Wednesday, 16 January 2013
In the wake of HMV's not exactly unexpected collapse, the BBC News website is asking 'What was the first record you bought?' Most of us, I'm sure, would like to answer with something impeccably cool. Some of us might even have blocked the memory of our actual first buy in favour of something more representative of our taste and discernment. For myself, I have to confess that the first pop record I bought was the 7-inch vinyl single of (gulp, blush) Frank Ifield's I Remember You. This was the first of the Anglo-Australian yodeller's four (count them) UK number ones, all clocked up in 1962/63, years we prefer to associate with the outbreak of Beatlemania. Can anyone top my first record buy for sheer uncoolness?