This, That, and the Other

  • As a follow-up to my Silvergirl Research Day entry below, I ask you, the dy reading public: what albums were you raised on? For me it was Bridge Over Troubled Water by S&G and — lord help me — Anne Murray’s Greatest Hits. (The latter was a 45. Ha! (except the laugh is probably on me since I bet a fourth of my readers don’t even know what a “45” is (or maybe this site doesn’t skew nearly as young as I like to imagine (and maybe I have no fucking clue how to use parentheses correctly.).).).).

    If there is a record you remember fondly — or if you have kids and have found a CD that both you and the twerps enjoy — lemmie know in the comments.

  • Freaks & Geeks on DVD. Awww yeah.
  • I don’t think of it as wearing a hand-free headset despite not owning a cell phone, I think of it as free license to talk to myself on the bus.
  • 132 thoughts on “This, That, and the Other

    1. Any and every elvis album ever made. My Mom played them all the time. She mixed in a brain damaging dose of Barry Manilow, Kenny Rogers and some other “Artists” whos names time and therapy have erased.

      Seriously though, it came in handy at my Brother in law’s BD party when I got up and belted out “Are you lonesome tonight?” on the karaoke stage. And the crowd loved it.

      Long live the king, and Mom

    2. > kiss destroyer


      “What is garlic, Alex.”

      Wow, thanks for reminding me of three others I was raised on, everbody: Free To Be You And Me, Neil Diamond’s Greatest Hits, and, duh, Peter In The Wolf. I think I’ll pick up “Songs In The Key Of Life,” too.

    3. Wow. I’m surprised to see so many comments here that mimic my own growing-up music (tho, considering the number of comments, I suppose I shouldn’t be).

      Exception: The person who grew up thinking 70s music was Oldies.

      And a double you-go-girl to Shelley and Lisa: my mom was so into Helen Reddy that I grew up thinking Helen Reddy wrote “Ticket To Ride”. Of course, it did help when I did a summer internship at NOW and was the only intern (not just the only male intern) who could recite “I Am Woman” verbatim.

    4. Oddly, I was also raised on Simon and Garfunkels greatest hits, Harry Belefonte (DAY-O), the Brothers Four, and various Elvis songs. I’m not sure whether all this stunted me or enlightened me, but I have memories (and my parents confirm) of being at one end of the record player and my sister on the other listening to this stuff over and over…

      My kids and I haven’t found that niche yet, as I flip on the classical station with them, or “Wheels on the bus” type songs.

    5. I don’t remember my parents listening to much music in the house at all. However, I do have one very vivid recollection of when I was like 4 years old, riding in the back of the car, and my Dad was singing along with Bob Seger’s Old Time Rock & Roll.

      This probably was one of the major reasons I listened to nothing but Classic Rock till I was 14.

    6. I’ve been debating about which Freaks & Geeks DVD to get, too. I want the collector’s one, too, but I won’t even have money in April.

    7. I didn’t really have to listen to my parents’ music much growing up. Unless my dad got drunk, in which case my sister and I were subjected to in-depth analyses of Doors and Gordon Lightfoot songs. Analysis which, in retrospect, was wrong. I found music on my own when I was little, so I listened to just about whatever was on the radio growing up. I was born in 1983, so this led to a love of ’80s and early ’90s pop music (not that that’s all I love).

    8. Vinyls? You bet. 8 Tracks? Oh yeah. When I was 15, for Christmas I got this awesome stereo system that had an 8 track player, turntable, AND a cassette deck, along with AM/FM radio. I was the most popular kid on the block for weeks, listening to Journey, Duran Duran, The Human League, Cindy Lauper. The thing I loved about the 8 track is that you would get about 1/2 way through a great song, then it would fade out, make a loud CLICK, wait forever, then fade back in on the next track. Those were the days.

    9. Yellow Submarine was my favorite record when I was about 3. My mom tended to like Peter, Paul & Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, the Weavers, traditional Irish music, and bluegrass. My dad was a big fan of Johnny Cash, Jerry Reed, and Waylon Jennings. He developed an unhealthy obsession with “Hooked on Classics” when I was about 13. But on the plus side, he really liked Queen and took me and my brother to see them in 1981 at Madison Square Garden — my first rock show!

    10. Correction: we saw Queen in 1979, not 1981. I totally had a crush on Freddie Mercury afterwards — yeah, I know, but I was only eleven.

    11. After reading all the comments, I had to join in. Your Mother forgets your Grandfather’s genius in being a huge Harry Belafonte fan. This music was later used in ‘Tim Burton’s “Beetlejuice”. (Day-o, Will his love be like his rum?, and the wonderfully melodic “Brown skin girl”) That is what I was raised on. However, I was a huge S&G fan, and when my kid stole my CD retrospective collection, I wisely kept my mouth shut, and let her discover them herself.

    12. I was raised on early Whitney Houston. Can anyone remember “Oh, I wanna dance with somebody…” because I certainly can…. Also I was overwhelmed with Paul Simon’s Graceland which I didn’t mind at all, still don’t. There were many others but these two stand out more than ALL of the rest. Good ol’ 80’s. Good times, good times.

