Saturday, October 31, 2009

EPISODE149 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week's episode of Talking 80s Music fell on Halloween. Despite being Martin's favorite holiday, it's also the excuse he used to delve into the often creepy and disturbing side of rock music by focusing on industrial powerhouse Skinny Puppy. We featured their classic tracks "Smothered Hope," "One Time One Place," "Shadowcast" and "Tin Omen" in an effort to cover their career.

Still keeping our fingers crossed (and knocking on wood) as it must be said that the show has been sounding better technically. Thought of throwing in a bunch of Halloween sounds but... this wasn't an glossy show. We considered a few live tracks but the bass end of the songs we looked at were almost non-existent yet oh so necessary for showcasing a band like this.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

EPISODE148 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we filled a historical gap by focusing on the Joe Perry Project. A lot of people think that Aerosmith has just been a juggernaut since the 1970s but there was a low moment when the band was without their guitarist as he walked... a different way. We played live versions of "Let The Music Do The Talking" and "Once A Rocker, Always A Rocker," "East Coast, West Coast" and a clip of "We've Got A Long Way To Go" from his new solo album, Have Guitar, Will Travel. It's an interesting story for fans and rock-a-holics alike. If anything, it leaves you with questions. What would have happened if the albums were promoted properly? Would the amazing success of Aerosmith have happened without this fractured moment? Did corporate sabotage keep fans from hearing great music? You'll have to answer those questions on your own.

Before we get to the technical stuff, we've been asked by our sponsors to get as many listeners to fill out this survey for us about the show. We'd be very appreciative if you do. Anyhow, using the system we have set up, we've eliminated the hum in the last few episodes. Don't see us playing with things to make them any worse. Did have a fun time on this show and
our future episodes look even more promising.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

EPISODE147 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we celebrated the life of one of the most powerful set of lungs in R&B... the late Luther Vandross. Quite a bit of work to cover a man that was very busy during the decade as a solo artist, backing vocalist and arranger but we do our best to do right by him. Expect a big retrospective mix, a live version of "A House Is Not A Home" as well as "I'll Let You Slide" and "Give Me A Reason." The mix is well worth paying attention to as you can see how diverse an artist he was by just a sampling of some of his work.

Need to put that link up for you to see a young Luther with his group Listen My Brother on an episode of Sesame Street. See if you can spot him. Went a bit longer on this episode than we expected but there is just so much to cover that leads you to his career and after our decade of focus. Had a lot of fun but a lot more work than normal. Must say that it sounds pretty good in the final mix. Good shows are what keeps us going and this could be one of them.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

EPISODE146 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week we had been thinking about getting a little healthier. A little jogging, eating better and taking our vitamins. So we're going to work on your musical health and get you your Vitamin Z -- the kind created in Sheffield. We'll focus on the band's two studio releases (1985's Rites Of Passage and 1989's Sharp Stone Rain) and even feature a song you should recognize. Great band to stump your friends on.

One of the best sounding episodes that we've done in awhile (from the microphone side.) And, oddly enough, we just changed back to our older mic. Go figure. The first two songs should have a little pop to them as they come from a vinyl source. Fun music and we had our first visitor from Egypt in the chat room.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

EPISODE145 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week, we figured that it was time to talk about one of the biggest icons of a single music genre and they don't get any bigger than late reggae artist Bob Marley. We played a retrospective mix (focused on his last two albums and singles), a bootleg of "Could You Be Loved" recorded in 1980 at Rockpalast and the unlikely posthumous collaboration, on "Roots, Rock, Reggae," with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.

Fun episode where we also previewed a sample from Cinderella's upcoming live album. Noticing some vocal audio issues during the show and hope to rectify it. Might try to route the microphone differently next week.