I think it was back in 1997 or 1998, a friend of mine had the cassette to We Are the Music Makers. He got really into it, and played a song or two for me. I don't know why, but it didn't do anything for me... but not long after that, I was trying to find / buy up Christian electronic music. (My friend and I were really into The Echoing Green, so that sort of introduced us to so many of these bands.) Anyways I figured I'd start with the beginning, and ordered "Melody" from A Different Drum. I put the CD into my stereo, and... laughed myself silly listening to that album. But it quickly grew on me. It was just so out there, so wacky. I still love introducing people to Joy Electric by using "Candy cane Carriage," "Lily pad the Forest Our Home," or some other early song.
I think my second album was Robot Rock, since it was the newest and my friend already had WATMM. I distinctly recall buying the WATMM vinyl before getting the CD. In fact I recorded the vinyl to cassette so I could take the music with me, LOL! I had to use a cassette walkman plugged into my car CD player's aux input to listen to it!