    13. Father: Classical all the way! (Ugh)

      Mother: Pete Seeger, Woodie Guthrie.

      But they had a huge pile of odd records, which I listened to a lot. Well some of them, anyway.

      Tom Lehearer (sp?), Flanders & Swann, Scottish Bagpies and Drums, The Tamburitzans. That’s all I can recall from them.

      My kids dig They Might Be Giants, but haven’t learned to love Pavement, Wilco, Grateful Dead et al. I keep working on them though…

    14. Since my room was adjacent only to my sister’s room and my mom’s room, I was pretty much trapped once I was in bed for the night (and to think they actually got medicine to cure me of bed-wetting!). From my prison, I could not help but hear the booming strains of my sister’s Supertramp albums in the next room. Hated then, it’s now some of my favorite music. I’m not certain whether to love her or hate her for that.

    15. “Free to Be, You and Me” of course! It was so funny when I got older and recognized all of the famous people on that record. I used to love staring at the little kids draped over the letters on the album cover. I still know the words to most of the songs. Favorite line?
      “And mighty tasty, too!”

    16. there was always constant music, in my family – my parents and their siblings were all in their late teens early 20s when i was born, so they were still rockin out. but, the first records i remember really liking on my own were Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and John Denver’s Greatest Hits. when i was five, i had one of those 8-track players that looked like a TNT detonator and i had those two on 8-track.

    17. My parents listened to just about zero music. They had this tiny rack of maybe twelve albums that someone must have foisted upon them in the hope that their parties would become more entertaining. I remember they had the red and blue double album Apple Beatles collections. Those were big. And whenever my dad had a party, there were two records that would come out every single time, unavoidably, no matter how much you cried:

      Billy Swan “I Can Help”
      Paul McCartney and Wings “Red Rose Speedway”

      This scarred me at a very early age. I remember a couple of the other ten records they had: The Eagles “Hotel California” and Santana – Whatever that one with the lion’s head that has naked people in it is called.

      Luckily, being recent English immigrants, my parents did have a good collection of Goon Show records, Round the Horne, and various other british radio comedy. I also remember that the whole family would listen to Dr. Demento over dinner every Sunday.

      I hate Santana and the Eagles with a beautiful perfection now. Billy Swan I understand is in the Federal Witness Protection Program somewhere.

      The first band I remember really getting into was Ultravox. Must have been the lip gloss and skinny ties.

    18. Dad: Classical. All the time. I used to beg Dad to change the radio station. Occasionally big band – Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, which came in handy in high school when we staged a USO themed show at school.

      Mom liked what Dad did, but let me listen to my radio stations. I used to make Mom guess if it was a man or a woman singing, and she’d always get it wrong. (Bee Gees?)

      Big sister: My earliest music memory was listening to her Seals & Krofts album “Summer Breeze,” and singing the refrain of “Advance Guards” over and over – “take me there, take me there, I don’t care where we go…”

      Of my own collection, “Free to Be You and Me” was my favorite album growing up, and I knew it all by heart. I also had Peter and the Wolf, the Mary Poppins album, and Puff the Magic Dragon.

      The very first album I ever bought for myself was Saturday Night Fever, followed by Grease, and Billy Joel’s the Stranger.

      – Lynn (born in 1967, could you tell?)

    19. Woah, I’m not alone! I was raised on Anne Murray’s Greatest Hits too. I still know all the lyrics, which pop into my head uninvited.

    20. My folks were mostly musically challenged, the highlights would have been Neil Diamond and Abba, I guess.

      A year ago I saw “Chiquitita” by Abba on a jukebox, and I thought I liked that song, but I couldn’t remember how it went. That song sucks. I was embarrassed when it was blaring over the speakers in the bar. Oh well.

      We also had Linda Ronstadt.

    21. too lazy to read through it all, so maybe this has been said, but not only am I tipping the readership level to the youth side at 19 years, but I have a vast record collection. In fact, that’s about all I buy anymore.

      Records I was raised on? “Trail Songs and Gunfighter Ballads” by Marty Robbins, “Elvis:Aloha from Hawaii” and “Revolver”

    22. My dad definitely raised us on Graceland by Paul Simon. When we go back home, the whole family can (and, embarrassingly, does) sing along to every single track, including the weird african whooping noises and the one which sounds like somebody flubbing their bottom lip.

    23. When I was four years old, nothing compared to the majesty and epic grandeur of Meatloaf’s Bat out of Hell. Remember the cover? With the bat? That appeared to be from Hell? And riding a hella cool chopper, although that never made it into the album’s title?

      Aside from Meatloaf (which a neighbour’s kid owned) my parents had me on a strict diet of more refined stuff: Beatles, Tom Lehrer, Monty Python albums, Bob Dylan, Charles Aznavour, and a whole lotta opera. I had no idea that contemporary pop music even existed. Which was a good thing when you consider that ‘contemporary pop’ mean Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Bay City Rollers.

      Then I turned thirteen and joined the Columbia Record and Tape Club. I ordered The Smiths on a whim, and my taste for whiny indie music was set.

