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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!

Dec 17, 2018

Episode 73: Selections from "A Very Special Christmas" (1987) - Eurythmics, Alison Moyet, Sting, Pretenders

For the last episode of 2018, Brian and Sarah have chosen to talk about selections from the 1987 charity album "A Very Special Christmas." But before they get into that discussion, they have several other things to mention: congratulatory wishes to 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Cure and Roxy Music, a couple of five-star iTunes reviews, and a reminder about this year's holiday giveaway!  It's a great way to start a Pet Shop Boys collection of your very own!


Then, our hosts turn their attention to the first album in a series which has raised a great deal of money for the Special Olympics organization. They discuss the origins and making of the album, its release and chart history, and a couple of reviews from the time. Then Sarah and Brian take turns leading the discussion on four songs from the album, during which a small competition breaks out over whose song is the oldest. It's also revealed that not all of the songs are truly Christmas songs, and one of them is about a particularly gruesome topic! Sarah mentions both the cover artist and one of the song's lyricists have ties to Pennsylvania, and Brian explains the musical term "Picardy Third." Both hosts end the episode by once again thanking all their listeners for their support, feedback, and friendship throughout the year.

Brian and Sarah are both looking forward to recording more episodes in 2019!

Song Selections:
Eurythmics - Winter Wonderland
Alison Moyet - Coventry Carol
Sting - Gabriel's Message
Pretenders - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas


Watch the video discussed here:

Sting - Gabriel's Message


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