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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!

Apr 1, 2019

Episode 79: Men At Work - Business As Usual (1982) Part 3

After an unexpected delay, Brian and Sarah are finally back to finish their discussion on Men At Work's debut album, Business As Usual.  They had many positive things to say about the songs on Side One, but will that be the case for Side Two as well?


Part 3 - Track by Track, Continued

There's only one single on Side Two, and it has yet another low-budget but entertaining video. It also has some interesting release/chart history, as Sarah explains. So does that mean the other songs on Side Two are just album filler? Our two hosts debate that as they go through the track listing. There's also a lot of educational information in this section of the episode. Sarah gives a brief account of the Hindu caste system and also explains the history of and differences between ska and reggae music. Brian shares some anecdotes about the relationship between Ron Strykert and Colin Hay over the years, and he also tells a story about a rather inept British merchant sailor.

People Just Love to Play with Words
Be Good Johnny
Touching the Untouchables
Catch a Star
Down by the Sea

Part 4 - Extra Credit

After Part Two of the Business As Usual podcast was released, our hosts heard from Australian friend of the show Terry Kemp, who shared some insight on what he thought the song "Underground" was really about. Brian did some digging (pun intended) and learned some disturbing facts about the asbestos mining industry in Australia, which he shares in this segment.


Part 5 - Final Review and Rating

It's often not too difficult to guess how Brian and Sarah are going to end up rating an album;  however, Business as Usual probably doesn't fall in that category. While both hosts seemed to love all of Side One, the discussion of Side Two elicited more critical comments, especially from one of the hosts. But how low do they go with their ratings? You'll have to listen to the end to find out!


See the videos discussed here:

Be Good Johnny

Solla Solla Enna Parumai - from the movie "Ellam Inbamayam"




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