80’s Music Rules ~ More from Retrospect CFRC-FM ~ 08-17-10

We missed our weekly fix of Ed-FM and the best 80’s obscurity in the universe! Ed was back with a vengeance, fulfilling all of our rarity needs to the max. The live version of Metal was a definite high point of the evening, along with Stranglers’ The Raven and a very early New Order track, Cries & Whispers. If you weren’t with us, check out the show next week. You’ll understand why these are the fastest two hours in the week.

Be sure to tune in to Ed and his “back-announcing is a necessary evil” 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 17, 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.

Images In Vogue – Four Germans
Gary Numan – Metal (live at Brixton Academy)
Art Of Noise – Legs (inside leg mix)
Chalk Circle – 20th Century Boy
Flash & The Pan – Down Among The Dead Men
Cactus World News – Years Later (extended)
Martha & The Muffins – Come Out And Dance
Stranglers – The Raven
Sandro Carlos Camerin – London Derriere
Mood – Paris Is One Day Away
Maurice & The Cliches – Soft Core
New Order – Cries & Whispers
Trans X – Living On Video (12 inch)
Thought – Eight Miles High
Nina Hagen – Auf’m Friedhof
FM – Just Like You (fun mix)
Yello – Tied Up In Africa
Data Bank-A – Etiquette Of Travel
Tear Garden – Ophelia
Gerry Cott – Alphabet Town

Marsbar Playlist ~ 8-15-2010

August 15, 2010

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

That electricity in the air was not merely a weather phenomenon – it was David’s energy blasting over the airwaves, knocking thunderbolts right out of the sky!

Join us next weekend, both Saturday and Sunday from 7 pm until midnight. Your ears with thank you.

This is the list until 10 pm. If anyone can give an assist to fill in some of the missing songs, it will be greatly appreciated.

 ~ MissParker ~

Alan Parsons Project – Pipeline
Alison Moyet – Love Resurrection
Blue Peter – Shellshocked
Boomtown Rats – Rat Trap
Bruce Cockburn – If I Had A Rocket Launcher
China Crisis – African & White
City Boy – Haymaking Time
David Bowie – Station To Station
Dr. John – Such A Night
Eddie Floyd – Knock On Wood
Fools – It’s A Night For Beautiful Girls
Frank Zappa – Peaches En Regalia
Gabe Lee – Can’t Stop The Train
Genesis – The Carpet Crawlers
Jason Collett – Vanderpool Vanderpool
Little Feat – Dixie Chicken
Lords Of the New Church – Dance With Me
Los Lonely Boys – Roadhouse Blues
Martha & The Muffins – Echo Beach
Mashmakhan – As Years Go By
New Pornographers – Myriad Harbour
Paul Hyde – Maddest Of The Mad
Peter Murphy – Cuts You Up
Pukka Orchestra – Might As Well Be On Mars
Scissor Sisters – Laura
Simple Minds – Someone Somewhere In Summertime
Sly & The Family Stone – Hot Fun In The Summertime
Spencer Day – Till You Came To Me
Tal Bachman – Darker Side Of Blue
Talking Heads – Burning Down The House
Wilco – Any Major Dude Will Tell You
Yello – Rubber Band Man
Zwol – Substitute

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 ~ 8-14-2010

August 14, 2010

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

David was on fire tonight. We didn’t know if we were coming or going. As soon as one hot tune ended, another would hit us full force. It was like being in a giant mosh pit…except that it didn’t hurt. Thank you, David, for a fabulous night, delivered with love, and appreciated by all.

Join us tomorrow night at 7 pm eastern for the best free-form broadcasting on the planet.

999 – Hollywood
Autograph – Dance All Night
Billy Idol – Hot In The City
Cabaret Voltaire – Sensoria
Chester French – She Loves Everybody
Cliks – Nobody Else Will
Crash Vegas – Pocahontas
Cure – Lovecats
Danny Marks – Any Other Way
Darkroom – San Paku
Dave Rave – Weight Of The World
Demics – New York City
Depeche Mode – Master & Servant
Diodes – Catwalker
Eric Burdon & The Animals – Sky Pilot
Eric Clapton – Change The World
Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
FLA  – Transmission (Come Together)
Front 242 – Headhunter
Gang Of Four – To Hell With Poverty
Haircut 100 – Love Plus One
HIM – You Are The One
Iggy pop – Sister Midnight
Japan – Transmission
Jason Collett – Love Is A Chain
Little Feat – Spanish Moon
Lou Reed – Intro (Sweet Jane)
Love & Rockets – Ball Of Confusion
Martha & The Muffins – Women Around The World At Work
Midnight Oil – Blue Sky Mine
Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Pulp – Common People
Rammstein – Stripped Down To The Bone
Richard Wright – Night Of A Thousand Furry Toys
Robert Gordon – Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die
Robert Hazard – Change Reaction
Roger Waters – Towers Of Faith
Ronnie Hawkins – Who Do You Love
Scissor Sisters – Invisible Light
Simple Minds – Rockets
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Healing Hands
Spoons – Ciao
T.Rex – Bang A Gong (Get It On)
Taj Mahal – Rainy Day Dream Away
Teenage Head – Wild Child
Teenage Head – Disgusteen
The The – Sweet Bird Of Truth
Tom Robinson – 2 4 6 8 Motorway
Tubes – Tubes World Tour
Type O Negative Feat. Ozzie Osbourne – Pictures Of Matchstick Men
U2 – Dancing Barefoot
XTC – Making Plans For Nigel

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 ~ 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