On First Albums

Today, a package came in the mail. It was one I was expecting today — Beady Eye’s debut album, Different Gear, Still Speeding.

A part of me wants to say, of course, that DG,SS is anything but a debut album; Beady Eye is, after all, the final line-up of Oasis minus Noel Gallagher, so they’re really not a new band at all. Oasis 2.0, basically.

My most recent album, then. Until my next one, probably in less than a week — I need to pick up Eisley’s The Valley, which drops tomorrow. And then, of course, Elbow’s Build a Rocket, Boys! will be along shortly as well.

Suffice it to say, I have a lot of albums. Well, CDs, really. But where did it all begin…?

1985. Starship. Knee Deep in the Hoopla.

I owned records before that. I have fond memories of a Mickey Mouse record of patriotic songs that, if I remember correctly, had Molly Ringwald as one of the singers. And I had the album Michael Jackson made for E.T. But I didn’t buy any of those; they were given to me.

Knee Deep in the Hoopla was the first album I bought. I bought it from Recordland.

“We Built This City” was in heavy radio play at the time. I thought it was pretty snazzy, and I wanted the whole album, and so, one Saturday, my mom took me to the mall and I bought it. A cassette.

I was twelve.

“We Built This City” goes in for a lot of abuse these days. Too artificial, too over-produced. I don’t know the last time I heard the song — it’s been a few years, surely — but it doesn’t bother me the way it seems to bother others.

There are worse songs. 😉

My second album was Mr. Mister’s Welcome to the Real World. I bought it for “Broken Wings” and “Kyrie.” The first was, at least for me, when I was twelve, one of the most romantic songs I’d ever heard. The latter… well, I don’t quite know why I loved it, but I did.

To be honest, I think that whole album is quite awesome.

I truly don’t know what the next album after that was. I can tell you, though, that it was probably six or seven years until my next. It wasn’t until I had a CD player that I started buying albums occasionally.

Those two albums I bought back in 1985. I don’t know if I still have the cassettes anywhere any more. I probably don’t. I’ve never upgraded either to CD, though I do have Mr. Mister’s greatest hits album of about ten years ago. They got me started.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

One thought on “On First Albums

  1. I had that same Mister Mister cassette. I probably didn’t buy it myself, since I’m just a bit younger than you. I think I was 8 when that came out. But I remember totally grooving on it. Even now, if I catch “Kyrie” on the radio I’ll turn it up and sing, and I dunno why I like it, either.

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