My first single!
The first single I brought wasn't a BBC record at all, it was 'MER 22 - Oops up side your head from the Gap Band' (not the re-release). I remember this one from a family holiday where this was included on a tape recording from the Radio 1 chart show from the time. The first BBC record I brought was from 1982, 'RESL 116 - BBC World Cup Grandstand' from Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
I didn't actually really start collecting until I moved to Norwich in 1983 and became friends with Richard who regularly brought records and I was getting a little bored waiting - he later formed several bands which you can find their output on this site. I therefore started to look in record shops at things I liked - especially as these recordings also included a 'middle eight' not normally played on TV and so the habit started. I started mainly collecting BBC singles and a few LP's where they had signature tunes to programmes the BBC produced at the time. From here onwards, I started regularly asking the BBC to send their catalogues (you can see some of them I still have on this site.)
As time passed, I quickly worked out that it was going to be difficult remembering what I already had. So the first 'page', which still exists today, was created to help - this is the BBC list page. This page has a listing of all items relating to the BBC and a listing of the cover, record, label details in a shortened 'code' so if I found one say in a record shop, I could quickly check whether I had that record and whether the one for sale was a better quality or not.
Next was another page still around today, although a little 'hidden'. This page listed all releases in a long list - however these were not split between the catagories like they are today. This is because in those days I didn't have enough for it to cause performance issues due to the sheer number of records I have today - these were printed for easier viewing. If you are wondering about the background colours of the records (like why the Stranglers are in red), the first printer I had only allowed for the eight colours - black (yes I know black isn't a colour), green, pink, orange, blue, purple, red and an unused colour of yellow. These 'types' have been retained ever since, even though these days I have no limits to the number of colours. I built a database version of this using first a Commodore Plus/4 then transferred it onto the Commodore Amiga A500 as the Plus/4 had a space limit of what you could get onto a 5 1/4 floppy disc (pre-runner to the 3 1/2.) Later I brought a hard disc for the 2nd Amiga I brought, the Amiga1200, the data was transferred using the latter 3 1/2 inch floppy disc.