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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!

May 8, 2017

Episode 17: Tears for Fears - Songs from the Big Chair (1985) - Part 2


This week's episode continues Brian and Sarah's discussion of the second Tears for Fears album, Songs from the Big Chair. The first side of this 1985 release contained several chart-topping hits, but the second side has a decidedly different feel to it, and our hosts engage in a spirited discussion of the four tracks.

Part 3: Track by Track (Continued)

As they review each song on side two, Brian and Sarah bring up such diverse topics as saxophones, harmony, laziness, Game of Thrones, a Seinfeld character, and Chicken McNuggets. An excellent video and an awful video are also discussed.

I Believe


Head Over Heels


Part 4: Extra Credit

Before the album is given a final review and rating, Brian mentions the Tears for Fears song The Way You Are and asks Sarah about it. She shares the background of the song, and the two discuss its pros and cons. Brian also talks about how the band members feel about this somewhat forgotten track.

Part 5: Final Grade

Brian admitted going into this discussion that he was a big fan of the singles,  but not as big a fan of the album as a whole. So after several listens in preparation for this podcast, how does Brian finally decide to rate Songs from the Big Chair? Sarah, on the other hand, was a big fan from her first listen back in 1985. So do her teenage memories and feelings for this album affect her final rating, or does she take a more objective approach?


See the videos we discuss here:

I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording)

Head Over Heels