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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!

Apr 1, 2023

Episode 154: Thompson Twins - Quick Step & Side Kick (1983) Part 3

Usually Sarah writes the episode notes and metadata, mainly because after spending so many hours editing, it's the last thing I want to do.  However, this episode was recorded so long ago that I felt bad asking her to summarize it.  So you have me, everyone's second-favorite host, to pen the show notes.

With this episode, we move on to side two of this fantastic album, as "Watching" kicked it off on both the US and UK versions.  We're going to cover some single reviews, chart positions, Bahamian funk band T-Connection, the fact that while Grace Jones famously appears on the album version of this song, she's NOT on the single, why Alannah might have been obsessed with dinosaurs, why a hit single needs to appeal to a small percentage of parents and not just the Pop Kids, and a music video that is perfectly packed with poultry.  Oh, and there's also a voice mail from someone we all know and love - and whose voice features on one of the most iconic songs of the 1980s.

It's a jammed-packed episode considering we only manage to cover one song!!  We'll get to the remaining tracks next time - honest!

Songs discussed in this episode:

And briefly, the awesome 2018 Tom Bailey track "Science Fiction."

Links to the videos discussed in the episode:
Watching (Official Video):

Watching (TV performance):

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