Saturday, December 29, 2007

EPISODE53 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

There really isn't another male artist that has been quite as influential in the Miami dance and Latin freestyle movement as Stevie B. This week we talked about the singer/songwriter and played his classic hits "Dreamin Of Love," "Spring Love" and "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)" from his 2005 release, The Greatest Hits, on SPG Music. We also talked a little about what he's been up to recently (tours with several other freestyle artists that include Timmy T, the Covergirls and many others.) We also mentioned the new "Spring Love 2007" featuring Pitbull and his latest single, "Running For Miles," which you can hear at his MySpace page.

Stevie B - The Greatest HitsStevie B
"Dreamin' Of Love" (mp3)
from "Stevie B - The Greatest Hits"
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Stevie B - The Greatest HitsStevie B
"Spring Love" (mp3)
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Stevie B - The Greatest HitsStevie B
"Because I Love You" (mp3)
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Saturday, December 22, 2007

EPISODE52 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This was a pretty busy week as we paid tribute to a fallen artist as well as hold our first annual Christmas episode.

The news of Dan Fogelberg's passing hit us hard at 80's Music Central. It's hard not to get misty-eyed when listening to some of his hits ("Leader Of The Band," "Same Old Lang Syne" or "Longer") but hearing of his death added a lump to our throats. So we featured a montage of his hits from the 1980s (oddly missing "Language Of Love" which is a personal favorite of mine.)

The votes came in for our special Christmas episode (which happens to fall on our 1 year anniversary.) The top 3 favorite holiday hit (of the 80s) voted for by you were:

  1. Billy Squier's "Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You"
  2. The Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping"
  3. John Mellencamp's "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"

Happy Holidays from our staff

Saturday, December 15, 2007

EPISODE51 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This was a good week for us to talk about one of country music's biggest heavy-hitters, Garth Brooks. Not many people would lump him in as an 80's artist but is is deserving as his self-titled debut album came out just in time. So, this week we showcased the early track "Not Counting You" which was a very successful single (it was a #2 hit but you don't hear anything about it anymore... heck, it didn't even make it on any of his 'best of' albums.) Speaking of 'best of' releases, we also featured his new recording of the hit "Workin' For A Livin'" featuring Huey Lewis from his recent Ultimate Hits release. It's always great to have a new song that features two musicians that have left a lasting impression on the pop psyche.

We also continued to take votes for our Christmas show.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

EPISODE50 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week we featured tracks ("Welcome To The Machine" and "Heaven On Their Minds") from Queensryche's new studio album, Take Cover. I don't know if Martin is biggest fan of the band but found he really enjoyed a few of the tracks on the album. Should be interesting to hear the new album they will release next year.

We also took a call from someone that was looking for information on what Joan Jett and Nitzer Ebb have been up to lately. Jett has been touring behind her latest album, Sinner, and Nitzer Ebb allowed a new song, "Payroll (John O Mix)," to be released on the Saw IV soundtrack following the release of the Body Of Work collection (expect more new stuff from them soon.) We will also keep taking your Christmas song votes (in the chat room, via email and calls.)

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

EPISODE49 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

We paid our respects to Kevin DuBrow of Quiet Riot this week and reminisce with samples of some of our favorite vocal performances just before we got to our featured artist.

Deborah Harry's new studio album, Necessary Evil, is quite astounding. It can only be said that she continues to redefine herself on each solo album. We featured the songs "Love With A Vengeance" and "Dirty And Deep" from the album to show just how varied the topics and delivery are on this disc. Go pick it up! We also continued our quest for the top 3 Christmas songs to be aired on Dec. 22nd.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

EPISODE48 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week we decided to take you back a little to visit Toronto's Honeymoon Suite. We skipped their biggest hit, "Feel It Again," but played their first big single "New Girl Now" and "What Does It Take" from their follow-up album (heck, it appeared in the film One Crazy Summer.) We got a little further ahead of ourselves and mentioned some possible upcoming episodes.

With the help of Ryan, we tested a possible new show segment, 80's Alternative, where he asks fans an either/or question. This week.... more inspiring drummer: Keith Moon or Neil Peart. Disagree/agree with our choices? Send an email to the mentioned address or even a comment here.

