Friday, December 24, 2010

EPISODE206 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week we turned our focus on Duran Duran.  Sure, there is a whole backstory on Martin's connection with the band.  What he doesn't tell you is that he at one time was seriously considering auditioning (even talked with and picked up a tape of instrumental originals to write vocals over) for a heavily Duran-inspired local band.  But, the Duran Duran made a big impact on his approach to music and the appreciation thereof.  Here he gives you the low-down, plays a retrospective mix, live tracks and album tracks.

We decided that this and next week will be pre-recorded episodes... meaning no calls or chat room but plenty of free time for the staff.  (About time!)  Anyhow, as we get closer, he'll be going through a huge list of all the bands that he wanted to cover and didn't and it's pretty lengthy.  Pretty good timing for this episode seeing as it's the same week they release their new studio album, All You Need Is Now, at iTunes.  We would like to wish everyone the best during the weekend and holiday.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

EPISODE205 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we set our sights on one of the greatest stories of post-punk and modern rock... the story of the bands Joy Division and New Order.  Three shared destinies, some heartbreak and a lot of great music.  Expect to hear a Joy Division retrospective mix and live version of "Means To An End" as well as New Order retrospective mix, "Every Little Counts" and "Touched By The Hand Of God."  A great primer for those just scratching your head reading this.

Last week we started playing a "Martin's Classic" song... you know, something he dusted off that you might not have heard before (but it in his iPod favorites.)  You got to hear a cover of "Since I Fell For You" by Johnny Diesel & The Injectors.  Martin would urge you to just buy that self-titled album for your own Christmas or Hanukka gift to unwrap next week.  Speaking of next week, the next two episodes of the show (on Duran Duran and then Depeche Mode) will be pre-recorded so they will be available mid-day leading up to our final show on Jan. 8th.  Have a great holiday season!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

EPISODE204 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

There is something to be said for an artist crossing over from one genre to another.  It used to be more eventful than it is now despite the fact that there are more genres defining recording artists.  Several acts brought country music to the mainstream charts during the decade... Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Alabama, Linda Ronstadt, Ronnie Milsap, John Denver, Willie Nelson, Crystal Gayle, Juice Newton and Eddie Rabbitt.  This week we focused on the late singer-songwriter Eddie Rabbit, playing a lengthy retrospective mix, "Step By Step" and "She's Comin' Back To Say Goodbye."

We made some changes this week and ended with an announcement.  First, we have halted our news reporting.  This will be a good change for the next few episodes.  It was time.  Second, we've added a "Martin's Classic" song that we'll play each week.  This week, he played Real Life's 1983 song, "Burning Blue," off their debut album Heartland.  Lastly, we've announced an end to the show.  It's been a tough decision to know when this journey would end and we'd never get through all the artists we'd like to focus on.  What we can do is go out in style with a few more of Martin's favorite acts.  Martin is planning to wrap up the show with two live episodes (and two recorded during the holidays) and take some time off before launching a new show.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

EPISODE203 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

There really isn't anyone else like Ozzy Osbourne.  If you put him on a magazine cover, you'd know exactly what to expect.  He stands among his music peers as someone who has endured and pushed the boundaries of the heavy metal market.  This week, we look at his immense career and the rollercoaster that has been his life.  We play a retrospective mix of his solo work, a live version of "Crazy Train," the album track "Rock 'n' Roll Rebel" and "Crazy Babies" -- one song for each of the guitarists he'd recorded with during the decade.

There's always a first time for a problem.  Today, the SIP lines for Talkshoe were locked up.  What this means in English is that we weren't able to call in to record, let alone start, our show this week.  So, we hung out in the chat room with some of the normal listeners and recorded it later off the air.  The wheels are turning over and over on our side of the screen and we'll come up with a remedy if they don't.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

EPISODE202 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

There aren't many bands that were only around for 5 years and left as big a footprint as Manchester's The Smiths.  This week, we look at their career as well as that of vocalist Morrissey.  So, you can say it's a two-for-one special.  We play retrospective mixes for each as well as specific tracks ("Work Is A Four Letter Word" and "Everyday Is Like Sunday" respectively) by each to show different aspects of their sound and range.

Sure we focused on the band and the lead singer but, for those that would like the bigger story, also look into Johnny Marr's work with The The, Electronic, The Healers, Modest Mouse and the Cribs.  (Because there was no way we were going to be able to get that in this episode without going over 2 hours.)  With all the countless 'best of' collections out there, you should at least have a few from the Smiths in your collection.  Shouldn't you?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

EPISODE201 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

There are many many amazing stories of artist from the 1980s.  Heck, it's the reason we do this show.  Some of those stories are happy, sad, intense and reflective but Martin has a thing for the tales of those overcoming adversity.  This week, we put Bonnie Tyler under the microscope.  No spoilers... but expect a lengthy retrospective mix, "Here She Comes," "Don't Turn Around" and a live hits medley.  If anything, this episode is a great reminder that Bonnie was much much more than her hit, "Total Eclipse Of The Heart."

