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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!

Jul 24, 2020

Episode 109 - Selections from Now That's What I Call Music (1983) - Part 1

It's summertime in the Northern Hemisphere, and for the Permanent Record Podcast, that also means it's time for some episodes where individual songs by various artists are discussed. This year's idea came from friend of the show and guest host on the Wham! Make It Big episodes, Jackie Clary. Instead of the hosts selecting random songs to compile an "80s mix tape," Jackie suggested taking a look at what could be called the original 80s mix tape, Now That's What I Call Music. This double album was released in the UK in November 1983 and started a now-ubiquitous series of compilation albums featuring popular songs by various artists.

Jackie joins Brian and Sarah as they talk about how this series came about, as well as reviewing the history of compilation albums in general. Then each of the hosts leads the discussion of a song they've chosen from the first album. And of course the conversation wouldn't be complete without a mention of the videos for the songs-- and that's where the trio really have some fun! There are lots of laughs in this episode, along with talk of Buck Rogers, the musical Cats, the TV show Miami Vice, hairstyles, obscure Halloween costume ideas, and bizarre Japanese commercials, so you won't want to miss this one!

Disc 1 selections
Brian's choice: "Give It Up" by KC (and the Sunshine Band)
Sarah's choice: "Only For Love" by Limahl
Jackie's choice: "Is There Something I Should Know?" by Duran Duran

See the videos discussed here:
Give It Up
Give It Up - TopPop performance
Only For Love - Original (UK) video
Only For Love - US Video
Is There Something I Should Know?
Duran Duran in Suntory Whisky Q Video

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