Today’s album list is a bit different. These are the albums that started my music collection; the records Dustin and I would spin over and over again. And as with all things from my childhood, they still mean a great deal to me. They will join the list of items for which I scour antique stores and thrift shops making an attempt to reunite all of the things that shaped my childhood into one ridiculous (and awesome) collection.
Number 5: Records borrowed from Dad.
My Dad is the single greatest contributor to my love of music (as I’ve mentioned before here and here). He had an enormous collection of all of the great albums of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. They were housed in a large wooden peach crate. Much like my Barbie dolls, we parted ways with this collection through a hastily thought out yard sale. There were two records that pre-kindergarten Melissa would swipe on a regular basis-
Bob Marley- Rastaman Vibration
“Get Up Stand Up” was a perfect song to dance to even if we had no clue what the lyrics meant at the time.
Elton John- Greatest Hits
Dustin and I were hooked on “Crocodile Rock”, “Rocket Man” and “Honky Cat”.
Number 4: Annie: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
I was a bit scared of Ms. Hannagin.
Number 3: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
I love this movie. I’m pretty sure that if you are a child of the 80s that is a requirement. But this album trumps the movie. First, it is narrated by MJ. I was just a smidge obsessed with him as a kid (we’ll get into that in a second). Second, it contains the wonderful song “Someone in the Dark”. I would cry every time I heard ET get captured.
Number 2: Michael Jackson’s Bad
My obsession with MJ actually started with a record I checked out of the Branford library at least 50 times. I’m not sure which Jackson 5 album it was (likely a greatest hits), but I spent hours dancing to “Rocking Robin” and “ABC”.
When I was around 3 or 4, I ran away from home to see MJ in concert. I couldn’t understand why my mean parents simply refused to take me to the show (which was roughly 2 hours away in Jacksonville). So outfitted in my nightgown, I hit the road. I just knew someone would give me a ride and when I got there MJ would let me in. My Dad scooped me up and took his fit-throwing, kicking mess of child back home. And then we played Shoots and Ladders.
The very first “real” music album I got was “Bad”. I’m sure my parents were so sick of hearing the same eleven songs played on constant rotation.
Number 1: The Muppet Movie Soundtrack
It doesn’t get any better than the “Rainbow Connection”
Madonna- Who’s That Girl
My Dad must have caved and bought me this one, because my Mom hated Madonna.
Tiffany This was the last “record” I ever owned. I then made the jump to the high tech world of tapes where I started my collection with super bands like New Kids on the Block.
What were your favorite albums as a kid?
Stay positive & love your life!
Listening to: Bat For Lashes – Daniel
Eating; Potatoes and black beans
Drinking: Blue Monster
Random fact: I think I must have been most drawn to Madonna’s soundtrack efforts, because later I’d become obsessed with the “Dick Tracy Soundtrack”