I don't remember. My earliest records were lifted from my brother's bedroom: Adam Ant, Talking Heads, The Police. I also remember having a dubbed copy of Off The Wall that I was obsessed with, and of course there was a copy of Thriller in the house (there was a copy in everyone's house). If I had to guess, I think the first album I asked my mother to buy for me was probably Purple Rain. I have no idea what the first thing I bought with my own money was. Faith, maybe? (Uh, the George Michael album…not the Cure. That didn't come until later.)
I'm still into the same music I've liked since I was very young, which is undoubtedly due to having a music-obsessed brother 10 years older than me.
Hard to recall.....I too had older brothers who influenced me. I remember watching "Dead Man's Curve" and being obsessed with Jan & Dean as a kid.....me and my friend Alex would sing their songs on the playground.
I remember buying Shaun Cassidy's single "Da Doo Ron Ron" back in the day ......first album/cassette was I think "Million Mile Reflections" by The Charlie Daniels Band just because it had "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" on it.......but soon after that it was total 180 as my brother got me into The Police and I bought "Zenyatta Mondatta" on cassette.
After that I was all over the map.....was a HUGE Adam & The Ants fan after I saw them and their double drummers on "American Bandstand".......The Pretenders from watching the videos on "America's Top 10" with Casey Kasem....
First single was "Hey Deanie" By Shaun Cassidy. For my My first album I went halfsies with my sister to buy Billy Joel's The Stranger which has stood the test of time: Movin' Out, Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, Only The Good Die Young.
My first album was Kings Of The Wild Frontier by Adam and the Ants - I'm including this because I was desperate to have it and my uncle did the good thing and bought it for me. Of course it's incredibly dated but I still think it's good.
The first album I went out and bought was Spirits in the Machine by The Police. I can't remember what I went out to buy, I was very young and just as impressionable and ended up going home with this after much debate in the record shop. The last time I listened to it was probably a month after I bought it so I'm not sure if it stood the test of time.
When I was in fifth grade a friend gave me a mix CD which contained the title track and I fell in love with it. I begged my mom to take me to the mall so I could buy the album it was from. Eventually she relented. Upon reflection, I'm not really sure what my mother's thought process was when she let me buy a CD with "fornication" in the title, but I'm glad she did. It was one of the key moments in my development as a music fan, and hearing John Frusciante play guitar was a major factor in my decision to pick up the instrument myself. Nearly 14 years later, I still play guitar every day...though I can't say I'm still a Chili Peppers fan.