Saturday, May 30, 2009

EPISODE127 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

We saw many charitable collaborations during the decade. You can count many of them on your fingers. This week on Talking 80s Music we focused on the often overlooked 1985 project, Hear 'N Aid, that raised over $1 million for famine relief in Africa. We played their lengthy, "We're Stars," as well Y&T's "Go For The Throat" and a live version of Accept's "Up To The Limit." The project was definite who's who of metal talent.

During the show we learned something new... we have educational value. A listener in Mexico joined us in the chat room and told us that he's been learning English by listening to 80s music and our show. We've previously mentioned our international audience and, until now, hadn't really considered that people were getting the show for its language content as well as music. Some of it does make sense as the news section text does appear on (without the sarcasm) allowing contrast and comparison. We can only hope that we don't slaughter our own language too much.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

EPISODE126 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

We dove back into a little more obscurity this week on Talking 80s Music as we focused on U.K. new romantic duo Seona Dancing. If you are scratching your head, it's alright. They only released a pair of charting singles but, as always, there's more to the story. You see, vocalist Ricky Gervais didn't wind up becoming lost to time. You most likely have seen his films, television series or stand up comedy. If anything, he's a little embarrassed by it all (as you can see in the YouTube video we post below.) We played the songs "More To Lose," "You're On My Side" and a remix of "Bitter Heart" during the show.

First, we'd like to heartily welcome our friends in the Czech Republic who have become our 2nd biggest downloaders/listeners. I guess, if you cover music from all over the world, you should expect the whole world to listen. Thank you for your support. Second, we wanted to tell you something that was left out of the show. We have been in contact with several of the acts that we've previously featured on the show but couldn't get an interview done in time. As a way to rectify this, we are planning a few 'update' episodes that will feature those interviews (usually two at a time.)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

EPISODE125 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

There are few times that we try to hit you over the head with something you should know already. Why would we do that? Well, sometimes the most glaring gaps in our musical landscape are big holes waiting to be filled. Heck, even this week, someone in the chat room drew a blank to this week's artist. So we decided this week to pay tribute to late legendary blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and feature a few clips of his guitar-work that appeared on hits you should know as well as a few live tracks ("Cold Shot," "House Is A Rockin'" and "Crossfire") that were recorded in Asbury Park at the end of 1988. A sad story but a brilliant musician.

Had a few odd moments in the chat room this week. Here and there, we had glitches in the chat area (should probably try the other version of the software next week.) A lot of new friendly faces popped in. Long episode trying to squeeze a lot of information in. The edit went up later that night after Martin got back from his niece and nephew's birthday party. (They really got a kick out of his interview with the Chipmunks last year.) All is well otherwise and we are all eagerly awaiting some downtime. Have a great week.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

EPISODE124 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week we remained in Australia to focus on the short-lived alternative pop rock act The Screaming Tribesmen. Not enough of a recording history for a mix but we played some gems like "Igloo," "Living Vampire" and their sole U.S. chart hit "I've Got A Feeling." (We placed the video for the latter below.) One thing that really stands out in listening to them is they bear a semblance to bands like Primal Scream with a bit more vocal harmonics.

We are finishing up posting the episode early this week (even noticed something missing but we'll see if someone complains.) There were a few more chat room issues for some of the listeners but I'm happy that we got to meet some new podcasters as well as music fans. We have a few other goodies in store for you in the next few months but they will unravel on their own. To all the mothers listening to our show, have a great Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 02, 2009

EPISODE123 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

Icehouse isn't a name that gets repeated often and you quite possibly might have missed their music entirely (if you were were sleepwalking through the decade), but with every album, their hits kept coming and charting more, higher and abroad. So, we hope to thaw your heart to a band -- you just might recognize once you hear them -- during this episode of Talking 80s Music. We feature one of our retrospective mixes as well as "Great Southern Land" and "Nothing Too Serious."

It's been a crazy week. Went to Disneyland and got back Thursday. That meant that we had from then until the show started to get the news collected, edit music and get focused. Little bit of insanity can't hurt. The show started a little late (about 12 minutes) as we had some audio issues. For some reason, our headphones weren't working. Wish I knew why that happened. Went with the last resort of rebooting with the headphones on... and voila.
Hope you enjoy.