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."