80’s Music Rules ~ More from Retrospect CFRC-FM ~ 12-29-09

It was a frigid night in Kingston Ontario last night, but it sure was warm in Ed-FM’s studio. He was spinning tunes that were hotter than the surface of the sun. And just when we think he can’t get any more obscure, he manages to pull some vinyl nugget out of his bag ‘o’ tunes. If you think you know obscure, well, you’re probably wrong. Join us next Tuesday night to see just how much you really know.

Be sure to tune in to Ed and his “too obscure for my turntable” 80’s Retrospect show on CFRC-FM from 8 pm until 10 pm on Tuesday nights. Ed takes requests by phone: (613) 533-CFRC (2372) or email: retrospectcfrc at yahoo dot ca. Indulge yourself in some “80’s Music that doesn’t suck.” I guarantee die-hard 80’s New Wave/post-punk fans will not be disappointed.

CFRC-FM Playlist December 29, 2009

Basement of Carruthers Hall in Queens University, Kingston, Ontario

ED-FM ~ Retrospect

80’s Music That Doesn’t Suck

If the “Listen Live” link on the CFRC Website doesn’t work, copy and paste this URL into your Windows Media Player: http://sunsite.queensu.ca:8000/

Join us in the Chat Room during the show – either click the link on the right menu under the Rave and Roll graphic, or here.

To listen to any shows that you may have missed, go to the CFRC website and look up the archives under the “Programming” drop-down menu. You can enjoy Ed’s previous shows in one-hour increments.

  1. Boys Brigade – Saigon
  2. The Colourfield – The Colourfield
  3. Peter Godwin – Emotional Disguise (12 inch)
  4. Psyche – Thundershowers In Ivory Towers (extended)
  5. Fourth Floor – Black And White
  6. Art Of Noise – Beat Box (division one)
  7. Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (12 inch)
  8. The Tear Garden – Ophelia
  9.  Neon Judgement – Awful Day
  10. Single Gun Theory – Red Sunshine
  11. Siouxsie & The Banshees – Song From The Edge Of The World (12 inch)
  12. Matt Bianco – Yeah Yeah
  13. The Glove – Like an Animal (12 inch)
  14. Black – Blue
  15. Martha & The Muffins – Swimming
  16. Maurice & The Cliches – Soft Core
  17. B 52s – Give Me Back My Man
  18. Dominatrix – The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight
  19. Spoons – No More Growing Up
  20. The Mood – Paris Is One Day Away (12 inch)

Merry Christmas Mr. Marsden ~ 2009

I have written about Canadian DJ David Marsden’s Christmas Eve show in the past, and how moving, funny, poignant, and thoughtful it is. Although I have not had the pleasure of listening for the past 28 or so years like many very fortunate folks have, it has definitely become a part of my Christmas Eve tradition and will remain so, for hopefully many more years to come.

At the heart of this spectacular 5+ hours production is David’s own story of a Christmas Eve past, all those years ago, when walking home alone from his job as a DJ. After reaching deep within himself and empathizing with all of the other lonely souls he encountered that fateful night, he made a vow; he would do everything in his power to provide a warm, welcoming place for those who had no one else to be with, or no other place to go to gather, listen to some songs, and share some stories. David’s gift to everyone who listens then and now, is the gift of friendship, of self-worth, of camaraderie, and of love.

David works long and hard for several weeks prior to this special production, ensuring that everything is perfect. He enlists the aid of Happy Pants (Igor Loukine) to provide periodic updates on where Santa is and a preview of the presents he is carrying. David works the cast of regular listeners and chat room attendees into his stories and shout-outs to make the night even more personalized and outstanding. Tears of joy are intermingled with those of laughter as the evening runs the gamut of every emotion. This is truly the release that so many of us need after the stresses and strains of real life. One couldn’t buy a comparable five hours of therapy from a licensed practitioner. David knows just what  musical elixirs and soothing words we need to guide us through whatever life throws at us.

Last night, David broke with tradition to honor Canada’s latest fallen soldier, Lieutenant Andrew Nuttal. For those of you who reside outside of Canada, you may not be familiar with a beautiful ceremony that Canadians use to honor their fallen soldiers, Highway of Heroes. Each time a fallen hero is returned home and laid to rest, their final journey is a procession along Canada’s Highway 401. People from all over gather on the bridges carrying Canadian flags to salute their beloved comrade as he or she passes below. David said that he couldn’t let the night pass without mention of these brave men and women who have given their all to protect their country and fellow citizens. He played “Highway of Heroes” in their honor, and there wasn’t a dry eye among listeners everywhere.

