As I mentioned previously, I’ve decided that every once in awhile I’ll tell a story from my life that (hopefully) my kids can enjoy some day when they’re older. It could be a funny story, a love story, a coming-of-age story, a morality tale, or even just a bunch of memories about a certain place or person. In the end, they’re just random stories that will ultimately give my kids an idea of who their father was.
I’m pretty sure that I’m not alone when I say that I used to be VERY familiar with the old Columbia House Records & Tapes club. I mean, these advertisements were everywhere…you just couldn’t escape them.
So here I was…an eleven year old kid…and I had dreams of listening to the music that I wanted to listen to, not the country music that my parents listened to (love the Oak Ridge Boys and all, but I had differing tastes even at a young age).
I remember (vaguely) filling out my first form without telling mom and dad. I mean, 11 cassettes for only a penny!! How awesome was that?? I could afford that, right? And realistically, buying the remaining 9 cassettes over three years at “regular club prices” didn’t seem that difficult to me.
You can only imagine my parents’ surprise when the wrapped box arrived with my name on it.
I don’t remember all of the cassettes that I ordered in that first shipment…I only remember ONE:
Without a word of lie, I’ve still got this cassette somewhere in my shed. All the others are gone, but for whatever reason I just can’t seem to bring myself to throw it out (forgetting the fact that I don’t even have a cassette player anymore).
I joined and canceled Columbia House numerous times over the next decade…thinking it was a steal of a deal. I can’t tell you how many times I’d forget to send back their form in the mail and ended up receiving a cassette (or later a cd) that I didn’t really want. It was quite the operation they had going.
But I remember with 100% certainty that “Lick it up” was my first musical purchase. I’ve always wondered why it stuck with me and how I was able to remember. So I guess that leads me to a question for you…