Saturday, August 02, 2008

EPISODE84 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week we headed back to the U.K. for our third episode that featured songs from the 5-CD collection, 100 Hits: 80s. We played Bomb The Bass's "Beat Dis," Bad Manners' "Lip Up Fatty," The Four Tops' "Loco In Alcapulco" and Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk's "Love Can't Turn Around" featuring Darryl Pandy... a diverse assortment, indeed. The show went smoothly and thank you to all who participated in the chatroom.

This is as good a place as any to mention why we played some more unusual tracks (although these scored #2, #7, #10 and #15 on the U.K. charts) instead of some of the bigger hits. That is pretty simple. If you tuned into your favorite 80s radio station right now and stayed there for 3 hours, you would likely hear at least 4 of these songs. That means, I'd be playing songs you already know... and know well. You don't need me to tell you how Los Lobos' "La Bamba" created a stir at radio stations everywhere. I believe you are educated listeners that have heard "She Drives Me Crazy," "99 Red Balloons," "Tell It To My Heart," "Iko Iko," "Shake Your Love," "Owner Of A Lonely Heart"... I can keep going on but you understand. Only two more discs left in what I would call an essential set for any 80s music lover that has a rather empty iPod.

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