Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane – 100 Years of Musical Memory
I Use the following resources to compile the bios
YouTube Trailer Clips
Down Memory Lane Directory
The Top 25 Albums of my Teenage Plus Years
Part 1 of 3
Three part Mini-Series starting today
Part 1 – Top 25 Albums For My Teenager Years 1979 – 1987 [21/12/21]
Part 2 – My Top Singles of 1979 – 1993 [25/12/21]
Part 3 – Top 25 Albums For The Plus Years 1988 – 1993 [31/12/21]

I was having a conversation with some friends last week. We were discussing music, especially the theme of our younger years. What singles and albums we bought first as teenagers and then also as young adults. For the sake of this mini-series l am outlining the period of 16 to 30 years of age and l am classing this as My Teenager Plus Years.

Mostly this is because l was a late starter to enjoying my own music. The first actual single l purchased was in 1979 when l turned 16, and it was “My Sharona” by The Knack.

The Knack – My Sharona (1979) – YouTube

Whereas my sister started buying singles when she was ten years of age [1978] and had started listening to the Top 40 – The Official Chart – on Radio 1 from the same age! Whilst l only really began to listen to it when l turned 17 in 1980! She used to call me musically backwards, and l simply maintained there were other more exciting musical genres to listen to. I was always a little bit wacky regarding music, especially more in consideration to my peers, and was looked upon as strange given my eclectism.

Ghost Sounds Arabian Music Chinese Music
Australian Aboriginal Didgeridoo Music

It wasn’t unusual for me to be listening to strange noises like ‘ghost sounds’ or Arabian or Chinese or even Aboriginal music as opposed to whatever artist was making their name known to the youth of the day. Because of my bizarre tastes in music both of my parents and my sister considered me a few sandwiches short of a picnic hamper! I would spend hours in my bedroom listening to either music on my casette recorder or on my scratchy second-hand record player with my bizarre library music collection!

D̲eep P̲urple D̲eep P̲urple in R̲ock Full Album 1970

I grew up in a household where my mother viewed much of the day’s music and especially heavy metal as devil music. A young boy shouldn’t be listening to the likes of Deep Purple [a band l used to enjoy when l lived in Australia and when l was visiting my friends]. But seemingly, it was alright to listen to the likes of my parent’s music …

Neil Diamond, John Denver, Matt Monro, Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, Engelbert Humperdinck and the list of the crooners went on and on … equally, l enjoyed listening to many of the tracks and albums my parents wanted. Still, the moment l expressed any interest of my own, they were squashed and classed as too loud, too this, too that and most assuredly, most of the metal of the day was the work of the devil!

In the later 70’s I had developed a rather keen interest in punk, a genre trend making the rounds. As far as my father was concerned, they were all lazy good for nothing freaky looking louts who needed to grow sensible hair, put on a tie and get a proper job!

I had started work in a hotel as a barkeep when l was 16. So l was being introduced to punks daily and would often hear snippets of what they considered good music!

ADAM and the ANTS – Dirk Wears White Sox
The Damned – I Just Can´t Be Happy Today
Generation X – Your Generation

I was however NOT allowed to listen to any of that BUT l was allowed to listen to the likes of ABBA, Carpenters, Stevie Wonder, Jim Croce, Elton John, and Rod Stewart, who were favourites of my mother and whilst l don’t detest any of them l don’t really like any of those singers/groups that much either today due to my mother’s attempted musical doctrination when l was younger!

So l opted to stay out of the house with every opportunity l could afford and luckily the ability to work awarded me this freedom!

When we arrived back in England after living abroad in Australia and Malaysia for so many years in 1977, l was still not that hyperfocused or remotely interested in music. It was ONLY because of my interest in the opposite sex that l was introduced to ‘modern music’ again. On occasion, whilst visiting friends, l would hear some of the music of the later seventies and say to myself it wasn’t that bad!

Between 1979 – 1980 l bought a handful of singles, starting off with My Sharona, but soon to join the Singles rack were Le Freak, Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough, Heart of Glass, Train in Vain, Wuthering Heights and Typical Girls! My music mostly annoyed my parents, but anything different to my parent’s music was terrible. My sister would take her own record collection to friends to play.

Mind you, between 1980 – 1989, my singles collection would grow enormously …

Something special also happened for my 17th birthday in 1980 – my old broken down record player was replaced with a new one .. that’s when my love for music really took off. The new one didn’t damage records or scratch them. Playing records was way easier than listening to recordings via the tape deck! My mother had managed to convince my father that l was ‘responsible’ enough to buy ‘sensible’ music. Therefore l was not only allowed a new record player but an Album!

