Gary Numan vs. DieHard Battery

To know me is to know my undying love for Gary Numan. In fact, I have VIP tickets to see/meet him in October during his North American Pleasure Principle Tour.

This ad was just released on YouTube yesterday, and is well on its way to becoming viral. In my humble opinion, it is ultra-cool.

Marsbar Playlist ~ 7-11-2010

July 11, 2010

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight.

No better way to beat the “Monday’s coming and I can’t stop it” blues than to spend Sunday evening in the Marsbar Theatre. Let David Marsden jump-start your week the way it was meant to be. Make a note to join us next Saturday and Sunday nights from 7 pm until midnight eastern.

The playlist is until 10 pm – if anyone can fill in the list post-10 pm, it would be greatly appreciated.
~ MissParker ~

Be Bop Deluxe – Panic In The World
Bob Geldof – This Is The World Calling
Broken Social Scene – All To All
Champion Heartache – Dirty Mind
Clash – The Magnificent Seven
City Boy – The Greatest Story Ever Told
Elvis Costello – Watching The Detectives
Extras – Jealous Girl
Feargal Sharkey – A Good Heart
Fools – It’s A Night For Beautiful Girls
Frank Zappa – Flakes
garfield – Above Market Street
Gentlmen Reg – We’re In A Thunderstorm
Godley & Crème – 5 O’clock In The Morning
Hidden Cameras – Colour Of A Man
Housemartins – People Who grinned Themselves To Death
Hudson Ford – Burn Baby Burn
Jason Collett – Love Is A Chain
Jona Lewie – Louise (We Get It right)
Klaatu – Knee Deep In Love
Lou Reed – Sweet Jane (Intro)
Moist – Silver
Parachute Club – Rise Up
Queen – The Show Must Go On
Rheostatics – Why Is This Man Laughing
Robbie Robertson – Somewhere Down The Crazy River
Simple Minds – In Trance As Mission
Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
Spirit – Nature’s Way
TBA – Love Across The Nation
Thinkman – The Formula
Thomas Dolby – Wind Power
UB40 – Cherry Oh Baby

For previous David Marsden lists starting from 2003, visit RalphD’s blog “Marsbar Theater.” Ralph is the creator and original caretaker of the lists.

Marsbar Playlist ~ 7-10-2010

July 10, 2010

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight.

Once again, this was a fabulous night for music in the Marsbar Theater. This past Thursday, David participated in a one-year memorial for the late Martin Streek. Tonight, David played some of Martin’s favorite music in his honor, making an already extraordinary night even more wonderful.

Join us tomorrow night from 7 pm until midnight eastern.
~ MissParker ~

69 Eyes – Gothic Girl
Beloved – The Sun Rising
Big Supreme – Don’t Walk
Book Of Love – Boy
Boomtown Rats – Dave
Broken Social Scene – Chase Scene
Champion – Resistance (Skool)
Cure – Love Cats
David Bowie – Here Comes The Night
Dee Long – Make Love In Zero Gravity
Depeche Mode – Black Celebration
Dexy’s Midnight Runners – C’Mon Eileen
Evermore – It’s Too Late
Gary Numan – Cars
Golden Dogs – Saints At The Gates
Hidden Cameras – Do I Belong?
Ian Dury & The Blockheads – Spasticus (Autisticus)
Japan  – Rhodesia
Jason Collett – Love Is A Chain
Jason Collett – Vanderpool Vanderpool
Joe Cocker – Summer In The City
Living Color – Glamour Boys
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Forest Fire
Love & Rockets – Ball Of Confusion
Midge Ure – If I Was
Oingo Boingo – You Really Got Me
Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party – Wish Upon A Dog Star
Powder Blues Band – Hear That Guitar Ring
Priddle Concern – Dive
Pukka Orchestra – Wonderful night To Be Young
Rammstein – Stripped Down To The Bone
Redbone – Witch Queen Of New Orleans
Richard Strange & The Engine Room – Damascus
Richard Wright – Confusion
Robbie Robertson – Fallen Angel
Rocky Horror Picture Show – Over At The Frankenstein Place
Roger Waters – Tower Of Faith
Ronnie Hawkins – Who Do You Love
Sam Roberts – Brother Down
Sham 69 – Poor Cow
Shriekback – Nemesis
Sisters Of Mercy – Lucretia (My Reflection)
Slave To The SQUAREwave – New York’s A Go-Go
Sly & The Family Stone – Hot Fun In The Summertime
Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight Tonight
Spoons – Tell No Lies
Spoons – Ciao
Stranglers – Too Precious
Strawbs – Benedictus
Timber Timbre – Lay Down In The Tall Grass
Type O Negative – My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend
U2 – Dancing Barefoot
Wombats – Let’s Dance To Joy Division
Yazoo – Nobody’s Diary

