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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 28, 2017

Episode 19: Erasure - Wonderland (1986) Part 2

This episode continues the discussion of Erasure's 1986 debut album, titled Wonderland. In the time since the previous episode, Brian received his copy of Erasure's latest release, World Be Gone, and he reports he's been enjoying it quite a bit so far. But then the hosts return to Wonderland.

Part 3: Track by Track, continued

At the end of the album's first side, we found Brian completely delighted and Sarah somewhat underwhelmed by what they'd heard. Do they feel the same about side two? As the hosts give their thoughts on the five tracks, they also give possible wardrobe suggestions for Andy Bell, and they once again struggle to describe various keyboard sounds. Sarah tells a story from her high school days related to one of the songs, and she later reveals the astonishing original topic for the song "Love is a Loser!"

Say What

Love Is a Loser

March on Down the Line

My Heart...So Blue

Oh L'Amour

Part 4: Extra Credit

Brian and Sarah own the US version of Wonderland, which has a different track listing than the UK release. For extra credit, they discuss the two tracks that were omitted from the US version: Push Me, Shove Me and Pistol. They talk about whether the songs should have been added to the US version, if they should have been used in place of other tracks, or if the album was better without them.

Part 5: Final Review and Rating

It's clear Wonderland holds a special place in Brian's heart. But does he like it well enough to give it a five out of five record-adapter rating? Sarah, on the other hand, has been more critical of the album, so Brian is on pins and needles waiting to hear her review and rating.

See the videos we discuss here:

Oh L'Amour (Original Version)

Oh L'Amour (Second Version)


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