Friday, March 28th, 2008

Your Last LP?

We live in a digital world. Our movies are available "on demand." We download our music after a quick visit to the Apple iTunes Store. We spend an hour, or so, at the gym every other night with our entire music collection stored on our iPods which are strapped to our arms. I love every megabyte of this technology, and I wouldn't have it any other way. There's something empowering about having "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" stored on my iPhone. It makes a long flight, and a wait in the hospital waiting room almost tolerable. However, every once in a while, I missing the snap, hiss, pop, and skip...skip...skip of yesterday.

When I was using the elliptical at Courts Plus on Thursday night, an old song popped up on my iPod. Then it hit me. That song was on the last LP I ever purchased. Okay, my Mom bought it for me for my birthday, or Christmas, or just to stop my nagging one day while shopping. I remember playing that album endlessly back in 1984 on my Dad's old turntable with speakers that stood taller than me.

Okay, I'll confess. It wasn't any landmark album like Pink Floyd's Animals, or Led Zeppelin II. The last LP I bought was Duran Duran's 1983 album, Seven and the Ragged Tiger. So what song played at the gym? It was "The Reflex." It was the slightly different album version, too. As much as I love the convenience of digital music, I do miss the oversized album art and liner notes. I remembering reading an article in the USA Today back in high school declaring the death of vinyl. I had to share the news and report back to the class. I recall stating that cassettes and CDs were clearly the wave of the future. It's funny looking back. CDs seem on their way out, too.

What was your last vinyl LP? That's a long player for those humzooers born after 1985. Yes, the big ones you had to flip to play the back side.


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12 Comments
I'm guessing that my last vinyl purchase was either the Replacements "Don't Tell a Soul" or the Pixies "Doolittle."

I do remember that my first CD purchase was "Daydream Nation" by Sonic Youth. I didn't have a CD player at the time but the record shop were out of the casette and I had to have that album.
Dan at BFS   Friday, March 28, 2008
fritz
I was born in 1979 and I never bought a record new. However, Erica bought me a nice record player for Christmas so now I can listen to all my records that I've bought at garage and estate sales (they're usually like $1 where a CD is $10-15). Plus, records will always sound better than a CD and definitely a MP3. I've been listening to The Brecker Brothers lately.
fritz   Friday, March 28, 2008
moobi
I don't recall ever spending my own money on vinyl. However, I distinctly recall my older sister offering to let me use her last two Columbia House freebies. I was probably about 10 years old, so I was thrilled. I selected Survivor's Eye of the Tiger and John Mellencamp's (then going by John Cougar) American Fool. No idea where those albums are now. Probably in my parents' attic, and by now they would have melted/frozen/melted/frozen into dust these past (cripes) 20 years.

Should I admit that my first CD was the soundtrack to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Nah, I'll keep that to myself.
Mark Almighty   Friday, March 28, 2008
spike
My last vinyl album was purchased at a thrift store here in Charlotte before I even lived here... maybe 7 years ago. It was a Joni Mitchell album called "Ladies of the Canyon."
Spike   Friday, March 28, 2008
_DELETED_rangywulf
The last Vinyl Album I bought was 2yrs ago at a garage sell and it was Pink Flyod's the Dark Side of the Moon. I had been looking for that one for years and was beyond excited when I found it. The first CD I ever bought was Metallica's Black Album.
rangywulf   Friday, March 28, 2008
I was an active consumer of vinyl back in college - even frequented a punk/hardcore record store in East Lansing called, "Vinyl Addict." Since I lack a respectable stereo system now, I don't buy too many vinyl albums... Plus, the last time I bought a bunch of vinyl albums I left them in the car for a few hours and they warped bad. Now they're more suitable for cereal bowls than for a turntable.

I don't have to worry about that with lossless mp3s. :)
Eric T   Friday, March 28, 2008
ozthegreat
I bought a couple of Bowie albums off eBay a couple of years ago, but that doesn't really count. My crowning jewel was back in '86 or '87 I bought the WWF Superstars LP. Looking back, this may have been the worst compilation of music ever recorded. It featured "hits" sung by different members of the WWF. Hulk Hogan, Rowdy Roddy Piper and who could forget "Grab Them Cakes" from The Junk Yard Dog. Yes, at age 13 I felt that this could be the soundtrack for my life.
ozthegreat   Friday, March 28, 2008
igna83
The hubby and I still have lots of our vinyl; couldn't bear to part with it for some reason. He has an impressive Zeppelin collection, as well as some Ozzy and Rush. Mine includes some corny stuff from middle school, like Grease, Donny & Marie and The Bay City Rollers. I also have some Van Halen, REO Speedwagon and the BeeGees. REO was probably the last album I purchased before switching to cassette tapes.
Angi   Friday, March 28, 2008
billpearch
ozthegreat - I have to ask. Is the WWF album still your life's soundtrack?

Eric T. - I may have contributed to your vinyl collection. Does Ms. T. still have my old "Thriller" album?
Bill Pearch   Friday, March 28, 2008
gotshoo
I had a record player as a child, as for which LP's I owned, I couldn't tell you.

It seems like digital downloads are the 'wave of the future' especially when I can buy music directly from my iPod Touch or go to Best Buy and buy an album in the form of a credit card and download it from iTunes.

I still prefer an actual physical copy of the CD even though 5 seconds from opening the plastic it's being ripped into a mp3 format.

All of that was way off subject, but my first tape was Mc Hammer's You Can't Touch This.
shoo   Friday, March 28, 2008
dazedpink
I have no idea what the last record I bought was. But I know without a doubt that my first one was "Chart Action 83"...a KTel compilation.

My collection is still at my parents' house...the Hooters, Madonna (madonna and like a virgin), Thriller, Prince (1999, Purple Rain and the one with Raspberry Beret) are the ones that stand out.

We also had a juke box that played 45's. Today on the way home from the mall I heard "Goodbye to You" by Scandal. That song reminds me of the juke box and cheese popcorn. Always will too.
Jules   Friday, March 28, 2008
billpearch
My last 45 was Duran Duran's "The Reflex - Dance Mix" with a live version of "New Religion" on the b-side. Good thing I said last. My second to last 45 was Weird Al's "Eat It." My first cassette was the "Ghostbusters" soundtrack. My first CD was Depeche Mode's "101." I figured why not start off with a two-disc set. Why do I remember this stuff?
Bill Pearch   Friday, March 28, 2008
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