Over the weekend we were talking about music we enjoyed in our yesteryear.
Of course as a true child growing up in the 80s and 90s I owned multiple New Kids on the Block albums, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson. I actually even owned “the Joshua Tree” by U2. It was given to me by mom for Christmas, she had asked the store clerk about which was the ‘coolest’ tape on the shelf, I don’t remember ever listening to it then, and it would years before I ever appreciated everything that is U2.
But before the New Kids albums, or even the Joshua Tree, there was WHAM! Wham’s album “Make it Big” was the very first album I was ever given. Wake me Up, before you go-go was my childhood anthem. I played that tape until the actual tape inside the casette stretched and couldn’t be played anymore. I knew every word to every song.
I re-purchased the tape from Play it Again Sam’s in Milton when I turned 17 and got my first car so I had it when I was cruising. I bought the CD used on Ebay a few years after that, and recently I downloaded the Wham anthology from a torrent site.
I simply can’t explain the joyful and giddy feelings and the beautiful memories that silly and cheesy music makes me feel.
At least Wham isn’t as bad as the first tape I ever bought myself. . . . .that would be Milli Vanilli! Yikes!
What music would you call your childhood anthem?