First Album: Patterson Hood

Editor's Note: Today we introduce a brand new column to JamBase. We're calling it "First Album" and as the name suggests, it's an opportunity for some of our favorite artists to tell you in their own words about the first album they ever dropped the needle on. Each week we'll offer up another musician's "First Album" experience.

First Album: Patterson Hood / Drive-By Truckers

Either Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road or Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Got both about the same time in 1973 (I was 8 or so). Both had a profound influence on me at about the same time I began writing songs (8). I still love both albums, although I've probably heard Dark Side enough for this lifetime. The artwork and imagery on both album covers also greatly influenced my still lingering feelings about the importance of cool packaging with music. (Wes Freed is my hypnosis.) I probably bought both at Turning Point, our town's local record shop/head shop. I would get my uncle to take me every week and would talk him into buying me an album. He would always make remarks about the way the store smelt and I would say incense. (I wasn't very sheltered as a kid, as my Dad was a musician and I kinda already knew what time it was.)

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[Published on: 1/12/09]

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nickrbk Mon 1/12/2009 11:02AM
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aquariumdrunk starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/12/2009 11:16AM
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I like the idea of this.

j-bizzle Mon 1/12/2009 11:23AM
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My first 2 tapes were Information Society and REM Murmur; got them for xmas when i was 8 (1988?). In retrospect, Information Society is probably a pretty influencial album on the electro pop bands of today. Murmur is one of my favorite all time albums.

jerZ Mon 1/12/2009 11:30AM
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I like this new column- my first two albums were American Beauty and Public Enemy's "fear of a black plannet". I still love both of them

moemoe6434 starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/12/2009 11:33AM
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1st cassette: Tom Petty - "Full Moon Fever"

1st CD: Bad Religion - "Suffer"

aquariumdrunk Mon 1/12/2009 11:35AM
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My 1st CD was the Batman soundtrack...Prince, brah.


pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/12/2009 11:35AM
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this is a great idea, should be interesting on where alot of these inspirations came from.

-the first tape i acutally remember listening to constantly is NIN downward spiral, didnt leave my side for years

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/12/2009 11:36AM
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oh and "cowboys from hell"

^^ fear of a black planet was badass

ThatFullSound Mon 1/12/2009 11:41AM
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Paul Simon. Graceland.

mesaxi starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/12/2009 11:57AM
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My first was Soundgarden - Superunknown. I still love that album, and they're still among my top 10 bands.

granola Mon 1/12/2009 11:58AM
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barstoolrodeo4 starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/12/2009 12:21PM
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^ exactly the usual dumb response one would expect from a "sound tribe freak"

daveapaug Mon 1/12/2009 12:27PM
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wow, Y'all a bunch a kids I say. First album: Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life, First 8 Track: Kiss Double Platinum, First Cassette: The Clash Combat Rock, First CD: The Wall - in that order

Putnameter starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/12/2009 12:36PM
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Barstool, I totally agree w/ you. Anyway- 1. Raffi- Baby Beluga 2.Little Feat- Dixie Chicken (Vinyl) 3. Three Dog Night- Joy To The World (Vinyl).

youngphan starstarstarstar Mon 1/12/2009 12:41PM
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1st album.. presidents of the united states of america

in other news

Jeff Austin to Tour Colorado with Bill Nershi, Danny Barnes and Friends

Jeff Austin is already gearing up for a busy 2009 thanks to dates with both Yonder Mountain String Band and Umphrey’s McGee’s Brendan Bayliss. But that hasn’t stopped the mandolin-wiz from lining up a three-show Colorado run with a handful of dates with include banjo player Danny Barnes, guitarist Billy Nershi and bassist Eric Thorin. As of press time, this incarnation of Jeff Austin & Friends will make stops at Ft. Collins’ Aggie Theater (3/12), Boulder’s Fox Theatre (3/13) and Denver’s Bluebird Theatre (3/14). Taarka will open for the group in Ft. Collins, while Greensky Bluegrass will supply support duties in Boulder and Denver.

