The first time I got high, I was 8 years old.

After my mother had showed me how to put on an LP, I stumbled across a bold yellow and red record jacket with a photo of an old looking machine on the front (a jukebox). The record looked like a McDonald’s commercial to me, and had no ugly people on it, so I thought I’d give it a try. In the next few seconds my life would change forever.


K-tel Records 25 ROCK REVIVAL GREATS Track 1, side 1: Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry! Like a super conductor of energy, that opening electric guitar riff leapt out of the speakers and painted my mind bright red. Before verse one was over, I just wanted to dance! I got up and jumped up and down so hard I made the record skip. That worried me a bit, but I learned that if I jumped on the couch the record would keep going. Before long I knew I needed to grab my dad’s tennis racket. I had never seen anyone air guitar before, but I had seen my mom play guitar, and I knew more or less how to hold that tennis racket so that it felt like a guitar. Suddenly I was on fire! It was a first kiss. A first time driving fast. A first time jumping off a cliff into the lake. A first time getting high. And I loved it. Chuck Berry got me high, at the age of 8!


Next song: Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis… now I needed to air piano! Surfin’ U.S.A. by the Beach Boys, Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley, Rockin’ Robin by Bobby Day, Blue Suede Shoes by Carl Perkins… Man oh man, it just went on and on.  The release of dopamine to the pleasure centers in my brain had me high as a kite, and I still love that feeling today. Playing in Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra is how I feed my addiction, and I just can’t help but dance.

– Matty Cooper

Here is the K-tel ad.

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