Saturday, March 27, 2010

EPISODE170 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we look at a short-lived pop act named Tight Fit. It's not often a band starts as a producer's project, scores a hit, changes all its member, scores a few more hits, changes all its members, scores no hits and then re-emerges. You'll hear several ("Back To The Sixties," "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," "Fantasy Island" and a recent cover of M People's "Movin' On Up") singles and get a chance to consider what something cheesy.

We also included a few samples from upcoming albums (a live version of "Change" by John Waite and a cover of "Love Hurts" by Triumph.) But wild to see how much we packed into the show, but kept it short. That means, a quick edit and Martin is off to see a country concert. (He doesn't see many of them.)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

EPISODE169 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we turn our focus on late rocker Van Stephenson. He burst into the decade with 3 albums earning two big singles ("Modern Day Delilah" and "What The Big Girls Do") before joining country act Blackhawk for the next decade. We played those singles as well as soundtrack songs "Make It Glamorous" and "No Secrets." We were also lucky enough to have Aaron Phillips dig up an old interview he did with Blackhawk in 1994 as they were promoting their debut single. Aaron called in and we talked about that interview.

We also talked with Aaron about the timely relaunch of his Totally 80s Online station this week. Great to see him back and see a bunch of people pop in for the show. No technical glitches and if anything, it was one of the quickest post-show edits we've been able to do. If there is one issue with it, it would be the interview quality but that can't be helped. That means, once things start going too well, we have to start worrying or fiddle with new hardware/software.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

EPISODE168 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we turn our focus on late teen icon Andy Gibb. In just over a decade, Gibb went from being a #1 hit-maker to hosting a television series to Broadway to dealing with addiction and to mounting his comeback. We will share that story as well as feature a retrospective mix, a few singles ("Desire" and "All I Have To Do Is Dream") and a special version of "I Can't Help It."

Despite only releasing one album, After Dark, during the decade, Gibb made an impact on 80s pop culture on the radio and on television. This was a must-do episode. No problems technically. (Which is a good reason to take our time in making hardware changes.) We also mentioned Affliction clothing during the show and our friend's Web site. Drop by and see what they have.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

EPISODE167 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we celebrate the return of melodic rock act Giant and their new album, Promise Land. There are always songs that you hear and just expect it's another band. This episode gives us a chance to remedy a misconception that Foreigner had a few other hits that didn't make it on their albums. We played two songs ("I'll See You In My Dreams" and "I'm A Believer") from their 1989 debut, Last Of The Runaways, as well as "Believer Redux" and "Promise Land" off their new album (heading to stores next week.)

It's hard to imagine a band sounding like themselves yet changing their vocalist. Ok, sure, Journey did it on their last album but that doesn't happen often while also retaining their services as a writer on 7 and guitarist on 2 tracks. A lot of fun. Only a few hiccups in the live chat room as the live feed had a few spurious moments. Martin has dedicated this episode to his new nephew Leyton Matthew Hennessy born on Friday night.