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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!

Oct 1, 2017

Episode 35: Depeche Mode - A Broken Frame (1982) Part 1

Last week, Brian and Sarah talked about the two newest releases from the legendary Boys from Basildon, the mighty Depeche Mode!  This week they go back almost to the very beginning with 1982's "A Broken Frame."   While it may not be the band's first album, it's the first to be completely penned by Mr. Martin L. Gore.  

Part 1: Background

1982 was a hectic, crazy year for Depeche Mode.  After finally earning a top ten record with "Just Can't Get Enough", chief songwriter Vince Clarke announced he was leaving the band.  With an extensive tour already booked and momentum growing with each new single, Depeche couldn't afford to let it slow them down!  How did the band members react to the situation and what did the public think about this new direction?  Brian and Sarah paint a verbal picture of late September 1982 when "A Broken Frame" appeared in shops all around the world and take us inside the DM camp with quotes from and stories of Dave, Martin, and Fletch!

Part 2: Personal History

It's the least engaging"Personal History" segment yet as both Brian and Sarah realize they have nothing interesting to say about their discovery of this record.  Sorry folks!!

Part 3: Track by Track

This is it, friends - the first side of the first record to ever come fully from the musical mind of Martin Gore!  Was this batch of songs an instant classic like "Violator" and "Black Celebration" - or did Martin have to learn to walk before he could fly?  How did this record differ from "Speak and Spell?"  Why did Dave seem to love bow ties so much?  What's the deal with this 5.1 surround mix Brian keeps going on about?  What does Sarah think about Julian Temple's videos for "Leave In Silence" and "See You?"  All these questions and more are answered in this week's episode!

Leave In Silence
My Secret Garden
Nothing To Fear
See You

See the videos we discuss here:

Leave In Silence

See You



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