Thirty years ago today...
This was the first album that I bought with my own money.
It was Christmas 1980, and I was just shy of my 12th birthday.
I would play that record over and over and read the words - I can probably still recall most of the lyrics. I adored "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" and "Watching the Wheels".
I clearly remember finding out that John Lennon had died. It was a school morning and I ran downstairs and saw my mum standing in front of the sink with tea towel in hand - she was stopped still, listening to the radio in the kitchen.
John Lennon had been shot by a deranged fan.
That morning, the craziness of the other side of the world became closer and I remember feeling a slight unease that a person could do such a thing.
The rest of the day has been lost from memory, but often when I hear a Lennon song I have a flashback to that kitchen scene in my head...
thirty years ago today...