History: America’s Greatest Hits

Part 31 of a series that will run every Friday throughout 2012 as I discuss records that have affected me throughout the years – Flashback Fridays

Childhood memories can be tantalizing in the way they play with our emotions. For me, they are usually tied to specific songs and / or records (or to be honest, cassettes). I grew up as the eldest of 3 siblings, now all scattered throughout Planet Earth (Washington, Pennsylvania, New Zealand). I have clear visions of singing along to America’s Greatest Hits in the back of my parents car, the crisp fall day in Bucks County, PA providing the backdrop as my brother and I belted out “Sandman” in unison with the cassette. Nostalgia can be a dangerous mindset, but fortunately the album has held up extremely well and has inspired countless artists (chief among them are former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and the band Fountains of Wayne)

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