Saturday, November 13, 2010

EPISODE200 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week we celebrated our 200th episode.  Once you start something, you never know where it will go -- could be a short-lived project or something more.  Martin keeps finding the latter.  To top off a milestone, he turned to Andy McCluskey of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (or OMD.)  The group have reunited and released a new album, History Of Modern, and at this time they are touring Germany.  Andy lays it all out for us from their history, present and future while giving a few choice tidbits about how "If You Leave" almost never happened.  We play our retrospective mix, "Of All The Things We've Made," a live version of "Enola Gay" and the new song "New Holy Ground."

We'll keep it short this week but we'd like to thank you for going with us on this journey.  200 weeks of recordings and, oddly enough, some people have heard them all.  Special thanks go out to Mich, Steve and Johnny for being our backbone in the chat room.  You just can't surround yourself with enough good people.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

EPISODE199 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we were joined by one of melodic rock's premier voices -- Marcie Free.  We talk to Marcie about her early years, work with King Kobra and Signal during the 1980s as well as the launch of Unruly Child.  Shouldn't spoil it by typing it all here but it's a great story of perseverance that leads up to an amazing new studio album, Worlds Collide, by Unruly Child that is out now.  We play a retrospective mix from King Kobra and Signal, King Kobra's "Tough Guys," Signal's "Arms Of A Stranger" and Unruly Child's new single, "Very First Time."

Martin had a great time here, as you can hear it.  Then again, there are some strong thoughts to take away from this show.  No spoilers... promise.  We definitely urge you to go check out the new album and let them know what you think at their site's forum area.  Lots going on for next week and we'll tell you more about it then.  But we did mention to our listeners that if they'd like to record an MP3 200th birthday wish and email it, they can do that.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

EPISODE198 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

Halloween is definitely one of if not Martin's favorite holiday (heck, that's actually his normal desktop photo above.)  So for this week's episode of Talking 80s Music goes somewhere we haven't before -- original songs from 80s horror films.  We played classic songs by Paul Zaza, Gerard McMahon and Steve Parsons from the films My Bloody Valentine, Lost Boys and The Howling II.  Sure, you might not recognize the names, you do know the movies and you should recognize these songs by artists we really should have heard more from.  We urge you to turn off the lights and listen to the second half of the show in the dark to really get the effect of the songs.

Everything rolled along pretty well for this show.  No major issues and it made for a quick edit.  We'd also love to hear your favorite horror songs of the 1980s in our comments area below.  We tried to avoid some overplayed songs and ones by artists we would do full episodes on (The Ramones, AC/DC, etc.)  Have a great Halloween folks!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

EPISODE197 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week, we turned our attention on Norwegian metal act TNT and their former vocalist Tony Harnell.  Tony joined us live and discussed his work with the band, his new Round Trip album with The Mercury Train and his recent projects.  We also played a TNT retrospective mix as well as the 1989 single, "Tonight I'm Falling," and the new song "Anywhere But Here" by Tony Harnell And The Mercury Train.

Martin had a great talk with Tony and it should be noted that there was a slight delay during the interview leaving a little dead air in the conversation.  We decided to leave it in there as it's a mess to edit out and it gives you the show as it is.  (Remember, we said less editing awhile back.)  Which also goes to note that we left a few more flubs than normal.  The audio hum has returned to one of the microphones but we'll be looking into that soon.  Overall we hope it was as informative as it was fun.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

EPISODE196 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week we were joined by Foghat's Roger Earl. We discuss their history, wine and -- of course -- their new studio effort, Last Train Home. There is nothing wrong with a band that goes back to their roots. If anything, it's like sharpening the scalpel before the next surgery. We play a retrospective mix of their singles from the 1980s, the 1981 single "Live Now - Pay Later" and "It Hurts Me Too" off the new album.

Once you hear the show, you will understand how much Martin likes the album. He wanted to spend the rest of this post talking just about it but he's supposed to have a review up at 80s Music Central soon for it (so, we're going to conserve energy here and wait for that.) Otherwise, everything went well technically and can't complain.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

EPISODE195 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week, we turned our magnifying glass on punk/glam rock hybrid The Lords Of The New Church. They could be called a punk supergroup but they didn't stay punk... they merged genres not often associated with the punk sound to create an almost gothic rock appeal. Sure, Madonna changes her sound every album and we have expectations that she'll continue to do so. But there is something about seeing 4 guys leave a similar discipline and create a new template. Expect to hear a retrospective mix, classics ("Open Your Eyes" and "Dance With Me") and the live track "Apocolypso."

