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Re: (TV) OT: Earliest memory of rock
Wow. The first distinct song as such that I recall connecting with
was Otis Redding's "Dock of the Bay," which I now think is one of the
lesser works. I remember hearing Simon and Garfunkel on the radio,
as well. My father's more of a swing fan, so our childhood exposure
to pop was largely through the radio. I do recall going through a
phase of listening to the soundtrack of _South Pacific_, though.
(Ain't that too damn bad?)
Sometime in young childhood (maybe 5 or 6, maybe a little older?) I
started going to the nearby record shop (now long gone) and buying a
few singles because I liked the labels. I remember buying "Love Gun"
by Ike and Tina Turner, because I liked the thumbprint on the Blue
Thumb label. I remember that, for some reason, when I listened to it
the first time, Tina's vocals terrified me.
I recall seeing some network TV news item on the Pistols in '77, and
loved the quotable couplet from "God Save the Queen." I was, sadly,
rather too young to follow up on this. And had their original US
tour plan gone through, their first US show would have been very
close by, but there's no way I would have been permitted to go.
(Probably a good thing their plans changed, or else I would have had
some serious regrets.)
After that, I went through an intense Beatles phase (well after they
broke up, of course), followed by a metal/prog phase, although I was
attracted to anything weird, and got into the Residents then. By
this time, my older sister was getting _Hit Parader_, _Circus_, and
_Creem_, and my collision course with punk/new wave was inevitable.
I've mentioned on the list before how I encountered TV as a result of
someone else's religious conversion, so I'll just say that once that
happened (late teens by this time), a lot of metal and prog records
made their way to the used record shop.
And it's been uphill ever since.
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