I have three stories for you.
1. After grade five, Christmas became a disappointing and envious time of the year. My mother had converted from Catholicism and became a Jehovah’s Witness. They don’t believe in celebrating pagan holidays and essentially that meant I wouldn’t receive presents anymore. Just so you know my dad was a staunch atheist and a science guy so you can imagine how our dinner table conversations turned out.
Because my mom wasn’t a total psychopath we agreed upon celebrating an alternate day called Family Day two days after Christmas. This faded out by the time I was buying alcohol illegally in early high school. On the sly my dad would buy me gifts when we visited family in Toronto on boxing day. We would take the subway from Kipling Station, head downtown and he let me pick out whatever I wanted within a reasonable price range.
At this time I was buying my first tapes and 12”’s having left comic book and action figure collecting behind (this was no one to convince girls to like me). I bought my very first CD on one of my last excursions. Problem was I didn’t have a CD player. On the way home form Toronto I begged and pleaded my dad to buy me CD player which he reluctantly did. As you see I had this all planned out from the beginning.
This was that CD.
2. Like a lot of people who preferred alternate sounds I used to listen to Patti Schmidt’s Brave New Waves . Because it was late at night I would have to play my ghetto blaster really low and place it on my pillow so my parents couldn’t hear it. I was supposed to be sleeping obs. I would record some of the songs and interviews then run to the record store on the weekend and try to buy the tracks with my allowance.
One night a young Dana Owens aka Queen Latifah came on the show, did an interview and they played “Dance For Me” to conclude that portion. it was not a problem to find her album in record stores but it was a problem to find the remix they played. This haunted me for the next 15 years. It took a while before i learned that some remixes were only available on imports and that’s when I finally found this remix on an FFRR comp in my 20’s.
3. My first three 12” records were:
1. MC LYTE – Lyte As A Rock
2. QUEEN LATIFAH – Dance For Me
3. MC SMOOTH – Smooth and Legit.
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