My parents bought me my first ever album!

My mother was thrilled when she gave me my album, all nicely wrapped up in paper and said, “I picked this myself. Your dad approved it!” The moment l heard “your dad-approved it!” l became very worried about what lay within.

It wasn’t that bad … but it wasn’t that great either for a 17-year-olds first album – Voulez – Vous – ABBA! Yes, of course, my father would approve that album he had always fancied Frida because she reminded him of Jacqueline Bisset. The album was alright, and my sister loved it because she was a massive fan of the group and even went to a concert to watch them!

As was sometimes the case with presents from my parents, they came with rules – a list of what l could and could not do with said Present…

1] DO NOT listen to music late at night!
2] No music was to be listened to on a school night after 7pm!
3] No music was to be listened to on the weekend before 11am and after 8pm
4] Heavy Metal or other Devil/Blasphemous type music was NEVER to be listened to!
5] All new record purchases had to be approved by Father!
6] Breaches of these rulings would result in penalties!
7] New album was to be played twice a week!

I was a little gobsmacked but not that surprised, really. The seventh ruling was easy to comply with, l gave my sister the new album, and she played it more or less all the time on her own record player, an item she had received for her own birthday that year.

But it was that year 1980 that saw my collection of Albums being born and growing on with me … did l stick to all the rulings? Not really, no. There were consequences to those actions, but perhaps another time, for now, however – here are my Top 25 Albums for My Teenager+ Years in no particular order. Let me know below what your best albums were from your teenage years.

David Bowie, ‘Let’s Dance’ 1983
David Bowie – Let’s Dance (Full Album) – YouTube
Madonna, True Blue 1986
True Blue – YouTube
Michael Jackson, Thriller 1982
Thriller full album – YouTube
Peter Gabriel, ‘So’ 1986
Peter Gabriel – So Full album – YouTube

So there we go my Top 25 Albums from My Teenager Plus Years. There were many, many more – these are just a few of what would become a much more extensive collection of some 150 singles and 80 albums covering these years. Now tell me, what were some of your favourites albums from your younger years? Let me know below or create your own post should you wish. It doesn’t have to be a Top 25. It could be 5 to 20 as well or just a few.

See you next time in Part 2

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25 thoughts on “Down Memory Lane

  1. I remember having a lot of tapes. I had one tape with Jimi Hendrix Rainbow Bridge on and Led Zeppelin on the other side, and I’d play it on bath night with an extension lead powering the tape player on the floor beside the bath. By the time it played all through, the bath water was stone cold! lol. I think I might have been 14 or 15.

    I’m not sure I could come up with 25 favourites, Rory. I lost interest in most of the music I listened to back then. But as you mention it, I did once have Deep Purple in Rock. What the kids today would call a vinyl copy but we just called them “albums”.

    1. Haha Ian, l too remember those days of the being in the bath of listening to the tapes whilst in the bath 🙂

      Yeah we did, just albums, but now our ‘just albums’ are enjoying a retro refit of sorts .

  2. I started buying records when I was 10 or so – 45’s. I don’t recall buying many albums until I was in my late teens – my parents had albums – classical music, opera, and of course Frank Sinatra, and all the big bands – I grew up loving them along with all that rock ‘n roll. I can tell you, because it is so funny, that my younger brother, at the age of 8 – the first record he bought was “Tell Laura I Love Her” (1960) – which is a totally weird choice for an 8-year old (boy or girl!) and it is a terrible song!

    Hmm, maybe the first album I bought, in my early teens, was the soundtrack to the movie version of “South Pacific”.

    1. Hahaha I used to like Tell Laura, and yes it wasn’t a great song,.

      My mum had a copy of South Pacific – she was always playing a couple of songs over and over … I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair and I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy

      Although these days you would be hard pushed to get her to say she used to do that.

  3. A great topic of early albums. I too started with 45s. I would turn in soda bottles to buy them. My first albums came as a gift from the rarely present bio dad. He refused to let me buy three Beatles albums because he said they weren’t going to amount to anything.

    1. He reminds me of my own dad – he detested the Beatles and was ‘relieved’ when John was sadly taken away 🙁

      Wow soda bottle exchange, we could clean up our planet if they offered things like that again on plastics.

