Saturday, February 27, 2010

EPISODE166 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we turned our attention to Los Angeles-based heavy metal act Keel. We talked with vocalist/guitarist Ron Keel about the band's history, their 25th anniversary reissue of The Right To Rock and their new album, Streets Of Rock & Roll. We played a retrospective mix, the new version of "The Right To Rock," and both "Brothers In Blood" and "Does Anybody Believe" (off the new album.)

Martin has been mentioning how much he loves the new songs all week and we are all excited to see this band get new material out there. We also featured a sample of "Finger On The Trigger" from Asia's upcoming album, Omega, and the song "Toutes les auiguilles dans le rouge" off of Buzz's latest release, Cyberclash: Live @ Aligre FM-Paris. No major issues technically but it was another long show. At least we made it all fit in just under 2 hours.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

EPISODE165 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

It was with a heavy heart that we focused this week's episode of Talking 80s Music on Los Angeles-based rock act The Knack. Singer/songwriter Doug Fieger lost his battle with cancer on Feb. 14th. We were lucky enough to talk extensively with Prescott Niles about the band's history to give you a deep insight into what made them rock. We played a short retrospective mix and album tracks ("I Want You" and "Radiating Love.")

It isn't often that we set a record for our longest interview and not a minute of it was wasted. So, our thanks go out to Mr. Niles as he arranged time for us last minute as things are really busy over there with him. We also want to point fans over to a letter he wrote about Doug at the Doug Fieger Memorial Page on Facebook. Martin also mentioned a video of Prescott playing "My Sharona" with his daughter Liv (on lead guitar) and son Gabe (on drums) that you just have to see. Technically, the show went great but, due to it going over 2 hours in length, we had size issues. This episode would have been a 128MB file but we are restricted to 100MB per episode so we cut the audio Kbps from 128 to 96.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

EPISODE164 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we investigate the allure and longevity of Grammy-winning U.K. pop/jazz ensemble Sade. We will also play a retrospective mix, the album version of "Smooth Operator," a 1988 recording of "Paradise" and a sample of the title track from their new studio album, Soldier Of Love.

Sade has always been an episode that we wanted to do for the show. Something about the easy grace that flows through their songs. Technically, all went well. We are just a few weeks from testing out a few changes and our hopes are for the better. Otherwise, we will keep forging a wide but varied path leaving nothing but dust in our wake.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

EPISODE163 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

We are all about pushing our boundaries here and this week we had our first interview with a full band. Tony Lewis, John Spinks and Alan Jackman of The Outfield joined us live from London to talk about their career, the music business and their forthcoming new studio album. We even had our own wardrobe malfunction... well, kinda... you need to catch the show. You get to hear a retrospective mix, "Baby I'm Crazy," the first song to surface from their new album as well as live versions of "All The Love" and "Your Love." Several fans also joined in to ask a few questions.

We now know that we can handle more callers and may try to do more live interviews (although a little difficult for some that are on the other side of the world.) Martin said something afterwards about there being nothing like talking to a band you admire and enjoy to get you excited about doing this type of show. Our thanks go out to the band and Brent Bitner for a very special episode. Make sure you stop by their Web site at to check for updates, sign up for their newsletter, follow them on MySpace, Twitter and Facebook.