My First Single
Published 12/04/2011 | 05:00
Single lovers: (Clockwise from top left) Sean Moncrieff, Alison Curtis, Larry Gogan, Paul McLoone, Karen Koster and Dan Hegarty
'Ballroom Blitz' by the The Sweet. It featured the poptastic hook 'It's, it's...a ballroom blitz'. Klass with a capital K.
The first single I bought was 'Stand And Deliver' by Adam And The Ants in 1981. Brilliant song from one of the all time great pop stars. Its B-side was a typically spirited paean to the joys of S&M entitled 'Beat My Guest'.
Embarrassingly my first ever single was Kylie's 'I Should Be So Lucky'.
I remember being devastated when I left it out in the sun, and the record melted and became completely unplayable!
We didn't have a record player when I was a kid, so the first single I bought was 'Drag My Bad Name Down' by The 4 Of Us on cassette single, which I still have somewhere."
We didn't buy singles as often in North America as albums. But I was obsessed with INXS in grade seven and loved the album Kick.
I stencilled their name onto all my pencil cases and binders -- it's what you did. So I did go and buy 'New Sensation' when it was released as a single.
The first single I bought was Elvis Presley's 'Jailhouse Rock'. I used to listen to Radio Luxembourg and couldn't believe the sound of this man. It just leaped out of the radio.
If I was a teenager today I think I'd miss the feel of the record and the fun of going to parties with your box of records. I suppose they get a kick putting all their tracks on their iPods.