Welcome to Episode #11 of the 90s State of Mind podcast - a collaborative project between 4ever in Electric Dreams and Blue-in-Green:RADIO. This podcast series sees Imran (London, UK) and Rhonda (California, USA) delve into some of their favourite releases from the 90s and for this episode, the pair revisit the debut self-titled album from R&B vocalist, Brandy.
Released on 27th September 1994 by Atlantic Records, the album was chiefly produced by Keith Crouch and reached number 20 on the US Billboard 200 becoming certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Worldwide, the album has sold over six million copies.
Four singles were released from the album in 'I Wanna Be Down', 'Baby', 'Best Friend' and 'Brokenhearted'. The singles garnered Brandy nominations for various awards, including two Grammy Award nominations and the success of the album allowed the young star to establish herself as one of the most successful of the then-new generation of R&B female vocalists who emerged during the mid-to-late 1990s.
Imran & Rhonda delve deep into this definitive 90s R&B album looking at the project, the singles, the collaborators, the remixes and look at other child stars within the 90s R&B realm.
Blue-in-Green:RADIO is a London-based online internet radio station which celebrates 21st century soul, jazz, funk, Latin & hip-hop music.
Who better to preview Season 4 of Cobrai Kai (and celebrate the previous 3 seasons) than lifetime virtual dojo buddies and Karate Kid fan boys Imran Mirza and Stu Giblin. The Nerd Dragons join host Dan Collacott for this very special Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind Minicast.
Episode #50 of the Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind podcast sees the team delve into their personal connections with genre fiction and the source material from which it comes from.
We look at small things that serve as personal irritations before looking at the situation from a broader lens including wider public reactions to situations that have involved recasting of a character's gender, race or sexuality. Isn't it fair that a filmmaker should be afforded the creative licence to take a story into new directions? How can a story or franchise even grow if it is continually expected to be relegated to decades-old confines?
Dan Collacott, Imran Mirza and Tee-J Sutherland tackle the question plus we also take time out to celebrate the milestone that is our fiftieth show!
Episode #49 of the Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind podcast sees the team delve into the Dark Side of the Ring documentary series exploring those oftentimes tragic stories surrounding the lives of past wrestlers.
By the late-90s, WWF wrestlers were well-known to spend 300 days of the year on the road, travelling from one town to the next to perform. The brutal and gruelling lifestyle impacted wrestlers in many ways with many picking up vices including addictions to alcohol, drugs, pills, etc. As explained in the title, Dark Side of the Ring, as a series, gravitates to these challenging stories bringing to light the difficulties wrestlers experienced in a very much bygone era of wrestling.
Dan Collacott, Imran Mirza and Tee-J Sutherland, as devoted wrestling fans, review two episodes from the three seasons of the show available. Two heart-breaking stories in their own right, we explore:
"The Assassination of Dino Bravo" (season 2, episode 6)
"The Montreal Screwjob" (season 1, episode 2)
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