Tuesday, March 08, 2011

For your enjoyment, below are the collected works from the series Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy.  The show ran from 2006 to 2011 with a majority recorded live.  During that time we covered a lot of material and it is great to have it all in one place.  (So go browsing that artist list on the side.)  We also talked to some great people... from fans of the show to artists that made the decade worth remembering.  Here's a definitive interview list for you:

King Swamp's Walter Wray
Information Society's Paul Robb
Red Flag's Chris Reynolds
The Nails' David Kaufman
Former Vixen drummer Roxy Petrucci
Alvin And The Chipmunks
Boys Don't Cry's Nick Richards
Dwight Twilley
Gary Wright
Former Sheriff/Alias guitarist Steve DeMarchi
Alan Parsons
Buggles/Asia/Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes
Quarterflash's Rindy And Marv Ross
Jon Mikl Thor
Martha Davis of The Motels
The Outfield
The Knack bassist Prescott Niles
Ron Keel
Robbie Grey of Modern English
Culture Club guitarist Roy Hay
Irene Cara
Deon Estus
Stan Bush
Peter Godwin
Foghat drummer Roger Earl
Former TNT vocalist Tony Harnell
Former King Kobra/Signal vocalist Marcie Free
Andy McCluskey of OMD

Diverse bunch there.  The list of artists that we wanted to interview and also do episodes of the show on was immense but our time ran out.  It happens.  The above listed artists were very gracious with their time which makes their episodes 'must listen' material for fans.  (Consider them extensive Behind The Music episodes as told by the artist themselves.)  We had a blast doing the show and thank our listeners and guests for making it an amazing run.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

EPISODE208 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

Every good story has a final chapter, a final disclosure or final word.  (Sure sounds like we're over-using the word 'final' to me.)  Erasure help us shut the book on Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy after 208 episodes and 4+ years.  There is a reason.  Not only are the duo a major influence on Martin's musical eclecticism but they fulfill the request of our long-time listener Linda.  (We also threw in an Aerosmith retrospective mix for Ben -- who was AWOL.)  You'll hear a retrospective mix, live version of "Leave Me To Bleed," "Don't Suppose" and "How Many Times?" as well as a few calls from listeners.

It's a bit trite to say 'how hard it is to say goodbye.'  (I mean, there are tons of songs about it.)  But when you attack anything with passion for a prolonged period of time, it's unbelievably difficult to set it aside.  It helped to have so many listeners there for the last show and to hear from them.  We can only hope that as this series remains available for more and more new listeners that they develop the same passion and determination to see what else is out there.  The 1980s were more than the few hit songs that still get played ad-nauseum on some radio stations.  We hope that this starts your personal journey into finding your own gems.  Although there were technical issues, we wouldn't want to go out any other way.  Martin does have a personal video project in the works during a little down-time, a new project in development and you can find out more of what he's up to at http://www.MartinHennessy.com or look for him on Facebook.  It's going to take some adjusting but he has said that something new could happen by this summer.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

EPISODE207 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

Our last pre-recorded show, we promise.  This week, we focused on Basildon's own Depeche Mode.  If longevity were a measure for success (on top of millions of albums sold and countless #1's), Depeche Mode would be right up on top of most lists.  The fact that they keep cranking out well-received music and songs that still mean something to people can attest to that.  Anyhow, we follow their story and play a retrospective mix, live version of "My Secret Garden," "Dangerous" and "I Want You Now" in an effort to give you a broad representation of who they are without playing hit after hit.

As part of Martin's Classics, he played a song called "Intro (The Harmonica Man)" by Fields Of The Nephilim.  Short but sweet and another one of those to play in a dark room.  Amazing to think that we probably couldn't have done this or last week's shows if we still had 20 minutes of news or so.  (We had to re-encode at a lower rate to fit restrictions for the last two shows.)  As we mentioned last week, the team have New Year's day to recover and gear up for next week.  It's been an amazing ride and a terrific year over here and we can only wish the best to you and yours.  During the show Martin also mentioned hearing from you next week.  We'd love to have any of the show's listeners take a moment to call in if they can around 1pm (PST) as we say our goodbyes.  Without you, we would hear a lot of echoes and Martin would have been typing these... (You really didn't want to see that.)

Friday, December 24, 2010

EPISODE206 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week we turned our focus on Duran Duran.  Sure, there is a whole backstory on Martin's connection with the band.  What he doesn't tell you is that he at one time was seriously considering auditioning (even talked with and picked up a tape of instrumental originals to write vocals over) for a heavily Duran-inspired local band.  But, the Duran Duran made a big impact on his approach to music and the appreciation thereof.  Here he gives you the low-down, plays a retrospective mix, live tracks and album tracks.

