The odds are that the first CD you bought is not indicative of the music that you listen to today. Or maybe it is, who knows. Regardless, we thought it would be fun, amusing, and interesting to do a new PropertyOfZack Friday Discussion on The First CD I Bought. Check out our Discussion below and feel free to reblog with your first CD purchase!
Michelle Branch - The Spirit Room
blink-182 may be my one true musical love, but Michelle Branch was my first.
It’s pretty well known that I mostly stick to pop-punk and emo music, but I wasn’t shown Sum 41 and blink-182 until I was 11 or 12. Before then, I listened to a hodgepodge of music. I remember hearing this song called “Everywhere” on the radio, and I was all about it. It made the 9-year-old in me feel sadness I had never felt — the precursor to my emo dreams. I liked “Everywhere” so much I demanded more, so I was taken to a brick and mortar store and bought The Spirit Room. To this day, I would still say that “Everywhere” and “All You Wanted” were two of the best pop sounds from that era.
Sidenote: I also heavily enjoyed Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles” at this time. And of course, Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8er Boi.”- Zack Zarrillo
ESPN Stadium Anthems
I’m not apologizing for this one, gang. Ten-year-old me was the ballboy for my dad’s soccer team, and ten-year-old me got down with Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop” and 2 Unlimited’s “Get Ready For This” during halftime. I remember feeling bummed out because the CD left “Welcome to the Jungle” off its tracklist. I mean, who does that? The 8:22 extended edition of Sister Sledge’s sappy “We Are Family” makes the cut, The freakin’ Baha Men make the cut, but Guns ‘n’ Roses is where ESPN drew the line? Come on.
It’s no stretch to say Stadium Anthems is collecting dust on my CD shelf — my allergies are kicking in just looking at it. Sure, it’s got some nostalgic value, but I don’t feel like returning to Kool & The Gang or Gary Glitter unless my ass is parked on some bleachers. But N.E.R.D’s “Rock Star” still slays. - Erik van Rheenen
blink-182 - Enema Of The State
The first CD I remember buying was Blink 182’s Enema of the State, but the purpose behind purchasing it was a rather childish one at best. Yes, I was very much hooked on the band’s infectious pop punk sound, but it also had a lot cursing on it and to buy an album with a ‘Parental Advisory’ sticker on it felt so daring at 11 years old. The album was still a great jumpstart into my love of pop punk music, but it was that initial bit of risk that made it stick with me.
Today, I’m reminded frequently of how great this album is every time my local rock radio station chooses to only play “What’s My Age Again?” or “All the Small Things.” What about “Dumpweed?” What about how “Aliens Exist” transitions so perfectly into “Going Away to College?” I’ll stop myself now before I start producing diagrams on the album’s fantastic sequencing. - Jason Stives
Motion City Soundtrack - Commit This To Memory
Similar to so many of the great stories of my youth, my urge to buy Motion City Soundtrack’s Commit This to Memory began on a night where I stayed up way past my bedtime. I was watching MTV late at night (Q: How long ago was this? A: MTV was still playing music videos) and some sort of new music spotlight show came on. I couldn’t tell you any of the other bands or artists that were highlighted, but I remember seeing the video for “Everything is Alright,” and I was immediately hooked.
This was back in a time where my only source of music was the radio and my parents’ CD collection, and so the next time I was at the mall I jetted to FYE (again, that’s how long ago this was), found the “punk rock” section, and secured a copy of the album. I was so excited that I listened to every 30-second track preview before I paid for it because I literally couldn’t wait any longer. I haven’t like any of Motion City’s work quite as much, but they’ve still become one of my all-time favorite bands, and one of the bands I hold near and dear to my heart who helped shape my taste in music today. - Donald Wagenblast
Backstreet Boys - Backstreet’s Back
You can tell a lot about a person from his or her music taste, and perhaps one of the most revealing questions you can ask is: Backstreet Boys or N*SYNC?