The First Record You Ever Bought

The top Twitter trending topic in the world right now is #FirstRecord.

Naturally it’s sparked a discussion in the office, which has led to all manner of shameful disclosures. I’d like to say that the first record I ever bought was Manic Street Preachers’ ‘From Despair To Where’ in 1993, but I’d be lying. That was the first CD I bought, but my first musical purchase was far less respectable.

I remember it clearly: an Our Price in Leamington Spa, summer 1987. I bought two albums on cassette, ‘Actually’ by Pet Shop Boys and ‘Popped In Souled Out’ by Wet Wet Wet (still the lamest, most laboured pun this side of Butthole Surfers’ ‘Hairway To Steven’).


That second purchase was an unforgivable lapse of taste, even for a seven-year-old.

But the Pet Shop Boys album? I stand by it. Still listen to it, in fact (although not on cassette, obviously). Especially the epic ‘It’s A Sin’.

Quick straw poll of the office:

Tim Chester: Nirvana, ‘Nevermind’.

Dan Martin: The Bangles, ‘Walking Down Your Street’.

Jamie Fullerton: Stiltskin, ‘Inside’ and Reel II Reel ‘Go On Move’ (“Although I actually meant to buy their previous single ‘I Like To Move It'”).


James McMahon: Midge Ure, ‘If I Was’ (“I liked the sleeve”).

Paul Stokes: “Something by Nik Kershaw with a blue sleeve. But the first one I can remember the title of was The Firm. ‘Star-Trekkin’.”

How about you?


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