Saturday, January 30, 2010

EPISODE162 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we talked with singer/songwriter Martha Davis of The Motels about her songwriting, recording and a ton of new projects in the works (including her new children's album Red Frog Presents 16 Songs For Parents And Children.) A powerful voice and a sharp pen, Davis has created some amazing hits that are part of our Motels retrospective mix. We also feature a live version of the band's "Closets & Bullets" from 1980.

There are many artists that find themselves hidden behind a band name later in life. You can probably name a bunch of acts that you enjoy that you have no idea who the singer/songwriter behind those songs may be. Just something to think about as we focused on one such artist this week. Next week will be a special call-in episode, so we urge you to find a way to catch it live and interact with the band. I won't print who it is here but you can find out in this latest episode of the show.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

EPISODE161 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we celebrate the life and legacy of late R&B vocalist Teddy Pendergrass. The man made women swoon and forced men to purchase his albums in hopes to get the same effect on the ladies. We expect to play a retrospective mix, "Can't We Try," "Never Felt Like Dancin'" and a very special live track.

The idea for a Teddy Pendergrass episode had been gestating for awhile and, with his passing, we had to move it up. Some amazing music in his catalogue that hopefully sits on your iPod or in your collection. Few bumps in the road technically this week, if at all.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

EPISODE160 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

Last week on Talking 80s Music, we focused on New Zealand's Split Enz... but we purposely didn't mention the latter project by bandmates Neil Finn and Paul Hester, Crowded House. That's because we would spend this week talking about the Crowdies. We played a retrospective mix, "Hole In The River," "Into Temptation" live and live acoustic versions of "Throw Your Arms Around Me" and "Better Be Home Soon."

We had several visitors during the show which included mega-Go West fan, Trish. There is something fun about connecting with other people just as passionate about their music. Many plans for the next few weeks... just can't spoil it yet.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

EPISODE159 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we look to a little island called New Zealand and focus on the band called Split Enz. Evolving from progressive rock to punk to pop, the band would have several hits before finding greater success separately. Expect to hear a retrospective mix, their rare non-album single "No Exit," "I Wouldn't Dream Of It" and a live version of their classic "Message To My Girl." Sure, we could have made a 2 hour episode out of this but also wanted to leave a little something for a future episode about their even more successful spin-off band.

Word from in the chat room was that the audio sounded better than ever. Do we believe them... yes, because we have to. Think we chose a good mix of fast, slow, well-know and lesser-known tracks for this one to showcase more of their range. Yes, Martin did mention the CES that he attended this week. His dream is to host the show live at one of those locations someday... Tommy Lee was running around there this year.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

EPISODE158 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

One must start off the new year right, right? This week, Talking 80s Music focused on the recent release of the Park Lane Archives. The compilation collects 22 demos and exclusive rarities from the Park Lane Studios in Glasgow Scotland -- which can be viewed as a historical record of the 'Scotrock' music scene. We featured songs by Bourgie Bourgie ("Breaking Point"), the Jazzateers ("16 Reasons") and the Kevin McDermott Orchestra ("Wheels Of Wonder".)

For some reason, as the episode went on, we forgot that it was a light news week (still... as the holidays always seem to do that.) So it was a good reason to throw other lingering thoughts out there like update people to the 80s Music Icons Facebook App. But a good start to the new year and a few bands for fans of Scotrock to investigate.