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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!

Sep 24, 2018

Episode 66: Duran Duran - Rio (1982) - Part 1


It's been quite a while since our hosts have covered an entire album, so they're ready to get back to doing an in-depth discussion. And this is a group that they've been promising to cover for quite some time now: the Fab Five, Duran Duran! It's kind of hard to believe there hasn't been a Duran Duran episode yet, but Brian and Sarah are about to make up for that, by choosing to discuss the group's seminal 1982 release, "Rio."


Part 1 - Album History


Since this is such an important New Wave album, and since Brian and Sarah haven't covered Duran Duran previously, they decide to take a lot of time to talk about the history of the album and the band's situation at the time. Our hosts go into depth about the making of the album, the rather confusing release history in America, the chart positions all over the world, and some reviews from then and now. Brian also makes sure to talk about the iconic album cover and the artist who provided the picture for it.

Part 2 - Personal History


This may be one of the more surprising-- and perhaps even embarrassing-- personal history discussions both Brian and Sarah have ever had. They both profess to being long-time Duran Duran fans, but it may shock the listeners to learn when "Rio" finally made it into the hosts' record collections!

Part 3 - Track by Track


The first song on the album is, of course, the title track, and Brian and Sarah have a lot to say about "Rio" and its video. Release and chart information is shared, as well as a couple of reviews. Then they get into discussing how the song was put together, which involves an early member of Duran Duran.  Sarah gets to once again poke fun at Brian regarding saxophone solos, and they both poke some gentle fun at Simon Le Bon and some of his vocal tendencies.  At the same time, they also staunchly defend him against critics who often won’t even compliment the singer without making it a backhanded compliment. Both hosts talk excitedly about the video, which neither of them remembered very well apart from the end. Also mentioned are questionable fashion choices, comic books, and (not surprisingly) James Bond. All of this lively discussion takes up a lot of time, so they decide to end the episode after track one.


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