The record my dad introduced me to is...
"Music makes the people come together", or so says Madonna, and it seems that's also true true of parents and their kids. Sure, you and your dad might not see eye-to-eye on musical taste, but don't you have at least one record that your old man introduced you to, and that you still love today?
That's the question we put to our staff in hmv stores up and down the country, here's what they had to say for themselves...
Kraftwerk: Computer World
"I was about 3, and I was fascinated by the cover. My dad played it for me and that was it. I've been a huge Kraftwerk fan ever since. It's a fantastic album and the influence it has had on subsequent generations speaks volumes. Considering the album is 35 years old, it still sounds modern and fresh."
The Everly Brothers: A Date With The Everly Brothers
"I was introduced to The Everly Brothers by my dad at a very early age, fantastic songs like 'Cathys Clown' and 'All I Have To Do Is Dream' still transport me back to dad and myself singing every Sunday. Unfortunately I couldnt sing like my dad or play guitar like him, but my dad was so pivotal to nuturing my love of music that The Everly Brothers remain very close to my heart as, for me not having dad here anymore, it's a lovely reminder of him and my childhood."
The Jam: In the City
"My dad grew up listening to bands like The Jam and went to see them a few times. He'd always play their albums in the house when I was growing up so it was only natural that I grew fond of them! 'Town Called Malice' is the absolute best Jam song in my eyes, it always makes me want to dance around and sing along. The Jam will always remind me of my dad!"
Elvis Presley: 30 #1 Hits
"My dad had a record of Elvis Presley’s greatest hits album on vinyl. If he went out on a Saturday night you were guaranteed (as were the neighbours) to hear this full blast. As he had a few drinks he would often serenade our dog and he would even change the lyrics to accommodate ('Blue Suede Patch' was a particular favourite). Even though my dad is no longer with us I bought the recent Elvis album If I Can Dream at Christmas in his honour and am often found driving around Birmingham singing (howling) along to it."
Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath
"As a Wayne's World and Bill & Ted obsessed 7 year old, my dad thought it was a great time to start my education in heavy metal proper. As those opening chords of 'Black Sabbath' rang out through our Hi-Fi I was equally petrified and excited at the demonic sounds leaking out. It's an album we both enjoy cranking up and frightening the neighbours with and a record that started me on a journey of being a lifelong metalhead."
Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
"The intro to 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond' gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. My dad is a massive Floyd fan and would always play this album to me when I was growing up. It always brings back fond memories for me and I still enjoy listening to it today. Always will."
Gary Numan & Tubeway Army: Replicas
"I remember hearing this album for the first time and was blown away. It was a long car journey from Birmingham to Belgium. I was restless so my dad put this album on. He thought I would get bored and go to sleep. He was wrong. I loved every minute. It's always been a personal favourite since. I am hoping to see Gary Numan perform Replicas in September."
The Stranglers: Rattus Norvegicus
"My dad growing up was a huge fan of The Stranglers and he always played the song 'Peaches', the first gig we went to together was The Stranglers at Hammersmith Apollo. As a result I've loved this album ever since he gave me a copy on LP, its a bit dog-eared and worn but its one of the most treasured vinyl in my collection."