Tuesday, March 08, 2011

For your enjoyment, below are the collected works from the series Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy.  The show ran from 2006 to 2011 with a majority recorded live.  During that time we covered a lot of material and it is great to have it all in one place.  (So go browsing that artist list on the side.)  We also talked to some great people... from fans of the show to artists that made the decade worth remembering.  Here's a definitive interview list for you:

King Swamp's Walter Wray
Information Society's Paul Robb
Red Flag's Chris Reynolds
The Nails' David Kaufman
Former Vixen drummer Roxy Petrucci
Alvin And The Chipmunks
Boys Don't Cry's Nick Richards
Dwight Twilley
Gary Wright
Former Sheriff/Alias guitarist Steve DeMarchi
Alan Parsons
Buggles/Asia/Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes
Quarterflash's Rindy And Marv Ross
Jon Mikl Thor
Martha Davis of The Motels
The Outfield
The Knack bassist Prescott Niles
Ron Keel
Robbie Grey of Modern English
Culture Club guitarist Roy Hay
Irene Cara
Deon Estus
Stan Bush
Peter Godwin
Foghat drummer Roger Earl
Former TNT vocalist Tony Harnell
Former King Kobra/Signal vocalist Marcie Free
Andy McCluskey of OMD

Diverse bunch there.  The list of artists that we wanted to interview and also do episodes of the show on was immense but our time ran out.  It happens.  The above listed artists were very gracious with their time which makes their episodes 'must listen' material for fans.  (Consider them extensive Behind The Music episodes as told by the artist themselves.)  We had a blast doing the show and thank our listeners and guests for making it an amazing run.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

EPISODE208 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

Every good story has a final chapter, a final disclosure or final word.  (Sure sounds like we're over-using the word 'final' to me.)  Erasure help us shut the book on Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy after 208 episodes and 4+ years.  There is a reason.  Not only are the duo a major influence on Martin's musical eclecticism but they fulfill the request of our long-time listener Linda.  (We also threw in an Aerosmith retrospective mix for Ben -- who was AWOL.)  You'll hear a retrospective mix, live version of "Leave Me To Bleed," "Don't Suppose" and "How Many Times?" as well as a few calls from listeners.

It's a bit trite to say 'how hard it is to say goodbye.'  (I mean, there are tons of songs about it.)  But when you attack anything with passion for a prolonged period of time, it's unbelievably difficult to set it aside.  It helped to have so many listeners there for the last show and to hear from them.  We can only hope that as this series remains available for more and more new listeners that they develop the same passion and determination to see what else is out there.  The 1980s were more than the few hit songs that still get played ad-nauseum on some radio stations.  We hope that this starts your personal journey into finding your own gems.  Although there were technical issues, we wouldn't want to go out any other way.  Martin does have a personal video project in the works during a little down-time, a new project in development and you can find out more of what he's up to at http://www.MartinHennessy.com or look for him on Facebook.  It's going to take some adjusting but he has said that something new could happen by this summer.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

EPISODE207 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

Our last pre-recorded show, we promise.  This week, we focused on Basildon's own Depeche Mode.  If longevity were a measure for success (on top of millions of albums sold and countless #1's), Depeche Mode would be right up on top of most lists.  The fact that they keep cranking out well-received music and songs that still mean something to people can attest to that.  Anyhow, we follow their story and play a retrospective mix, live version of "My Secret Garden," "Dangerous" and "I Want You Now" in an effort to give you a broad representation of who they are without playing hit after hit.

As part of Martin's Classics, he played a song called "Intro (The Harmonica Man)" by Fields Of The Nephilim.  Short but sweet and another one of those to play in a dark room.  Amazing to think that we probably couldn't have done this or last week's shows if we still had 20 minutes of news or so.  (We had to re-encode at a lower rate to fit restrictions for the last two shows.)  As we mentioned last week, the team have New Year's day to recover and gear up for next week.  It's been an amazing ride and a terrific year over here and we can only wish the best to you and yours.  During the show Martin also mentioned hearing from you next week.  We'd love to have any of the show's listeners take a moment to call in if they can around 1pm (PST) as we say our goodbyes.  Without you, we would hear a lot of echoes and Martin would have been typing these... (You really didn't want to see that.)