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Brian and Sarah are your hosts for this look back at albums from the New Wave and Classic Rock genres-- albums which have earned a permanent spot in their record collection. The hosts start the discussion with a history of the album, followed by their personal history with it. Over the course of two episodes, they do a track-by-track review of the album and the videos that accompany the singles. They conclude by each giving the album a final review and rating of zero to 100 record adapters. Join Brian and Sarah in this fun look back at the hits-- along with some misses-- of the 70s and 80s!

Permanent Record Podcast Brian & Sarah

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Brian and Sarah are your hosts for this look back at albums from the New Wave and Classic Rock genres-- albums which have earned a permanent spot in their record collection. The hosts start the discussion with a history of the album, followed by their personal history with it. Over the course of two episodes, they do a track-by-track review of the album and the videos that accompany the singles. They conclude by each giving the album a final review and rating of zero to 100 record adapters. Join Brian and Sarah in this fun look back at the hits-- along with some misses-- of the 70s and 80s!

    In Conversation With Billy Vera (Part 1)

    In Conversation With Billy Vera (Part 1)

    Episode 173: In Conversation With Billy Vera (Part 1)

    Sarah usually writes these show notes, and on the rare occasion that I fill in for her, I do something silly - I either make them really short or I have ChatGPT help me by doing most of the work.  This time, I asked to do them because I am still in shock that this episode exists and because it was a true thrill to speak with an artist who has been a favorite of mine since I was 16!

    After discovering Billy Vera, along with many others of my generation, thanks to the hit comedy "Family Ties", I would go on to collect his entire catalog, with the exception of "Queen of Diamonds / Jack of Hearts" by Evie Sands & Billy Vera which I haven't been able to find yet.  I will one day though!  I would watch him on TV shows like "Wiseguy" and "Into the Night", where he served as a late-night bandleader and often performed his wonderful songs.  I would occasionally be surprised and excited to spot him in movies throughout the 80s and 90s.  He was doing so many great things, and doing all of those things at a level which should have made him a Super Star if there was any justice in the world.  

    With all of his various talents, songwriting and singing are where Billy truly shines, so getting to talk with him about his career and his music was an amazing experience.  In this first episode (of two), we touched on so many topics, even going back to the mid-1960s and some of his earliest songs.  I really hope you will enjoy this discussion on some of my favorite music.  


    Topics that we cover in this first episode:
    ·        Billy's upcoming trip to Italy to perform and  to receive an award at the Porretta Soul Music Festival ·        Working with Jerry Wexler ·        Writing songs professionally in NYC in the 1960s ·        A song he wishes he wrote ·        Writing "Room with a View" with Lowell Fulson ·        Working with Bonnie Raitt ·        Recording "Storybook Children" with Judy Clay ·        Playing the Apollo Theater ·        Thoughts on songwriting ·        Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era and "Don't Look Back" ·        His 1988 Capital album "Retro Nuevo" ·        The three styles of Production ·        Working with Lou Rawls and George Benson ·        Working with Arif Mardin ·        How did Jim Keltner become a Beater in 1988? ·        Working on the Blake Edwards movie "Blind Date" ·        Hanging out with Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, and Kim Basinger ·        Meeting L. Russell Brown ·        Being "inspired" by Loni Anderson ·        Writing his biggest hit "At this Moment" and the story behind the song ·        Writing Brian's favorite BV song "Here Comes The Dawn Again" ·        Releasing his biggest album on Rhino Records ·        Doing promo work in the 1980s ·        Advice from his mother

    You can learn more about Billy's story, his books, and his music at https://billyvera.com/
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    • 1 hr 51 min
    Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (1982) - Part 4

    Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (1982) - Part 4

    Episode 172: Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (1982) - Part 4

    In the Northern Hemisphere, it’s now officially summertime, and it’s also time for Brian and Sarah to wrap up their discussion of the 1982 album from Simple Minds, New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84). 
    Our hosts find themselves with three more songs on the album to cover, one of which is a single with a video, so there’s no shortage of things to talk about with that song. But even the last two tracks on the album generate a lot of discussion from Brian and Sarah. 

