrakas@gmail.com




Re: Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 9

Sun, 27 Jul 2008 23:53:37 -0000

Converting Bourgeois Tagg's first into MP3 as I write this, "Electric Train" fading out. Underrated band. Brings me back to the summer of '86 and my first true independence after college. I remember hearing "Mutual Surrender" on the radio for the first time from a station in Lubbock of all places. The year had a bunch of great music opening up to us - Fabulous T-Birds, INXS, Wall of Voodoo, all experienced for the first time. And the club scene w/ Nu Shooz and Jermaine Stewart.

First LPs - "Carpenters" (eponymous) & the J5 Greatest Hits
First Rock LP - "The Grand Illusion", Styx
First 45s (bought in a frenzy w/ cash burning a hole in my first wallet - "The Night Chicago Died", Paper Lace; "You Make Me Feel Brand New", The Stylistics; "Rikki Don't Lose That Number", Steely Dan"; "Who Do You Think You Are", Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods; "Don't Ever Be Lonely (A Poor Little Fool Like Me), Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose; "Wildwood Weed", Jim Stafford. My dad asked me if I had any idea what the latter was about and I was completely clueless.
First 8-Track - My parents were far too un-hip and of-the-now to own one, but this very cool dude with a smoking hot Mopar (forget the exact model, but I can see it now) let me listen to his. I couldn't get enough of The Grassroots Greatest.
First Cassette - Think it was a Seals and Crofts Greatest that someone slid my way. Loved and wore it out.
First CD - I was a vinyl junkie and highly resentful of these pieces of plastic that forced my favorite product of any kind out of stores. I didn't convert until 1997!! Think it was a mix single of Smashmouth's "Walkin' On The Sun". First full lengths were Francis Dunnery's "Tall Blonde Helicopter" and United Future Organization's "3rd Perspective".

Thanks for the topic! Fun to read everyones firsts.




Re: Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 9

Sun, 13 Jul 2008 23:20:47 -0000

1st LPs (xmas gifts from my dad) were Sgt Pepper and G Geils band

1st actual purchase of my own... Cory Hart - the one with Sunglasses at Night and Starship - We Built This City

My shame is palpable




Re: Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 9

Thu, 05 Jun 2008 12:10:08 -0000

I agree..I hear repeats sometimes, too. But you're right, they're mostly playing and replaying good stuff, as opposed to playing/replaying crap. So, for now I'm willing to stick with it. Always ever ready to bolt, though. I just think I admire a station setup that's trying to mimic someone's ipod. That's what I think is going on.

Every city (it seems) has a Bob-FM station nowadays, which has a similar premise but you hear the same Maroon 5 song 3x/day. At least at The Source, it'll be World Party or obscure 80's new wave.




Re: Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 9

Thu, 05 Jun 2008 03:14:29 -0000

That is an amazing station--it's a bit like the "Deep Tracks" station on XM. So far they don't have DJs, so it's a bit like the "Jack" format except that the songs are more obscure.

However, I've been listening to it for a month or two, and I'm already getting upset when they play a song again that I've heard there before. This afternoon it was "Put the Message in the Box" by World Party. Great song, but come on! World Party had a dozen great songs--play "Ship of Fools" already!




Re: Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 9

Tue, 03 Jun 2008 20:44:12 -0000

First 45: "Power Of Love", Huey Lewis And The news
First 33: Hmmm... probably "Love At First Sting", Scorpions




Re: Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 9

Sun, 01 Jun 2008 20:59:24 -0000

Hmm...First 45 I can remember was "Saturday Night" by the Bay City Rollers. Or "Beth" by Kiss. Seeing as SN was released in 1973 and I bought the single at a garage sale, I can't really place the time, but it was around 1976.

First album: "Foreigner", Foreigner
First cassette: "Tonight", David Bowie
First CD: "Umbrella," The Innocence Mission




Re: Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 9

Sat, 31 May 2008 00:31:32 -0000

Toto IV and Glass Houses, plus Synchronicity, were all I listened to for a good 18 months of my life. No Journey, but Asia's first LP was waiting on deck.

And I still remember singing "Makin' It" in the back of our station wagon, only to have my mom turn around from the front seat and ask, rather accusingly, "Do you know what that means?" [No.] "Then stop saying it." [Shrinks into vinyl seat, unsure why.]




Re: Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 9

Thu, 29 May 2008 21:34:32 -0000

There is not a perfect place to post this, but since we're on the subject -- where we all fall on the rock/pop continuum -- I wanted to mention there is a relatively new FM station at 100.3 I've discovered in socal. In the last few weeks, I've heard old debut-era Elvis Costello, "Shut Your Eyes" by Snow Patrol, and on the way home tonight I heard Lyle Lovett's "Church." They're all over the place in a good way. I don't remember the last time I enjoyed listening to terrestrial FM radio. listen live. When I told my husband about it, he said, "ah. so they're now creating oldies stations for people *your* age." (please note: he is older than I am.) But anyway it got me thinking. Maybe that's what's really going on here. I don't know who created it (what's AAA?) or what their corporate intentions are, so give it a listen before it starts sucking. 'cuz we all know it will.




