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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!

Apr 2, 2017

Episode 13: Depeche Mode - Music for the Masses (1987) Part 2

A week has gone by since Brian and Sarah started discussing this late-80s classic by the boys from Basildon known as Depeche Mode. This episode finds our hosts ready to dive into the second side of the Mode's sixth album, but not before making a few more comments on their latest offering, "Spirit."

Part 3 (Continued): Track by Track
The five songs of the album's second side are examined one by one. Which track does Sarah consider to be the quintessential Depeche Mode song? Which video delights the hosts? Who has a problem with the song order on the second side? And what are those Russian voices saying at the beginning of "To Have and to Hold?" The answers can be found here!

Behind the Wheel
I Want You Now
To Have and to Hold

Part 4: Final Grade
Both Brian and Sarah are extremely fond of this album, as it has been a part of their lives for many years. So how difficult was it for them to review the album from a more objective point of view? And does Sarah finally decide to give her first rating of five record adapters?

Part 5: Extra Credit
The cassette and CD versions of "Music for the Masses" contain four bonus tracks. Brian asks for Sarah's opinions on each of these songs, and then poses the question of whether the album would have been helped or hindered if they had been a part of the official album.

See the videos we discuss here:

Behind the Wheel:

Nothing (101 Version) :