It's been a very long time, but I'd like to bring back some OT Fridays here and there to carry us into the (football-less) weekend. Today's topic: The first album you remember purchasing with your own money.
I bought a few cassettes here and there, but I will go with my first CD since that was a time when I was entering my teenage years and took more of an interest in music and building a collection. With that being said, my first album was Cracked Rear View, by Hootie and the Blowfish. I bought this album in the fall of 1995, and still listen to it fairly regularly. This was far and away their biggest album (at one point, it was the 9th best-selling album of all-time). Unfortunately, the band got way too big, too fast and they could not sustain its level of success. After a meteoric rise in popularity, it suddenly became uncool to listen to Hootie and the Blowfish. This is a damn shame, because they actually had some talent and put out some of their best work in the years after Cracked Rear View. Fairweather Johnson, the follow-up to Cracked Rear View, had very modest sales but was packed with soulful and well-written songs from beginning to end.
Comeback tours/albums have been all the rage lately. Let's hope the world is ready to welcome back Hootie and the Blowfish whenever they find their way back together.
If you'd like, share your first album and the backstory behind your selection below.