We also announced our listener/reader poll for best 80's Christmas song. We listed many options (and I know there are tons more) and our scoring system gives an advantage (doubles their vote) to people in the chat room or ones that call in with their picks. Emails (to the address mentioned in the podcast) will be taken and only one vote will be taken per person. At the end of the day (ok, on the Dec. 22nd episode) the top 3 will be announced played on the show. Now you can honestly rock the vote.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

EPISODE47 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

Looking back over the year, I was thinking, "We really haven't done much metal." No, I don't think heavy metal was the epitome of the 80s but it deserved more time here. So, what better way than mixing the old with the new. You see, Stryper reunited a few years ago with a successful tour and critically praised album. Before work began on the next album, frontman Michael Sweet's wife was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. This shook up plans immensely. Michael tended to his wife and encouraged her in many ways including playing a few inspirational songs. Anyhow, he wound up recording an album of love songs for her entitled Touched. Most of the songs are covers (even two Stryper ballads) of very big hits. We do our revisiting of Stryper's music before doing a similar mix of a few songs from the album. Lastly, we play Sweet's "Together As One" from the album. (You can hear most of those album samples at which are also able to be downloaded for free.)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

EPISODE46 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

Ok, this week there is a little reminiscing. You see the J. Geils Band played a big role in my musical development and appreciation as a youth... especially the Freeze Frame album. I can actually remember that "Centerfold" was my first response to the question, "What's your favorite song?" Took awhile to knock that off the list but maybe it was because it was mentally tied to a crush on a cute young brunette named Brooke Almond. (I was in 5th grade, geez.) Took me a long time to figure out what the song meant by "pages in between" and "centerfold." Anyhow, we featured a mix of some of their hits as we talk about their history. We also wound up playing a few songs you may not remember. After Peter Wolf left the band for a solo career, the group carried on with songwriter/keyboardist Seth Justman taking over for "Fright Night" (the title track to the horror film) and "Concealed Weapons." The songs had a lot of the same chemistry but something didn't connect with the fans. The best we can hope for is a bigger reunion tour (as they've done some east coast dates several years back.)

Saturday, November 03, 2007

EPISODE45 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

Ahhh... the answer song. Since the beginning of song, someone always had a response for the music played or recorded. It could have been a clap, a boo or a song response. There are tons of examples. Yet, the rap world was a bit more open about it. Yes, one of the most notable are both Roxanne Shante and The Real Roxanne's responses to U.T.F.O.'s "Roxanne." Anyhow, this leads to our two featured songs this week. Oran 'Juice' Jones had a huge hit in 1986 with "The Rain" from his Juice album. The song got a response later that year with Miss Thang's "Thunder And Lightning." Got to say that there are some hilarious lines in the response song. But, this show is definitely about showing you other facets of what made up music scene of the time. It's not often that you get to hear both songs together let alone find a copy of "Thunder And Lightning."

Saturday, October 27, 2007

EPISODE44 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

The passing of bassist Paul Raven affected some of our staff and warranted a little tribute to his time in Killing Joke. We then lightened the mood by reminding people of MC Hammer's "That's What I Said" (from the 1990 Rocky V soundtrack.) It seems not many people remember it. Sure, it wasn't as catchy as his "2 Legit 2 Quit" for the Adams Family sequel but we figured that it was a chance to play Hammer and that he deserved equal time after featuring The Nails earlier this year. We also got to hear E.G. Daily's "Don't Even Care" from her 1999 album, Tear Down The Walls. This is actually a pretty good track. Sure, you remember her from Valley Girl and her voiceover work but she sings well too.

Rocky V, 15 yr. Aniv. SoundtrackM.C. Hammer
"That's What I Said" (mp3)
from "Rocky V, 15 yr. Aniv. Soundtrack"
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Tearing Down the WallsE.G. Daily
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Saturday, October 20, 2007

EPISODE43 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

Martin had to admit he screwed up this week. You see, he scheduled an interview with Debbie Peterson of the Bangles and wasn't able to record it. She was really nice about it and talked to him about some upcoming projects but reconnecting just didn't happen in time as we had a hot little giveaway in our hands. Anyhow, we celebrated the recent release of the Bangles live DVD, Return To Bangleonia, by giving away a copy to one of our callers. We also gave the hits a compressed revisiting treatment before playing "Here Right Now" and "I Will Take Care Of You" from their latest album, Doll Revolution, -- tracks that also appear on the DVD. Well worth picking up either the DVD or the album (which has the single "Something That You Said" on it.)