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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!

Nov 27, 2017

Episode 41: ThompsonTwins – Into The Gap (1984) Part 3


The cast of Permanent Record Podcast is back!  It feels like it has been more than two weeks, but evidently that’s due to the high-level of fun that Brian and Sarah packed into their last 14 days.  After the two hosts sum up their experience seeing Culture Club in concert over the prior weekend, they get back to their discussion of the Thompson Twins’ classic 1984 album “Into The Gap,”

Part 3: Track by Track, Continued

This side of the record provided a major international hit for the band with the first single “Hold Me Now.”  Do Brian and Sarah enjoy this song as much as they did the whole of side one – or do they feel, 33 years on, that the song has been overplayed?  And what aspect of this music is impressing Sarah the most?  Whatever it is, she shows up ready to educate us all on the topic!  Meanwhile Brian lets us know which of these songs he would have selected as the 3rd US single and also which song he thinks would have fit comfortably on the group’s previous album “Quick Step & Side Kick.”  Finally, the hosts just generally provide a ton of great Thompson Twins information in this episode - I mean, they must right – this installment is longer than some movies!  Geez!!

The Gap
Hold Me Now
Storm On The Sea
Who Can Stop The Rain

Part 4: Extra Credit Question

Sarah touched on it way back in the first installment of this Thompson Twins retrospective, but now B&S tackle it in more detail: The return of Tom Bailey to the World of Pop in 2014!  They discuss the reasons why, after over 20 years, Tom has finally agreed to sing all of these classic songs again and reminisce a bit about their trip to see him two years ago on the “Retro Futuro” tour.

Part 5: Final Review and Rating

Brian has been telegraphing is final score for the record for weeks now, so Sarah is really the person of interest here.  She claims that she wasn’t all that familiar with this record until recently, so what kind of impact did these songs make on her and what rating is she going to give it?  Only time, or skipping to the end of the episode, will tell!

See the videos we discuss here:

Hold Me Now (Official Video)

Hold Me Now (Live Aid)

And here are some cool photos we took of Tom Bailey in 2014 - hopefully your podcast app will let you see them!


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