Saturday, September 25, 2010

EPISODE193 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

There is a point in the history of 80s music when the implementation of electronics became more and more prevalent. This week on Talking 80s Music, we talked with a man that was part of that wave -- singer-songwriter Peter Godwin. We talked about his recording career, videos, lyric writing for Steve Winwood's latest album, his new project Nuevo and his Find My Fans Reissue Campaign on Facebook. We played a retrospective mix of his solo singles, the album track "Over Twenty One" and the Nuevo song "Rain Won't Come."

Technology can be a bear but after bumps and glitches we rode that wave and wound up with a classic episode. It must be noted that Mr. Godwin spent some time in the chat room talking with our listeners endearing us to him even more. We can only urge you to go and add the above mentioned fan page in an effort to get his recordings reissued. Add your voices to the masses.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

EPISODE192 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music we were lucky enough to talk with singer-songwriter Stan Bush just days after the release of his new studio album, Dream The Dream. It was a great chance to talk to him about the new release, his work on soundtracks, his 1986 classic "You've Got The Touch" and much more. We play a retrospective mix, the 1997 version of the aforementioned song and "I'm Still Here" off his new album.

Martin had a great time with the show despite being under the weather. Once it got over to editing we noticed that our host wasn't allowing anyone to download any of the previous episodes. Until that was fixed, we couldn't upload a new one. Thankfully, everything seems to be fixed early on Sunday morning but we still worry about how long the episodes have been unavailable.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

EPISODE191 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week we decided to expand our exploration of music genres by looking at the New York rap trio the Beastie Boys. No one blurred the edges of hip-hop, rock and punk more than they did as they evolved from a hardcore punk act to a multi-million album selling act. We threw together a retrospective mix, played their first international hit ("She's On It") and dusted off the 1989 demo of "The Sounds Of Science."

There was a lot going on during this episode and as there are many fans of the show that are more interested in new wave, metal or rock... we have a mission here to talk about the music of the 1980s. Yes, there may be a day we do a show on Vangelis or some other area of music but never let it be said that we get stagnant or repetitive. Technically, the sound was better than normal (could be how we separated our cabling.) So many things planned for the next few shows. Have a great weekend!

Saturday, September 04, 2010

EPISODE190 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

We took a little time out to look at the importance of the rhythm section. To hit the point home (that a good band can't succeed with a bad pulse), we focused this week's show on talented bassist/vocalist/composer/producer Deon Estus. The man created a groove within a little group called Wham! that turned pop music on it's ear and brought us his own top 5 hit "Heaven Help Me." Deon was kind enough to call us on his way into Las Vegas for a performance tonight at Monte Carlo's Brew Pub with Boys Don't Cry & Friends (you really should have seen them live by now.) We played the previously mentioned hit as well as "Me Or The Rumours" and "Spell."

We experienced some slight audio issues (he was driving on his way through the desert so some audio drops are to be expected and a new mic hum emerged) but everything came out well. Left a lot of the show unedited and think it sounds a bit better... maybe more human that way. No robots over here. Martin is off relaxing before he heads out to see Boys Don't Cry & Friends live. Not often that he can see 3 different people that he's interviewed live on stage in their own environment.