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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!

Aug 20, 2018

Episode 63: Selections from "The Wedding Singer" Soundtrack, Vol. 1 (The Police, Billy Idol, The Smiths, New Order)

Brian and Sarah are back once again to discuss some classic songs from the 80s.  But this time instead of discussing an album's worth of songs by a single artist or group, they've chosen several songs from a movie soundtrack. The movie is "The Wedding Singer," which was released in 1998, but takes place in 1985. This movie has two soundtracks associated with it, and in this episode, songs from Volume 1 are discussed.

Personal History

"The Wedding Singer" holds a special place in the hearts of our hosts, not just because it's set in the 80s, but because it came out mere months before their own wedding. Brian and Sarah spend a few minutes discussing the time period of the movie's release and some of their memories associated with it.

Track Selections

Since many of the songs on this soundtrack have either been discussed in a prior episode or will likely be discussed in a future episode, our hosts choose songs that they probably wouldn't get to talk about otherwise. Brian and Sarah select two songs each and explain where in the movie the songs can be heard. They also go over the regular information like release dates, chart position, music, lyrics, and videos. And although this episode does naturally lend itself to more of a movie discussion than most of the others, Brian starts talking about a James Bond movie rather than "The Wedding Singer." Sarah once again has to get him back on track. Also in this episode, Brian and Sarah both admit their teenage fear of Billy Idol; Brian shares conflicting stories from band members about the making of a song, and yet another soda commercial is discussed!

The Police - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Billy Idol - White Wedding
The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?
New Order - Blue Monday

The Police - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

Billy Idol - White Wedding

The Smiths - How Soon is Now?

New Order - Blue Monday (1983 version)

New Order - Blue Monday (1988 version)

New Order - Sunkist Commercial


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