A song from the first album you ever bought with your own money

Monday, October 24, 2011

The first album I ever asked for and owned was "Music Box" by Mariah Carey, in cassette tape form. I listened to it so much that I broke it and had to buy another copy. The next album I remember getting was "Jagged Little Pill" by Alanis Morissette, which my father bought me while he was buying CDs for my cousins. (The guy at Coconuts recommended it.) The next album I asked for and got was "Daydream," another Mariah. Then it was probably Jennifer Love Hewitt's first American album, which I remember getting at Virgin Megastore in Times Square after taking an entrance exam for my high school. And the first American Spice Girls album, because everyone in my class couldn't stop talking about it. That's about the time I started getting an allowance.

So, the first ever album I bought with my own money has to be, appropriately, the Backstreet Boys' first American album. Back in those days, these purchases were a big deal to me (I believe my allowance was $5 a week at the time, so it probably took about 5-6 weeks of saving/skipping lunch to buy a CD). I think I still have my receipt from this purchase in one of my boxes somewhere.

If you don't know the story of how I became a Backstreet Boys fan, it all really started on December 25, 1997. I bought their album on January 12, 1998, I think. The album was actually released on August 12, 1997.

I remember the early days of listening to this album, of thinking how corny Kevin Richardson sounded doing his "sexy" talking thing at the beginning of a bunch of the songs, of how awful "If You Want It To Be Good Girl (Get Yourself A Bad Boy)" was -- in more ways than one ... and of how much I loved "Get Down" and "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss," along with "All I Have To Give" and "Anywhere For You."


Even though "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" is a cover, it's a song that definitely stands the test of time, and I think the guys did a beautiful job covering it. Ah, and Brian Littrell's beautiful voice shines here. For those who aren't BSB fans, the leads on this song are Brian, then A.J.

The album came as an enhanced CD (I don't think they do this anymore, do they?) with interviews with each individual guy and a bit on a rooftop, if I recall correctly. I only really remember Nick's parts, him wearing an awful lime green button-down shirt, with his platinum blond mushroom cut. This, next to my copy of YM magazine, was how I initially got to know the five members of the Backstreet Boys. Pretty sure the enhanced CD also included the music videos to "We've Got It Goin' On" and "Quit Playin' Games (With My Heart)" too, which I probably watched a hundred times ... frame-by-frame.



And in case you were curious, the last cassette I ever bought was Wild Orchid's debut album, which I found in a phasing-cassettes-out bargain bin at Sam Goody in either 1999 or 2000.


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