What was your first introduction to music? Not the rinky tinky stuff that you saw on TV. Music that blew your developing mind and left a permanent imprint. I know exactly what mine was.
It was a home recorded 8-track tape. For those born after 1975, 8-track tapes looked like this.
They were essentially tape loops inside of a plastic cartridge. Every time the tape hit the splice point, the playing head of the machine moved. It made a distinctive “THWOK” sound. I still hear that sound in my head whenever I hear a song that I owned on 8 track tape.
My cousin Bruce sent me an 8 track that he had recorded two albums on. Bruce was my hero. The coolest guy that I had ever seen in my ten years of existence. He was five years older than me. I wanted to be him. He had the thick white belt with the three prongs that only the cool kids had. (Remember, I’m referring to the 70’s here.) He had white shoes, like Billy “White Shoes” Johnson from the Houston Oilers. He already had a decent Foghat mustache. My *%^^&*& idol.
The two albums he recorded and sent me were Sweet-Desolation Boulevard and Aerosmith-Rocks.
34 years later my tastes have expanded to encompass every conceivable style of music. From Buck Owens to Bartok, bedouin tribal blues to Rahsaan Roland Kirk. But for me, literally thousands of LP’s and CD’s and mp3’s later, this is where it started.
And – I miss the “THWOK.
So, what was the first music that rocked your world?