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aging at twice the speed of light

On Friday I spent the day feeling old; 25th reunion coming up next year, Jimmy Page turning 60...it's as if someone hit the fast forward button and the last 20 years or so of my life has gone by in double speed.

I woke up today determined to get over it, already and live by the adage you're only as old as you feel. Well, maybe I should change that to you're only as old as you act. What with the various physical ailments that haunt me in wintertime, I feel like I'm 80. But maturity wise - let's just say I still find fart jokes funny.

So what do I see yesterday when I open Explorer and hit my favorites? This:

[Chris Muir's Day by Day. Click for bigger image]

Thanks, Chris. I'm right back where I was yesterday, feeling ancient, old, archaic, whatever other adjective you can find to fit there. [Today's strip really doesn't make me feel much better]

I bet I still have a bunch of those yellow inserts for the record player up in my mom's attic. Hell, I bet my copy of The Archies' Sugar Sugar is still up there as well.

Do you remember the first 45 that you bought with your own money? (Do you whippersnappers even know what a 45 is?) Mine was Sweet's Fox on the Run[1974]. It was backed with Ballroom Blitz, which ended up being the song I played more.

Ah, youth. Vinyl records, black and white tv, smoking without guilt. Those were the day.


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Lou Reed - Take a Walk on the Wild Side. For the life of me I cannot remember what was on the flip side.

And don't forget folding up the matchbook cover to make the 8 track play right.

Is 29 really that old, after all?

Augh! I remember the title "Fox On The Run" but can't remember what it sounds like!

Der Kommissar.

Double Vision, Foreigner.

I think it was $1.99 at Sam Goody.

Misery loooves company, baby.


Adn the Macintosh is 20 years old this month. Man, where does the time go?

King Tut

You're only as old as you can fool enough people into thinking you are.

Isn't a 45 a pistol?

Jim, that would make me about 12.

Swerldoff, I guess you're one of those whippersnappers I was referring to.

I actually got Tears for Fears' Songs from the Big Chair and Van Halen's 5150 new for a birthday present when I was a kid. That's my last vinyl experience.

Although they were a dying (OK, dead) breed, we had plenty of '78's around the house.

My first two 45's were "Long Train Running" by the Doobie Brothers and "Mandy" by Barry Manilow. I don't remember the b-sides. I got my first record player in 1972. ;)

My parents got me the Doors "Waiting for the sun" for christmas in like,67,'68.Still have it.And,the jukebox from my Grandmother's bar is in the basement at my mom's,it rules.'Big Bad John" ,'Mustang Sally",the Chipmunks.My 7 year old digs Keith Partridge,there is hope.

I actually signed up for reel to reel tape on the Columbia House 1 cent thing in Parade magazine. I was quite the audiophile...

Oh yeah, the Blacklist is re-activated...

The Knack, "My Sharona".

I have a working turntable connected to my space-age home theatre - there are a few rare things released now and again that you can't get in any other format (e.g. the Beastie Boys let regular people buy some leftover "white label" remix platters back when they made albums instead of Bushitler™ puppets, and I grabbed one).

Sweet Talkin' Woman - ELO

I never bought any 45's as I really didn't have anything to play it on (and my best friend, did... my parents huge "stereo console" had this 45 adapter to fit over the LP stem, but it never really worked) but the first LP I bought was KRLA's Greatest hits (one of two of the best AM Rock stations in the LA area, the other KHJ, home of the Real Don Steele)... yes, AM rock, long before FM became the home of music..and I remember how thrilled I was Xmas 1965 (I was 11) when I got my first transistor radio.

I still have my Monkees LPs, Doors, The Who's Tommy, Santana...

What I miss are all my 8-tracks (Harry Chapin, Moody Blues, Elton John)

Oh! PS Hubby and I over the holidays visited his great aunt, who's late husband had been a successful studio musician (jazz). She has this awesome collection of big band 78's from the forties!

We're keeping our eyes open for a turntable that will play them for her.

Michele, it's okay. You don't have to feel 80, only 79. Why? Because Jimmy Page actually just turned 59.

Many of those who announced his birthday said he's "nearly" 60 but neglected to say his real age.

Shhh, I know the truth, I just refuse to let him turn 60, it makes us all old!

