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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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    • 4.9 • 107 Ratings

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!

    PRP Mini Concert Memories: Episode 4 - The Smithereens, 5-12-1992 (with Andy Schaal)

    PRP Mini Concert Memories: Episode 4 - The Smithereens, 5-12-1992 (with Andy Schaal)

    PRP Mini Concert Memories: Episode 4 -  The Smithereens, 5-12-1992 (with Andy Schaal)


    Welcome to the fourth installment of PRP Mini Concert Memories! This time, Brian and Sarah are going back to May 12th, 1992 when they wrapped up their junior year of college and traveled down the road to the nearby capital of Pennsylvania to see The Smithereens on their "Blow Up" tour.

    Our hosts had discovered the New Jersey based band late in 1989, and since then, had become huge fans of their hard rocking yet melodic songs.  "Green Thoughts" and "11" had been getting a lot of airplay in their lives, but "Blow Up" had a different sound to it.  Did it hold up against their classic earlier albums?

    Meanwhile, halfway across the country, young music fan Andy Schaal, who would grow-up to become America's Favorite Podcast Guest (#AmericasFavoritePodcastGuest) was also discovering the band, and they would go on to become one of this favorite acts of all time.

    Fast forward to 2022 and these three youths come together as middle-aged podcasters to talk about Pat, Jim, Dennis, Mike, and The Thrilla, the wonderful legacy of music that Pat and the Smithereens have created, old Smithereens shows vs current day Smithereens shows, and Jon Lamoreaux...lots and lots of Jon Lamoreaux.
    Check out Jon Lamoreaux's interview with Jim Babjak on The Hustle:  https://thehustle.podbean.com/e/episode-131-jim-babjak-of-the-smithereens/

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    • 1 hr 18 min
    A-ha - Scoundrel Days (1986) Part 2

    A-ha - Scoundrel Days (1986) Part 2

    Episode 144: A-ha - Scoundrel Days (1986)  Part 2

    It's time for Brian and Sarah to resume their discussion about the second album by Norwegian trio a-ha, the 1986 release Scoundrel Days. In the first Scoundrel Days episode, the hosts set the stage by talking about the period up to and including the recording of the album, as well as its release and chart information, cover art, reviews, and personal history. Now, Brian and Sarah are ready to put the needle on the record and talk about what they hear.

    Track by Track
    What they hear when the record starts is something that sounds rather different from a-ha's first album. And after the first song ends, the second song sounds different from the first, and the third sounds different from both of the previous two songs. It becomes apparent very early on that this album is not a re-hash of Hunting High and Low. Yet, many of these songs originate from the same time period as the songs from the first album, or even earlier.

    The origin of the songs is just one of the things Brian and Sarah delve into as they talk about the tracks on the album, and for at least one song, the documented history is rather confusing. They also talk about the music, instrumentation, vocals, and lyrics, as always. Both hosts are pretty excited about this album and find themselves with a lot to say, so they only get through the first three songs in this episode. The third song on the album was a single, so for it, they also cover the release and chart information, share a couple of reviews, and lament about the video. And Brian goes into a James Bond discussion which surprisingly, Sarah doesn't put to a stop!

    Scoundrel Days
    The Swing of Things
    I've Been Losing You
     
    See the video discussed here:
    I've Been Losing You
     

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    • 1 hr 37 min
    PRP Mini Concert Memories: Episode 3 - Boy George, 4-18-2014

    PRP Mini Concert Memories: Episode 3 - Boy George, 4-18-2014

    PRP Mini Concert Memories: Episode 3 -  Boy George, 4-18-2014

    Welcome to the third installment of PRP Mini Concert Memories! This time, Brian and Sarah are going back to April 18th, 2014 when they traveled to the City of Brotherly Love to see Boy George on his "This is What I Do" tour.

    After thirty years of listening to George's music, and after the release of more than a half-dozen solo albums, it was exciting to see the singer in concert without his famous band. However, the hosts weren't sure what to expect in terms of set-list and performance style. 
    So, what happened?  What did he play?  Find out in this latest mini-episode!!

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    • 23 min
    A-ha - Scoundrel Days (1986) Part 1

    A-ha - Scoundrel Days (1986) Part 1

    Episode 143: A-ha - Scoundrel Days (1986)  Part 1

    After a couple of mini-episodes about past concerts they attended, Brian and Sarah are back to the "regularly-scheduled programming" of in-depth album analysis. However, even this episode has mention of concerts in it, which is partially why this album was chosen in the first place. 

    Up for discussion is a-ha's second album, Scoundrel Days, which was released just shy of a year after their debut, Hunting High and Low. The trio from Norway was still riding high on the worldwide success of the first album as their second effort was recorded and released-- and that's the period of time Brian and Sarah focus on for this episode.