Highway of Heroes Tribute via YouTube user SentinelReview:

Highway of Heroes via YouTube user Toronto Songwriter:

Speaking of the chat room, this has been a labor of love started by Sistahmar many years ago as a Yahoo group. When they outgrew that venue, Sistahmar was instrumental in setting up the room as it now exists, approximately 4 years ago. While David is on the air, it has become a place for friends, fans, and the just plain curious to wander in and out of, intermingling with fellow audiophiles and longtime listeners. David makes it a point to be there during his Thursday and Friday night broadcasts, greeting each participant and sharing his wealth of musical information. To check out some of David’s playlists, go to RalphD’s website. This will give you an idea of the treasures you will hear when you join us.

David is on a short break and will return to his regular [edit:] Saturday and Sunday night (7 pm- midnight EST) free-form broadcasting on Jaunary 7, 2010. Go to 94.9 The Rock’s website and click the “Listen Live” button to experience a master at work. David’s induction into the Hall of Fame was not by happenstance; he earned his reputation as the champion of incredibly wonderful non-mainstream artists and the master of free-form broadcasting at its finest. Give yourself a gift this coming year and tune in to David Marsden’s program. Go to his website Marsden Global and click on the chat room link where you will be greeted by people (Sistahmar and all of the regulars) who will make you feel like they have known you forever.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Marsden. You have enriched so many people’s lives in ways that you can never know. I am one of those people and I am very grateful for you and all that you do.

80’s Music Rules ~ More from Retrospect CFRC-FM ~ 12-22-09

Ed was out of the gate in a major rocking frenzy. Yello started the night on track with a scorcher called “Si Senor The Hairy Grill.” Then, Ed played a tune I never would have guessed in a million years was by Icicle Works. Called “Shit Creek,” it melted the paint off my walls – definitely a far cry from “Whisper To A Scream.” And what can I say about the acoustic version of Gary Numan’s “Jo The Waiter” – my heart was beating so fast with love, I thought I’d have to call 911.

Be sure to tune in to Ed and his “betcha never heard this one” 80’s Retrospect show on CFRC-FM from 8 pm until 10 pm on Tuesday nights. Ed takes requests by phone: (613) 533-CFRC (2372) or email: retrospectcfrc at yahoo dot ca. Indulge yourself in some “80’s Music that doesn’t suck.” I guarantee die-hard 80’s New Wave/post-punk fans will not be disappointed.

CFRC-FM Playlist December 22, 2009

Basement of Carruthers Hall in Queens University, Kingston, Ontario
ED-FM ~ Retrospect
80’s Music That Doesn’t Suck
If the “Listen Live” link on the CFRC Website doesn’t work, copy and paste this URL into your Windows Media Player: http://sunsite.queensu.ca:8000/
Join us in the Chat Room during the show – either click the link on the right menu under the Rave and Roll graphic, or here.
To listen to any shows that you may have missed, go to the CFRC website and look up the archives under the “Programming” drop-down menu. You can enjoy Ed’s previous shows in one-hour increments.

  1. Yello – Si Senor The Hairy Grill
  2. Icicle Works – Shit Creek
  3. Psyche – Eternal
  4. Gary Numan – Jo The Waiter
  5. Rough Trade – Deka Dance
  6. Victims of Pleasure – Jack and Jill
  7. Blue Peter – Don’t Walk Past (12 inch)
  8. Courage Of Lassie – Hiroshima
  9. Das Cabinet – The Cabinet
  10. Promise – Hollywood
  11. Neon Judgement – Kid Shylene
  12. Boulevard Noir – Images Of Concrete Toys
  13. Eurythmics – English Summer
  14. Trees – 11 AM
  15. Men Without Hats – Security (10-inch single)
  16. Eva Everything – No Pleasure (12 inch dance mix)
  17. The Coconuts – Don’t Take My Coconuts
  18. Josie Cotton – Johnny Are You Queer?
  19. Captain Sensible – The Russians Are Coming
  20. Sexbeat – Sexbeat
  21. Section 25 – Looking From A Hilltop (megamix)
  22. Hawaiian Pups – Baby Judy
  23. Cottage Industry – Crucial Moment
  24. Dalek I Love You – Heaven Was Bought for Me

80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ Malcolm Burn/ Boys Brigade

 It is difficult to find information of substance about Malcolm Burn. Apparently, he is one of the fortunate souls who has been able to keep his personal life out of the limelight, while working like a madman writing, recording, and producing music. This prolific Canadian-born artist has had his hands in a significant number of projects, and unfortunately, many of his earliest creations are largely unknown in the lower 48.