In addition, Barnes will join the Yonder Mountain String Band on the road from February 5-9. The group is also expected to release a new studio album produced by Tom Rothrock later this year.


RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/12/2009 12:45PM
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^^^i was just reading that^^^ sounds amazing

my first two albums were U2 "rattle and hum" on vinyl and gnr "appetite" 1988---9 years old.

futhepharmer Mon 1/12/2009 12:46PM
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Sndtribefreak never misses an opportunity to show all of us who appreciate good music what a douchebag little kid he is.

keep on stealing those xany's out of yo mama's purse douchy!

Drive by Truckers are this nations musical heroes!

utkochster Mon 1/12/2009 01:05PM
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dont remember my first cassettes...but my first CDs were Phish - Rift and Nirvana Unplugged for Christmas 1994.

JBL starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/12/2009 01:08PM
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I like the idea of this... Mine was either Warrant "Filthy Dirty Rotten Stinkin Rich" or Young MC "Stone Cold Ryhmin" or maybe MC Hammer's "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'EM"

granola Mon 1/12/2009 01:13PM
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first album- Michael Jackson Thriller

MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/12/2009 01:40PM
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This is a great idea, I would be interested to hear from some of the "older" musicians ie: Grisman, Phil, Bobby, Del, Buddy ect.

My first album was STS9 Peaceblaster. I hope my mommy lets me go the the show next time they are in town.

AdkinsJ starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/12/2009 02:10PM
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Was lucky enough to have parents who had a great collection of classic rock - Beatles, CSNY, Cream, etc. But MY first official album was Kiss Alive! and it was given to me by my parents along with a Close 'n Play record player (anyone remember those?)

jazzfester starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/12/2009 02:30PM
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I agree with the positive posts that this theme is a great idea.

Adkins, I had the same deal. My parents baptized me with the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, and John Denver (OK, everyone can say what he or she wants, but I still listen to John Denver). I love to look through my dad's record cabinet and my turntable still works.

My first album was KISS--Hotter than Hell--probably around 1976.

DELYEAH Mon 1/12/2009 02:39PM
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Some of these definitely aren't the best, but I'll be honest...

My first vinyl album that I got when I was around 7 was Waylon Jennings "What Goes Around Comes Around". My first 45 was Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Junior that I won at a fair. I'm not sure which one I got first.

My first tape was Phil Collins "Face Value" or Beach Boys "Greatest Hits".

My first two CDs that I bought at the same time were Shabba Ranks "Rough and Ready Volume 1" and Bass Boy "I Got the Bass".

ClaysTribe Mon 1/12/2009 03:12PM
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weenhead420 starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/12/2009 03:42PM
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My 1st Cd I spent my money on was Talking Heads Remain in the Light. And I still listen to it today.

mirv Mon 1/12/2009 03:55PM
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1st album Led Zep 1. 1st 8-track Floyd Dark Side. 1st tape Floyd The Wall 1st cd Paul Simon Rememberance And Love Songs...Jeez I'm dating myself. But my parent were old hippies and we didn't have a tv, just music.

BBroad25 Mon 1/12/2009 04:06PM
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Gotta agree with youngphan on Presidents, got it when I was about 9 and worshiped that album. I still listen to it front to back to this day. I actually got a chance to see the PUSA at Moe.Down 9 this year and they were everything I hoped they'd be!

BBroad25 Mon 1/12/2009 04:10PM
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Also Collective Soul's "Collective Soul," I guess I have a thing for self-titled albums...

Ned8 starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/12/2009 04:26PM
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Otis Redding Live in Europe

Embarrassed to say but Honesty is everything

The Bee Gee's... there, I said it

I think Olivia Newton John happened to me as well.... Whatever dude, she was hot

However, my first concert was the Rolling Stones Still Life tour at Hampton Coliseum.... On the same night Keith Richards hit some guy in the head for jumping on Stage.... Now that is Rock and Roll.

