Saturday, June 27, 2009

EPISODE131 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week we had everything planned. We were going to focus on the Payolas but as reports of Michael Jackson's passing arose on Thursday afternoon... we knew we had to rise to the occasion. What does that exactly mean? Well, when the biggest musical icon of a decade passes away and you do a show about that decade... you drop what you are doing and get current. The negative aspect of this was that our prep time was nil and had to fly by the seat of our proverbial pants. We featured a massive retrospective mix, live version of "Billie Jean" and his first U.K. #1 single "One Day In Your Life."

This was possibly our highest attendance ever in the chat room. I think that I can understand why. Michael left some big tracks across our cultural landscape. It is also hard to separate the personal from the musical. Feel like sharing your thoughts on the singer's musical legacy? You can join and open a discussion at our Talking 80s Music group at Facebook. Otherwise, yes, it was a really long show (we originally were in the room for 2 hours and 30-something minutes) -- meaning lots of editing. Finished right before midnight. Pushed back our changes to our sound effects/music software for the live show to this next week. Then again, we heard some good things about the sound after changing the levels during the song. We'll see.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

EPISODE130 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we head to Switzerland to talk about the jazz/pop duo Double. Their hit single "Captain Of Her Heart" is possibly one of the most overlooked gems of the decade. If anything, after this you could win the next time you are playing songs back and forth trying to play Who's That Artist? We will remedy that by giving you an overview of their career (playing the aforementioned hit, "Devils Ball" and Kurt Maloo's solo track "Young King") and talk about the latest release, 2006's Kurt Maloo vs Double's Loopy Avenue. Check out more of his projects at

This week we intended to try something new with the chat room. When we call into the show, the song quality is usually lacking (as the Talkshoe system is meant more for human voice.) We planned to attempt a software change and wound up pushing it to next week. The positive changes we are looking for are: 1) better music audio quality 2) allow calls in the middle of the show 3) make the live show as enjoyable as the final version. Our fingers are crossed.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

EPISODE129 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

Update episode... What? Well, scheduling conflicts happen. Sometimes we catch a few of our previously featured artists after we do a show about them. This is our first one. So, there will be no music featured this week but we do talk music with former Sheriff and current Alias guitarist Steve DeMarchi. We featured Sheriff in episode #115 and Alias in #117. Both would be well worth catching as this episode will fill in some of the blanks.

Unexpectedly, lost our Internet connection in the middle of the show. So there is a little dead space during the news section in the earliest version. We recovered and it isn't as noticeable as one would think. May be testing some new software out next week and if that works, you may hear more from our chatroom as we'll try to take more calls.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

EPISODE128 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

We often strive for balance in the show and while browsing our show archive we felt that R&B needed to be shown some love. So, this week on Talking 80s Music so we focus on The Jacksons. Sure, they had a healthy career before the 80s (as the Jackson 5) but if asked to name a few of their hits that decade, many would list ones by Michael. We play our retrospective mix, "This Place Hotel" and "Nothing (That Compares 2 You.)"

This episode went pretty well. Should be testing a few new things next week as we try to enhance the live experience of the show as the music should sound better live. Oddly enough, our next show has no music as we will focus on our first update interview (of an artist we've featured previously.)