Burn was born in Cornwall, Ontario. In the 80’s he was part of a short-lived Canadian New Wave band called Boys Brigade, which yielded one album of the same name, produced by Geddy Lee of Rush. The group was made up of Billie (Bucko) Brock (drums, vocals), Malcolm Burn (vocals, keyboards), Tony (Tones) Lester (vocals, guitar, synths), David Porter (percussion, vocals), Wayne Lorenz (bass), and Jeff Packer (percussion, vocals). The Boys Brigade album had three minor hits called “Melody,” “Passion of Love,” and “Into The Flow.”

Burn struck out on his own and recorded an album solo titled Redemption. This album is out of print and difficult to find, but it is worth a place in any 80’s music collection. Ed-FM played “Humans Can Talk” from Redemption this past week, a favorite of mine. Other notable cuts from Redemption are “Walk Don’t Run,” “Indian Summer,” and House of Glass.”

Malcolm Burn clearly found his niche as a producer/ support musician. His musical collaborations, starting in 1988 up until the present, include teaming with such esteemed names as Daniel Lanois, Blue Rodeo, Bob Dylan, The Neville Brothers, Iggy Pop, John Mellencamp, and Midnight Oil. His work with Emmylou Harris has netted him a 2001 Grammy Award and a 2004 nomination for a Juno Award. For a more comprehensive listing of his accomplishments, check out his web page  and his MySpace page.

Listen to some of Burn’s music as part of the Boys Brigade and also look into some of his noteworthy collaborations. You just may find a new direction towards which your underrated 80’s musical tastes will gravitate.

 

“Passion Of Love” via Youtube user kurdtss:

“Melody” via YouTube user kurdtss:

“Into The Flow” via YouTube user FilmSound0001:

80’s Music Rules ~ More from Retrospect CFRC-FM ~ 12-15-09

Crackin’ great show last night. Ed-Fm did what most radio stations would never do – play the entire “Welcome To The Pleasure Dome” album-length cut. He also included a great, little-known Numan classic, “We Have a Technical” (we really did in the chat room), and followed that up with a rare Malcolm Burn tune, “Humans Can Talk.” So much obscurity, so little time!

Be sure to tune in to Ed and his “it’s right on the tip of my tongue” 80’s Retrospect show on CFRC-FM from 8 pm until 10 pm on Tuesday nights. Ed takes requests by phone: (613) 533-CFRC (2372) or email: retrospectcfrc at yahoo dot ca. Indulge yourself in some “80’s Music that doesn’t suck.” I guarantee die-hard 80’s New Wave/post-punk fans will not be disappointed.

CFRC-FM Playlist December 15, 2009

Basement of Carruthers Hall in Queens University, Kingston, Ontario
ED-FM ~ Retrospect
80’s Music That Doesn’t Suck
If the “Listen Live” link on the CFRC Website doesn’t work, copy and paste this URL into your Windows Media Player: http://sunsite.queensu.ca:8000/
Join us in the Chat Room during the show – either click the link on the right menu under the Rave and Roll graphic, or here.
To listen to any shows that you may have missed, go to the CFRC website and look up the archives under the “Programming” drop-down menu. You can enjoy Ed’s previous shows in one-hour increments.

