Saturday, December 30, 2006

EPISODE1 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

Years of writing news for and the 80s Nuts Newsletter have lead to this. This is the debut episode of Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy. As much as I'd love to say that it's the best thing since sliced bread... it is an experiment. The show does improve in future episodes (as does the production) but it does explain why the show was launched and who the heck Martin is. Buckle up for a bumpy test drive.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

[This post has been moved from the original date posted (around episode 13) to be more of an introduction to the series. Enjoy.]

At the beginning of the year, we started our new podcast. It has been an evolving monster. In an effort to utilize this area more effectively, I'll discuss each episode right here after they happen. We originally used this area to answer questions we received at We haven't received as many of those as we used to and have started to transition the page. One main reason for the show is to get the news out to people in a audio format. Another is so we can express our thanks to our featured artists for allowing us the use of their songs and allowing you a chance to download those tracks off iTunes (or write it down so you can pick them up later at your favorite retail location.)

Last week was a doozy. I was fighting with content for a few weeks (as upcoming interviews will be timed with their album releases but there are some really good ones in the works) sometimes only filling a little over a half-hour of time. Last week, we were just shy of 2 hours. I spent nearly 7 hours afterwards trying to trim the file size down to allow me to upload the final version (with music.) In the next few weeks, we may have the music issue figured out so you can hear it in the live version. No breathing heavily while enjoying the song with you. (Muting the microphone also mutes the song.)

Tomorrow's episode will deal with metal music. I feel that I've neglected it, hip-hop and country in the past 13 episodes. That gets remedied in the next few weeks. 80's music is about all genres and I will lean towards pop music often (as it originally meant popular music) because it is what was heard most often but I will throw curveballs here and there.

Also, I really do want to thank all of our listeners. Each week, we've set new records for our downloads. This is a good thing. It means that people are finding information that they might not have otherwise... or they are waiting for me to screw up really badly. Let's hope it's the former.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Reissue issues

John R. writes:

My name's John and I have actually been reading your blog for a few months now after I began my personal project looking for all my old vinyl on CD/Download/Etc. My apologies for not having the "chutzpah" to write sooner!! I'm a writer (for and self-confessed 80s nut meself (4000 CDs and 1500 records approximately) so I was a bit intimidated by your expert knowledge - anyone who has personally interviewed Brian Canham and Nick Beggs is an expert in my book!
Speaks of Pseudo, I was wondering if you had any info for Almacanter Records, I found their site but I'm very cautious about ordering from obscure sites other than the ones I personally know and trust (like n5MD and Magnatune). I'm very excited about their Pseudo Echo CDs (and the Our Daughters Wedding CD) and wondered if you had any thoughts on ordering from them.
Thanks so much for your time and look forward to hearing from you!!
john R.
(P.S. Do you know if there are any plans EVER to release Vicious Pink's 1986 album on a non-bootleg CD??)



Thank you for your praise. I recently picked up the Almacantar Records reissue of the Passion Puppets' Beyond The Pale. The quality of the reissue is better than I expected. Reissues are a huge market now with labels like Almacantar, Wounded Bird and even Superfecta releasing many albums that never made it onto CD. When it comes to Pseudo Echo, they have gone so far as to promote the reissue of Autumnal Park, Autumnal Park Live and The 301 Demo Sessions on their official Web site. Autumnal Park was even remastered for this reissue.

That may be my biggest issue with reissues. If the sound has been remastered, you are getting a far superior product than originally released on CD. Some reissues come from whatever the best quality option was available... often times not a master. So far, many of these labels are aware of that. I would not hesitate to purchase from their Web site but if you are very hesitant, several are available on eBay (but I believe that the person selling has ties to the company as they only are selling their products.) This way, you do have the chance to voice your displeasure if it arrives in poor condition or doesn't arrive at all (not that I believe an email to their Web site wouldn't suffice.)

I'm very pleased to see so many rare CDs get out into the hands of fans and collectors alike. There has been a huge market for some very poor quality knock-offs (that 1988 Y Kant Tori Read album or Vitamin Z's 1985 release Rites Of Passage.) I would personally love to see Vicious Pink reissue their sole studio album... and demos. I have yet to hear of it but I'll keep my eyes open. Who knows, maybe I'll be able to get ahold of Brian Moss and ask him (he was working on a project called Mirazma recently.) Right now, we all hear how dreadful the market is for CD sales but I still think that the sales are still there for products people want. And there is always iTunes.