Saturday, September 29, 2007

EPISODE40 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

Welcome to Barry Manilow Week! No, it was not an episode of American Idol. (Well, I think they did an episode like that but I can't remember.) We actually wound up talking about the history of the man who wrote the songs and tried to give a bigger picture of what he accomplished during the decade. We gave away a copy of his latest album, The Greatest Songs Of The Seventies, to a listener. We also had to feature his new single, "It Never Rains In Southern California," and his 1981 hit single "Somewhere Down The Road." Mark the date... it isn't often you will hear strings here.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

EPISODE39 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

Martin hates keeping bands to himself. That is why he unleashed Del Amitri on the uninitiated this week. Lyrics do mean a lot to him. I think that's why he holds the band in such high esteem. I mean, can you go wrong describing the prolonged unsure moments in life and comparing it to driving with the brakes on? Too many examples. Just listen to them. Anyhow, we avoided their biggest hit and played "Stone Cold Sober" and the more familiar "Always The Last To Know." We also talked a bit about frontman Justin Currie's new solo album coming out and gave away a copy of Hatful Of Rain: The Best Of Del Amitri to a listener that emailed in after the show. (Yes, you too can be a winner! Just... not right now. Next giveaway.)

Saturday, September 15, 2007

EPISODE38 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week we pay tribute to the late tenor Luciano Pavarotti. That led off our unusual mix of other songs. You see... Led Zeppelin announced their reunion concert which gave us the idea to play the fun and very twisted "The Definitive A Cappella Led Zeppelin Medley" by Country Dick Montana of the Beat Farmers. (The song was released in 1987 on a promo entitled Home Of Country Dick Montana that included a cover of "Karma Chameleon" as well.) To make up for playing that we also premiered the song, "Turn It Up," from Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen's new band Man Raze. Yes, they made this sample of the song a free download at their MySpace page. Pretty darn good. Our most downloaded episode so far... we just don't know why.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

EPISODE37 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

It seems that, so far, we have been getting a lot of my dream interviews. Sure, it got pushed back a bit but we made it happen. We talked with keyboardist David Kaufman of The Nails this week. The band have re-released their first two albums (Mood Swing and Dangerous Dreams) and we featured their cult hit single "88 Lines (About 44 Women)" as well as "Home Of The Brave" and "Things You Left Behind" which both received a fair amount of airplay. After recording the episode, we found out that he was walking along the Hudson Bay with his wife during the interview. We were trying to figure out what the intermittent noise was and just figured it was really windy. Here we discuss the remastering process, band history, the mysterious 44 women and more.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

EPISODE36 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

Sure, Martin can be really focused sometimes but this week... we were so there. Then we jumped a rail. He discusses the horror one feels as they become successful under a name in your hometown/country and find someone else has that same band name somewhere else. This has happened and is still happening. He still gets upset seeing there is a newer act out there calling themselves Beloved when there was/is a duo called The Beloved. Think that may confuse anyone? It's the reason the Bangs became the Bangles, Yazoo became Yaz and a bunch of British acts either added U.K. to the end of their names or placed English in front.

This episode features a live performance of the Charlatans U.K.'s "Blackened Blue Eyes" which they made available as a free download (with the rest of this really amazing show recorded in a forest) at their Web site for a limited time. Also we feature New Model Army's new single, "Wired," which they also made available as a free download at their Web site. Gotta love these new distribution and promotion methods.