For previous David Marsden lists starting from 2003, visit RalphD’s blog “Marsbar Theater.” Ralph is the creator and original caretaker of the lists.

80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ Sigue Sigue Sputnik

The epitome of 80’s New Wave space-age excess, in looks and sound, was a band named after a Russian street gang, Sigue Sigue Sputnik (burn, burn sputnik). Formed in the early 80’s, the founding members were former Generation X bassist Tony James and Martin Degville. They were joined by outlandish frontman Zarjaz Baby, Neal X (Whitmore), Chris Kavanagh, Ray Mayhew and Yana Ya Ya.

Known for its outrageous and campy style, Sigue Sigue Sputnik hit its groove in 1986 when three of their singles charted in the UK top 40. “Love Missile F1-11” is the band’s most well-known song. Filled with trippy, spacey music, nonsensical lyrics, and a psychedelic-influenced tempo, listening “Love Missile F1-11” is like having a party in your ears. According to Wikipedia:

Sigue Sigue Sputnik lyrics combined futuristic imagery (“Cryin’ on our knees as the network screams”, “Saturn dreams, laser beams” and “space cowboy”) with camp, erotic, references to fetishized violence and B movie imagery. Songs referred to a “love rocket red”, “21st century sex machines”, “Atom age wonder”, “easy action Frankenstein”, “Chinese-speaking strip TVs” and a “freako psycho horror show”. This line could also be read as “freako psycho horrorshow”, a reference to A Clockwork Orange. They also created images such as “hips and lips and beauty queens”, and “venus ramp, sexy tramp…vegas vamp”. “Love Missile F1-11″‘s lyrics pushed the boundaries of parental tolerance and gained media attention with repeated double-entendre entreaties to “Shoot it up, Shoot it up, Shoot it up”.

Whether you like what you hear or not, there’s no disputing that this band leads the pack in ground-breaking New Wave extravaganza. It also was terribly short-lived, breaking up after only two studio albums. James blamed the media turning against them for their demise. In truly love-hate fashion, the media that first hyped the formation of Sigue Sigue Sputnik, ended up stabbing them in the back, accusing them of both manufacturing much of the controversy surrounding their live performances, and of miming onstage.

If you want music that makes you smile, give Sigue Sigue Sputnik a listen. There’s enough camp schtick packed into their productions to satisfy a walk on the wild side musically for a long time to come.

Purchase Sigue Sigue Sputnik music here.

Not for the faint of heart:

“Love Missile F1-11” via YouTube user metrodax:

“Atari Baby” via YouTube user escaquito75:

“21st Century Boy” via YouTube user junglerecords:

80’s Discography

Flaunt It (1986)

Dress for Excess (1988)

Marsbar Playlist ~ 7-4-2010

July 4, 2010

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight.

In the states, today was Independence Day. David Marsden brought us the music to maximize our celebration – the fireworks were all on the air coming out of the Rock.FM, compliments of the greatest free-form disc jockey in the universe. Not able to join us tonight? Then mark your calendar for next weekend – David Marsden and you, Saturday and Sunday nights from 7 p.m. until midnight.

