When i was a youngster, about 6th grade, i got my first taste of Punk Rock. Before that i was into NWA, DJ Quick, Ghetto Boys, Metallica, Slayer ETC... i guess generally cooler stuff, but that is a different story and beast. My friends older cousin let us borrow the first Ramones tape, Bad Brains "I against I", Misfits "Evelive" and the first DRI tape. These things were in constant rotation and i was becoming fully engulfed.
My Aunt was living with me at that time and she was dating this guy and the only thing i can remember about him was that he wore size 27 jeans, they were really tight, so i assumed he was a Cowboy or something. One day he comes up to me and says:
"So, your Aunt tells me you are getting into Punk Rock"
and i said
then he says
"that is great, I have a couple tapes for you"
So he gave me two tapes, i recently found one the other day, and this is the cover of it.
So, now, since i was the tender age of 10 years old, i had no prior knowledge of what "Skins oi oi oi" could have meant. I started to think it was a racist tape or something, i didn't know any of these bands, and there was no internet or anyone else that could explain it to me. I fell in love with this tape and listened to it multiple times a day though, and was torn thinking that some of it was like magic to my ears but that it could be racist. I didn't know what to do.
One day i went to the local record store and mustered up the courage to ask for one of my favorite bands on the tape, which in my child's mind (and also since he neglected to write an "E" like a normal person) was called ADOLF SCENTS. Keep in mind this was a great internal struggle since i am Jewish but was so intrigued by this music. Anyway, i went to the record store and asked this cool guy at the counter:
"Hey, do you have anything by The Adolf Scents?"
and he goes
and i say
"The Adolf Scents?"
and he goes
"uh... do you mean The Adolescents?"
At that moment a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders, my soul felt like it had been cleansed and God was not going to punish me eternally. I said
He pointed me on the direction to the cassettes and i picked it up and there it was, the first Adolescents Album with "No Way", "Kids of the Black Hole", "I Hate Children" Etc. I had won, and later i realized that My Aunt's Boyfriend wasn't a cowboy in those tight jeans, but something oh so much cooler...
This tape changed my life.