Saturday, July 25, 2009

EPISODE135 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

We were planning to present a little more metal but, looked at the calendar, and decided to let Martin pick 3 personal favorites to feature this week on Talking 80s Music. It's his birthday the following day so expect to hear songs by Jules Shear ("Steady"), Rodger Hodgson ("Had A Dream (Sleeping With The Enemy)" and Marty Balin ("Hearts.") Part of the appeal of these songs isn't that they are just good songs but that they received good airplay and you'd be hard pressed to find a radio station that has played them recently.

There was a bit of pressure in the chat room to get the software issues taken care of to increase the quality of the music during the live show. We just need time to tinker with it. Don't want to go a week or more without a show because we deleted something we needed, had a conflict or couldn't get something to work. It'd also be nice to take your calls and maybe pose a question of the week. One step at a time.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

EPISODE134 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

Sometimes circumstances force us to veer from our schedule. We had planned to do this episode a few weeks ago but, wouldn't you know it, the King Of Pop passes away forcing a quick adjustment. But, we can now return our focus on Canadian rock/pop act The Payolas this week on Talking 80s Music. We plan to feature their most memorable hit (we shouldn't have to see it), "Never Said I Loved You" and their most recent single, "Shark Attack." There is something about the fusion of ska, rock and new wave... even better if it's a well written song.

Technically, the show went great. Great to see a few listeners that have been AWOL for awhile. Was able to sneak out with very few injuries. Still looking at changing software but we'll look into it in a few weeks. Not worth messing with something that is working 90% well when the unknown could be less.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

EPISODE133 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week we focused on Asia (the band, not the continent.) 'Supergroup' is a word that's been tossed around a lot recently so why not look at one of the biggest ones during the early 1980s. We talked with keyboardist Geoff Downes about his career, the bands he's been with and the reunion of the original Asia. We also play a retrospective mix of their singles as well as live versions of "Only Time Will Tell" and "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes." Definitely try to catch them right now while they are on tour now.

Looks like we will have to do more tweaking to give a better live experience. Sure, only a small percentage of our listeners get to hear it live but that doesn't mean we'll neglect them. We'll work on using the new software next week as we expect to have more free time. Great to see Linda join our regular crowd of misfits in the chat room to see what really goes on during an episode recording.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

EPISODE132 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we talked with legendary producer and Alan Parsons Project mastermind Alan Parsons about his career, role as a producer and new DVD project. We also featured a retrospective mix, a live version of "Games People Play" and the beautiful "Old And Wise." If you haven't heard the group before, go out and listen to as much of their stuff that you can. They hit the ethereal, haunting, beautiful and dark while focusing on an overall theme for each album. That Essential Alan Parsons Project collection can be found at

Tried out the newer software (vEmotion and Gizmo5) before starting the show and we had too many issues (for some reason no music tracks played through.) We decided to go back to what we know works already and not mess with things quite yet. Next week should be the first back-to-back interview episode for the show. Hopefully, more of those to come.