Mick and the guys still put on a hell of a show..... That tour was made into a film so you can see for yourself

Next; The Marsalis Family at the Judges Chamber... YEP

Just three years later my first Dead show at Hampton and Phil broke out Box of Rain after years

Woops; Showing my age

Now that is what a great topic brings out

KUDOS Jambase

overall Mon 1/12/2009 04:54PM
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No lie, first album was "The Chipmunks Sing the Beatles Hits," with a jacket that showed Alvin, Simon (on a left-strung Hofner bass), Theodore and Dave all playing instruments and wearing Beatle wigs.

mrbrownstone419 Mon 1/12/2009 05:00PM
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first record- michael jackson thriller

first cassette- GN'R appetite for destruction- it changed my life

first CD- megadeth countdown to extinction

first concert- tora tora, dangerous toys, and LA guns but i had a hard time seeing the show because the girls in front of my young ass had HUGE hair.

DBTs rule

iwantstogetfunkedup starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/12/2009 08:59PM
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My first listens were my Dad's vinyl collection. My faves included Led Zeppelin II, George Harrison-All Things Must Pass, The Commodores-LIVE, and Steve Martin's Comedy record with King Tut on it...Classic shit!

crazyleggedelbow starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/12/2009 09:33PM
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my first cassette... Vanilla Ice - To The Extreme... Which I chose over the Wayne's World Soundtrack... my favorite Cassette of my Dad's at the time Rush - Roll The favorite CD of my dad's at the time... Rush - Counterparts... a couple of years later my first CD that I bought with my own money was Stone Temple Pilots - Purple ...and I still listen to that one today, same with the Rush...

this has potential to spawn some good reading

phalluscooper Mon 1/12/2009 09:34PM
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My first album was a K-Tel compilation with Tiny Tim doing Tip-Toe Through the Tulips and Ray Stevens The Streak. (good grief!)

happydestiny Tue 1/13/2009 01:18AM
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my first CD was a mistake present from an aunt who gave me sheryl crow. first tape was definatly either green jelly or dr dre the chronic.. 1st vinyl was the misfits die die die my darling...... all regular plays 1990ish

i think.

happydestiny Tue 1/13/2009 01:21AM
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i accidentally lied... now that i think about it my first CD was four non-blondes. My sisters first CD was a Boyz2men albun...long time ago

stoops Tue 1/13/2009 07:23AM
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casette- license to ill & it's never left my playlist

cd- bell, biv, devoe: poison; i still pop it on when i'm feelin gay!

PUFNSTUF1 Tue 1/13/2009 08:18AM
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Apparently I'm the oldest person on Jambase. My first album, which I still have in pretty much mint condition, was the Beatles White Album...which I got within days of its release either in 1968 or 1969. At the same time I also got Small Faces' Ogden's Nut Gone Flake.....not because I knew anything about the album (or the Small Faces) but because the original album was a circle with cool graphics and a catchy name. What 8 year old kid wouldn't want that? Back then that was my modis operendi-pick the album with the best cover. That's how I ended up with albums like Gryphon's Red Queen to Gryphon Three and Nektar's Remember the Future amoung others......great album artwork.

discocham starstarstarstar Tue 1/13/2009 10:40AM
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My first cassette was also Michael Jackson-Triller. CD's had not been invented yet. After Thriller I think it was RUN-DMC Raising Hell and Beastie Boys which I am much less embarresed to admit. I also really liked my parents records: ZZ Top-Deguello, Queen, Led Zep.

Soxfan5590 Tue 1/13/2009 12:18PM
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My first cassette was Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers Greatest hits, i was 7 at the time and my parents wouldn't get me a CD player, my first CD was smash mouth Astro lounge. I listened to my dad's CD collection which consisted of everything from the who to the B52's up until i started to get my own stuff

willydog Wed 1/14/2009 03:47PM
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First 8-track, Supertramp - Crime of the Century. First Casette - MJ's Thriller. First CD - bought two at the same time - The Who's Tommy and GD's American Beauty.

Brew102 Fri 1/16/2009 08:00AM
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First Album - Hank Williams, Very Best

First Cassette - Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, Stranger in Town

First CD - The Grateful Dead, Skull and Roses

Used to listen to Hank on my Mickey Mouse Turntable. Kawligaaaa!!!