        1. When l lived in Australia in the 70’s, they had that ‘as in soda bottle exchange ‘coke bottles’ and aluminium cans for trade in. I used to collect hundreds with my dad and at that time they would 5 cents a squashed can and 7 cents for a glass bottle. it was quite a lucrative business.

        2. I was in Sydney in 84/85 and sometimes went to The Domain on Sundays to hear the soap boxers talk about politics or religion – like here at London’s Hyde Park Corner, though I don’t know if it still happens. There were big crowds and there was a notorious guy going around with a huge sack of crushed aluminium cans over his shoulder. I think he was called “Skull” or something like that; he looked like a cross between a punk rocker and a hippy, and was likely either homeless or lived in a squat. There were a few others collecting cans from the parks too.

        3. Hey Ian, can collections used to be big business for a lot of people as it paid so well considering that back in the early 70’s 5 cents and 7 cents for items was a lot of money and it meant sometimes you had to get mucky getting to the location of some of these items. [Under cars, in puddles]

          We had something similiar in Melbourne or rather just outside Luna Park.

  4. What an eclectic mix of music, Rory! Some I liked and some I didn’t, but the Featherlies enjoyed “Jamming” with them all as I cleaned their nest. 😊

    My first job was with Roses 5 & 10, when I was 16. With my first paycheck, I bought my first record, but I can’t remember now if it was Johnny Cash, “I Walk the Line”, or Tennessee Ernie Ford, “16 Tons”. But, at any rate, those were my first two records. I don’t remember ever buying an album, but my Mother was an avid Broadway Musical fan and belonged to a record club. She got an album a month. She would play them as she did the ironing and sing along. She had a beautiful voice! It was a very pleasant experience for us all.

    Thanks for the memories, Rory! Interesting post. I enjoyed it. 😊

    1. Hey Betty both of these are cracking songs and believe it or not, l actually had 16 Tons in my collection many many years ago after hearing it whilst l was volunteering at a care home! it was great to hear of it again!

      One of my school friends was a lover of musicals and she would always have music playing when l visited! Good memories.

      You may also enjoy this …

      Thanks Betty – warm hugs to you all 🙂

      1. What a wonderful treat, Rory! I hadn’t heard these tunes in many a year. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness, Dear. Wishing you and Suze a Merry Christmas and every happiness in the New Year. 🤗💞

        1. Hey Betty you are most welcome, glad you enjoyed your down memory lane tracks too.

          Thank you for the greetings nad the very same back to Bud, the Featherlies and of course you too my friend Betty 🙂

  5. My step-dad had hundreds of albums, I mostly “borrowed” from him😉

    One Christmas I was given
    Led Zeppelin – CODA
    The Jam – The Gift
    Missing Persons- Spring Sessions M
    ABC – Lexicon Of Love

    Then I added every Zeppelin album cuz Dad didn’t have much Zeppelin 🤷🏼‍♀️

    I think my very first album was Shaun Cassidy when I was 8 years old😂😂😂 He was a Hardy Boy ya know🥰😂🙄🤦🏼‍♀️

    1. Hey Gramma – l recognise some of those you have listed all too well :),


      My love for the likes of Zep, Pink Floyd and the Who as example began much later in my life. I was listening to them properly in the first few years of the millenium wondering l recall at the time why it had taken me so bloody long to start listening to them!? 🙂

  6. My mother loved music and it played every day until my father came home. Mom was from New Orleans, Louisiana and loved Dixieland, jazz and blues music. She also sang professionally and had a great voice. When I came home from college for holidays and breaks, I would teach my mother the latest dances. She was a major of fan of rock and roll. My father just put up with us. lol

    I have varying tastes in music but rock and roll is my fav genre. My tastes range from bebop to heavy metal. I love The Beatles but my fav is Led Zeppelin and others are Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Queen, The Kinks, The Who, The Doors, CCR, Three Dog Night, and Jimi Hendrix.

    “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”. – Plato.

    1. Hey Eugenia 🙂

      Plato certainly had his beans in order.A Fabulous line up of favourites there indeed 🙂

      I always loved metal from a young age but my greatest love has been house and the variations of and ‘bizarre off the wall’ music. Many of the groups you have listed there l truly came to love in the early years of the new millenium when house was going through a rough patch.

  7. I remember my Dad trying to stop me listening to heavy metal and rock on similar grounds. I also remember him telling me in the 70s that Status Quo were awful and would never last. Funny how I took his grandson to see them in 2019. They didn’t last…..

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