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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!

Mar 26, 2017

Episode 12: Depeche Mode -  Music for the Masses (1987) Part 1

After a brief hiatus from the podcast, Brian and Sarah sit down to discuss one of their all-time favorite bands, Depeche Mode. The selected album is the 1987 opus, "Music for the Masses." However, before discussing the band's sixth album, the hosts can't resist taking a few minutes to share their initial thoughts on the fourteenth Depeche Mode album, "Spirit," which was released just two weeks ago. But then the focus shifts back to the 1987 and the album which marked some significant changes for Depeche Mode.

Part 1: Background
Brian fills us in on the whens and wheres of the album's recording, and Sarah explains one big difference between the making of Music of the Masses and previous Depeche Mode albums. Brian also reveals where this album and its related singles charted back in the day.

Part 2: Personal History
Sarah explains how she had what she'll claim to be a "backup copy" of this album, and muses as to when she actually received it. Brian tells a story common for the era, of being surprised by the album's release when visiting a local record store. Then he does the unthinkable and confesses to a crime!

Part 3: Track by Track
Brian and Sarah discuss each of the five songs on the classic album's first side. In doing so, they bring up the topics of drugs, religion, driving, iconic videos, cringe-worthy videos, and of course music! Find out which songs on the first side are standouts for the hosts, and which fall lower on the scale.

Never Let Me Down Again
The Things You Said
Little 15

See the videos we discuss:

Never Let Me Down Again:
Strangelove (original):
Strangelove '88:
Little 15: