Saturday, November 27, 2010

EPISODE202 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

There aren't many bands that were only around for 5 years and left as big a footprint as Manchester's The Smiths.  This week, we look at their career as well as that of vocalist Morrissey.  So, you can say it's a two-for-one special.  We play retrospective mixes for each as well as specific tracks ("Work Is A Four Letter Word" and "Everyday Is Like Sunday" respectively) by each to show different aspects of their sound and range.

Sure we focused on the band and the lead singer but, for those that would like the bigger story, also look into Johnny Marr's work with The The, Electronic, The Healers, Modest Mouse and the Cribs.  (Because there was no way we were going to be able to get that in this episode without going over 2 hours.)  With all the countless 'best of' collections out there, you should at least have a few from the Smiths in your collection.  Shouldn't you?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

EPISODE201 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

There are many many amazing stories of artist from the 1980s.  Heck, it's the reason we do this show.  Some of those stories are happy, sad, intense and reflective but Martin has a thing for the tales of those overcoming adversity.  This week, we put Bonnie Tyler under the microscope.  No spoilers... but expect a lengthy retrospective mix, "Here She Comes," "Don't Turn Around" and a live hits medley.  If anything, this episode is a great reminder that Bonnie was much much more than her hit, "Total Eclipse Of The Heart."

Saturday, November 13, 2010

EPISODE200 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week we celebrated our 200th episode.  Once you start something, you never know where it will go -- could be a short-lived project or something more.  Martin keeps finding the latter.  To top off a milestone, he turned to Andy McCluskey of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (or OMD.)  The group have reunited and released a new album, History Of Modern, and at this time they are touring Germany.  Andy lays it all out for us from their history, present and future while giving a few choice tidbits about how "If You Leave" almost never happened.  We play our retrospective mix, "Of All The Things We've Made," a live version of "Enola Gay" and the new song "New Holy Ground."

We'll keep it short this week but we'd like to thank you for going with us on this journey.  200 weeks of recordings and, oddly enough, some people have heard them all.  Special thanks go out to Mich, Steve and Johnny for being our backbone in the chat room.  You just can't surround yourself with enough good people.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

EPISODE199 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we were joined by one of melodic rock's premier voices -- Marcie Free.  We talk to Marcie about her early years, work with King Kobra and Signal during the 1980s as well as the launch of Unruly Child.  Shouldn't spoil it by typing it all here but it's a great story of perseverance that leads up to an amazing new studio album, Worlds Collide, by Unruly Child that is out now.  We play a retrospective mix from King Kobra and Signal, King Kobra's "Tough Guys," Signal's "Arms Of A Stranger" and Unruly Child's new single, "Very First Time."

Martin had a great time here, as you can hear it.  Then again, there are some strong thoughts to take away from this show.  No spoilers... promise.  We definitely urge you to go check out the new album and let them know what you think at their site's forum area.  Lots going on for next week and we'll tell you more about it then.  But we did mention to our listeners that if they'd like to record an MP3 200th birthday wish and email it, they can do that.