What a great idea for a thread. Love it.
When I was in kindergarten, me and a couple of friends were totally obsessed with KISS. This must have been right around 1978. Our kindergarten classroom had these life-size wooden building blocks. We would build a stage, use a single long block as a guitar, and do our KISS impersonation.
But even though I was a 5 year old KISS fanatic, I honestly can't remember a particular song that I really loved.
A couple years later, I bought on of those K-Tel compilation albums. The last song one the second side was "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five. This was one of the first "rap" records ever released. I listened to it endlessly. I can remember getting so pumped up listening to it that I would just run around the house jumping all over the furniture.
I still think it's a great song. I don't much go for Hip Hop these days. But back then it really was exciting to hear those songs. Their appeal was undeniable.
Ironically, the first concert I went to was "The Fresh Fest" in Rochester, NY, around 1985. On the bill: The Fat Boys, Run-DMC, Whodini, and...Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five!
"Sooner or Later" by the Grassroots.....13 and hormones were ragin!!! thought was coolest song ever.....but when heard "Heart of Gold" everything changed
really like/liked 'Midnight Confessions' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nZnqtDdsws too
Good Lovin' Young Rascals
first fave, & still love the song. :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcj-V4dEkdQ
Apparently, my first favorite song was 'Yellow Rose of Texas'. The family legend goes that as my mom and dad were driving from Ft Hood, TX, where I was born (while dad was in the army) back to New York state, I was not a very good car-rider. I guess I threw up at every chance I could (I was 9 months old, give me a break!), including into the Mississippi from some bridge.
The family legend goes that the only thing that calmed me down was Yellow Rose of Texas, which played incessantly on the drive up.
Odd side fact - when I drove across country for the first time (after college), Rhiannon played incessantly. I loved it when I left the East Coast. By the time I got to Seattle, it made me throw up.
I don't have a lot of memories of my childhood, but one that is cemented in my mind was getting up early one morning and going out to the living room and finding a record player and bunch of LPs that my Mom had gotten from an acquaintance. Beatles, Rolling Stones, Lovin' Spoonful, Mamas & the Papas... those albums were the soundtrack of my childhood. I remember being crazy about "Creeque Alley" in particular. I also loved the Irish Rovers' song "The Unicorn" which was big on the radio when I was six.