    24. I was raised on a rather strange mixture of what m dear dad enjoys: frank sinatra, mozart and the best of charles aznavour (some obscure french dude who sounds like he’s had waaaay too much red wine) – sometimes there was a bit of german folk music in the mix, as well (arrrgh!).
      as for music both parents and kids enjoy, my vote would be for blues traveler’s “four”. kids should enjoy the happy sound and can also start developing good musical taste. then again sinatra isn’t too bad a choice – “wee small hours” should make for some good lullabies ;)
      anyway – apart from daddy’s faves my influences are a bit more widespread: neil young, bob marley (great for kids!), bruce springsteen, blues in general and last but most certainly not least metallica… diversity rules!!

      p.s.: of course I know what a 45 is (it’s that thing you shoot people with, right? – just kidding)

      p.p.s: oh, before I forget – techno is NOT music and making kids listen to it would constitute child abuse in my book.

    25. “Raised on Dave Matthews?” I’m going to cry, I’m so old (at 29).

      We had 8 tracks and vinyl at home. We still listen to Anne Murray and The Carpenters Christmas albums every year. My mother really liked the Beatles and CCR (but she mixed in an unhealthy amount of oldies and showtunes). My dad was into Kenny Rogers and whatever my mother was into.

      Did anyone else’s parents go through that swing phase in the 80’s? “Hooked on Swing?” It seemed like all their friends were into it, too. My mother played that record to death.

    26. When I was four, my parents gave me a whole basket of 45’s that I could play on plasticky fisher-price record player. My favorites out of the stack were “Devil Went Down to Georgia” (Charlie Daniels Band), “Cool Change” (Little River Band) and “Sailing” (Christopher Cross).

      My parents still have their reel-to-reel set up and connected to the stereo. My mom often cleans house to it — if anyone’s interested, a clean house sounds like Poco, “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” by Meatloaf, Harry Chapin and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “House at Pooh Corner.”

    27. Great thread, you guys. This is better than sniffing crayons!


      Stevie Wonder
      The Beatles
      Bob Marley
      some of Wagner’s overtures (but none of the operas)
      Star Wars
      Saturday Night Fever
      Jesus Christ Superstar
      and OH YES INDEED, Free to Be You and Me!!!


      Air Supply, Queen (mom’s side)
      Bob Seger, Billy Joel (dad’s side)

      Sometimes I think my folks should have stayed together, if only to save their taste in music! :-)

    28. Oh mi gawd!! What memories!! Free to Be You and Me, Peter and the Wolf, Puff…huh..I’d forgotten all we got older it was Barry Manilou, Cristopher Cross, Helen Reddy, and Barbara Striesand, as a teenager I branched out to Arlo Gutherie and Pete Seegar, Air Supply and INXS (??) a young adult I got into They Might Be Giants, Stone Roses..then I married a Heavy Metal onto Ozzy, Metallica, Anthrax…now my 4 yr old daughter loves (early)Brittney, Matchbox 20, and my son loves Nickleback, Ozzy etc..Music is so awesome..all of it really!!

    29. Yeti:


      Very Young

      Nirvana: MTV Unplugged In New York
      Elliott Smith: Roman Candle or XO or Figure 8


      The Dead Milkmen
      Olivia Tremor Control: Dusk At Cubist Castle’
      The Apples In Stereo: The Discovery Of A World Inside The Moone
      Neil Young: After The Gold Rush

      First grade:
      David Bowie
      Radiohead: The Bends

      Fifth grade:
      Sex Pistols: Never Mind The Bollocks
      Nirvana: Bleach
      Nirvana: Nevermind
      Scared of Chaka

      Eighth grade:
      Nirvana: In Utero
      Nirvana: Incesticide
      Pink Floyd
      Radiohead: OK Computer

      Eleventh grade:
      Radiohead: Kid A, Amnesiac, Hail To The Thief
      Elliott Smith: Either/Or
      Nirvana: The Planned Box Set (pray it comes out)
      Aphex Twin
      Boards of Canada

      Your kid will then kick ass.

    30. Regarding the albums I was raised on…

      Christ, where to begin?

      We’ve got your traditional Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Paul Simon, Jethro Tull, Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye…

      And that’s only the beginning.

    31. My dad had an old Cat Stevens record, ‘Numbers’, that was a concept album (I guess it still is) that I listened to all the time. It was recently re-released on CD, though I still prefer the original Album. The reason is that the album comes with a cartoon story book that gives the background to the songs on the album, and it’s a lot more fun to look through the big album-book than the little CD-book . The story, in short, is this: there’s a planet that makes numbers for the entire universe. Nine people live on the planet (one for each number 1-9). They’re perfectly content until one day Jzero shows up. Then everything starts getting wierd.

      Due to the conceptual nature of this album, it never got much in the way of air-play, but it was very well produced. Kind of disco-y (it was released in the mid-1970’s) but Stevens pulls it off beautifully. A great album, in my opinion, for kids and adults.

      Best songs: Bannaple Gas, Drywood, and Jzero

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