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.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

EPISODE182 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we decided to talk about our third Beatle so far... the late George Harrison. From Beatles lead guitarist to solo hit-maker to Wilbury, Harrison touched many mediums and has an enduring legacy. Expect to hear a retrospective mix, Martin's favorite Harrison single ("All Those Years Ago") and the often skipped 1988 single "This Is Love."

We decided to make this our last live episode for the next two weeks as we get ready for our West Coast tour. (Used record stores in the previously mentioned areas will be in trouble.) Our next live show will be on July 10th from Oregon's beautiful Coos Bay. We decided to make this show a bit more of a rough edit and for some reason there was a minute or so gap when talking about the Traveling Wilburys... meaning we will probably have to do an episode there to fix that. Happy Father's Day to all it pertains.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

EPISODE181 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

We know that you've been wondering what's been going on with Irene Cara. The knock-out voice that dominated the radio with songs like "Fame," "What A Feelin'," "Why Me?" and "Breakdance" has a new double-CD on the way with her new act Hot Caramel. We talked with her this week about the new single, "Kiss And Walk Away," as well as her earlier hits. Expect to hear the new song, a retrospective mix and "The Dream (Hold On To Your Dream)."

Got a late start due to a technical faux pas (thanks for catching it Steve) but once things got going, we were rocking. Wish we had better quality during the interview but something was wonky on both sides of our phone lines. It is about content, right? We're just happy that it came out as well as it did and we got to celebrate the works of a great performer.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

EPISODE180 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week we talk with Culture Club guitarist/keyboardist Roy Hay live and discuss the band, the reunions and his upcoming appearance with Boys Don't Cry & Friends on June 12th at The Canyon Club. We play a retrospective mix and live tracks ("I'm Afraid Of Me" and "Church Of The Poison Mind") as well as take a surprise call.

It couldn't have been more of a pleasure doing that interview. We did have some issues but we worked around them. Never give up. No idea why we couldn't see the live callers updated in the chatroom, then lost our phone connection and during the edit noticed that part of the interview wasn't there (hence a slight change in audio quality when the interview starts.) But, it's talking with these people and sharing their stories that are most important.