Gary Numan~CARS

I am pretty sure it was Let's get together by Haley Mills from the movie the Parent Trap.
I think I bought 2 and 3 at the same time, She Love's you and I Want to Hold your hand both by the Beatles, of course.
I hope that makes you feel not as old because I certainly don't feel old.

PS. I still have all 3.

I remember the record player I used at the time had three speeds, 33, 45 and 78.
The only thing I have ever seen that plays at 78 where some opera and jazz records that my grandparents had.

I was late to 45 collecting . . . mine was Aztec Camera, Oblivious b/w Lost Outside the Tunnel. Bought it with some babysitting money. Do teenaged girls babysit anymore or are they all too cool for that?

I saved my allowance for weeks to buy my first vinyl LP years earlier, and that was the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. I'm not sure I will ever really get over the shame of it.

Mine was Strawberry Letter 23 and I still have it

Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis, on the 45 adapter for the LP stem!

"You're So Vain" by Carly Simon. The first 45 I ever owned was a present from my dad -- "Like a Yoyo" by the Osmonds. When I brought it home I dropped it and broke off the edge. I still own it. My parents refused to by another, so I had to listen to only half of it. (See, kiddies, you can lift the arm of the turntable -- it's that lever thingie, yeah, that has the needle -- and put it anywhere you want on the record. Just be careful when you let it down; no, it wasn't alright to "scratch" back then.)

First 45 with my own money: Queen - Killer Queen/Flick of the Wrist.

First LP with my own money: Queen - A Night at the Opera.

It's funny that you should bring up 45s. My 17-YO daughter knew what LPs were, but just last week she overheard her dad and I mention something about 45s, and she had no idea what we were talking about. We had to explain to her that they were a little bit bigger than CD's but not quite as big as LPs and had only 1 song on each side. We even mentioned the little inserts (mine were always red). She just looked at us like we were nuts.

If the trend keeps up, tho, I wonder what the next generation after her's will think about CDs.

Ronbailey, was your ELO 45 made out of clear purple plastic? I've got one like that, think it's "Sweet Talkin' Woman".

I used to know a feller had Styx's Paradise Theatre LP with some sort of fancy iridescent laser artwork right on the record.

I just remembered---the last 45 I ever got came with my copy of Tuva or Bust!, by Ralph Leighton. It was about Richard Feynman and Leighton's efforts to get permission to visit Tanu Tuva, now part of China. Feynman used to collect Tuvan stamps when he was a kid. He died before they could go, and Leighton made the trip anyway. The book came out in 1991.

The book came with a flexible 45 of Tuvan throat singing. You had to put a quarter on it to hold it down so it would play.

That wasn't too uncommon, kiddies: sometimes you got them in cereal boxes, sometimes they came with books. Usually those would have kids' songs on them. Generally they were square, and made of very floppy plastic; the actual playing surface was round but the plastic piece would be square.

Kraftwerk, "Pocket Calculator" b/w "Dentaku"

It was bright LCD green.

For 50 bonus points, what did "b/w" stand for?



It's not that teenage girls won't babysit anymore, it's that too many parents insist on taking their very small children(4 and under) everywhere with them, including R-rated movies.


The first picture disks, for those who recall, were "records" cut from the back of a cereal box. "Sugar" by the Archies, and several by the Jackson Five that I remember.

Probably worth a pretty penny, as we used to say.

Life may be accelerating, Michele, but our past is becoming increasingly more valuable.

Remember taping a penny to the top of the arm to keep the needle from jumping? And buying a little bottle of record cleaner and a velour covered thing that you'd squeeze the cleaner onto, put your lp on the turntable, then hold the cleaner down on the lp while it rotated to get all the dust off?

I lost all the good lp's in the divorce, the ones we had bought the plastic dust sleeves for. Mine are all dog-eared on the edges from the cats who sharpened their claws on them.

First 45 I ever heard was Neil Sedaka's "Calendar Girl"; it belonged to my big sisters. First real stereo I ever owned was the one I got for Christmas of '72 - it played lp's and 8-track tapes BOTH. Talk about hi-tech.

First 45 I owned was CCR's "Bad Moon Rising" with "Lodi" on the flip side. On that same visit to the record store my brother (four years older) got "Medicine Man" by the Buchanan Brothers.

I remember being disappointed that he got that one. <snicker!>

And my folks' record player had four speeds: 16, 33, 45 and 78 -- with the adapter to go over the spindle. It even worked as a changer like the regular one. Most of the time.

