Friday, December 24, 2010

EPISODE206 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week we turned our focus on Duran Duran.  Sure, there is a whole backstory on Martin's connection with the band.  What he doesn't tell you is that he at one time was seriously considering auditioning (even talked with and picked up a tape of instrumental originals to write vocals over) for a heavily Duran-inspired local band.  But, the Duran Duran made a big impact on his approach to music and the appreciation thereof.  Here he gives you the low-down, plays a retrospective mix, live tracks and album tracks.

We decided that this and next week will be pre-recorded episodes... meaning no calls or chat room but plenty of free time for the staff.  (About time!)  Anyhow, as we get closer, he'll be going through a huge list of all the bands that he wanted to cover and didn't and it's pretty lengthy.  Pretty good timing for this episode seeing as it's the same week they release their new studio album, All You Need Is Now, at iTunes.  We would like to wish everyone the best during the weekend and holiday.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

EPISODE205 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we set our sights on one of the greatest stories of post-punk and modern rock... the story of the bands Joy Division and New Order.  Three shared destinies, some heartbreak and a lot of great music.  Expect to hear a Joy Division retrospective mix and live version of "Means To An End" as well as New Order retrospective mix, "Every Little Counts" and "Touched By The Hand Of God."  A great primer for those just scratching your head reading this.

Last week we started playing a "Martin's Classic" song... you know, something he dusted off that you might not have heard before (but it in his iPod favorites.)  You got to hear a cover of "Since I Fell For You" by Johnny Diesel & The Injectors.  Martin would urge you to just buy that self-titled album for your own Christmas or Hanukka gift to unwrap next week.  Speaking of next week, the next two episodes of the show (on Duran Duran and then Depeche Mode) will be pre-recorded so they will be available mid-day leading up to our final show on Jan. 8th.  Have a great holiday season!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

EPISODE204 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

There is something to be said for an artist crossing over from one genre to another.  It used to be more eventful than it is now despite the fact that there are more genres defining recording artists.  Several acts brought country music to the mainstream charts during the decade... Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Alabama, Linda Ronstadt, Ronnie Milsap, John Denver, Willie Nelson, Crystal Gayle, Juice Newton and Eddie Rabbitt.  This week we focused on the late singer-songwriter Eddie Rabbit, playing a lengthy retrospective mix, "Step By Step" and "She's Comin' Back To Say Goodbye."

We made some changes this week and ended with an announcement.  First, we have halted our news reporting.  This will be a good change for the next few episodes.  It was time.  Second, we've added a "Martin's Classic" song that we'll play each week.  This week, he played Real Life's 1983 song, "Burning Blue," off their debut album Heartland.  Lastly, we've announced an end to the show.  It's been a tough decision to know when this journey would end and we'd never get through all the artists we'd like to focus on.  What we can do is go out in style with a few more of Martin's favorite acts.  Martin is planning to wrap up the show with two live episodes (and two recorded during the holidays) and take some time off before launching a new show.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

EPISODE203 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

There really isn't anyone else like Ozzy Osbourne.  If you put him on a magazine cover, you'd know exactly what to expect.  He stands among his music peers as someone who has endured and pushed the boundaries of the heavy metal market.  This week, we look at his immense career and the rollercoaster that has been his life.  We play a retrospective mix of his solo work, a live version of "Crazy Train," the album track "Rock 'n' Roll Rebel" and "Crazy Babies" -- one song for each of the guitarists he'd recorded with during the decade.

There's always a first time for a problem.  Today, the SIP lines for Talkshoe were locked up.  What this means in English is that we weren't able to call in to record, let alone start, our show this week.  So, we hung out in the chat room with some of the normal listeners and recorded it later off the air.  The wheels are turning over and over on our side of the screen and we'll come up with a remedy if they don't.