80’s Music Rules ~ More from Retrospect CFRC-FM ~ 05-04-10

Ed opened the show with an explanation of Socan (government music auditors) and some magic words: “…heavy on the Canadian content.” He was true to his word, and we were all in obscure CanCon heaven with a good 80% of the play list landing north of the border. It was fabulous to pay homage to the wealth of Canadian talent that went largely ignored by the mainstream during the 80’s. All of the artists featured here definitely deserved better.

Be sure to tune in to Ed and his “how did you get to be so obscure, man?” 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 May 4, 2010

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.     Men Without Hats – Security (10” single)
2.     Voice – Lime
3.     Martha & The Muffins – Danseparc
4.     Pukka Orchestra – Weekend (Come Alive)
5.     Benjamin Russell – Miracle
6.     Psyche – Insatiable
7.     Ohama – Midway
8.     Land of Giants – Cannibal Doll
9.     Alexie Sayle – Didn’t You Kill My Brother?
10. Maurice & The Cliches – Soft Core
11. Cottage Industry – Things Go Up
12. Pato & Roger (a.k.a. The Beat) – Pato & Roger (tappy-lappy dub)
13. Modern Romance – Tonight (12” single)
14. Yello – Desire (12” single)
15. The Hush – Highway To Love
16. Intaferon – Get Out Of London (Intercontinentalballisticmix)
17. B-Movie – Nowhere Girl (12” single)
18. The Box – Friends
19. Neon Judgement – Awful Day
20. Magic Dragon – Objet Du Desire

80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ Flash & The Pan

Here’s another criminally underrated duo about which I could find precious little information. Even though they recorded singles and albums from 1976 through 1992, it’s as though they hardly even existed. With longevity like that, they certainly did not live up to their pun-like name. Fortunately for us, DJs in-the-know like David Marsden and Ed-FM have done their best to keep Flash & The Pan music alive.

From Wikipedia:

Flash and the Pan was an Australian New Wave musical group (essentially an ongoing studio project) initiated during the late 1970sBy Harry Vanda and George Young, both former members of the Easybeats. George Young is also an older brother to Angus Young and Malcolm Young of the musical team AC/DC. Both Vanda and Young produced several AC/DC albums.

“Hey St. Peter” was the duo’s first hit in 1979. They made a strong sophomore effort in Australia and Europe with “Down Among The Dead,”just prior to releasing their first album, Flash in the Pan. They essentially remained unknown in the US, despite airplay resulting from a deal with Epic Records. Our loss, to be sure.

Quirky, half-spoken, half-sung lyrics, some of which sound like they are processed through a megaphone, and well-orchestrated music form the signature sound of this band. Check them out, then add them to your 80’s music collection. You know you want to.

Buy Flash & The Pan music here.

Hey St. Peter” via YouTube user nzoz1977:

Lights in the Night” via YouTube user WASPqueen:

Media Man” via YouTube user postingoldtapes:

Ayla” via YouTube user MrMagsn:



Flash and the Pan (1979)
Lights in the Night (1980)
Headlines (1982)
Pan-orama (1983)
Early Morning Wake-up Call (1984)
Nights in France (1987)
Collection (1990)
Burning Up the Night (1992)