I was 14 years old…and of course, a little curious, at that age…My grandmother had asked me to check the mail, so I went to check the mail, and brought it to her…She told me to throw away this certain envelope, but I couldn’t, it was a Columbia House Records packet… I opened it up, and OMG!!! 5 albums for a penny!!! I could not resist! I got a penny, and put it in the little slot provided, filled out my name, and sent it out.
Four weeks later, it was my birthday, and I had seven girls, come to sleep over, we were having great fun, and listening to music, dancing in the bedroom, to some disco records…then my mother came in, and said “AsheDina!!!! Get in here! I want to talk to you!!” what could this be about?, i wondered….It was about the penny I sent out, and the five albums, and now a bill for $25.- I got yelled and screamed at for about a half hour- But how could I have understood? All that I saw- was “Send a penny” the offer seemed great, and it felt like a lottery…She told me, that nothing could be done about it now, and told me to pick one of the albums…I chose Black Sabbath- but I knew them not. My Ma-ma/Moboly, she was MAD at me for this, understandably, just what kind of spiritual/religious young girl, would want anything to do with this kind of EVIL music? I have always been very spiritual…
Back in my room at the party, I held back that I got in some trouble,and gleefully told my friends that I got a new album for my birthday…So, I opened it….SCREAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!……….. filled the air in the bedroom, and I was as horrified as them…(I was a MAJOR fraidy cat) inside the double album was a photograph, of a dead woman in a coffin, it was ghastly!!! I was horrified!!! But…I wanted this to be a memorable night…So, I played a song….”ding dong, ding dong” …Eeery Church bells played in the background of the first song, I could hardly stand it, the lights were turned off- Every young girl were crying their heads off…begging me to STOP….
Nowadays…this is NOT a frightening thing…but I can still remember the horror of this photo, and how that album was ugly, and really….straight up Evil…Easy it was to detect at that time, hard it is now, to see at all, it is common place…How I long for those days…
This was evil shit, but nothing like the evil of Gag off, Gaga.