Re: Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 9

Thu, 29 May 2008 16:24:01 -0000

I should add: First 45 was 5th Dimension's "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In, 1969."

First cassette: "Blood, Sweat and Tears," 1969.

First CD: "High On The Hog" by The Band, 1999. (I was late to the party.)




Re: Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 9

Thu, 29 May 2008 16:20:21 -0000

My first purchase with my own cash came in the spring of 1970 and was one of two LPs: either "Let It Be" by the Beatles or "Chicago II" with the silver cover. Both are still on the shelves and both play pretty well - not pristine, but no major scratches. I still love the Chicago, but, looking back, the Beatles' album was a lot worse than it should have been, thanks to Phil Spector.




Re: Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 9

Thu, 29 May 2008 13:09:09 -0000

First LP: Wall of Voodoo, "Call of the West". Still one of my all-time favourite albums.
First cassette: Either "Stop Making Sense" by Talking Heads, or "Soul Mining" by The The. In both cases, the cassette version had extra or extended tracks, although the extra The The tracks were terrible.
First 45: Talking Heads, "Once In A Lifetime (Live)". Already had this A-side on cassette; bought it for the B-side, the live version of "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)"
First CD: The Smiths, "Louder Than Bombs". Purchased some weeks before I had an actual CD player.




Re: Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 9

Thu, 29 May 2008 10:35:37 -0000

I think my first LP was either something by Culture Club or Duran Duran.

First cassette was "Victory" by the Jacksons.

And the first cd was "Time's Up" by Living Colour. I do recall that with my cd player I had an offer to join Columbia House and get 4 free cd's and the one's I chose were "To the Extreme" by Vanilla Ice, "Tender Lover" by Babyface, "World Clique" by DeeLite and the Johnny Gill cd with "Rub you the Right Way."




Re: Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 9

Thu, 29 May 2008 10:28:21 -0000

I would. But just not that.

Actually, a couple of months ago, I was asked to do a small presentation about what that magical thing is he won't do. Good fun.




Re: Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 9

Thu, 29 May 2008 08:58:58 -0000

first lp - Go West by (yup) Go West
first single - view to a kill by Duran Duran
first cd - operation mindcrime by queensryche

christ on a bike it's a wonder i had any friends.




Re: Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 9

Thu, 29 May 2008 02:01:00 -0000

I had actually heard the Boomtown Rats song early in the 80's. There were a couple of smartaleck student DJ's at our school that played it. They also played "Walk on the Wild Side," which was exotic and scandalous at the time. Wonder where those guys are. . .




Re: Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 9

Thu, 29 May 2008 01:50:03 -0000

These first lists are fascinating. It gives you a glimpse at someone who was in a similar place to yours at the time, or worlds apart. But we're all here today. So that is somewhat profound. ~head cocked to one side~ Who matches me?

1st album I asked for: Grease soundtrack. Wore that sucker OUT. Other albums I wore out were my parents' Linda Ronstadt Greatest Hits, and their Bee Gees' "Night Fever" 45. I also had a soundtrack of Broadway hits on semi-permanent loan from my local library.

1st albums I bought: Journey Escape and Toto IV at the same time I bought Billy Joel's Glass Houses. I got a new turntable for Christmas!
1st 45 I bought: Makin' It by David Naughton. Yeah I said it.
1st cassette? I think it was U2's War.
8-tracks were BMT
1st CDs were "Robbie Robertson" and Traveling Wilburys.




Re: Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 9

Thu, 29 May 2008 01:17:49 -0000

Shooting Shark! Why, that's Randy Jackson popping the four-string!




Re: Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 9

Thu, 29 May 2008 00:38:24 -0000

Thanks! It never fails to amaze me how the "first" conversation just never seems to get old. No matter how many times someone asks me, I'm more than willing to discuss without hesitation. Seems like everyone here is as well, which is awesome.




Re: Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 9

Wed, 28 May 2008 23:16:22 -0000

I have read that there were rumors of Bolton replacing Steve Perry. Maybe these songs were auditions of some sort. Too bad it did not happen. It might have saved us all a great deal of agony between Bolton's solo career and Bad English.




Re: Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 9

Wed, 28 May 2008 21:30:05 -0000

Never had Dumb Ditties but I did have Kooky Toones and a similar comedy comp from Ronco Records. I tried to recall the name of it but, apparently, I set it and then forgot it.




Re: Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 9

Wed, 28 May 2008 21:16:46 -0000

I didn't have Dumb Dumb Ditties--but I did have (and still have) both Goofy Greats and Funny Favorites. Screw K-Tel! Ronco RULES!!!!!!