    However, our hosts recently had the good fortune to be able to see a-ha live in concert, for their delayed Hunting High and Low 35th anniversary tour, so they also take some time to talk about that experience. They also just watched the new a-ha documentary, "a-ha: The Movie," so they share their insights and observations on that as well.

    Also covered in this episode is the album's release and chart history, several reviews, information on the sleeve artwork and design, and some personal history about the album which involves a mention of Brian and Sarah's honeymoon!
    A-ha performance of "Take On Me" at 1986 Grammy Awards

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    PRP Mini Concert Memories: Episode 2 - Colin Hay, 4-28-2012

    PRP Mini Concert Memories: Episode 2 - Colin Hay, 4-28-2012

    PRP Mini Concert Memories: Episode 2 -  Colin Hay, 4-28-2012

    It's the second episode of the new mini-feature Brian and Sarah are trying out, called PRP Mini Concert Memories, where our hosts choose a ticket stub from their vast collection and talk about a concert they attended.

    The ticket stub selected at the end of Episode 1 was the Colin Hay show at the Keswick Theatre on April 28, 2012. This worked out nicely for several reasons: 1) it's almost the 10th anniversary of this show, and 2) Brian and Sarah just saw Colin Hay earlier this month, as their first concert since September 2019.

    The pictures here are a mixture of photos from the April 28th show, and from a show they attended just a few days earlier! The full details are given in the episode, along with all the info you need on Brian's recent birthday, all the records he bought on his birthday AND Record Store Day, and how you can join the PRP hosts on the next installment of Mini Concert Memories!

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    • 28 min
    PRP Mini Concert Memories: Episode 1 - Yazoo, 7-20-2008

    PRP Mini Concert Memories: Episode 1 - Yazoo, 7-20-2008

    PRP Mini Concert Memories: Episode 1 -  Yazoo, 7-20-2008

    Welcome to the first episode of a new feature Brian and Sarah are trying out, called PRP Mini Concert Memories. The idea behind it is that Brian and Sarah will choose a ticket stub from their sizable collection of concert tickets, and they'll spend a few minutes reminiscing about that particular show.

    In the future, the selections will be random, but for the inaugural episode, Brian thought it would be fun to hearken back to the first episode of the podcast proper, which was about Yazoo's album Upstairs at Eric's. So in this installment, Brian and Sarah talk about seeing Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet performing as Yazoo on the Reconnected tour, at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC.

    Join Brian and Sarah as they share their memories of this show, featuring a duo they-- along with many other people-- never expected to see on stage together. But it really did happen, and they have the pictures to prove it!

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    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
107 Ratings

107 Ratings

Mahabandoola ,

Taking a ride with my new friends

As a long-time Depeche Mode fan (35 years now?), it’s been a rare thing to find people with whom I can really dig deep and get unapologetically nerdy about my favorite band. So it feels like such a gift that the search function delivered me to Brian and Sarah’s corner of the podiverse, where there are literal hours upon hours of DM philosophizing, dissection, history and reveling. I couldn’t love this podcast more if I tried, and I deeply hope that a Songs of Faith and Devotion series is coming—or maybe even something that will help me break down why I like SOFAD Live better than the studio album? While I came for the Mode, I plan to explore more of the pod because their easygoing, friendly style of conversation is paired with clever insights and deeply researched information. Keep up the great work!

Daft Monk ,

The Best New Wave Podcast

Hosts Brian & Sarah discuss their favorite albums of the 70s & 80s rating them, as they always have, on a scale from 0 to 100 record adapters. Usually covering the great new wave acts of the era, they go incredibly in-depth deconstructing the elements of songs, from the sounds to the lyrics, while keeping the discussion fun. Think you know a band or an album? They will uncover new information about it.

The show has grown over the years with as they’ve occasionally welcomed guests onto the show, have an annual trivia competition, and have conducted some of the best interviews that I’ve heard with great artists. Of course, who could forget their ongoing series of mini episodes looking at the theme songs from the films about gentleman secret agent 007.

<strike>5 out 5 record adapters.<\strike> 100 out of 100 record adapters.

LB from PA ,

5 Star Podcast! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Not only do Brian and Sarah possess a wealth of knowledge about the topics they discuss, their genuine enthusiasm about the music and their friendly, witty personalities shine through in every episode. Their wheelhouse is ‘80s synth-pop/new wave, but they are not out of their element reviewing albums by the likes of David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Blondie, Queen, U2, Styx, and many more. Although this music is not my era, I’ve come to learn about and enjoy so much of it after listening to Brian and Sarah discuss the songs on the podcast. Come for the music, stay for Brian and Sarah!

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