80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ Bronski Beat

In addition to the “Criminally Underrated” series, I have featured “Angelic 80’s Voices” parts one and two. When I get around to featuring part three, Jimmy Somerville will definitely be included. I love his range, the unique sound, and the vibrant feeling he conveys. Somerville could sing the entire London telephone directory, and his listeners would be a captive and engaged audience.

Bronski Beat began life in Brixton in 1983. Their first hit, “Smalltown Boy,” portrayed the issues of life growing up homosexual and being alienated from family. The original band’s line-up consisted of singer Jimmy Somerville with Steve Bronski and Larry Steinbachek, both playing keyboards and percussion.

The trio had a follow-up single, “Tell Me Why” that showcased anti-homosexual prejudice. It also hit the UK Top 10, landing at number 6.

Bronski Beat released an album entitled The Age of Consent in 1984. It spawned a third single called “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” a cover of the George and Ira Gershwin classic that made its way into the UK Top 20.

In 1985, Somerville left Bronski Beat as tensions began to build among its members. A Bronski Beat album, Hundreds & Thousands, was released, offering mostly remixes and b-sides as well as the hit “I Feel Love.” Somerville went on to form The Communards with Richard Coles while the remaining members of Bronski Beat searched for a new vocalist.

Bronski and Steinbachek drafted singer John Foster as Somerville’s replacement, and released an album, Truthdare Doubledare in 1986. The LP spawned a UK hit single “Hit That Perfect Beat.” The next few years had Foster leaving, Jonathan Hellyer joining and leaving, then Foster joining again. Personally, I find that Somerville’s tenure was the high point for the group, his unique vocals giving the trio a signature sound that set them apart from the rest.

If you’re not familiar with Bronski Beat, take the time to check them out. Even if you are, give them another listen. This band added another important dimension to the best and most vital decade of music.

Purchase Bronski Beat music here.

“Smalltown Boy” via YouTube user 1984asdfasdf:

“Love And Money” via YouTube user cosmicerror:

“Tell Me Why” via YouTube user MasterChief1801:

“Need A Man Blues” via YouTube user garethmscott:

“Hit That Perfect Beat” (post-Jimmy Somerville) via YouTube user MisterRemaster:


The Age of Consent (1984)
Hundreds & Thousands (1985)
Truthdare Doubledare (1986)
Rainbow Nation (1995)

Marsbar Playlist ~ 8-8-2010

August 8, 2010

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

Where did the weekend go? It will always remain a mystery why these two days fly by faster than the other five. But one thing is certain: there is no better way to spend the weekend than by listening to David Marsden and his special style of free-form broadcasting. Join us again next Saturday and Sunday night for a treat your ears will be ever grateful for.

Note: David came through with the balance of the list, so it’s now officially complete.

 ~ MissParker ~

Art Of Noise – Moments In Love
Band – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Bobby Darin – Splish Splash
Brian Eno & John Cale – Spinning Away
Broken Social Scene – Texico Bitches
Bryan Ferry – In Every Dream Home A Heartache
Camper Van Beethoven – Take The Skinheads Bowling
Champion – Resistance (Skool)
Chuck Berry – You Never Can Tell
Comsat Angels – Independence Day
Crash Test Dummies – The Inbetween Race
Dalbello – Animal
Danny Marks – Big Town Boy
Dave Rave – Good News
David Bowie – Here Comes The Night
David Johansen – James Alley
Dr. John – Sentimental Mood
Echo & The Bunnymen – Lips Like Sugar
Electric Six – Radio Gaga
Elvis Costello – The Other Side Of Summer
English Beat – Stand Down Margaret
Fixx – Saved By Zero
Flesh For Lulu – I Go Crazy
Frank Zappa – Let’s Make The Water Turn Black
Fun Boy Three – The Lunatics Have taken Over The Asylum
Gentleman Reg – We’re In A Thunderstorm
Heart – Tell It Like It Is
Ian Dury & The Blockheads – Clever Trevor
Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
Love – My Little Red Book
Manfred Mann – Father Of Day
Mark Knopfler – Wanderlust
Matchbox 20 – 3 A.M.
Moody Blues – Nights In White Satin
Motors – Tenement Steps
Northern Pikes – Things I Do For Money
Paul Revere – Cherokee Nation
Peter Green – Black Magic Woman
Pink Floyd – One Of These Days
Pursuit Of Happiness – I’m An Adult Now
Robbie Robertson – American Roulette
Rough Trade – Deca-Dance
Savoy Brown – Casting My Spell
Sisters Of Mercy – Temple Of Love
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Hopeless Believers
Snowy White – Burning Love
Spoons – Symmetry
Stan Ridgway – Ring Of Fire
Stranglers – Peaches
T. Rex – Ride A White Swan
Tom Robinson – Listen To The Radio
Tears For Fears – Sowing The Seeds of Love
Van Morrison – T.B. Sheets
Waterboys – Independence Day

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 ~ 8-7-2010

August 7, 2010

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

The airwaves were crackling and sizzling tonight. And yes, it was storming here in SoFla, but that’s not the only reason why. David was more than on his game tonight sending megavoltage into the atmosphere and into ears all over the planet.

If you missed out, be sure to join us tomorrow night from 7 pm until midnight. Recharge your batteries and get a good jump-start on your week.

