Saturday, January 31, 2009

EPISODE110 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy



This week we talked with Boys Don't Cry vocalist/keyboardist Nick Richards about the band history, the record industry, their White Punks On Rap collection and upcoming album. We featured their classic hit, "I Wanna Be A Cowboy," as well as premiered some new material ("Don't Go Jumping With Frogs" and "Blow Me.") As soon as the new album gets released, we expect to review it and if it sounds as good as the samples... expect a high rating. The songs we didn't play were tremendous but there is only so much you can play from an album that isn't out yet.

If you've heard us mention during the show, the new dog Martin purchased, he's less happy with his acquisition than he was before. He brought her to the office as he did some prep work for this week's show. Bella chewed through the microphone cables, headset cables and had a great time doing so. Teething can't be a wonderful thing. So, his dog isn't allowed near the sound room for the immediate future as we quickly acquired a new headset and a set of cables in time to test it out during the show. Impressive, I know. Anyhow, the audio quality is on par with the previous episodes so changing equipment didn't affect things as much as expected. Should be a short but busy week here as the next episode gets recorded early (and not live) so our host can head to Sacramento.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

EPISODE109 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy


Ever heard of the Rembrandts? No they aren't an 80s act but half the duo, Danny Wilde, was. Wilde will be our featured artist this week and we expect to play his 1986 hit songs ("Isn't It Enough" and "Body To Body") as well as "Like A River" and "California Sunshine" (from his 1989 self-titled effort.) Sometimes all the work as a singer/songwriter does pays off and, if anyone paid his dues and deserves his later success, it is him. We whole-heartedly urge you to investigate Danny Wilde's other recordings before and after these starting with his Web site.

Weird technical issue appeared as we started the show (seems that I get to gripe about some technological failing at the end of each episode) that had us with no audio. Not a good thing for a show like ours. Fixed it just a few minutes after we normally start. Anyhow, since we launched our new Facebook application (80s Music Icons), we knew that we would like to keep adding at least two artists on there per month. So, during the show, we asked the last person left in the chat room for their two choices to add to the application page... expect the Human League and Depeche Mode to go up there in the next day or so. I can't wait to see how many acts it takes to hit the maximum... we're gonna try to take it as far as possible.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

EPISODE108 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy



This week a friend's request was answered as we featured music ("Sunday Morning," "T.V. Man," "A Way" and "Billie Jean/Take Me To The River (live)") by The Bolshoi. Again, they are one of those bands that was appreciated by the critics (as we cite many in this episode) and fans but didn't make that jump into mainstream stardom. That could be good seeing as so many others didn't move on soon enough and ruined their loyal fanbase in a quest to go 'pop'. Quite an interesting live track and I can't hear it without thinking about the Buzzcocks. I guess in the mid-80s it was as unexpected as Travis covering Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time." Anyhow, go check out their official Web site or Trevor Tanner's MySpace page if you get a chance.

Long editing day as life just seemed to get in the way. But as mentioned in the show, we hope to have our interview done in time for our next show. Technically, only a few problems but may mess with some new software next month to try to make sure live calls work out. Although it is great having people in the chat room.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

EPISODE107 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy



We really didn't plan too far ahead for this week's episode of Talking 80s Music. We were still drinking the eggnog. But in a moment of sobriety, the thought of talking about record label rollercoasters came up. So this week we will feature music ("Somewhere In The Night," "Hungry Stranger" and their hit "What Do All The People Know") from The Monroes' 1982 self-titled EP. It is an intriguing story but it also seems to hit on a lot of topics we've covered in the past ("one-hit wonders," "record labels" and "regional hits") which just makes sense for our show.

Aaron mentioned something during the show that made perfect sense. Listen to the first two songs and think... Bob Seger. It is pretty hard to escape. Had a great time during the show. Mentioned a few of the things we have coming up. Martin heads to Sacramento on Feb. 7th for his grandmother's 90th birthday. So, the show will not be live. We are working out the technical details but, most likely, we will be uploading that episode early on Saturday or the previous night. We also announced our Facebook application, 80s Music Icons, which will be an ongoing project as we continue to add at least 2 new artists every month until it screams for mercy. You can also find our Facebook group there.



Saturday, January 03, 2009

EPISODE106 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy


On this week's episode of Talking 80s Music, we started the year a bit heavier with a few songs ("Grandma Dynamite" and "Room 9") from funk metal act 24-7 Spyz's album, Live: Can You Hear The Sound?, as well as "Pillage" off of their 1989 debut, Harder Than You. Just think Living Color but a bit grittier. It is interesting how many different artists that you can imagine hearing in their music.

What we thought would be a really short episode due to less news ('tis the season and all) wound up going longer than appeared in the final version. What many of you missed was a great discussion with Totally80sOnline.com's Aaron about plans for the online station this new year, songs/artists that push the border of the decade (from both ends) and the many different ways people are interacting with him (check out his new Facebook page.) Sadly, we had bleeding in the audio streams (incoming and outgoing) that overlapped making it sound like we were talking over each other. (I'm blaming the dual processor x64 Vista setup.) So, it looks like we will be avoiding call-in guests for awhile until it gets rectified and resort to recording some of these calls as we do our interviews. We'll have him on the show again soon to make up for it.




Can You Hear The Sound?24-7 Spyz
"Grandma Dynamite" (mp3)
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Can You Hear The Sound?24-7 Spyz
"Room #9" (mp3)
from "Can You Hear The Sound?"
(What Are Records)
Buy at eMusic
Buy at Napster
Buy at Amazon
Buy at GroupieTunes
Buy at mTraks Download
More On This Album