Roughly 1974 and 1975 – my brother got out of the U.S. Air Force, and came home to live – so I had someone to discuss music with, someone to take me to record stores in Los Angeles – someone other than my Dad!
There were no big events in these years – I don’t remember going to any concerts, just yet. That would start in 1976 or so! Maybe my first record collector swap meet @ Capitol Records parking lot in Hollywood?
I had two memorable high school girlfriends who kept my learning curve straight up! Rose liked Queen and Sparks, bands that I thought were “superfluous” (i.e, not serious enough, m-a-a-a-n) at that time. I saw Rose sing something in high school, and I remember liking her voice (even if I thought a song from “Godspell” was a bit ‘lite’). Teresa was younger than I, and I really only remember turning her onto Kayak. But she must’ve had other records! Maybe Cat Stevens, Elton John etc. Both of my high school girlfriends were church-going folks, but that didn’t stop the ongoing “hanky panky” that young people always seemed to get up to! Ah, the stories I could tell – but I want to keep my “safe” rating, for this blog!
I used to make cassettes of Henry Cow LP’s at home and bring them to school to listen to in the “Language Lab” – a classroom with desks that had cassette players in ‘em. I got out of Physical Education by agreeing to type tests for the Foreign Language Department; I was quite popular with the French, Spanish and German teachers! Hatfield & The North! German records! Achim Reichel!
“Frampton Comes Alive” was very popular at this time; incomprehensible to me. Why wasn’t everyone listening to Gong? I do also remember being quite fond of 1965 – 1970 Bob Dylan in the mid-70’s – smirking at young kids who thought that “Blood On The Tracks” was really something – f**k that, listen to “Blonde on Blonde”!
By 1975, I had been personally observing the arc of pop music for almost 10 years. Did it make sense? I was very aware that the records from the 60’s weren’t like the records from the 70’s – or the 50’s! With used LP’s being less expensive than new records, I got to hear all sorts of music become part of my coat of many colors. Oh, and they taught me to drive a car in high school – both in a ‘simulator’, and in a real car!
Once I met a guy (who I know to this day) in a record store who let me know that he could hire me as soon as I was “available” (i.e. out of high school) – I entered a dream world from which I would never emerge. I know what I’m going to do when I get outta here!
To my two sweet high school girlfriends: Thanks for sharing wonderful ‘teenage kicks’ with me. I’m so glad I got to do all that stuff when I was actually still a teenager!