What are the first and last albums you bought?
20-PERSON POLL:This week HMV’s Irish stores were closed, after their parent company entered administration. With record shops facing an uncertain future, UNA MULLALLYasked staff and customers at Tower Records in Dublin about their first and last album purchases.
Gerard O’Boyle, Kilkenny
“Hawkwind’s In Search of Space was the first. It came with a big poster and a book. The last one I bought, it was a band called Snow Palms. It’s a beautiful album, chilled out and catchy.”
Paul Rouse, Offaly
“The first album I bought was Now That’s What I Call Music! 2. I can’t remember any of the tracks on it. The last one was Now That’s What I Call Music! 83. I bought that one for my kids.”
Gerry Brown, Glasgow
“T-Rex: The Slider. The last one I bought was Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball.”
Siobhan Manuel, Drumcondra, Dublin
“My first album was Joy Division – Closer. An album was a big thing back then; you really had to save up for an album. The last one I bought was Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die.”
Euan Olifant, Edinburgh
“The first album I bought was Steps. The last one was Paul Baribeau, Unbearable.
Joseph Whately, Howth, Co Dublin
“The last one was a CD: Edison Recordings Volume 2. It’s an album of classical singers. The first was a John McCormack record called Great Recordings of the Century.”
Megan Kinsley, Terenure, Dublin
“My first was probably a Boyzone. The last album was The World Won’t Listen, by The Smiths.”
Patrick McNamara, Smithfield, Dublin
“The first was probably Radiohead or Oasis or Nirvana. The last was Sven Vath, Sound of the 13th Season, live at Cocoon in Ibiza.”
Tom MacCall, Edinburgh
“My first one was Robbie Williams’s Sing When You’re Winning. The last one I bought was by Judee Sill. She was a 70s US singer – very Christian and very druggy.”
John O’Connor, Dublin
“The first was an Emerson, Lake Palmer triple live LP. The last was Two Door Cinema Club’s Beacon.”
Sarah Littler, Liverpool
“My first one’s quite cool, actually: it was Eric Clapton, Unplugged. The last was by Slow Club, Paradise, on vinyl.”
Ollie Plunkett, Portlaoise
“The last one by The Charlatans. The first album? Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks.”
Joe Stone, United States
“I think the first was probably Jimi Hendrix, Live at Woodstock. The last one was Sublime’s Greatest Hits.
Eugene O’Brien, Cashel, Co Tipperary
“The last album I think was Sonic Youth, Washing Machine. The first was Depeche Mode, Music for the Masses.”
Naomi Carney, Glenageary, Co Dublin
“The first album I bought was Welcome to the Black Parade by My Chemical Romance. The last was One Direction’s Year Book Edition of Up All Night. I know. It was actually for my sister, but I bought it.”
Nicolas Sicot, France
“I’d say the first album I bought was Rattle and Hum. And the last? Oh yeah, it was Björk, the remix album of Biophilia.”
Aidan Cashin, Tallaght , Dublin
“The first was The Offspring, Americana. The last was Vacation by Bomb the Music Industry.
Anthony O’Farrell, Ballyfermot, Dublin
“I think Queen, Sheer Heart Attack, was first. The last was a soundtrack. I can’t even think of it. Oh, The Hunger Games.”
“The first was Mariah Carey. The last was a Beethoven concerto, a piano concerto.”
Jason Joomun, Tallaght, Dublin
“The first one would be Snoop Doggy Dogg, Doggystyle. The last one I bought, Descendants, Enjoy.