The first album I bought with my own money was Destroyer by KISS. It was an actual record and I was ever so proud. The cover, displaying the cartoon drawing of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and of course, Peter Criss posed in the rock & roll Demon God stance, remained in my window sill serving as art work next to my Farrah Fawcett poster. The record stayed on my little turntable, which was one of those record player/speaker combos, that I turned up for that extra distortion. The album taught me how to rock as hard as any second grader possibly could (legally). The records that were available to me at the time were things like Tom T. Hall and John Denver, which I loved and sang along to, but I needed to rock harder than that. I even went as far as taking the record to school for show and tell where I read the lyrics to Detroit Rock City" right off of the sleeve. This record also stopped me from pretending to play the little kids' acoustic guitar to John Denver's Greatest Hits and forced me to pretend to play electric via a hockey stick with some twine as a strap - leaving excess string to simulate the cable, of course.
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