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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!

May 21, 2017

Episode 18: Erasure - Wonderland (1986) Part 1

This week's episode is timed to coincide with the brand new release from Erasure, titled World Be Gone. But rather than discussing the new album, Brian and Sarah go back 31 years, to the debut album from the synthpop duo of Vince Clarke and Andy Bell.

Part 1: Background

By 1986, Vince Clarke-- or at least his music-- is familiar to many in the UK, having had chart successes as a founding member of Depeche Mode, Yazoo, and The Assembly. Brian provides a little more information on Vince's musical history, even before the Depeche Mode days. Sarah tells us about newcomer Andy Bell and how he and Vince came to form Erasure. Then the two discuss the making of Wonderland, the singles associated with it, and the rather surprising chart positions of both the album and the singles.  

Part 2: Personal History

Did either Brian or Sarah own the actual album or cassette of Wonderland back in the day? The answer may surprise you. Also, Brian provides another reason why it was a good time to discuss this album-- and it has to do with the weather!

Part 3: Track by Track

Both the US and UK versions of Wonderland contain five tracks on the first side, but the track listing is different. Brian and Sarah grew up with the US version, so they review those songs. During that conversation, we learn the hosts have differing opinions on the types of drum sounds they prefer. They both have thoughts on which songs have similarities to Yazoo songs.  They also delve into the more serious topic of sexuality in the 1980s and the different ways it was approached by artists at the time.  And finally, much to Brian's surprise, Sarah reveals she's not always that impressed with Andy Bell's vocals. But both Brian and Sarah agree on the silliness of the two videos they discuss!

Who Needs Love Like That


Cry So Easy


Heavenly Action


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Who Needs Love Like That

Heavenly Action



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