1.      Simple Minds – Waterfront (live in Sun City)
2.      Martha & The Muffins – By The Rivers Of Babylon
3.      A Drop In The Gray – Wide-Eyed One
4.      Chalk Circle – Superman Meets The Man Of Steel
5.      The Thought – Rapture
6.      B-52s – Planet Claire
7.      Men Without Hats – Eurotheme
8.      Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome To The Pleasure Dome (The World Is My Oyster)
9.      Dalek I Love You – Dad On Fire
10. Underworld – Underneath The Radar (12 inch mix)
11. BB Gabor – Metropolitan Life
12. Gary Numan – We Have A Technical
13. Malcolm Burn – Humans Can Talk
14. Data Bank A – Waiting Room
15. Magic Dragon – Objet Du Desire
16. Yeah Yeah Noh – Blood Soup (Peel Sessions)
17. Rough Trade – Victim Of Fashion
18. Henry Badowski – My Face
19. Fad Gadget – Swallow It

80’s (and sometimes 90’s and 00’s) Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ Kit Rumble

I have been so fortunate to meet some exquisitely talented people from all over the planet thanks to the magic of the Internet. A couple of years ago, I met Australian Kit Rumble’s acquaintance on YouTube because of some gracious comments he left on video montages I had made for Gary Numan songs. Unfortunately, I was forced to remove those montages because the greedy suits at Eagle Records decided they didn’t want free advertising, even though I had Gary Numan’s permission via Tony Webb, his father and manager.

At any rate, one happy consequence of all that drama was being exposed to Kit Rumble’s music. This genuinely friendly and humble man has been creating music since the late 70’s. He cites his very first influences as Suzi Quattro, Bryan Ferry, David Bowie, and, of course, Gary Numan. Once Kit heard Numan’s “Cars” for the first time, he was smitten with electronica. His tastes going forward ran the gamut of Numan, John Foxx, Kraftwerk, and Bowie, whose chameleon-like evolution and innovation he admired greatly. Iva Davies, Australian-grown like Kit himself, was another iconic musician whose work was highly influential.

Kit purchased his first synthesizer, a Roland System 100, in 1981. That was a defining point in his own music evlolution. The first Roland led to a Roland Jupiter and an Arp Odyssey. Kit reports that since then he has probably bought and sold at least 100 keyboards ranging from early analogues to “amazing machines like the OpenLabs Neko LX76.”

In the early 80’s, Kit moved from Melbourne to Sydney to start his first band called “Subway.” They mostly covered the work of their synthesizer heroes. The band broke up, double-teamed by the repercussions of a bad automobile accident and the arrival of the New Romantic genre. Kit returned to Melbourne to a self-imposed exile, where he shut himself up in a room full of synthesizers, drum machines, and multi-track reel-to-reel decks, and set about writing and recording demos.

Life intervened, Kit found himself caught up heavily in the party life, and creating music ended up taking a backseat as a result. After giving marriage an unsuccessful try, and fathering a child, Kit reordered his priorities and settled back into his first passion of writing and performing music. Unfortunately, given the time that had passed, he felt he didn’t quite fit into the music scene he found himself thrust into.

The early 90’s and the mainstream music that the corporate suits were foisting upon the masses was not Kit’s cup of tea. He couldn’t stomach “the Michael Bolton/Vanessa Williams/Whitney Houston dominated radio” and even found the 90’s Annie Lennox to be unpalatable compared to her brilliance in the 80’s.

Kit withdrew from the public eye and lay low until forming his next band, “The Factory Boys.” The line up was Kit Rumble (vocals/keyboards), Stuart Casey (lead guitar), Brad Hodge (drums), Little Wilks (guitar), and Darren Rosier (bass). Kit, in his own words, describes this period of life as “terrific fun as we played in the back of this large warehouse…..often local people would hear us start up and wander down, and eventually we had this thing going where it was OK to wander in, listen to us play, and leave. We hardly got to speak with any of these ‘fans.’”

Kit recorded his first CD at Soul Studios (Gold Coast Australia) with Anna Maria LaSpina (who later toured the world with Savage Garden), provided backing vocals. Darren Hayes, too, would often pop in and out, prior to his own success. This proved to be a turning point in Kit’s musical career. He writes, “The internet saved my creative life, to be honest. I discovered a website called Dmusic.com and began to upload my music. Suddenly, I found there were people who liked my sound from all around the world, but not so much in Australia. To add another dimension, I became interested in creating music video for my tracks which led to me winning the Dmusic video of the year award with my track ‘Sayonara Baby.’”

