Saturday, July 26, 2008
It isn't often that the show falls on Martin's birthday. So we let him pretty much loose. We were pretty close to a record number of calls but a majority of them came from new additions to his family (he got married in March and the wife put a plan in motion.) So, it gets a little mushy but you'll get over it.
We also played some songs you aren't likely to hear much on the radio. Mondo Rock's "Primitive Love Rites," Thelonious Monster's "So What If I Did," Coldcut's "Stop This Crazy Thing" featuring Junior Reed, Britny Fox's "Girlschool" and a last minute request of Depeche Mode's "Pleasure Little Treasure" rounded out a very eclectic collection of 80s tracks. More songs than we've ever crammed into one show and not likely to happen again. Thank you to all those that called in and emailed their birthday wishes.
It seems that we also had some technical difficulties early on as our call from Stacy bled into (overlapped) the news segment and left a empty gap behind it. Very odd. We've been working to try to avoid issues like this and will keep on our toes in the future. For the sake of audio quality, we left it in there.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
This week we featured music ("I Want To Be Free," "The Vow," "Don't Fall In Love (I Said)" and her cover of Martha And The Muffins' "Echo Beach") from the Music Club Deluxe release Good Morning Universe: The Best Of Toyah. The 39-song collection is quite an extensive overview of her career including all her hit singles, stand-out album tracks, a remix, a demo and previously-unreleased tracks. The chameleon, that Toyah is musically and visually, didn't find the same success here in the U.S. as in the U.K. but her career is still worth exploring for the 80s music obsessed.
We also mentioned our plans for next week. Martin will be choosing a variety of his favorite songs for the episode as the show unexpectedly falls on his birthday. He hopes to use this to set a record for most calls in to the show. So use those free weekend cellphone minutes to send him your best wishes. The show starts on Saturday at noon PST, just call (724) 444-7444 and enter call ID 11757 when prompted. The best time to call would be around 12:30pm after the news segment ends but we'll take the calls as soon as possible.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
We had to take a quick detour from our schedule this week. Always happens when we plan too far ahead. We will be featuring songs ("International Bullet Proof Talent" and "Too Much 21st Century") from their new and final album, Go Away White. We will also play a personal favorite, "In The Flat Field," and one of our retrospective edits. Looking back, they have a great history and are one of those root bands... meaning that several important acts were off-shoots and I know we will be visit them in the future.
We tested out some new software this week... oddly enough just like last week. This is a new recording program called Pamela. We had an earlier version of it and it had some issues when taking calls live during the show. Now, we've implemented new versions of Skype and Pamela. It seems to have fixed the issue but it'll bear more testing. The earlier problems would mix audio out of order so we had to resort to using a lower quality audio for conversations with callers. We'll really test this heavily on the 26th as we hope to set a record for most calls we've received in one episode. We have our fingers crossed that we can focus on the Pat Benatar episode next week. If not, we may move on to Toyah... (you have to have contingency plans.)
"International Bullet Proof Talent" (mp3)
from "Go Away White"
Buy at Napster
"Too Much 21st Century" (mp3)
from "Go Away White"
Buy at Napster
Saturday, July 05, 2008
This week we will featured songs ("Appetite," "When Love Breaks Down," "Faron Young" and "If You Don't Love Me") from the 39-track double-disc Music Club Deluxe collection, Kings Of Rock And Roll: The Best Of Prefab Sprout. For some reason their song-craft never caught on in the States but well worth your investigating. (Heck, Thomas Dolby produced two of their albums.) One thing that I didn't mention during the episode was the inclusion of some great B-sides and how extensively this covers their career. Can't find it in the U.S. unless it's as an import... so why not import it yourself at their the link above.
In the quest to provide even more current news during our show, we have moved the 80s Nuts newsletter from late Monday to Friday evening. Previously, there was a 4 day gap in news coverage and often some stories would fall through the cracks (as we often were thrown off on upcoming events we mentioned on Monday that would take place before the show on Saturday -- making them less noteworthy.) To make all this happen, we had to cram 4 more days of news into the show. Fridays and Saturdays are going to be busy around here.
We did have some glitches early in the show. We tested out some new software. This explains why some live listeners heard silence during the first 15 minutes of the show. One good thing about the software was that it still recorded the show and nothing was lost. It just stinks for the 7 people who downloaded the show before the cleaner version went up.