Born This Way finally arrived in stores physical and digital this morning—and is practically free on Amazon.com—and tonight, you can get inside Gaga’s elaborately-coiffed head via the special Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside, a documentary special airing on MTV this Thursday at 9 p.m.
The hour-long show goes inside Gaga’s home life, her experiences growing up, and her early brushes with fame. In the exclusive preview clip below, Gaga reveals her early musical inspirations—including the first album she ever bought with her own money. Follow the jump to find her video confession, and to tell us about your own first-album experience:
“It was Green Day Dookie with my own money,” Gaga said. “But my parents got me Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed & Delivered and the Beatles’ A Hard Days Night when I was younger. Yeah they were two CDs and they were given to me with the boombox, like little boom-box for Christmas when I was young. Two CD and the boombox. Just good choices mom and dad.”
The first album you buy with your own money is always a big deal, because it represents the first step to your own musical independence. Considering how short pocket money is for a lot of kids, committing to an album, cassette tape or CD was a profound investment both financially and emotionally.
The first album I ever bought with my own cash was Rage Against the Machine‘s self-titled first album. I used to ride my bike to a vacant lot that slowly morphed into a strip mall; the collection of stores included an outpost of Coconuts, a long-defunct national music chain that morphed into FYE.
It was 1993, and grunge was at its peak, though I hadn’t yet been truly turned on to big rock music yet (I was mostly into the soft rock in my parents’ cars and novelty hip-hop singles like Onyx’s “Slam” and Fu-Schnickens’ “What’s Up Doc? (Can We Rock)”).
But on one of those loitering trips, the Coconuts clerk cranked up Rage’s first album, and I couldn’t get over the ferocity implanted in “Killing in the Name” (mostly because of the repeated refrain “F— you/ I won’t do what you tell me!”).
I immediately asked what it was and walked out of the store with a copy (on cassette, since I hadn’t yet acquired a CD player, and because of all the cursing I couldn’t do anything but listen to it on my Walkman anyway).That began a love affair with discovering new music that often drained my bank account, but also contributed to my career choice.
So that’s my story. What’s yours? Share you first album experiences in the comments below.
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