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What Was the First CD You Purchased?

By Dustin Rowles | Comment Diversions | August 7, 2021 |

By Dustin Rowles | Comment Diversions | August 7, 2021 |


In our Slack earlier this week, Petr (and others whom I won’t embarrass) confessed to being somewhat indifferent to the music of the Foo Fighters (even while loving the Foo Fighters themselves), which is an unforgivable admission. Somehow that led to something of an impromptu comment diversion among ourselves: What was your first CD? In the course of it, however, we also realized that this is a comment diversion that Gen Z and subsequent generations will not be able to play because physical media is not a thing. Nobody remembers the first Spotify song they played. What a depressing thought.

So, this one is a little anachronistic, but if you’re old enough, tell us the first CD you ever purchased. If you’re even older, tell us the first cassette tape you purchased. And if you’re willing to betray your age, you can even let us know what your first vinyl record was. And if you’re really old, yeah, don’t bother telling us about your first 8-track. You’re embarrassing yourself at that point.

Anyway, here’s a weekend time killer. I’ll humiliate myself first:

First LP: Michael Jackson’s Thriller (like everyone my age)
First cassette: Huey Lewis’ Sports (hush. I was, like, 9)
First CD: Pretty Hate Machine by Nine Inch Nails, which I believe I purchased at the same time as Nothing’s Shocking by Jane’s Addiction.

I won’t embarrass some of the other members of the staff with their choices — I’ll let them do that themselves — except for a few I do not mind embarrassing, namely Seth, whose first record, tape, and CD were all Stay Hungry by Twisted Sister, which he confesses with pride, and Tori’s first records (Mickey Mouse Disco and the Miami Vice TV soundtrack) and — redemptively — her first CDs: Green Day, The Commitments soundtrack, and Frank Zappa.

Also, Roxana’s first CD was totally the Backstreet Boys.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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