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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 23, 2017

Episode 37: The Cure - The Head on the Door (1985) Part 1

After 36 episodes, Brian and Sarah decide it's finally time to discuss one of alternative rock's most long-lived and influential bands, The Cure. The album they select is the sixth release from Robert Smith and company, 1985's "The Head on the Door."  And, they've brought in friend of the show and guest co-host Colby Zell to join in the discussion, since this album is near and dear to him as well. A lengthy and lively conversation ensues!

Part 1: Album History

"The Head on the Door" is the first album by what many consider to be the classic Cure lineup. Brian provides us with details on how this incarnation of the band came to be, as well as what other things Robert Smith had going on in the time immediately beforehand.  Sarah shares the release and chart information for the album, explains where the album title came from, and also prompts an interesting and somewhat humorous discussion about the album cover art.

Part 2: Personal History

Colby explains how he came to acquire "The Head on the Door" and expresses his frustration in being unable to get other friends interested in The Cure at the time. Brian, ever the rebel, reveals how he engaged in an activity forbidden by his parents in order to obtain his copy of the cassette. Sarah says her first exposure to The Cure came via a mixtape, which contained some song titles that caused her to raise her eyebrows.

Part 3: Track by Track

The trio finally get down to the business of exploring the tracks on side one of the album. The Cure is hailed by many as goth-rock pioneers, but our hosts encounter a variety of musical styles and influences as they progress through the songs. Brian discloses a traumatic experience he had involving the video for the first single, to which Colby provides no sympathy. Robert Smith's unique voice is discussed, with Sarah mentioning an easily-won argument she had in college about that topic.  Colby provides tips for binge drinking on a budget in Portugal.  Also covered are such diverse topics as misheard lyrics, habitual lying, New Order, and Epcot Center.

 In Between Days
Kyoto Song
The Blood
Six Different Ways

See the video we discuss here:

In Between Days



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