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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!

Sep 17, 2017

Episode 33: New Order - Technique (1989) Part 2

After an interruption to discuss Depeche Mode's Global Spirit Tour, Brian and Sarah are back to the task at hand, which is to finish their examination of the 1989 album "Technique", by Manchester's New Order. They begin with the last song on side one and then move on to side two.

Part 3: Track by Track, Continued

[Warning: This episode’s discussion contains a crossover with our parents’ music as the hosts spend some time discussing John Denver.  Wait – did that really say “John Denver??”  In a New Order episode??  That’s odd!!]

The second half of the album only contains one more single, and thus, only one more video-- which, for Brian and Sarah is a relief, as they've not been fond of the videos thus far. They do briefly wonder what videos for some of the other songs on side two would have been like, then quickly decide it's probably best they weren't made. However, that doesn't stop our hosts from wishing other songs on side two had been released as singles. They have a lot of good things to say about all four songs!

Guilty Partner
Mr. Disco
Vanishing Point
Dream Attack

Part 4: Extra Credit

Since they delayed recording this episode to do a concert review instead, it's clear Brian and Sarah enjoy attending live performances of their favorite artists. With that in mind, the extra credit question Sarah poses to Brian should be an easy one: If given the chance back in the day, would Brian have attended a New Order concert promoting the album Technique?

Part 5: Final Review and Rating

Sarah volunteers to go first with her final review of Technique. As regular listeners know, she has been pretty miserly with bestowing five record-adapter ratings on albums. But does her willingness to go first give something away?  Brian, on the other hand, often makes fun of himself for how many five record-adapter ratings he's given. So will Technique get added to that ever-growing list? Listen and find out!


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