    During the course of the song discussion, a wide variety of topics are brought up, such as: the first Earl of Birkenhead; the perfect setting to kill Green Lantern; the answer to the question “can being completely covered in gold paint kill a person?”; the world’s worst museum; a cassette-zine; and the Camp David Peace Accords of 1978.

    After Brian and Sarah finish discussing the album tracks, it’s time for the Extra Credit section. The featured topic is Jim Kerr’s side project from 2010: Lostboy! AKA Jim Kerr.

    Then, to further delay the long-awaited final reviews and ratings of the album, there’s a special and exciting announcement from Sarah!

    Finally, the time comes for Brian and Sarah to deliver their thoughts on the album and their record-adapter ratings. How will this 1982 album—which many consider to be Simple Minds’ best work—rank in the eyes of our hosts? All is revealed at the end!
    Songs discussed in this episode:
    Glittering Prize
    Hunter and the Hunted
    King Is White and in the Crowd

    Link to the video discussed:
    Glittering Prize

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    • 1 hr 49 min
    Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (1982) - Part 3

    Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (1982) - Part 3

    Episode 171: Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (1982) - Part 3

    After releasing a couple of special episodes, Brian and Sarah return to the task of discussing Simple Minds’ 1982 album, New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84). Part 3 of the discussion finds them finishing up the tracks on Side One and flipping the record over to start Side Two. 

    As usual, our hosts end up covering a wide variety of topics during their discussion. While talking about the first song, the author Raymond Chandler comes up, as does film noir. 

    When Brian and Sarah move on to the instrumental song that closes out Side One, the composer/conductor Gustav Mahler is brought into the discussion. 

    For the first song on Side Two, Brian and Sarah both find it relevant to mention Pete Burns of the group Dead or Alive. And Sarah even references an episode of the TV show Seinfeld!

    Songs discussed in this episode:
    Big Sleep
    Somebody Up There Likes You
    New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)

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    • 1 hr 27 min
    In Conversation With Will Crewdson (Scant Regard, Adam Ant, et al)

    In Conversation With Will Crewdson (Scant Regard, Adam Ant, et al)

    Episode 170: In Conversation With Will Crewdson (Scant Regard, Adam Ant, et al)

    Brian and Sarah recently had the honor and pleasure of meeting the great Will Crewdson in person at an Adam Ant concert. During that encounter, the three agreed to set up a time to meet and talk some more. This episode is the result!
    Will Crewdson is a talented, prolific, and extremely busy guitarist who has lent his formidable skills to a number of well-known acts, including Adam Ant, Flesh For Lulu, The Selecter, Gaye Bykers on Acid, and Sigue Sigue Sputnik, to name just a few. He was also a founding member of the indie band Rachel Stamp, and he currently works with ex-Rachel Stamp band member Shaheena Dax under the name She Made Me Do It (SHEMMDI for short), and as a solo artist under the name Scant Regard. 

    Brian and Sarah had a fun and enlightening conversation with Will about a number of topics, such as his musical background, performing and touring with Adam Ant, his solo project Scant Regard, and a cool story about working with someone that Brian (perhaps surprisingly) was super-excited about!
    Additionally, Will shares an exclusive tour update—an upcoming solo date on the East Coast!

