Where did you buy your first CD?

This is apparently a question much asked today after the slow but steady demise of what is still oddly called a 'Record' Store. I guess they do still sell recorded music.

Like most people I buy a lot online, actually more than many as I work full time, get home after 6.30pm and am a busy mum at weekends. But back in the day I was a keen record store browser. I won't say buyer, I was young and hadn't much pocket money and a single (7inch vinyl) record was 79p...

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My first few records were cover type albums - they were cheaper (and dreadful) and you got more music for your money. Yes I'm of the age that the Top of The Pops albums. And the shop I used was a local independent record shop, now closed.

The first record I really really wanted was the Telephone Answering Machine Song


and I made my mum stay in all day at home to tape it off of the radio for me - and yes I know

 I have finally bought a copy on vinyl so you can all relax.

The first song I adored and (finally) owned an original of was 5705 by City Boy and it's still one of my pop favourites


Into the 80s when I finally had some money my music collection expanded, with Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Wham!, Adam and the Ants, Shakin' Stevens, ABC, Human League and numerous other  dubious bands :-)

What was your first CD? Vinyl? Tape? Download?

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Do you still buy 'actual' music or do you only download?


  1. Adam Ant - Kings of the Wild Froniter- on vinyl when I was 6, still got it, still love it!

  2. oh, and I still buy, in all formats, new, second hand, from shops and online!

  3. Lou Reed; Transformer.

  4. My first Vinyl Album was also Kings of the Wild Frontier, my first Vinyl Single was The Riddle by Nik Kershaw. I tended to buy stuff on tape as a teen, or copy off friends (I know - I single handedly killed the music industry!) Both those records are (probably) still with may parents, as we moved to Canada and didn't think it would be worth investing in a turntable for about 6 albums (even if one was Sgt. Pepper!) but little did I expect the resurgence of vinyl over here!

    AS for CD's, we moved over quite late in our house, but I have a feeling it might have been Diva by Annie Lennox (which I still have too) and a Billie Holliday compilation from somewhere like Poundstreacher which had clearly been made as cheap as possible because it sounded like I was playing the original 1930's recording, scratches and all!

    Still buy CDs now, and dont want to switch to MP3s for the same reason I don't want to go over to electronic books (I miss being able to hold them - I miss Vinyl covers, great pieces of artwork were created for some of those, and even CD's never quite cut it for that)