Saturday, November 29, 2008

EPISODE101 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

How do you follow up an episode that marks a milestone for our series? Probably with a trio that released 8 albums during the 1980s and are still going strong. Possibly more popular today than ever before. Feel the tension... wait for it... this week we talk to and feature music from Alvin And The Chipmunks who have released their new album, Undeniable. Had a great time with the interview and, in retrospect, maybe I shouldn't have asked about laser hair removal. We featured a few classic renditions of theirs ("Bette Davis Eyes," "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" and "Chariots Of Fire") as well as our retrospective mix.

Had a lot of action in the chat room this week. As well a several shocked souls. We kept the featured artist secret for most of the week (except for a few that heard it mentioned toward the end of the last episode.) Interesting to note that the Chipmunks phenomenon never happened in the U.K. I personally believe that is why Crazy Frog is doing so well on the charts there. Maybe this will be the episode that fixes that... most likely not.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

EPISODE100 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

As you can tell from the title, this week we celebrated our 100th episode. A lot of things came together during the course of the week. We interviewed former Madam X/Vixen drummer Roxy Petrucci and feature a few songs (a live version of Vixen's "I Want You To Rock Me," Maxine Petrucci's "Titania" and Roktopuss' "Dog Bite") that she must have broken a stick or two on. Definitely check out her personal MySpace page and the one for her latest project, Roktopuss. You can purchase her music at both of those pages... which are a must have for your collection.

We couldn't celebrate episode 100 without talking to Patrick from You see, for about a year they played The 80s Nuts Update weekday news segment which... pretty much gave Martin his news recording launchpad. Just the fact that we got to talk to him about the old station meant a lot.

Lastly, we feature a previously-unreleased demo from Buzz (that is under the working title "B-U-Z-Z (demo)" that has a strange origin explained near the end of the show. The band was featured on episode 61 back in February. The song is expected on the upcoming album,
Vaudou électrique, which will follow their forthcoming fifth album, BUZZ Blitz Klub. All that plus your regular news and information about your favorite recording artists.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

EPISODE99 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

Rod Stewart week commenced and we featured a retrospective mix, his 1989 hit "Crazy About Her" and the previously-unreleased "Two Shades Of Blue" from the upcoming Definitive Rod Stewart CD/DVD collection. We gave away a copy of the set to newsletter subscriber Michael Yerick who entered via our email contest. We also ran long as we tried to do some justice to the performer's long, enduring and successful career. We don't say that lightly as he released 32 charting singles (in the U.K., U.S. and Germany) during the decade. When rock historians look back on this versatile vocalist, I hope they take notice that he didn't take many vacations.

The chat room was pretty full and we again had some lively conversation that led towards a discussion on music marketing and what big artists need record labels for. Technically, all was sound. It felt like a rollercoaster going in from this side as we had many issues pop up beforehand cutting into prep time. We did set another record for total number of downloads for the week. And next week we hit another milestone for the show and throw a surprise or two out there.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

EPISODE98 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

Bond... James Bond. The music behind the films is iconic. This week we featured a Bond theme retrospective mix, Gladys Knight's "License To Kill" and Rita Coolidge's "All Time High." We also gave away copies of the new collection, Bond... James Bond, during the show -- one drawn from newsletter subscribers (won by Phillip) as we started the show and the other live in the chat room (won by Steve.) It must be said that there are few series of films that recording artists beg to be involved in.

Technically speaking things went well. After the show, we talked with Steve and babbled about U.K. electronic music for over an hour. We feel sorry for the 9 people that downloaded that 2 hour version as they probably can't hear Steve or Ben's calls too well. The world is full of cool people, meet as many of them as you can.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

EPISODE97 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This show fell on the day after Halloween. Of course, we are big fans of the holiday and planned an episode focused on some of our favorite scary music. But we looked at the calendar and saw that next year the show lands right on Halloween which made it even more perfect for us to push back the that episode. In hindsight, it had to be fate as we had a little time to talk about the biggest selling album of the week (#1 in 29 countries.) We've been itching to get our classic rock groove on and start that with an AC/DC retrospective mix, "You Shook Me All Night Long (live)" and "Who Made Who" as well as "Money Made" off their new studio album, Black Ice.

Technically speaking, there were a few small problems. We really wanted to play a rare live bootleg and in doing so, the quality wasn't up to par. Thinking back, I wonder how people recorded concerts without the technology we have now. People have iPods, cell phones, digital audio recorders, assisted listening devices, directional-microphones... all that we didn't have in 1981. That leaves some very low quality cassette recorders in a crowded audience (unless it is off the soundboard.) Anyhow, I believe that it shows a moment in the group's career that is significant despite the sound quality.