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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 29, 2017

Episode 16: Tears For Fears - Songs From The Big Chair (1985) Part 1

After a break to celebrate Brian's birthday, our hosts are back and ready to discuss an iconic 80s album by the British band Tears for Fears. Songs from the Big Chair was released in 1985 and produced several international hits, as well as some memorable videos.


Part 1: Background

Sarah fills us in on the band's main members, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, and the work they did together leading up to the formation of Tears for Fears. The band's first album, The Hurting, is discussed briefly, and then the focus shifts to the recording and release of the second album, Songs from the Big Chair.


Part 2: Personal History

In a rare role reversal, Sarah actually owned a real copy of this cassette, but Brian did not. Did he own the album in any form, and if so, did he play it? You may be as surprised as Sarah was to learn the answer.


Part 3: Track by Track

Brian and Sarah go over each of the four tracks on the first side. Each of them have some pretty strong opinions about the songs, but how much do they agree with each other, especially when it comes to the second track? They also discuss how Roland tended to be very unenthusiastic about what became the band's biggest hits.


The Working Hour

Everybody Wants to Rule the World

Mothers Talk


See the videos we discuss here:


Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Mothers Talk (Version 1)

Mothers Talk (Version 2)