Bananarama – Cruel Summer
Band – The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Could You Be Loved
Bobby Blue Band – Ain’t No Sunshine
Brendan Canning – Love Is New
British Sea Power – Waving Flags
Bryan Ferry – Let’s Stick Together
Carole Pope – Love Strikes Hard
Comsat Angels – Independence Day
Concrete Blonde – One Of My Kind
Cut Copy – Lights & Music
Darkroom – A Test Of Time
Dave Rave  – Good News
David Bowie – Scary Monsters
Dee Long – Wicked
Dee Long – Goodnight Universe
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
FM – Phasers On Stun
Gentleman Reg – We’re In A Thunderstorm
Greg Khin Band – Jeopardy
Happy Mondays – Hallelujah
Hidden Cameras – Do I Belong?
Hunter Valentine – Van City
Iggy Pop – Pumpin’ For Jill
Jackie Shane – Any Other Way
Japan – Transmission
Jim Pepper – Witchi Tai To
Jools Holland – When Did You Leave Heaven
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
Kinks – Misfits
Leon Russell & The Shelter People – Stranger In A Strange Land
Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
Long John Baldry – Flying
Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer In The City
Moby – Natural Blues
Moody Blues – Tuesday Afternoon
My Morning Jacket – Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Part II
Northern Pikes – Things I Do For Money
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – If You Leave
Patrick Dorrie – Sleep Where Dogs Lie
Paul Butterfield – Walkin’ Blues
Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party – Wish Upon A Dog Star
Pink Floyd – Is Anybody Out There?
Propellerheads feat. Shirley Bassey – History Repeating
Rammstein – Du Hast
Robbie Robertson – Soap Box Preacher
Rocky Horror Picture Show – Science Fiction/Double Feature
Rolling Stones – Memo From Turner
Scissor Sisters – Lovers In The Backseat
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Healing Hands
Sly & The Family Stone – Dance To The Music
Spoons – Nova Heart
Staple Singers – I’ll Take You There
Surfaris – Wipe Out
The The – Sweet Bird of Truth
Tim Curry – Working On My Tan
Tom Robinson Band – Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio
Tubes – Boy Crazy

For previous David Marsden lists starting from 2003, visit RalphD’s blog “Marsbar Theater.” Ralph is the creator and original caretaker of the lists.

80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ China Crisis

Sharing a passion for post-punk, the group began life as two men: Gary Daly (vocals and keyboards) and Eddie Lundon (guitar). The duo began composing music near Liverpool in 1979. After drummer Dave Reilly joined them, they became known as “China Crisis” and released a single in 1982 called “African and White.” It eventually reached number 45 on the UK Singles chart.

Their first album, Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms, Some People Think It’s Fun To Entertain peaked at number 21, firmly ensconcing China Crisis into the UK music scene. Early in the following year, their sophomore single “Christian” climbed to number 12 on the UK Singles chart. Reilly left and Steve Levy (oboe and saxophone) joined, and China Crisis gained a spot supporting Simple Minds on their tour.

In November 1983, China Crisis added Gary “Gazza” Johnson (bass) and Kevin Wilkinson (drums) to the line-up and released a second album. Working with Fire and Steel – Possible Pop Songs Volume Two catapulted the group into the forefront of the 80’s music scene. Their third album release, Flaunt the Imperfection, also did very well, but the single “King in A Catholic Way,” which charted at number 19, would prove to be their last big hit.

As with so many promising and criminally underrated bands, the remainder of the 80’s brought more personnel changes. China Crisis released two more albums before deciding to call it quits in 1994. Kevin Wilkinson, China Crisis drummer during their latter years, committed suicide in 1999.

Although they definitely had a longer and more satisfying run than so many other underrated 80’s bands, the fact remains that China Crisis did not reach their potential stature here in the states, which is a very big shame for us, indeed. A band with this much talent, with the right type of promotion, would have done very well. Lucky for us their music is kept alive by DJs-in-the-know like David Marsden and Ed-FM.

Purchase China Crisis music here.

China Crisis official myspace page.

Working with Fire and Steel” via YouTube user 18289:

King In A Catholic Style” via YouTube user backporchvideos:

Black Man Ray” via YouTube user popdjdysh:

Hanna Hanna” via YouTube user maffjon:


Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms, Some People Think It’s Fun To Entertain (1982)
Working with Fire and Steel – Possible Pop Songs Volume Two (1983)
Flaunt the Imperfection (1985)
What Price Paradise (1986)
Diary of a Hollow Horse (1989)
Warped By Success (1994)