    Don’t miss this episode—and then head directly over to Bandcamp to check out the Scant Regard and SHEMMDI material! 
    Websites and Bandcamp:
    https://www.scantregard.com/home
    https://www.shemmdi.com/home
    https://scantregard.bandcamp.com/
    http://shemademedoit.bandcamp.com/

    Other links for Will:
    https://www.facebook.com/scantregardpage
    https://instagram.com/scantregard
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/2Cfi2ZMSKwb6O4exmTwK1e
    https://tidal.com/browse/artist/9795417
    https://www.tiktok.com/@willcrewdson
    https://www.x.com/scantregard
    https://www.youtube.com/c/ScantRegard

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Permanent Record Podcast Trivia Showdown 2024

    Permanent Record Podcast Trivia Showdown 2024

    Episode 169: Permanent Record Podcast Trivia Showdown 2024

    After a hiatus last year, the Trivia Showdown is back once again! Brian and Sarah are joined by the Quiz Master, who presides over a heated competition between the two hosts. Brian is looking to add another victory to his “permanent record,” while Sarah is hoping for her first win.

    This year’s Trivia Showdown featured more questions from listeners than ever before! Brian and Sarah would like to thank the following folks for their submissions: Nick Oswald, Gavin Hogg, Ian Monk, Steve Augello, Pete Rogers, Mike Berlew, Frederick Frantz, Erin Berlew, Brian Belknap, Andrew Dineley, Paul Hanely, Iain McDermott, Gary Shepherd, Terry Kemp, Brian Olsen, Mark Lumb, Mark Green, John Justice, and Mark Beckley. 

    Brian and Sarah would also like to send a special thank you to the Quiz Master for his hard work compiling the questions, for patiently dealing with all of their nonsense during the recording of this episode, and also for hosting this year’s event at Quiz Master Headquarters! It was a real treat to record the show in a different location. 

    It should be no surprise to learn there’s plenty of interesting information in this episode, as well as loads of laughs, and more than a few groans of disappointment! But who is this year’s winner? You’ll have to listen to find out! 

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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Brian’s Birthday Bowie Bingo Bash and Trivia Showdown Deadline

    Brian’s Birthday Bowie Bingo Bash and Trivia Showdown Deadline

    Brian’s Birthday Bowie Bingo Bash and Trivia Showdown Deadline

    This is just a quick little episode to announce the return of Bowie Bingo. We missed hosting it over the 2023 Christmas season, so instead we’re going to have it prior to another great holiday—Brian’s birthday!
    We also give one last reminder for you to get your questions in for the upcoming Trivia Showdown before the deadline!

    Finally, we mention our voicemail options, for those of you who'd like to share your memories and thoughts about Simple Minds' 1982 release, New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84).
    This episode won’t take up much of your time, so you’ll be able to carry on with your weekend activities in a jiffy! 


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    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
121 Ratings

121 Ratings

JMac 8593 ,

Homework that I enjoy

I recently discovered this podcast because of the Quick Step and Side Kick episodes. Glad to know that I was not the only one to love this album. I have been digging into the other episodes and have discovered they are best when I do my homework first - listening to the album and watching the videos. It is fun to predict what Brian and Sara will talk about. I look forward to more Thompson Twins reviews and hopefully some Eurythmics too. But I will gladly listen to whatever they review.

Raughtic ,

In depth, thoughtful and insightful

I just discovered this podcast recently and so far have listened to all the episodes discussing two of my favorite albums of all time, which both happen to be by the Thompson Twins. Brian and Sarah have a very natural way of speaking, making it very easy to listen to, and they infuse their conversations with interesting research and personal anecdotes for a very refreshing listen! I am so glad I found this podcast. It is a treasure for anyone who truly loves music.

elvis prestein ,

Essential Companion for Your 80s Synth Pop Addiction

Started listening to this podcast a couple of years ago when they reviewed my favorite Erasure album. I had never heard anyone else that had so much to say about each individual song, the chart history, the album artwork, the backstories. I honestly never thought that 30 years later I could have a whole new appreciation for songs I had heard hundreds of times. Brian and Sarah do such an amazing job of meshing their own personal relationship with the music, along with input from industry experts, and tons and tons of really fantastic research. Since then I’ve enjoyed not only all of the Erasure albums, but also Yaz, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, and so many more. If you love 80s synth pop, do yourself a favor and find your favorite album in their backlog and rediscover your favorite songs all over again.

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