The first record I remember buying was a 7″ – Men At Work / Down Under. I was 9 or 10 years old and glued to the Top Forty Radio shows – both Dick Clark (RIP) and Casey Kasem. “Down Under” was a huge hit. I just liked the way it sounded. Music was completely fascinating to me.
(EDITOR’s NOTE: Men at Work’s Greg Ham found dead)
Close on the timeline were Michael Jackson/Thriller, Def Leppard/Pyromania and Loverboy/Loverboy. I would get odd jobs around the neighborhood. Mow a lawn or split some wood for my mom. My brother-in-law had a big record collection too. He was 15 years older than me and had all the rock records that were popular at the time. So, I’d go over to their house, play some Atari and rock out with Ted Nugent, Led Zeppelin, Def Leppard, Pink Floyd and Loverboy records. There was also a kid in the neighborhood who would get 11 cassettes for a penny from Columbia House. He’d sell ‘em to the neighborhood kids for $1 each!