We did have at least one 78, but as far as I could tell the 16 rpm setting was so you could make the rock LP's sound like old-folks' music.

I much preferred playing the LPs at 78...

My first 45 was Billy Don't Be A Hero by Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods. My second was Wildfire by Michael Martin Murphey.

What amazed me the other day, as I put a "psychadelic furs" CD on is that I bought that CD new 20 years ago. ('member "The Ghost in you"?)

It's been that long... Hell my first CD player was a Sony Diskman, so cheap pocket CD players have been around for 20 years!

Sorry for making anyone feel old.

First 45 I bought with my own money: "Dizzy" by Tommy Roe. The first LP bought with my own money: "Steppenwolf, The Second" (the one with "Magic Carpet Ride" on it).

The first 45 I bought was Classical Gas by Mason Williams. I had to buy it twice the same day ... I bought it in a department store, and the lady behind the counter put it into the bag, folded over the top, and stapled the receipt to the folded portion of the bag (as they used to do in those days). The only problem was, she stapled through the record!

"Do you remember the first 45 that you bought with your own money? "

Wild Thing, by the Troggs. Actually no, I think it was a Beatles single, with "She Loves You" on one side and I think "Please Please Me" on the other.

PS I posted on that cartoon too.

"Remember taping a penny to the top of the arm to keep the needle from jumping? And buying a little bottle of record cleaner and a velour covered thing that you'd squeeze the cleaner onto, put your lp on the turntable, then hold the cleaner down on the lp while it rotated to get all the dust off?"

Oh yes.

My first LP? Alan Sherman and the Smothers Brothers when I was a kid, then the Beatles, then Peter Paul and Mary, then I went wild during the psychedelic years. . . .

If you bought Fox on the Run backed with Ballroom Blitz, it wasn't the original version but rather a "hit's you missed" style double hit re-issue (I'm away from the collection right now or I'd look up what the original's were. Maybe later...)
My living room wall has two 4 foot wide 7 foot tall "book" shelves filled with my 45s (from 1954 to 1999 [yes I said 1999. I actually have a 45 of Brittany Spears singing "Oops I Did It Again"]). I'm a dedicated collector and I love it (although that's not what my wife calls me)

"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" b/w "The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man", the Rolling Stones, London 9766, 1965.

Geez, I haven't bought a 45 in almost six months.

And yes, my turntable works.

Love Child - The Supremes. All these eons later, I'm still a sucker for Motown.

"Do You Believe In Magic" by Shaun Cassidy (shutup). On a related note, my dad wants to give me all his old Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra 78's...sweet!

"Video Killed The Radio Star" by The Buggles.
Not coincidentally, this was the first video ever played on a brand new TV station called MTV, which we couldn't get on cable up in The Great White North. We had to settle for All Night Videos, hosted by later MuchMusic VJ and Alannah Myles paramour Christopher Ward.

Remember when records would be made of paper and given out in magazines? I still have tapes I made of some of them. Some not even porno!

"Sweet and Innocent" by Donny Osmond - I'm the same age as you, Michele

The Captain & Tennille: Lonely Night (Angel Face).

Don't laugh.

I think it was "Dream On' by Aerosmith.

For those interested in actually hearing "Fox on the Run," it's on the "Dazed and Confused" soundtrack. Never saw the movie, but I play the hell out of that disk. I wish somebody had a karaoke of that tune. I'd win the contest every time. "I ... i... i... don't wanna know your name..." Of course I'd do my own echo. What are you lookin' at? :-)

I think the first 45 I bought with my own money was "Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry. I never had to buy one of my own before that, because my brothers and sister, between the four of them, would end up buying any new single or LP that came out, and then they started buying 8 tracks. I inherited three of those square record boxes, you know the kind, with the plastic handle and the latch, full of 45's from my sister when she left for the Navy in 1979. I still have most of them, and then some. I think I have about 200 or more of them in a box in my closet, but I don't own a turntable. I've been planning to get one, but I want one of the kind that have the automatic record changer.

I have never bought a vinyl record (stops, winces for the blows) but I remember the cover of this LP used to scare the crap out of me at age 5.

I turn 30 this month - but I DO know how to play a record, so take heart.

Indian Reservation by Paul Revere and the Raiders. My brother broke it when he knocked something heavy (I forget what) on it while it was playing. Smashed it to bits. I cried. I've gotten over the loss since then.