Sometimes struggles are worth it. Martin fought with the mic before the show (and won... it seems) as the recording was probably the clearest it has been since purchasing that item. Everything went really well and things are hopping. We are also closing in on episode #200. No idea what will come but you either go big or you go home.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

EPISODE194 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we focused on the life of late blues/rock/jazz artist Jeff Healey. Often cited as one of the best blues guitarists of the decade, he and the Jeff Healey Band were a breath of fresh air and recorded, "Angel Eyes," an enduring wedding song for many. We played a retrospective mix, "My Little Girl," "When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

Technically-speaking, things went well and we are getting past some of our limitations on the live show. (We just take a short break to call back in.) It's never easy to talk about an artist that has passed away but, to Martin, this was a story that had to be told. One thing that he forgot to mention is that Healey's final jazz album with the Jazz Wizards, Last Call, was released in April. It must be said that retinoblastoma is something that with early detection can be treated. Take plenty of photos of your children (as if you have to be told that.)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

EPISODE193 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

There is a point in the history of 80s music when the implementation of electronics became more and more prevalent. This week on Talking 80s Music, we talked with a man that was part of that wave -- singer-songwriter Peter Godwin. We talked about his recording career, videos, lyric writing for Steve Winwood's latest album, his new project Nuevo and his Find My Fans Reissue Campaign on Facebook. We played a retrospective mix of his solo singles, the album track "Over Twenty One" and the Nuevo song "Rain Won't Come."

Technology can be a bear but after bumps and glitches we rode that wave and wound up with a classic episode. It must be noted that Mr. Godwin spent some time in the chat room talking with our listeners endearing us to him even more. We can only urge you to go and add the above mentioned fan page in an effort to get his recordings reissued. Add your voices to the masses.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

EPISODE192 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music we were lucky enough to talk with singer-songwriter Stan Bush just days after the release of his new studio album, Dream The Dream. It was a great chance to talk to him about the new release, his work on soundtracks, his 1986 classic "You've Got The Touch" and much more. We play a retrospective mix, the 1997 version of the aforementioned song and "I'm Still Here" off his new album.

Martin had a great time with the show despite being under the weather. Once it got over to editing we noticed that our host wasn't allowing anyone to download any of the previous episodes. Until that was fixed, we couldn't upload a new one. Thankfully, everything seems to be fixed early on Sunday morning but we still worry about how long the episodes have been unavailable.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

EPISODE191 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week we decided to expand our exploration of music genres by looking at the New York rap trio the Beastie Boys. No one blurred the edges of hip-hop, rock and punk more than they did as they evolved from a hardcore punk act to a multi-million album selling act. We threw together a retrospective mix, played their first international hit ("She's On It") and dusted off the 1989 demo of "The Sounds Of Science."

There was a lot going on during this episode and as there are many fans of the show that are more interested in new wave, metal or rock... we have a mission here to talk about the music of the 1980s. Yes, there may be a day we do a show on Vangelis or some other area of music but never let it be said that we get stagnant or repetitive. Technically, the sound was better than normal (could be how we separated our cabling.) So many things planned for the next few shows. Have a great weekend!

Saturday, September 04, 2010

EPISODE190 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

We took a little time out to look at the importance of the rhythm section. To hit the point home (that a good band can't succeed with a bad pulse), we focused this week's show on talented bassist/vocalist/composer/producer Deon Estus. The man created a groove within a little group called Wham! that turned pop music on it's ear and brought us his own top 5 hit "Heaven Help Me." Deon was kind enough to call us on his way into Las Vegas for a performance tonight at Monte Carlo's Brew Pub with Boys Don't Cry & Friends (you really should have seen them live by now.) We played the previously mentioned hit as well as "Me Or The Rumours" and "Spell."

We experienced some slight audio issues (he was driving on his way through the desert so some audio drops are to be expected and a new mic hum emerged) but everything came out well. Left a lot of the show unedited and think it sounds a bit better... maybe more human that way. No robots over here. Martin is off relaxing before he heads out to see Boys Don't Cry & Friends live. Not often that he can see 3 different people that he's interviewed live on stage in their own environment.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

EPISODE189 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week we catch up on an act we planned to talk about some time back... The Proclaimers. If there were ever a reason to focus on them, it would be to dispel any notion that they are one of those 90s bands that came out of nowhere and disappeared. (None of that is true.) Expect to hear a retrospective mix, "Throw The 'R' Away," "I'm On My Way" and a live version of "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles.)" We also announce a live interview for next week's show.

