Saturday, September 26, 2009

EPISODE144 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, you hear The Truth, the whole Truth and nothing but The Truth as we focused on the U.K. act of the same name. Expect a retrospective mix of some of their singles, "A Step In The Right Direction," "Weapons Of Love" and, the very hard to find theme from the 1987 film The Hidden, "It's Hidden," to cover the many different phases of their career. Listen and ask yourself how many bands they sound like. The vocals on their biggest U.S. hit, "Weapons Of Love," remind Martin of the late Robert Palmer.

The mixing did seem to go too well but the problem remained that we had a mic that almost disappeared in the mix. To fix that, we had to accept a constant hum in the background... or some intermittent static. We opted for the static. This does mean we have to look at some changes for the next show. But overall, we had a great time and met some new listeners.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

EPISODE143 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

It was a death that rocked the music world at the beginning of a new decade and ended a brilliant career short. This week on Talking 80s Music we turned an eye on John Lennon. His output during the 1980s was limited to two albums (you could add Menlove Avenue but that was mainly early outtakes) but he did have an affect on the music of the 80s and we remind you how. We featured clips from one of his last interviews, a retrospective mix and demos of the songs "I'm Losing You" and "I'm Steppin' Out."

Quite an interesting journey. Sometimes you really don't think about how much an artist affects you until you focus your attention explicitly on them. Overall, no major technical hitches. Towards the end of the show we had people in the chat room from the U.K. and New York which weirded Martin out a little. (Lennon born in Liverpool, U.K. and ending his life in New York.) In retrospect, songs titles like "I'm Losing You" and "I'm Steppin' Out" sound like departures and are creepy as well. Still a little static in the background but not enough to annoy.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

EPISODE142 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music we dig deep to uncover the short history of Rockwell. Yes, you probably remember his biggest hit "Somebody's Watching Me" but he wasn't a 'one-hit-wonder.' We dispel that myth, go into his history and hopefully leave you with less questions than we start. Features a retrospective mix, "Knife," "He's A Cobra" and "Carme'." There really isn't as much information out there about Kennedy William Gordy. Maybe that will change in the future. During the show we also previewed the song "Next Time Around" from Mr. Big's upcoming live album.

We noticed that we left out the Chart Flashback which will return for double duty next week. Technically, nothing too wrong on this end. A little hiss but no hum. It does seem that there was some audio cut-out during the songs for those in the chat room. But they also had trouble staying connected to the chat area. Oddly enough, a new update of Firefox was released today so... this could have a lot to do with it. Let's hope it is resolved in future updates.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

EPISODE141 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week we headed to the Pacific Northwest to visit with Portland's Quarterflash. We featured a retrospective mix, a few live tracks ("Harden My Heart" and "Right Kind Of Love"), a sample of "Opening Doors" from their latest album Goodbye Uncle Buzz and our interview with vocalist/saxophonist Rindy and guitarist Marv Ross. This is definitely one packed episode.

Made some adjustments this week. We tested out our new microphone (until the other one comes back from repairs.) We can deal with static more than we can a hum or buzz (no bees were harmed in the studio.) So far, so good. We also had a few new faces drop into the chat room which means more people are finding the show (live or otherwise.)