Musical firsts

Bringing people together through music…

Apr 28, 2022 | Feature

At W&P we’re music mad and with Record Store Day having just passed us, we got the team thinking together to find out what the first album they ever bought was (and to expose everyone’s early music tastes) … 

Karl – Head of Design
Ninety – 808 State (1989) 

“I remember me and my mates all having Christmas money to spend and we formed a plan to hit JAT Records in Wakefield. We’d all choose a different album to buy and then tape for each other, rock ‘n’ roll right!? I got 808:90, I can’t quite remember why I ended up with that one, or what the others bought.

“It’s not really an album I revisit, as it’s definitely of its time, but ‘Pacific 202’ is not to be messed with and is still an absolute banger to this day!”

Alex – Senior Client Manager

“I had most albums bought for me for Christmas and birthdays, but I borrowed and swapped CDs with my friends and we made me each other compilation CDs. We even made actual mixtapes too! Sometimes, we shared earphones, or someone took the AUX lead in a car – I found a lot of great music like that. I also had a few hand-me-downs from my sister, who had a great music taste and still does. Both my parents also had an extensive music selection, so in short, I was never short of musical options.

“Notable albums I borrowed: Rage Against the Machine – S/T, The Strokes – Is This It and Daft Punk – Discovery.

“Notable artists I had on mixtapes: Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Tom Waits.”

Dan – Senior Designer
Gorillaz – Gorillaz (2001)

“August 2001; Cooper family holiday in sunny Cali exploring Venice Beach. I was a teenager and really starting to tune into music. I stumbled across a little record shop that my dad wanted to check out and heard Gorillaz being played by the ‘skater dude’ shop assistant. I was shown where the CD was in the racks and not only did I enjoy the sound, it was the inner artist in me that took a liking to the cover art too! I then bought it for $8 of my own money! I later found out that the CD featured a small print sticker stating that it was ‘licensed for promotional use only’. Whether this is illegal or not kind of blows past me, I like to think of it as owning something truly unique with many memories attached.”

Louise – Client Account Director
Immaculate Collection – Madonna (1990)

“I bought Madonna’s Immaculate Collection on tape with my pocket money when I was 10. I loved it so much that I wore it out and all the white writing came off the grey tape. It even got to the point where I knew when I could turn it over halfway through a song and get it to the songs I particularly liked. I remember dancing around my bedroom a lot to it – and in turn it led to me buying all her previous albums (also on tape of course, from Our Price and Woolworths).”

Damon – Head of IC Strategy & Content
The Sensual World – Kate Bush (1989)

“I bought countless 7 and 12 inch records in my teens, but The Sensual World was my first proper album. I’d grown up hearing Kate’s music, but for me this album (closely followed by her compilation The Whole Story) really turned on to her genius. I’d get lost in the bittersweetness randomness of her orchestration and the depth of her lyrics. It was really an emotional outlet. Set me up to be a complete emo before that was a thing.”

Amy – Senior Writer and Content Manager
Spiceworld – Spice Girls (1997)

“I can remember going to Woolworths (throwback) to buy this album when I was about eight – I listened to it on repeat and loved the fact that the Spice Girls were all about Girl Power (and yes, I can still remember all the dance moves to ‘Stop’)! Thankfully, my taste in music has adapted and evolved over the years, but I’ll always be grateful to the Spice Girls for teaching me to ‘Spice up My Life all those years ago.”

Andy – Managing Director
The Scream – Siouxsie and the Banshees (1978)

“I saved up and bought Siousxie’s iconic first album in Castleford indoor market – ooh the glamour! The Scream does what it says on the cover – an angst laden punk classic with a first taste of the Banshees later gothic transformation. Stand out tracks include ‘Hong Kong Garden’, ‘Mirage’ and ‘Metal Postcard’.”

Tilly – Client Coordinator
Alright, Still – Lily Allen (2006)

“The first album I ever bought was Alright, Still by Lily Allen. To this day, listening to the album evokes memories of me and my older sister dancing around and singing by the small, silver CD player in her room. My love of this album, and thereby interest in Lily herself, can be partially to blame for my introduction to black eyeliner, chunky jewellery and wearing trainers with all my skirts and dresses!” 

Tom – Trainee Writer
Humbug – Arctic Monkeys (2009)

“I was 10 when I walked into Meadowhall HMV with my Christmas money, feeling partially invincible because I could buy ANYTHING (within £20). Even at that age I was big into music, but I wanted my own albums for my iPod so I could listen to stuff that I liked. I actually ended up walking out with two albums – Arctic Monkey’s Humbug (I’m from Sheffield so what else would it be?) and Dizzee Rascal’s Tongue N’ Cheek. Tongue N’ Cheek is a great album, but Humbug really stayed with me and is still my favourite Arctic Monkeys album to this day.”

Debs – Financial Director
Kings of the Wild Frontier – Adam and the Ants (1980)

“My sister was a big fan of Adam and the Ants when we were younger and it’s because of her that I remember listening to them and liking them. I think it was around 1982 when I walked into Woolworths in Skipton with my pocket money and bought Kings of the Wild Frontier. I’d not really heard anything like it before because it was full of loud and fast songs.”

Now that our early music tastes have been ousted, why not get together with those around you and have a think about your music beginnings? It could be a good chance to have a laugh, connect with those around you, or an even better chance to have a dance to music you might have forgotten about.

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