Saturday, December 26, 2009

EPISODE157 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy


This week we celebrated the start of our 4th year of Talking 80s Music. Oddly timed, as it also comes right before the end of this decade. It also marks nearly 30 years since the start of the 1980s. So, we decided to do a countdown of the 25 biggest U.S. singles of the 1980s to commemorate the event. Quite an undertaking and, if anything, Martin has a new respect for Casey Kasem, Shadoe Stevens and anyone else that does countdowns.

To ensure that everything went well, we recorded the countdown earlier so there is a noticeable jump in audio quality. Not much we could do to correct for that. We did this so we could get back to our families to help take down Christmas trees, stockings and all. From all of us, to all of you, have a happy new year!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

EPISODE156 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy


With Christmas and other winter holiday celebrations going on during the upcoming week, we figured we'd look at other forms of giving. Many charity singles and albums were released during the decade and we felt that it's a good time to focus on some of those. We play a charity retrospective mix, Cliff Richard & The Young Ones' "Living Doll," Stop The Violence's "Self Destruction" and Band Aid II's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" So many overlooked songs and some really hard to find. Probably about time they come out with a compilation of those tracks.

As we look back on the recording, it's too bad more of these songs aren't available digitally as they'd still be making money for the charity of their choice. (And it'd help the quality of a few songs in the mix.) Very happy with how everything else came out overall. This is the last episode in our 3rd year running and our appreciation goes to goes out to each of you, our listeners. Enjoy the holidays!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

EPISODE155 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy


We'd been feeling the metal urge and this week we turned our focus on a man that can literally bend metal on stage... Thor's Jon Mikl Thor. We talked with him about his career and featured a few live ("Lightning Strikes" and "Warriors Of The Universe") and studio tracks ("Thor Against The World" and "Call Of The Triumphant".) We can now say we've had our strongest show yet.

Beware your electronics when talking to the Norse god of thunder as something happened to our audio during the interview (crackling) and after. We've replaced our sound card. As you can tell, the audio sounds crisper. Definitely a blessing from the gods.




Best Of Thor (Vol. 3)Thor
"Call Of The Triumphant" (mp3)
from "Best Of Thor (Vol. 3)"
(Smog Veil Records)
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Thor Against The WorldThor
"Thor Against The World" (mp3)
from "Thor Against The World"
(Smog Veil Records)
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Buy at Rhapsody
Buy at Napster
Stream from Rhapsody
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

Saturday, December 05, 2009

EPISODE154 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy


This week on Talking 80s Music, we touched on one of the bigger teen heart-throbs of the 1980s... Corey Hart. Some great music came from the Canadian singer/songwriter but for some reason it never manifested overseas (i.e. England.) We put together a retrospective mix, played an unplugged version of "Never Surrender" as well as "Eurasian Eyes" and "I Am By Your Side." Well worth taking our Corey Challenge we mention during the show -- play any of his hits other than "Never Surrender" and "Sunglasses At Night" to one of your friends and see if they can guess the artist.

We had a great time working on this episode. Has to be the content. Maybe it's also knowing that we provided some of our listeners with the missing puzzle pieces that make up the bigger picture of this artist. Did notice a few problems with the live version that were corrected later. If this continues, we may have to tweak a few things again.