So last night I played this album in honor of Lou Reed's passing and it got me thinking, since this is one of the first 20 or so albums I bought. Now many of the younguns around here will not be able to relate, as it's more of a question "what's the first song you illegally downloaded" but the decision on what album to buy with your few hard earned dollars was a big deal back in the day.
I'm actually annoyed at myself that I can't remember my first album buy. I can remember (roughly) the first albums I bought:
Led Zeppelin: I, II, IV (what did I have against III?)
Alice Cooper: Killer
Sparks: Kimono My House
Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Queen: Shear Heart Attack
The Who: Tommy
Jimi Hendricks: Are You Experienced?
Roxy Music: For Your Pleasure
The Mothers of Invention: Live at the Filmore East
and Velvet Underground: White Light/White Heat (an ode to the pleasures of amphetamines)
And that last one, discussed a bit with DC Trojan, but unless you were there (1974), you can't understand how insane that record sounded compared to everything else I had heard before. It's not my favorite record by any means, it's raw and uncompromising in a way that tells you it gives zero fucks whether you like it or not. I've probably played 50 times total in my life - there are albums I've played 500 times, at least.
I can't remember why I chose it at the Base PX, I think I was choosing between that and the new Steely Dan album. I didn't buy that Steely Dan, or any of their albums; maybe I responded to the cover art, I don't know.
Anyway, those of you who have a story like this, please share.
As always, anyone can like what they like - no hate.