At the gym this morning – yes I’ve started going to the gym – I had my ipod on random and came across a song I haven’t heard in a very long time. It was by a band called Less Than Jake that I made a website for in 1996. It grew pretty quickly and included a fantastic scrolling marquee, concert pics, bio, discography and of course, and insanely long url. It was hosted by ‘Rogers@Home’ and later edited with Netscape Communicator.
This was around the time where you could right click and “save as” mp3s off of private geocities-style websites. Before Limewire, Napster, even predating Audiogalaxy (where I also hosted an mp3 ftp site with a bitchin ascii character welcoming you when upon login). The first song I ever grabbed from a website was “Johnny Quest Thinks We’re Sellouts” by Less Than Jake and listening to it always makes me envision the little equalizer knobs bouncing away on my Winamp.
At work today someone mentioned that they still had the actual file of the first mp3 they ever downloaded. Since I was living with my parents when I was 16 and using a Windows machine you can imagine that my files are long gone. However, I still have an “archive mp3” CD that I burnt and often grab songs off of for nostalgia’s sake. Feel free to share your first mp3 story, in the meantime I have some NOFX, Gob, and Face to Face to go rock out to.
Update: I should mention that LTJ is still around and their latest studio album “In With the Out Crowd” was released last May.