One night in 1981 I listened to a tune called “Is it you?” on a German radio station. I scribbled down the name of the artist. Soon after that I went into a record store and was lucky to find the album. Rit by Lee Ritenour was the first record I ever bought. Who else in the world can claim that? I’d really like to get to know that person ;-)
This was the beginning of an addiction and a long standing love affair.
My addiction with records soon turned into full storm. We had a store in my hometown that could have served as the inspiration to Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity. I became part of the scene and spent countless hour in the store. My allowance was twenty Deutschmarks and records sold for 19.99 – go figure. I ended up buying over 700 of them. My dad and I were often racing to get a new recording first. And then we ended up fighting over who actually owned the record.