Currently, Kit reports that he is content with creating music and video for the Web. When he was young, his dream was to be heard on the radio. He has realized that dream with radio play throughout the world, thanks to the wonders of the Internet. Not only that, Kit’s music has found its way to one British movie soundtrack, Paul Easter’s film called “Stagger,” with another soundtrack soon to be added to his resume. He has recently teamed up with a brilliant artist from the UK, Dave Webber. Together they are producing some powerful dark industrial music with a view to producing a CD collection very soon. I, for one, can’t wait.

Kit has a fan base (of which I am very happy to be a member) who are very loyal to his sound. He offers his music for free download at the following sites:

http://www.ilike.com/artist/Kit+Rumble

http://kitrumble.dmusic.com/

http://www.myspace.com/kitrumble

http://www.icompositions.com/artists/KitRumble

Take advantage of this great opportunity and get acquainted with his music. Kit will welcome you into his circle of friends by treating you as though he has known you his whole life. It is this warm and selfless attitude, along with an undeniable talent, that will go far in bringing Kit the success he has worked hard for his entire life.

“Hostile” via YouTube user kitrumble:
 

“Sayonara Baby” via YouTube user kitrumble:
 

“Shame” (2009 remix with Dave Syn) via YouTube user kitrumble:
 

“Dull Reality” (using images of Gary Numan onstage) via YouTube user kitrumble:
 

“Always” (music by Dave Syn) via YouTube user kitrumble:
 

Kit Rumble Discography

Talk To Me – 1996
Ghost – 1997
Misguidance – 1997
Now I’m Alone – 1998
Say Goodbye -1999
Mayday – 2000
Intermission – 2000
Hymn for a mortal – 2000
I’m Silenced – 2001
You Drown Me – 2001
Sayonara Baby – 2003
Your Time – 2004
Save Me – 2004
Dull Reality – 2005
Shame – 2006
Make Me Bleed – 2007
Die for the Children – 2008
When You Move – 2008
Shame (remix 2009) – 2009
Always – 2009
Hostile – 2009

80’s Music Rules ~ More from Retrospect CFRC-FM ~ 12-08-09

Ed outdid himself, and that’s not an easy feat. I am still swooning from the Chameleons’ brilliant cover of “Tomorrow Never Knows.” Even though I am a Chameleons/Mark Burgess fan, I have to admit that was my first time hearing it. Such a fitting tribute on the 29th anniversary of John Lennon’s untimely death. Ed has told me the song from the “Strange Times” CD re-release as a bonus track. Thank you, Ed.

Be sure to tune in to Ed and his “just try and guess that one” 80’s Retrospect show on CFRC-FM from 8 pm until 10 pm on Tuesday nights. Ed takes requests by phone: (613) 533-CFRC (2372) or email: retrospectcfrc at yahoo dot ca. Indulge yourself in some “80’s Music that doesn’t suck.” I guarantee die-hard 80’s New Wave/post-punk fans will not be disappointed.

CFRC-FM Playlist December 8, 2009

Basement of Carruthers Hall in Queens University, Kingston, Ontario
ED-FM ~ Retrospect
80’s Music That Doesn’t Suck
If the “Listen Live” link on the CFRC Website doesn’t work, copy and paste this URL into your Windows Media Player: http://sunsite.queensu.ca:8000/
Join us in the Chat Room during the show – either click the link on the right menu under the Rave and Roll graphic, or here.
To listen to any shows that you may have missed, go to the CFRC website and look up the archives under the “Programming” drop-down menu. You can enjoy Ed’s previous shows in one-hour increments.

  1. Jona Lewie – Stop The Cavalry
  2. Rational Youth – Holiday In Bangkok
  3. Spoons – South American Vacation
  4. The Box – L’Affaire Du Moutier (tightrope mix)
  5. Yello – Blue Nabou
  6. Chameleons – Tomorrow Never Knows
  7. Torch Song – Mothdoom Ecstasy
  8. Sandro Carlos Camerin – London Derriere
  9. The Thought – The Rise And The Fall
  10. Xmal Deutschland – Incubus Succubus (12 inch single)
  11. Cottage Industry – Things Go Up
  12. Trans X – Vivre Sur Video
  13. Way Of The West – City For Lovers (extended)
  14. Winston Tong – The Quotidian
  15. Pukka Orchestra – Rubber Girl
  16. Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11 (extended)
  17. Blue Peter – Don’t Walk Past
  18. Nina Hagen – Herman Heisse Herr
  19. Poly Rock – Love Song
  20. Ohama – Where Do You Call Home