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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 28, 2019

Episode 94: Wham! – Make it Big (1984) Part 3

Episode 94 finds Brian, Sarah, and special guest Jackie Clary looking back to 1984 at one of the year's biggest (no pun intended) albums - Make it Big by Wham! The three hosts have had a lively and lengthy discussion about the album's history and the songs on the first side, and now they're ready to flip the record.

Part 3 –Track by Track, continued

As Brian, Sarah, and Jackie turn their attention to Side Two of the record, they find another single right away. The video that accompanies the single is rather significant, not because of the technology used, but because of where it was filmed, and so the three hosts talk about Wham!'s trip to China and how the trip came to be.  The other single on this side is significant for a very different reason-- it was not credited explicitly to Wham! Brian expresses his confusion on this topic and asks Jackie to help shed some light on why this may have been done. The accompanying video is a rather memorable one from the 80s, and Brian shares a story of why it was so costly to film, and then expresses a definite preference for one of the two women featured in the storyline. Also during this section, the three discuss the Isley Brothers, legendary producer Jerry Wexler, Jackie's pick for best Duran Duran album, and Sarah delights everyone with her casual insertion of Wham! song lines into the conversation.

If You Were There
Credit Card Baby
Careless Whisper


Part 4 – Extra Credit

The Extra Credit section is somewhat off the beaten path, but for good reason. The 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees have just been announced, and since Jackie Clary has worked at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Brian and Sarah ask her if she thinks synth-heavy bands like Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk (who are both class of 2020 nominees), Duran Duran, Human League and others will ever really have a chance to make it into the Hall of Fame.

Part 5 – Final Review and Rating

After many hours of discussion, it's finally time for the three hosts to give their final reviews and record-adapter ratings. Sarah requests to go first,  followed by Brian. And when it comes time for Jackie's review and rating, she does something that has never been done on this podcast!

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Careless Whisper

"Careless Whisper" by George Michael & Smokey Robinson


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