GETTING MORE TALE #569: Webb Surfing
Some readers are young enough to never have known a time without the internet. Half my lifetime ago, in 1997, the World Wide Web was was a luxury that few had regular access to. Tom, T-Rev and myself were eager to check out what the web had to offer to a bunch of music geeks. We visited an internet cafe in downtown Kitchener, paid a couple bucks, and searched. Remember Webcrawler?
T-Rev was trying to find rare releases by Steve Earle, and another country rocker named Webb Wilder. Trevor owned his album Doo Dad and wanted to see what Wilder had been up to since. He found a plethora of releases listed on some now-defunct website. He also confirmed the existence of Steve Earle’s very rare debut EP, Pink and Black. Thus the Pink and Black EP became one of T-Rev’s first “Holy Grail” must-haves. Meanwhile, I was exploring previously unseen Deep Purple live albums and compilations.
Together we decided we should join forces and order some impossible-to-find CDs that we knew were out there, but lacked access to. Tom had a friend who had the internet at home: British Phil. What luck! One winter evening we ventured to British Phil’s house and gathered around a small computer monitor in the basement. CDNow was the best online retailer for music. We took turns browsing and deciding. The only one who didn’t order anything was British Phil. Trevor bought Webb Wilder’s Town and Country. I can’t remember what Tom would have chosen, but I remember mine well: Deep Purple’s Stormbringer. It was $30. I had it on cassette, but I was dying to get a CD copy.
We pooled our goodies into one order and used my credit card. A week or two later, we each had some new music to enjoy. Our test run went smooth without a hitch. Having proven that ordering music online was safe and easy, the door had opened to hundreds upon hundreds of purchases over the years. Now, it’s simply second nature.
I need some new tunes and have a $25 Amazon gift card to burn. I think I’m going to place an online order right now!