Saturday, March 28, 2009

EPISODE118 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

Photo by Bill Markle

This week we checked in with the Dream Weaver himself, Gary Wright. We talked about his hits, his sound and a little about his work during the 1980s and now. We featured a retrospective mix and samples of songs (the new version of "Love Is Alive" and "Silent Choirs Of Snowflakes") off his latest releases -- The Light Of A Million Suns and Waiting To Catch The Light. (We can't recommend the former enough as it earned a 4.5 out of 5 in a recent review at 80s Music Central.) Want to check out his work before hearing the show? Check out his site,

We discovered the chat room issue we were having last week. It seems that if someone hits Shift and Enter at the same time in the room... things go wacky. Hope they fix this as it becomes hard to keep up with conversations and interact with the listeners. The success of the 80s Music Icons Facebook application is heartwarming. Fans for Motley Crue, Duran Duran, Neil Diamond and Madonna are meeting the challenge of keeping their favorite artists on top. Recently added Aerosmith, Cyndi Lauper and AC/DC... should be interesting where they wind up next week.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

EPISODE117 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

In the final episode of our 3-show run discussing the branches formed by Sheriff, we discussed the other 40% (Freddy Curci/Steve DeMarchi) that joined former members of Heart (Roger Fisher, Steve Fossen and Mike Derosier) to form Alias. We played a mix of 3 of their singles from their debut album as well as samples (of "Perfect World," "Woman Enough" and "All I Want") from their long-awaited sophomore effort, Never Say Never.

We made it through the show alive. For some reason, the chat room software was really wonky. The first time I've ever seen an issue with it and not with the audio. Thankfully, we were able to see remarks and chatter from the guests and still meet a few new people. The only audio issue observed was stream bleeding when we took a call from Ben which rendered a decent talk, about the new changes to Rock Band and Guitar Hero (the Van Halen edition coming) and Steven Tyler's birthday, useless.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

EPISODE116 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

In our second of three episodes talking about Sheriff and its splinter groups, we turned our focus this week on the 40% of the band that formed Frozen Ghost. More successful in Canada, the duo of Arnold Lanni and Wolf Hassel scored a U.S. hit with "Should I See" from their 1987 debut album. Expect to hear that, "Beware The Masque," "Dream Come True" and a low-quality bootleg version of "Promises" recorded in Ottawa in '91 or '92. They are quite possibly the one band you never heard of but really should have. Who says history can't be fun?

Chat room was busy again for the first half of the show. It seems that some were getting disconnected from the room. This means that our technical issue last week probably wasn't just our issue as they were tinkering with things. Otherwise, all went well. Then again, a higher quality recording of "Promises" would have been nice but you have to work with what you have and every subsequent audio compression only kills the clarity (not that there was much to start with.) So much to do and lots of projects coming.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

EPISODE115 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week, we started a 3-week run discussing U.S. chart-topping Canadian act Sheriff and the groups they formed after they split up. We played several live tracks ("California," "Living For A Dream," "You Remind Me" and "When I'm With You") recorded in 1983 at The El Mocambo in Toronto. We could have just played studio tracks for this act but they only have one album. Instead, we decided to showcase that material in a form you don't get to hear from them.

I really never considered technical difficulties would occur when starting this series back in 2006. Guess I never considered Murphy's Law. So, today was just one of those days. We even got into the chat room 15 minutes early. It seems that the Talkshoe wasn't releasing the call (which usually tells you "You are now unmuted" when you connect to the show) or that Skype wasn't connecting well enough to be recognized by Talkshoe. Poor Ryan was there in the room patiently waiting for the show to start and I feel like we let him down. Had to record it all offline in the studio and it came out alright.