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Permanent Record Podcast

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 five record adapters. Join Brian and Sarah in this fun look back at the hits-- along with some misses-- of the 70s and 80s!

Feb 26, 2018

Episode 49: David Bowie - Let's Dance (1983) Part 3

The month of February is coming to a close, and so is Brian and Sarah's discussion of the 1983 David Bowie album, "Let's Dance." This episode finds our hosts ready to flip the record to Side Two of this classic LP.

Part 3 - Track by Track, continued

Side Two, like Side One, also contains four tracks. However, only one of the tracks on Side Two was released as the A-side of a single, and it actually came out a year before the album did. Brian and Sarah spend some time discussing the differences between the movie soundtrack version of "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" and the album version. Another song on Side Two is revealed to be a cover, although unlike "China Girl," David Bowie didn't have a hand in writing it. While Brian and Sarah both enjoy the song, they have some issues and questions about Bowie's decision to include it on the album and the lyrics he changed. But by the time they get to the last song on "Let's Dance," there's no question about it-- both hosts dislike it immensely!

Criminal World
Cat People (Putting Out Fire)
Shake It

Part 4 - Extra Credit

Since "Let's Dance" contains some covers, Brian decides a good topic for the Extra Credit question is "Favorite Bowie Covers." Each host chose their top two songs, but it turns out only three songs are discussed. Which song made both hosts' short list? Listen to find out!

Part 5 - Final Review and Rating

Sarah decides to take the boxing theme portrayed on the album cover and apply it to her review of the album. Is "Let's Dance" a heavyweight champion, or is it a 98-pound weakling? Her track-by-track (or should we say round-by-round?) analysis provides the answer. Brian then follows up with a lot of mathematical formulas and calculations to determine his final rating for the album. After all, if cold, hard numbers worked for Bowie in the 80s, why can't they work for Brian's album rating as well?



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