Saturday, October 30, 2010

EPISODE198 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

Halloween is definitely one of if not Martin's favorite holiday (heck, that's actually his normal desktop photo above.)  So for this week's episode of Talking 80s Music goes somewhere we haven't before -- original songs from 80s horror films.  We played classic songs by Paul Zaza, Gerard McMahon and Steve Parsons from the films My Bloody Valentine, Lost Boys and The Howling II.  Sure, you might not recognize the names, you do know the movies and you should recognize these songs by artists we really should have heard more from.  We urge you to turn off the lights and listen to the second half of the show in the dark to really get the effect of the songs.

Everything rolled along pretty well for this show.  No major issues and it made for a quick edit.  We'd also love to hear your favorite horror songs of the 1980s in our comments area below.  We tried to avoid some overplayed songs and ones by artists we would do full episodes on (The Ramones, AC/DC, etc.)  Have a great Halloween folks!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

EPISODE197 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week, we turned our attention on Norwegian metal act TNT and their former vocalist Tony Harnell.  Tony joined us live and discussed his work with the band, his new Round Trip album with The Mercury Train and his recent projects.  We also played a TNT retrospective mix as well as the 1989 single, "Tonight I'm Falling," and the new song "Anywhere But Here" by Tony Harnell And The Mercury Train.

Martin had a great talk with Tony and it should be noted that there was a slight delay during the interview leaving a little dead air in the conversation.  We decided to leave it in there as it's a mess to edit out and it gives you the show as it is.  (Remember, we said less editing awhile back.)  Which also goes to note that we left a few more flubs than normal.  The audio hum has returned to one of the microphones but we'll be looking into that soon.  Overall we hope it was as informative as it was fun.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

EPISODE196 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week we were joined by Foghat's Roger Earl. We discuss their history, wine and -- of course -- their new studio effort, Last Train Home. There is nothing wrong with a band that goes back to their roots. If anything, it's like sharpening the scalpel before the next surgery. We play a retrospective mix of their singles from the 1980s, the 1981 single "Live Now - Pay Later" and "It Hurts Me Too" off the new album.

Once you hear the show, you will understand how much Martin likes the album. He wanted to spend the rest of this post talking just about it but he's supposed to have a review up at 80s Music Central soon for it (so, we're going to conserve energy here and wait for that.) Otherwise, everything went well technically and can't complain.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

EPISODE195 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week, we turned our magnifying glass on punk/glam rock hybrid The Lords Of The New Church. They could be called a punk supergroup but they didn't stay punk... they merged genres not often associated with the punk sound to create an almost gothic rock appeal. Sure, Madonna changes her sound every album and we have expectations that she'll continue to do so. But there is something about seeing 4 guys leave a similar discipline and create a new template. Expect to hear a retrospective mix, classics ("Open Your Eyes" and "Dance With Me") and the live track "Apocolypso."

Sometimes struggles are worth it. Martin fought with the mic before the show (and won... it seems) as the recording was probably the clearest it has been since purchasing that item. Everything went really well and things are hopping. We are also closing in on episode #200. No idea what will come but you either go big or you go home.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

EPISODE194 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we focused on the life of late blues/rock/jazz artist Jeff Healey. Often cited as one of the best blues guitarists of the decade, he and the Jeff Healey Band were a breath of fresh air and recorded, "Angel Eyes," an enduring wedding song for many. We played a retrospective mix, "My Little Girl," "When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

Technically-speaking, things went well and we are getting past some of our limitations on the live show. (We just take a short break to call back in.) It's never easy to talk about an artist that has passed away but, to Martin, this was a story that had to be told. One thing that he forgot to mention is that Healey's final jazz album with the Jazz Wizards, Last Call, was released in April. It must be said that retinoblastoma is something that with early detection can be treated. Take plenty of photos of your children (as if you have to be told that.)