Compact Disc

Ominocity Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Compact Disc

Worst birthday ever despite hitting the big Three Oh

On October 1, 1982, the very first CD was made available. And only a mere thirty years later, the compact disc sadly doesn’t seem like it will live to see forty.

Then again, most people thankfully don’t have to respond with “relevancy” when asked what they want for their 30th birthday. Ouch.

In lieu of any real celebrations, Ominocity founders Chris and Ryan recall the very first CDs they bought way back in the day:


“My parents got me my first compact disc boombox for Christmas in 1992. It was an exciting time for new music, although it would be another year before I discovered punk rock. And, still trapped in the bowels of elementary school, I was wildly susceptible to peer pressure, which may or may not explain my first compact disc purchases:

Blind Melon – s/t – This was also one of my first live concerts ever – I remember asking my mom if I could go and, referencing lead Melon Shannon Hoon’s bladder malfunction in Vancouver, she retorted with ‘no! You’ll get peed on!’ I ended up sneaking out and going anyway – I did not get peed on. The album, however, is actually still surprisingly listenable, with plenty of dense guitar jams to distract from Hoon’s wailing croons for help.

Various Artists – X-TendaMix Dance Mix ’93 – Yeah, I dunno either. It was terrible then and it’s terrible now, but for some reason my knowledge of early ‘90s dance music has gotten me a lot of play as an adult, both on the karaoke circuit and off.”


“After receiving a Discman for my 10th birthday I ran out and picked up these gems to make everyone in my elementary school jealous:

Various Artists – Rap Traxx 2 – Bust a Move, Funky Cold Medina and Nightmare on My Street. No regrets!

The Simpsons Sing the Blues – My elementary school had a ban on Simpsons merchandise and I was sent home once for wearing a knock-off Bart Simpsky t-shirt that my mom had bought for me from the Ukrainian pavilion at Folk Fest. Deep, Deep Trouble was my anthem that day.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – I still know every word to Turtle Power.”