 ~ MissParker ~

A-Ha – The Sun Always Shines On TV
Band – Shine A Light
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Could You Be loved
British Sea Power – Waving Flags
Chester French – She Loves Somebody
Cliks – Nobody Else Will
Colourbox – Just Give ‘Em Whiskey
Cure – The Caterpillar
Deep Purple – Help
Diodes – I’m Tired Of Waking Up Tired
Elton John – Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
Frank Zappa – Dancing Fool
Front Line Assembly – Civilization
Garland Jeffries – 96 Tears
Goddo – So Walk On
Groundhogs – Split Part 2
Hidden Cameras – Walk On
Hot Chip – Transmission
Hunter Valentine – She Only Loves Me When She’s Wasted
INXS – Devil Inside
Japan – Quiet Life
Jason Collett – Vanderpool Vanderpool
Joe Cocker – Darling Be Home Soon
Killing Joke – Requiem
Kinks – Lost & Found
Lemon Pipers – Green Tambourine
Leonard Cohen – The Future
Lightning Seeds – Pure
Long John Baldry – Let’s Burn Down The Cornfield
Marianne Faithfull – Blue Millionaire
Martha & The Muffins – Black Stations / White Stations
Members – Radio
Mitch Ryder – Devil With A Blue Dress On & Good Golly Miss molly
Moev – Open Mind
Nash The Slash – Into The Land Of Fire
Pete Wylie – Sinful
Peter Murphy – Marlene Dietrich’s Favourite Poem
Pink Floyd – Welcome To The Machine
Rick Wakeman – Ann Boleyn
Rita Marley – One Draw
Rivingtons – Papa Oom Mow Mow
Scissor Sisters – Harder You Get
Scissor Sisters feat. Sir Ian – Invisible Light
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Bullet With Butterfly Wings
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Healing Hands
Spoons – Two Thousand Years
Spoons – Ciao
Status Quo – You’ll Come Round
Supertramp – Cannonball
Type O Negative – Cinnamon Girl
Vibrators – Disco In Moscow

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 ~ Chalk Circle

A recurring theme on this blog is the vast array of talented Canadian bands born in the 80’s who left an indelible mark on that decade’s music scene. Also recurring is the fact that a majority of these bands were criminally overlooked and underrated outside of their native country. Unfortunately, for the rest of the world, Chalk Circle was no exception. 

Chalk Circle originally formed in 1982 in Newcastle, Ontario as a college rock band called The Casualties. The band consisted of Chris Tait, Brad Hopkins, Terry Miller and Stani Veselinovic. Shortly after, The Casualties decided to change its name to The Reactors, then yet another change to New Edition. Talk about an identity crisis! Finally, they settled on the name Chalk Circle, as well as a final line-up: Chris Tait (lead singer and guitarist), Brad Hopkins (bassist), Tad Winklarz (keyboardist), and Derrick Murphy (drummer). 

The band’s first demo single was called “The World” and was recorded on a cassette. It earned the band the CASBY award for Most Promising Non-Recording Group in 1985. Chalk Circle followed up in 1986 with a 6-song EP called The Great Lake. It was produced by Chris Wardman, and two tracks, “April Fool” and “Me, Myself and I” reached the Canadian Top 10. 

Chalk Circle released a full-length album in 1987 called Mending Wall. This LP earned the band another Top 10 single with “This Mourning” which was a scathing poke at the Reagan administration. The album was later re-released with a cover of T. Rex’s “20th Century Boy” which would also reach the Canadian Top 10. 

The band’s swan song was the 1989 LP As the Crow Flies. It had two popular singles, “Sons and Daughters” and “Together.” That was it for Chalk Circle which broke up shortly after, citing ‘creative differences.’ Chris Tait and his distinctive, magnificent voice went on to form an indie band called Big Faith. 

If you haven’t heard Chalk Circle, be sure to check them out to see what you, and an abundance of others, missed. This was truly a band that deserved international recogniton. 

Purchase Chalk Circle music here

“April Fool” via YouTube user kurdtss:

“This Mourning” via YouTube user kurdtss:

“20th Century Boy” via YouTube user kurdtss:

“Me, Myself and I” via YouTube user jsbx5:


The Great Lake (EP) – 1986 

  Mending Wall – 1987 



As the Crow Flies – 1989 


80’s Music Rules ~ More from Retrospect CFRC-FM ~ 08-03-10

When Ed goes shopping, we all benefit. No one digs up and dishes obscure vinyl like our Ed-FM. Go Four 3 was definitely a new obscure group for me – they rocked, and come to find out, they’re Canadian to boot. Speaking of Canadian, Chalk Circle’s “Empty Park” was killer. And, did I mention Gary Numan? No? Well, he’s always killer in my book. Thank you Ed for giving new life to a classic early Numan tune, “Metal.”

Be sure to tune in to Ed and his “stylus on a hot vinyl platter” 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 August 03, 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.

Men Without Hats – On Tuesday
Breeding Ground – Reunion
Stranglers – No Mercy (12 inch cement mix)
Yello – Of Course I’m Lying
Michelle Shocked – When I Grow Up (12 inch)
Richard Strange & The Engine Room – Damascus
M+M – Song In My Head (12 inch dance mix)
Colourfield – Take (12 inch)
Stan Ridgway – The Big Heat (remix)
Clash – Bankrobber (dub mix)
Flash & The Pan – Midnight Man
Vis-à-Vis – Shadowplay
Chalk Circle – Empty Park
Gary Numan – Metal
Neon Judgement – Chinese Black
Go Four 3 – Go Four 3
China Crisis – Tragedy & Mystery (12 inch)
Godley & Crème – Snack Attack
Blotto – She’s Got A Big Boyfriend
Images In Vogue – Holiday
Frank Zappa – Valley Girl