Saturday, April 25, 2009

EPISODE122 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music,we felt that it was time to break out the thermometer and check your Metal Health. There isn't anyone that that phrase is more connected to than Quiet Riot. (Rightly so as they were the first heavy metal band to have a top 5 hit and #1 album during the same week.) We featured a retrospective mix, live tracks ("Party All Night" and "Run For Cover") recorded in 1984 and, "Stay With Me Tonight," the only single released without Kevin DuBrow on vocals. A very rich history and catalog has been left behind them and we urge you to do a little shopping... as 1983's Metal Health should be in every rock fan's arsenal.

Busy episode and a lot of new people in the chat room. It is like working the high-wire with a net. If someone says something entirely idiotic, you'll get called on it and be able to correct it quickly. Martin got the show edited and posted before taking last week's contest winners to see Rick Springfield, Eddie Money, Lou Gramm and John Waite. He checked in 4 hours into the show (yes, it really went that long) and said the concert performances just got better and better. Hope to hold another one sometime in the near future. So, either plan your Vegas trips or relocate.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

EPISODE121 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we turned our spotlight on Utopia... no, not the place. We featured the Todd Rundgren-led power-pop band in a retrospective mix as well as their singles "Crybaby" and "Feet Don't Fail Me Now." So many enjoyable and diverse songs to choose from but we believe you now know your Utopia from your Undertones.

We were able to hold a giveaway this week for the Rick Springfield, John Waite, Lou Gramm and Eddie Money concert on Apr. 25th via the show and newsletter. The problem for many readers and listeners was that it was in Las Vegas and 7 days from now. We wound up holding our drawing for newsletter subscribers
with Mark McNiece winning. Despite having only 20+ listeners in the chat room, we opened it up to Twitter and Facebook members and... Teri Mann won tickets. (Just beating out another listener.) So, all is right with the world and Teri (and guest) and Mark (and guest) will join Martin (and guest) at the concert.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

EPISODE120 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

On Mar. 25th we (the music community) lost an impact artist -- someone who affected several of the music charts in the 1970s and 1980s. This week on Talking 80s Music, we focused our attention to the music and career of Dan Seals and do our best to pay tribute to an often overlooked crossover artist. We featured a retrospective mix, "My Old Yellow Car," "One Friend," "Love On Arrival" and an interview with him recorded in 1990. We also took calls from Aaron (about the interview and the station) and Ben (about Aerosmith, gaming and his PC woes.)

Crazy day to do show editing as we had an Easter egg hunt to go to (didn't hurt that food was there.) That meant a late night doing the audio edit. Listening to it after the final edit, there is some sound degradation in the interview audio. It is understandable after being chopped up multiple times. Can't thank Aaron enough for sharing his interview with Mr. Seals for this special episode.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

EPISODE119 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

The sounds of industrial music... we haven't really talked that much about the genre in the last two years but this week we corrected that. We will discussed the new documentary, Metal Machine Music: Nine Inch Nails And The Industrial Uprising, as well as featured a few tracks by trailblazers Throbbing Gristle ("Medicine For Catholic Sex (Love Song For Paula)," Einsturzende Neubauten ("Steh Auf Berlin") and Cabaret Voltaire ("Code" 12" mix). Definitely hit the trio of art forms and varieties that make up industrial music. If you have a weak heart, turn the volume down on the first song. Otherwise, they each have big discographies that are well worth researching

Had a very scary week when it came to the office computers and finally resolved the issues the day before the show. Everything went well and things seem to be looking up (knocking on wood.) We must thank all of you that join us in the chat room for the live recording of the show as well as download it. And also very cool to see a few listeners finding us on Facebook (the show page as well as Martin's profile.) Knowing that the show means that much to you makes it even more worth continuing.