Saturday, April 24, 2010

EPISODE174 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we focus on Texas singer-songwriter/guitarist Charlie Sexton. Releasing some of his earliest music at the age of 15, he would release his solo debut album two years later, become an in-demand session guitarist, formed a band and, during the last few years, became Bob Dylan's guitarist. Expect to hear a retrospective mix, a live version of his hit "Beat's So Lonely" and "Don't Look Back."

Fun episode. Yes, it's our last one with the news section included as we've put our work there to rest. We will feel our way around it for future episodes but it should free things up quite a bit. There were some oddities with the show technically speaking. The audio recorded during the live show didn't come through as well as we'd like (sounded a little tinny.) We couldn't help the audio on the live track as it has a little hum from the television production it came from. He didn't record much live so it is one of the few documents we have to showcase his ability on stage. So, we have to take what we get. But our thanks go out to Linda for requesting a Charlie Sexton episode at our Facebook group area.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

EPISODE173 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we take a look at the strut, swagger and sensuality of iconic U.K. rock act The Pretenders. Expect to hear a massive retrospective mix, a live version of "Middle Of The Road" from Live Aid and their 1981 single, "The Adultress," by the Chrissie Hynde-led ensemble. So much to cram into one episode but they've just had one of those careers. We also played a 1981 single called "Rock Hard" by Fallout in memory of their (and Carnivore/Type O Negative) vocalist Peter Steele.

Technically, everything went well. Made an announcement the day before about the coming end to the 80s Nuts Newsletter after over a decade (nearly 12 years) celebrating the decade. What does that mean for future shows? Well, we will not be focusing on the news for 20+ minutes each week. If a news article get mentioned in conversation, we'll try to put a link up for you or something. It also means that we can focus on that specific artist each week and take more of your calls. It'd be good to hear what you think about some of them but, otherwise, the future remains the future and we will adjust accordingly.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

EPISODE172 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

Last month was the 16th anniversary of the passing of multi-instrumentalist Dan Hartman. This week on Talking 80s Music, we will celebrate the short career of a man who touched many different genres and made him a hot commodity in the recording studio. We played a retrospective mix, "Heaven In Your Arms," "We Are The Young" and "Waiting To See You." Hopefully, this dispels any myths that Hartman was a 'one-hit wonder.'

We also debuted a song, "Eat Me Alive," off Ratt's upcoming album, Infestation. You can download your version of it here. Everything went pretty well otherwise. Martin did mention placing a link here going to our Facebook group page to make it easier for you to interact with each other and help us define what some of our 'must-do' episodes are.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

EPISODE171 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music we turned our focus on reunited Swedish rock act Treat. We talked about their history and played a retrospective mix, a few singles ("Rev It Up" and "You're The One I Want") and a new song, "Roar," off their new studio album, Coup De Grace. Sure, they didn't become a household name in the U.S. during the decade but that's what we are here for.

Of note, the Frontiers Records release of Coup De Grace recently debuted at #12 on the Swedish charts, higher than any of their previous albums (of which Pleasure Principle went to #17 in 1986.) Martin has taken on a new mission which, after listening to the show, he hopes you join in on. Call your local rock radio station and urge them to play Treat's "Roar" -- call them a few times. You can use a handy little tool like the Radio-Locator to find those phone numbers. It's shocking what just a few calls can do and wouldn't it be great for Treat's time to finally come?