Saturday, January 26, 2008

EPISODE57 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy



Ahhh... Yazoo. Well, that would be Yaz for us in America (mainly due to a blues record label of that name here in the U.S. when they released their debut.) But, I hold a soft spot in my heart for creative fusion. This short-lived duo consisting of Alison Moyet and Vince Clarke (previously of Depeche Mode and later with Erasure) cranked out two albums before calling it a day, despite successful sales. Last week, the duo decided to reunite for a 25th anniversary Reconnected tour (5 dates in the U.K.) in which they will perform some songs from their second album for the first time live. Anyhow, we went over their history, lightly touching on their previous and recent projects, as well as featuring a mix of all their singles (I'm sure you'll recognize a song or two) as well as the songs "In My Room" and "Mr. Blue."

Saturday, January 19, 2008

EPISODE56 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy


When it comes to suggestive songs of the '80s there really isn't any more so than Paul Lekakis' "Boom Boom (Let's Go Back To My Room)." This week we spent some time talking about his recording career featuring that hit as well as the single "Tattoo It On Me" and the album track "So I Heard." This also led to what he is doing now and some talk about his move into acting and writing for stage. He recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of his hit single with a new 2007 video that can be seen here.



Saturday, January 12, 2008

EPISODE55 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy



This week we delved into the work of Canadian punk rock act D.O.A. You really don't see that many punk acts stay as relevant but, since forming in the late '70s, frontman Joe Keithley has kept the ship plowing ahead. We babbled a bit about the genre, band history and featured the songs "The Enemy" (from Punk Singles: From 1978-1999) and "Roadkill" (from their 1995 album, The Black Spot.) All of these come courtesy of Sudden Death Records. Then again, it's probably unfair just calling them punk as they also include hints of ska. Sadly, we just missed talking with Joe during the episode but hopefully, in the future we will talk to him about his recently released self-titled album by his side-project Joe Shithead Keithley And His Band Of Rebels.


Punk Rock Singles 1978-1999D.O.A.
"The Enemy" (mp3)
from "Punk Rock Singles 1978-1999"
(Sudden Death Records)

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The Black SpotD.O.A.
"Road Kill" (mp3)
from "The Black Spot"
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Saturday, January 05, 2008

EPISODE54 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy


By now, you should know that we are all about music education. Sure, the show is full of news, talk and sarcasm but helping inform the listeners is priority #1. That leads us to Soup - The Cream Of The Housemartins/Beautiful South. We've been mentioning the album a lot during the last few weeks and in order to explain that success on the U.K. charts we talk about the history behind this week's featured artists. Why plural? Well, it's more of a history of the band the Housemartins. We play their song, "World's On Fire," (listen to the amazing high pitch they hit on that one.) That led to the solo success of bassist Norman Cook under the name Fatboy Slim (for which we did a little montage.) We then talk about two of the bandmates that went on to form the Beautiful South and featured their debut single, "Song For Whomever," and mid-tempo rocker "Old Red Eyes Is Back." Well worth looking at their other songs as I don't believe these are indicative of their full sound (as a lot of female vocals appear in their hits.)"