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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!

Mar 4, 2019

Episode 77: Men At Work - Business As Usual (1982) Part 1


It's time once again for Brian and Sarah to discuss a classic album, and for the first time, they've  chosen an effort from an Australian band. The band is Men at Work, and the album is Business As Usual. This debut LP was released in Australia in 1981, but it didn't make it to the USA and the UK until 1982.


Part 1 - Album History

As this is Men at Work's first album, our hosts take some time to talk about the formation of the band and the events leading up to the recording of Business As Usual. Then the focus turns to the release and eventual worldwide success of the album, which has Brian and Sarah sharing information about chart positions, records set and broken, and awards won by the band. They also take turns reading reviews, and Brian shares some interesting information about the album cover art and the unlikely artist who designed it.


Part 2 - Personal History

Business As Usual is an album that neither Brian nor Sarah owned back in the day. However, they were both very familiar with the singles, and one of them did actually own one of the singles-- and even had to buy another copy due to the first one wearing out! Brian also reveals what finally led him to purchase the album many years later.


Part 3 - Track by Track

For this episode, Brian and Sarah cover the first two tracks on Side One. The first song is one of the most recognizable singles of the New Wave era, and our hosts spend a lot of time talking about it, its release history, and the video.  As is common with early 80s videos, there are some interesting fashion selections to discuss. And Sarah takes great pleasure in Brian having to once again recant his infamous statement about saxophones, which he made way back in Episode 16.

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