We decided that this and next week will be pre-recorded episodes... meaning no calls or chat room but plenty of free time for the staff.  (About time!)  Anyhow, as we get closer, he'll be going through a huge list of all the bands that he wanted to cover and didn't and it's pretty lengthy.  Pretty good timing for this episode seeing as it's the same week they release their new studio album, All You Need Is Now, at iTunes.  We would like to wish everyone the best during the weekend and holiday.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

EPISODE205 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we set our sights on one of the greatest stories of post-punk and modern rock... the story of the bands Joy Division and New Order.  Three shared destinies, some heartbreak and a lot of great music.  Expect to hear a Joy Division retrospective mix and live version of "Means To An End" as well as New Order retrospective mix, "Every Little Counts" and "Touched By The Hand Of God."  A great primer for those just scratching your head reading this.

Last week we started playing a "Martin's Classic" song... you know, something he dusted off that you might not have heard before (but it in his iPod favorites.)  You got to hear a cover of "Since I Fell For You" by Johnny Diesel & The Injectors.  Martin would urge you to just buy that self-titled album for your own Christmas or Hanukka gift to unwrap next week.  Speaking of next week, the next two episodes of the show (on Duran Duran and then Depeche Mode) will be pre-recorded so they will be available mid-day leading up to our final show on Jan. 8th.  Have a great holiday season!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

EPISODE204 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

There is something to be said for an artist crossing over from one genre to another.  It used to be more eventful than it is now despite the fact that there are more genres defining recording artists.  Several acts brought country music to the mainstream charts during the decade... Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Alabama, Linda Ronstadt, Ronnie Milsap, John Denver, Willie Nelson, Crystal Gayle, Juice Newton and Eddie Rabbitt.  This week we focused on the late singer-songwriter Eddie Rabbit, playing a lengthy retrospective mix, "Step By Step" and "She's Comin' Back To Say Goodbye."

We made some changes this week and ended with an announcement.  First, we have halted our news reporting.  This will be a good change for the next few episodes.  It was time.  Second, we've added a "Martin's Classic" song that we'll play each week.  This week, he played Real Life's 1983 song, "Burning Blue," off their debut album Heartland.  Lastly, we've announced an end to the show.  It's been a tough decision to know when this journey would end and we'd never get through all the artists we'd like to focus on.  What we can do is go out in style with a few more of Martin's favorite acts.  Martin is planning to wrap up the show with two live episodes (and two recorded during the holidays) and take some time off before launching a new show.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

EPISODE203 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

There really isn't anyone else like Ozzy Osbourne.  If you put him on a magazine cover, you'd know exactly what to expect.  He stands among his music peers as someone who has endured and pushed the boundaries of the heavy metal market.  This week, we look at his immense career and the rollercoaster that has been his life.  We play a retrospective mix of his solo work, a live version of "Crazy Train," the album track "Rock 'n' Roll Rebel" and "Crazy Babies" -- one song for each of the guitarists he'd recorded with during the decade.

There's always a first time for a problem.  Today, the SIP lines for Talkshoe were locked up.  What this means in English is that we weren't able to call in to record, let alone start, our show this week.  So, we hung out in the chat room with some of the normal listeners and recorded it later off the air.  The wheels are turning over and over on our side of the screen and we'll come up with a remedy if they don't.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

EPISODE202 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

There aren't many bands that were only around for 5 years and left as big a footprint as Manchester's The Smiths.  This week, we look at their career as well as that of vocalist Morrissey.  So, you can say it's a two-for-one special.  We play retrospective mixes for each as well as specific tracks ("Work Is A Four Letter Word" and "Everyday Is Like Sunday" respectively) by each to show different aspects of their sound and range.

Sure we focused on the band and the lead singer but, for those that would like the bigger story, also look into Johnny Marr's work with The The, Electronic, The Healers, Modest Mouse and the Cribs.  (Because there was no way we were going to be able to get that in this episode without going over 2 hours.)  With all the countless 'best of' collections out there, you should at least have a few from the Smiths in your collection.  Shouldn't you?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

EPISODE201 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

There are many many amazing stories of artist from the 1980s.  Heck, it's the reason we do this show.  Some of those stories are happy, sad, intense and reflective but Martin has a thing for the tales of those overcoming adversity.  This week, we put Bonnie Tyler under the microscope.  No spoilers... but expect a lengthy retrospective mix, "Here She Comes," "Don't Turn Around" and a live hits medley.  If anything, this episode is a great reminder that Bonnie was much much more than her hit, "Total Eclipse Of The Heart."

Saturday, November 13, 2010

EPISODE200 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week we celebrated our 200th episode.  Once you start something, you never know where it will go -- could be a short-lived project or something more.  Martin keeps finding the latter.  To top off a milestone, he turned to Andy McCluskey of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (or OMD.)  The group have reunited and released a new album, History Of Modern, and at this time they are touring Germany.  Andy lays it all out for us from their history, present and future while giving a few choice tidbits about how "If You Leave" almost never happened.  We play our retrospective mix, "Of All The Things We've Made," a live version of "Enola Gay" and the new song "New Holy Ground."

We'll keep it short this week but we'd like to thank you for going with us on this journey.  200 weeks of recordings and, oddly enough, some people have heard them all.  Special thanks go out to Mich, Steve and Johnny for being our backbone in the chat room.  You just can't surround yourself with enough good people.