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Thursday, March 7, 2013

What Was Your First LP?

Let's take a break from gardening and just for fun take a trip down memory lane and think back to your first record. Here in Australia on SBS there is a show called Rockwiz and as the name suggests it's a quiz show a music albeit a bit grown up and off beat. The host Julia Zemiro asks players and guests alike 
"What was the first album you bought with your own money and the first concert you ever went to?"
So let's play.....

I didn't buy Top Of The Tots with my own money but it was certainly the first album I ever "owned" and featured songs such as:
Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep, Yellow River, The Pushbike Song, Sugar Sugar and the one the one that always made me cry, Two Little Boys (you know the Rolf Harris one) Still makes me cry every time I hear it. I was about 4yrs old.

We had a few albums through childhood but this is the first one I bought with my own money.

Yep! Screamer! What can I say...
I was no way near the age of the young ladies on the front cover so had not been caught in the "pluck your eyebrows into pencil thin semi-circles" fad but I did own some powder blue and powder green eye shadow from a pantomime I was in the year before. I was 12 and I wore tops like that young lady in the extreme top left of the shot. 
Songs included;
The Love Game by John Paul Young (had no clue what that was about), Bay City Rollers (so popular at the time), Rodger Whittaker's Last Farewell...really!? What was with that? Hardly Screamer material. High Voltage by ACDC, now you're talking. I think this record also included I'm Not Lisa and that used to make me cry too. What can I say, I'm a bit of a cryer.

So Julia, thanks for asking and my first ever concert I went to was Festival Hall in Brisbane to see Australian Crawl when I was about 14. I went with a friend from school and I have to admit that I don't remember much but I had an overwhelming feeling that I was too young to be there without a parent. When they sang "Boys Light Up" everyone in the crowd held their cigarette lighters above their heads and flicked them on in unison and in time, that was pretty speccy.

What was your first album that you bought with your own money and the first concert you ever went to?


  1. Oh Tanya, a girl after my own heart!!
    I too lurve Rockwiz, even went and saw them live a few years back at the Tivoli here in Brisbane.
    Now to the questions hmmm I ask myself this one every time I watch the show. The first LP would have been Explosive Hits 74. I would have been about 9 at the time. My sister and I saved up our pocket money to buy it. First concert I think was at Cloudland in Brisbane around 1981 to see Split Endz, Men at Work, The Church and Midnight what a night!!

  2. First album: Flesh for Lulu--Plastic Fantastic
    First concert: Screaming Trees

  3. Hmmm can't remember the first album...would have been a while before I could have afforded one being a student for years! lol I tended to buy singles or EPs on my meagre scholarship budget and the first record that I ever bought was 'The Game of love' by Wayne Fontana...don't remember the B side though. First concert was in the 70s and it was a Liberace concert at festival hall (Brisbane)...what a dag I must have been! lol Also in the 70s went to Cliff Richard concerts...still 'love' him!

  4. Oh the memories ... lurve the Screamer cover ... so typical of its time. My first record was Bobby Dazzler, I didn't buy it either, it was a birthday present. It had pearlers like 'The Lords Prayer' by Sister Janet Mead!! And more fitting, 'Cum Feel the Noize' by Slade.

    My first concert was Sherbert - with the Ted Mulray Gang as support.

  5. Hey Tanya, you were well ahead of me in the music stakes.
    The first album I ever bought with my own money was Abba's Arrival......they were sitting in that little helicopter
    on the cover.
    I was working after school at Coles I would've been 16 .....
    The first concert I ever went to was Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons (Joe Camilleri) at the Benalla drive in. Don't think the drive in was still in use, so a great venue for an outdoor concert and I would've been 18.
    Concerts I've been to since then, now that's another's a very looooong list.

    Claire x

  6. OMGoodness, same album as Lisa! Explosive Hits '74.
    First concert: Culture Club (I know!)
    Love the cigarette lighting effects you mentioned Tanya, rather sweet in a way.

  7. My first album was ABBA Arrival too. Another from that time was Meatloaf's Bat out of Hell. I liked different genres, obviously!

    Cheers - Joolz

  8. The first album I ever bought was the Best of the Bee Gees..I still love their singing..mainly before their disco era. I also bought the Best of Abba and Tubular Bells.

  9. I could only afford singles when I was young, but my first LP was Rod Stewart, Every Picture Tells a Story.
    The first group I saw was Showaddywaddy at a local club.

  10. First Album of my own was 'Adam and the Ants' first concert was Dire Straits in Hobart.


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