^Mike’s gateway record was Duran Duran’s “Wild Boys”

^Mike’s gateway record was Duran Duran’s “Wild Boys”

For some reason, the yard sale was in the basement. While my mother went through old fabric patterns and kitchen appliances, I made a beeline for a box of 45s at the back of the room and found it: “Wild Boys” by Duran Duran. My sister had all their records, but I had been banned from listening to them since I put a one-inch scratch through “New Moon On Monday” in 1984. Two years later, though, older and wiser at nine years, I was about to lay hands on my own Duran Duran record.

“There’s murder by the roadside / In a sore afraid new world.” Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome was in heavy rotation on HBO, so my imagination was primed for this type of post-apocalyptic nonsense. I listened to the A-side again and again, mouthing the lyrics and plotting my routine for “Puttin’ On The Hits”. Later, I’d get my own copies of their LPs, but “Wild Boys” will always be the first.

What was your first gateway record?

4 responses to “^Mike’s gateway record was Duran Duran’s “Wild Boys””

  1. RachelV says:

    U2 – The Joshua Tree! Thanks, Mom and Dad!

  2. Glenn says:

    My ‘gateway’ record was Voodoo Chile by Jimi Hendrix when it was in the charts in the UK (I was 12)
    After that nothing was ever the same again :-)

  3. Bryan says:

    Don’t remember for sure but either the original Star Wars soundtrack on LP or 2001 A Space Odyssey.

    I remember listening to both on my father’s old school analog when I was 5 or 6.  Amazing stuff.

  4. abbisiler says:

    My gateway record was the self titled album by Whitney Houston and Unplugged – Eric Clapton. We couldn’t afford the fancy CD players so we had vinyl growing up, I have all my parents and now a growing collection of my own. Record Store Day is Saturday!! Woo!

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