I’ll never forget the first album I bought or where it was purchased. It was a used copy of Judas Priest’s “Unleashed in the East” at Music Galaxy in the Five-Points shopping center in Santa Barbara. Music Galaxy was operated by this wizened old woman who constantly smoked cigarettes. Her tastes tended towards what was popular among the declining hippy population like the Grateful Dead and Fleetwood Mack. She sort of looked like the figure on the cover of “Blues for Allah”.
But she did carry some more contemporary music of the time like disco and hard rock, even heavy metal which was just starting to take off in our neck of the woods. When I saw the album cover, with vocalist Rob Halford dressed like a biker, it projected that sort of tough persona all of us wished we possessed.
It was only later that I realized there was a strong leather-homo vibe going on here. All seems so obvious now when I look at it. Sort of like all those tough guy fans of the band Queen who later discovered that Freddy Mercury was gay. Like no fucking kidding, right? But as a ten-year old kid, I missed that connotation.
I listened to this LP over and over. Many bong hits later I eventually moved on to other styles of music and generally disliked Priest’s material after “Defenders of the Faith”. I held on to my LPs and cassettes and eventually had an opportunity to see them with perform live with Slayer in 1988. That remains one of the best rock shows I have attended. Here is the track “Victim of Changes“.
I think the last LP I owned was MF Doom’s “Operation Doomsday“. My friend (name removed) was working at Amoeba Records on Telegraph Ave in Berkeley and was constantly hooking me up w/ stuff so it is hard to remember. One thing for certain, this was one of the last great hip-hop LPs of the 1990s. The musical form has never recovered from the dive it took at the end of the twentieth century. Am I wrong? If so, post some links.