Wednesday, October 17, 2012

First CD

No not Cross Dresser. On the first of October, the cd  as we know it turned thirty years old. Their period in high usage was considerably less than records that preceded them. Yes, people do still buy cds, but for how much longer? I haven't bought one for years.

We bought a cd before we had a cd player. We knew a friend was going to buy a new cd player and would sell us his old one for $100. I am guessing this was about 1990 or maybe a little earlier, so it was a decent amount of money.

The biggest difference between cds and records for most people is that over time cds don't acquire crackles and pops or scratches like records. I can put the first cd I bought into the player now and to my ears it will sound exactly the same as it did over twenty years ago.

And our first cd was?

Madonna's Immaculate Collection. How gay is that!

C'mon. 'Fess up. What was the first cd you bought?


17 comments:

  1. ABBA - every single album, 1989, just after turning twenty one and using my birthday money to buy a CD stereo system.

    ....it wasn't cool to re-like ABBA yet ('ABBA Gold' hadn't been released), so I shyly hid them under Icehouse and Paul Simon!

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    1. Nothing to be ashamed of Kath, although there was a post Abba period where Abba wasn't cool. Icehouse, now you are talking.

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  2. Some classical CD from the BBC Collection, and the time... some 15 years ago, before that I still used my record player until it broke and new ones were not available anymore.

    Nowadays, even when I'm most of the time at home I never play a CD or switch on the radio. I like the silence so I can concentrate on what I'm doing. [I do multitask]

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    1. Peter, clearly you don't do multitask if you can't listen to music and work at the same time. Like you, I don't like music on when I am 'working'.

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  3. I honestly can't remember the first CDI bought. I remember my kids had many before I even bought one, and I'd borrow them, play them in the CD player which also had twin tape decks, and I'd tape the songs to play in my Walkman. I did this for at least two years, possibly three before the tape decks died, then I started buying my own CDs.

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  4. River, it was not so long ago that someone at work laughed at me when I was using my Walkman that would play cassette tapes. I have moved on now. What do you listen to on the bus when going to work?

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    1. I listen to one of my ipods, whichever one I remembered to charge up.

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  5. My first CD was given to me by someone who didn't want it. It was at least another 4 years before I bought a CD player.
    Apart from re-mastered albums to replace worn out or scratched records, the first thing I went mad collecting was Triple JJJ hottest one hundred compilations. Love about 3 out of every 20 tracks. 17 out of 20 are hideous.

    I did buy that Madonna album, but it became boring after a while in a way that other "classics" have not.

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    1. FC, you are such a patient soul. Back in the days of records, I used to buy singles because I got sick of paying for an album when all but one or two of the tracks were boring. They were some exceptions though, such as the Skyhooks album and a couple of David Bowie albums come to mind.

      I knew I was getting old when a younger friend called Madonna, that old scrag.

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  6. My first CD was On Stage by the heavy metal group Rainbow which i guess is not really your cup of tea. I've now replaced all my scratched and worn vinyl records with CDs and still buy CDs from JB Hi Fi.

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    1. Windsmoke, you are right on the first point, for sure. Actually I didn't mind milder forms, such as Led Zepplin and similar.

      Now don't tell me you still listen to heavy metal?

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  7. aaw I can't remember my first CD. I have a stack of them, all stored away now, each having been ripped and put onto a hard drive or two. I kinda wish I had all my music on vinyl, it's a far superior sound.

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    1. Fen, you been a bit younger, you probably never bought vinyl. Cds were always around from your teen years hey. I think vinyl is better, but not so practical.

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  8. Have you seen pictures of Madonna lately? She is looking very scraggy.

    I'm hoping to get hold of some cds with music from the 50s -> 70s, to add to my i-tunes playlist. Anything newer I can borrow...

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    1. River, no I haven't actually. She is getting on a bit.

      I find it enough to find old stuff on You Tube and listen to it there. Well some of it. I rarely get to the end. Over it.

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  9. Not sure Andrew..I think it might have been a Boz Scaggs!! If we were talking vinyl it would have deffo been the Beatles!

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    1. Boz Scaggs is quite uite respectable, Grace. I've never been that fond of The Beatles.

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