Sunday, September 28, 2008

EPISODE92 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week we celebrated the U.K. release of the Blow Monkey's reunion album, Devil's Tavern, with one of our retrospective single clip mixes as well as a few songs ("I Nearly Died Laughing," "Trashtown Incident" and "In Too Deep") from their double-disc collection, Digging Your Scene: The Best Of The Blow Monkeys. Just listening to the songs (which come from their first 3 studio albums), you can hear the evolution in lyricism, songwriting and production. Most of you will remember them for their hit single, "Digging Your Scene," but we hope that this leaves you with a better idea of who they are, what they've done and where they are heading with the new album. Feel free to prime yourself by listening to episode 34 (on which we featured Dr. Robert's solo work.)

We also announced that we will be starting a new project on Twitter. Each weekday, we will post a question of the day (or QOTD). If you send replies, we will collect them and mention them before the next QOTD. If anything, it will give us a better idea of where you are coming from and what you have on your minds when it comes to 80s music. You can find our Twitter account at: http://www.twitter.com/talking80smusic


Saturday, September 20, 2008

EPISODE91 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy


I have to say that, for quite awhile, we leaned a little testosterone heavy on the featured artists for the show. We continue to remedy that this week on Talking 80s Music as we feature a few songs ("A Beautiful Life," "Borderline" and "I Want Your Love") from Jody Watley's latest album, The Makeover, and "Photographs" from her recently re-issued 2003 album, Midnight Lounge. It is a little strange that a dance diva, so dominant during the late 1980s, has continued to release albums we don't hear on the radio. If anything, it's an indictment of our radio stations that they don't even explore the new music of an artist that has sold over 20 million albums and singles worldwide. Anyhow, we go through a basic history on the former Shalamar member and mention her upcoming solo album, Chameleon, due out on Feb. 3rd. Also, check out her newly launched site JodyWatleyMusicStore.com.



A Beautiful Life RemixesJody Watley
"A Beautiful Life" (mp3)
from "A Beautiful Life Remixes"
(AVITONE RECORDINGS)
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Midnight LoungeJody Watley
"Photographs" (mp3)
from "Midnight Lounge"
(Avitone Recordings)
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The MakeoverJody Watley
"I Want Your Love" (mp3)
from "The Makeover"
(Avitone Recordings)
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Borderline - SingleJody Watley
"Borderline" (mp3)
from "Borderline - Single"
(Avitone Recordings)
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Sunday, September 14, 2008

EPISODE90 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy


This week we went for variety and revisited the 100 Hits: 80s collection for our 4th of 5 planned episodes. We featured some unusual U.K. hits that include Matchbox's "When You Ask About Love," Hothouse Flowers' "Don't Go," Department S' "Is Vic There?" and Freiheit's "Keeping The Dream Alive." A diverse mix indeed but, as always, the show is all about your music education.

The show started rather odd in the studio as as a new software update from Talkshoe.com (who hosts our calls and chat room) had an odd side-effect that separated the audio between our headphones and computer speakers. After discovering that it didn't affect the show, we were able to go. We also started playing "Name That Artist" in the chat room after the show. Chris picked up a CD in the 'best of 5' competition. Had a lot of fun doing this. May decide to make this a monthly prize at some point as doing it weekly may empty our music stash. Something for us to work on and develop... and another reason to catch us in the chat room.



Saturday, September 06, 2008

EPISODE89 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy


This week we featured music ("Do The Right Dance," "Giving Up The Ghost" and "Now That You're Gone") from the recently reissued T'Pau album, Red. For some reason we didn't get a chance to hear about the release much in the U.S. when it hit shelves almost a decade ago but it was the last studio effort by vocalist Carol Decker under the name. She's been pretty busy since. Do yourself a favor and check her MySpace page out and listen to her dance cover of "Don't Stop Belivin'" with Lazy Grace.

Usually we would play a retrospective clip mix with an artist of this caliber but we opted to use the spot to play a snippet of a new song by Thunder from their upcoming album. We also took a call from KoolGuy and then went way off tangent with some of the conversation in the chat room. A great way to top off our week as we also hit our third highest number of downloads since launching.


RedT'Pau
"Now That You're Gone" (mp3)
from "Red"
(Gnatfish Records)
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RedT'Pau
"Giving Up The Ghost" (mp3)
from "Red"
(Gnatfish Records)
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