If there is a regret here it is that there wasn't a better live version of "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" as the quality isn't great. The loud crowd also takes away from the feel but, if anything, you get an idea of how much their fans get into the show. Everything else went pretty well and it's amazing how a few subtle changes can fix annoying problems. We still need a fix for Eyebeam but it isn't hurting us to have Martin call back in every 15 minutes or so. (We don't think he works enough.)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

EPISODE188 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we will look at the career of California singer-songwriter Jackson Browne. The decade would be one of discovery for the artist as he continued to crank out memorable hits and strike a balance between artist and activist. Expect to hear a retrospective mix and live tracks ("That Girl Could Sing," "Lawyers In Love," "I Am A Patriot" and "In The Shape Of A Heart.")

Everything is going pretty well over here. It looks like, for the time being, we will keep the 15 minute rule for the live show (where we will be having a few gaps allowing us to clear the mic) until a more suitable work-around or patch fixes the issue. The show is even getting edited a bit quicker and, yes, you are getting a more natural show as we leave in some editable stammerings.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

EPISODE187 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we went a little more modern rock as we talked about Coventry, England's The Primitives. Don't know them? We'll we'll fix that... it's our job. They scored several U.K. hits that also received a lot of airplay at U.S. college radio stations. Expect to hear a retrospective mix as well as their singles "Crash," "Way Behind Me" and "Sick Of It."

So, we found a short-term fix for our audio software issue (we just take a momentary break and call back in every 15 minutes.) We'll keep hoping a better option surfaces in the future. We also replaced the USB audio adapter that came with our microphone with an iMic. Tremendous difference. So, we're actually pretty pleased with how things came out. Have a great week!

Saturday, August 07, 2010

EPISODE186 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

We interviewed Asia/Buggles member Geoff Downes a little over a year ago. We had promised our listeners then we'd focus on a related band soon. This week on Talking 80s Music, we made good on that promise as we turned our attention on... Yes. Expect a retrospective mix, "Tempus Fugit," "I'm Running" and a live version of "Leave It." Sure, we could have played all the big singles but that'd be like showing only the tennis matches Andre Agassi won during a tennis retrospective... sometimes it's the fights, the losses, the exhibitions and the overlooked battles that mean much more.

Thankfully we had our listeners in the chat room this week as they caught some technical problems. Sure, we made a few attempts to fix some previous issues but as Mich said in the chat room, "Sometimes you just want to kill Murphy." We made it through and are only stronger for it.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

EPISODE185 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week, we turned our focus on one of the most unavoidable voices of the decade... the late Laura Branigan. Expect to hear an extensive retrospective mix, her often overlooked first single ("Looking Out For Number One") and a single of hers that you may have forgotten ("I Found Someone.") With all her hits, it's a shame that we might hear "Gloria" once in a blue moon on an 80s radio station... her 'best of' belongs in your collection.

It looks like we figured out one of our call-in issues and we now only have some tinkering to do with the mic. Fun episode and it was great to see all the participants in the chat room. It's too bad we couldn't just play everything of hers for you but I think this is a great launch pad for those that need a starting point.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

EPISODE184 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

Martin's birthday episodes can always have mixed results. This year we focused on one of his favorite acts, The Connells. It was hard to pick just a few songs this week but it may be his bias. Expect to hear a retrospective mix, "Darker Days," "Fun And Games" and "Maybe."

First off, thanks to all those that stopped by the chat room to celebrate Martin's birthday. We also want to send our best wishes to one of our listeners, Linda, who is undergoing back surgery shortly. We decided to try out some new technology (moved to Eyebeam -- which is the full version of X-Lite for calling in to the show) and found it's limitations. This meant that the live show had some audio drops but we made it through and it'll be a day or so with tech support to remedy the issue for next week. If you go on vacation and leave the house a mess, it'll probably be a mess when you get back. Hopefully our technological mess won't take as long to clean up. There is a slight microphone chirping that we want to correct as well. One chore at a time.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

You're probably wondering where the latest episode of Talking 80s Music is. Martin mentioned during the show that he's be uploading shows while on vacation and doing one live from Oregon. Upon further reflection, he was spending most of the trip preparing for the shows instead of spending time with his family. This is his first lengthy vacation in years and we had to tell him that the show can wait. So, fear not, he should be recharged by the time he returns later this month to talk about the Proclaimers.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

EPISODE183 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week we took a look at the short solo career of singer-songwriter (and later producer) Jon Astley. Expect to hear his singles ("Jane's Getting Serious" and "Put This Love To The Test") and "But Is It Commercial."

Yes, this is the first of a few pre-recorded shows as Martin is getting ready for a much needed family vacation. The news is still in there, so they aren't recorded that far ahead of time. But he did get to exchange a few quick emails with this week's artist. It says a lot about why this show does what it does when it can't find a good biography out there on an artist that had two hits on the U.S. charts. We fill in that gap... with the help of Mr. Astley himself.