Marsbar Playlist ~ 10-16-2010

October 16, 2010

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

Before I begin, a big “thank you” once again to Jerusalem Slim who provided the balance of the list from 10 pm until midnight.

But wait….it’s not Sunday night….so why am I falling down on the job, you may ask? Tomorrow is a big day for me. Will write more about it post-Sunday. And, Jerusalem Slim has agreed to also handle the whole Sunday show for me – you’re a peach, JS.

 ~ MissParker ~

Animotion – Obsession
Autograph – Turn Up The Radio
Box Tops – The Letter
Chalk Circle – April Fool
Champion Heartache – This Opportunity
Colourbox – Just Give Em Whiskey
Crash Test Dummies – Songbird
Echo & The Bunnymen – Lips Like Sugar
Elton John – Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
Eric Clapton – Tears In Heaven (Live)
Evermore – It’s Too Late
Fad Gadget – Collapsing New People
Frank Zappa – Dirty Love
Gary Numan – Cars
Gentleman Reg – When Heroes Change Professions
Grace Jones – Slave To The Rhythm
INXS – Original Sin
Iron and Wine – Love and Some Verses
Japan – Television
Kasabian – Butcher Blues
Killing Joke – Love Like Blood
Leon Russell – This Masquerade
Leonard Cohen – First We Take Manhattan
Long John Baldry – A Thrill’s A Thrill
Long John Baldry – Baldry’s Out
Lou Reed – Sweet Jane (live)
Magazine – The Light Pours Out Of Me
Metallica – The Unforgiven
Ministry – Every Day Is Halloween
Moev – Head Down
New Pornographers – Use It
Passengers – Miss Sarajevo
Powder Blues Band – Hear That Guitar Ring
Sammy Turner – Lavender Blue
Shriekback – Nemesis
Specials – Ghost Town
Rammstein – Reise, Reise
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Healing Hands
Sly & The Family Stone – Dance To The Music
Smiths – Bigmouth Strikes Again
Solomon Burke – Maggie’s Farm
Supertramp – Cannonball
TBA – Love Across The Nation
Third World – Try Jah Love
Tin Star Orphans – Men With Guns
Type O Negative (?) – Never Let Me Down Again
Type O Negative – Paranoid
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 ~ Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath started in Kelowna, British Columbia in 1983 with brothers Chris and Tom Hooper, and Kevin Kane. The band was named after the famous 1940 Henry Fonda movie, but that’s where the similarities end. Grapes of Wrath, the band, was another Canadian gem that was overlooked in the lower 48. Our loss, to be sure.

The Grapes of Wrath released two albums early on in their career, but remained pretty much under the radar. It wasn’t until their 1987 album Treehouse that the band started to gain recognition in their native land. Treehouse garnered their first hit single, “Peace of Mind.” Their second collection, Now and Again, came two years later and put the fledgling band firmly into the spotlight. They added a keyboardist named Vincent Jones, and set out on tour.

The next Grapes of Wrath LP, These Days, was released in 1991. The band hit their groove with a decidedly harder rock sound, leading to their music genre’s description as “folk rock.” The album spawned two hit singles, received a CASBY award in 1992, and would prove to be the band’s last recorded effort for the next decade. The band continued to tour in various iterations weathering the typical personnel changes, finally calling it quits in 2001. A version of the band reunited in 2009 and have toured until the present.

This is not typical of the music that I write about on this site – post-punk or New Wave – but the Grapes of Wrath are a solid, talented band. Check them out to see what you may have missed due to fickle and clueless corporate-run 80’s radio.

Official website for The Grapes of Wrath here.

Buy Grapes of Wrath music here.

“You May Be Right” via YouTube user koenig1999:

“I Am Here” via YouTube user koenig1999:

“Peace of Mind” via YouTube user kurdtss:

“All the Things I Wasn’t” via YouTube user kurdtss:

“What Was Going Through My Head” via YouTube user kurdtss:


The Grapes of Wrath (1984)
September Bowl of Green (1985)
Treehouse (1987)
Now and Again (1989)
These Days (1991)
Seems Like Fate 1984-1992 (1994)
Field Trip (2000)

Marsbar Playlist ~ 10-10-2010

October 10, 2010

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

David treated us to a most fabulous autumn set to celebrate Thanksgiving Day in Canada. It was a perfect tapestry of magnificent spoken word and music – the Marsden way. What a gift, indeed.

Many thanks to JerusalemSlim who covered the list from 10 pm until midnight….because of his help, the list is now complete.

 ~ MissParker –

A-Ha – Crying In The Rain
Boys Brigade – Melody
Cars – Moving In Stereo
Crash Test Dummies – Songbird
Cure – Love Cats
Dandy Warhols – Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth
David Marsden – Spoken Word (Autumn)
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Deftones – Drive
Electric Flag – Killing Floor
Emerson, Lake and Palmer – Lucky Man
Feargal Sharkey – You Little Thief
FM – 1 O’Clock
Frank Zappa – Peaches En Regalia
Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Grapes Of Wrath – You May Be Right
Happy Mondays – Hallelujah
Hidden Cameras – Do I Belong?
Jackie Shane – Any Other Way
Joe Cocker – Everybody Hurts
Joel Plaskett Emergency – Fashionable People
Justin Hayward – Forever Autumn
Kid Creole & The Coconuts – My Male Curiosity
Leon Russell – Watching The River Flow
Lighthouse – 1849
Little Feat – Spanish Moon
Madness – Our House
Magna Carta – Lord Of The Ages
Mark Knopfler – Wanderlust
Maximum Balloon – Absence Of Light
Mike Batt – Ring of Scorpio
Moist – Picture Elvis
Neil Young – Harvest Moon
Procol Harum – In Held ‘Twas In I
Richard Burton – War Of The Worlds
Roger Waters – Watching TV
Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet – Having An Average Weekend
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Atari Baby
Simple Minds – Promised You A Miracle
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Love Unknown
Snowy White – Bird Of Paradise
Spoons – Two Thousand Years
Steppenwolf – Snowblind Friend
Steven Page – Queen Of America
Strawbs – Autumn
Strawbs – Winter Long
Strawbs – You And I (When We Were Young)
Tears For Fears – Sowing the Seeds Of Love
Tin Star Orphans – Jaw Wired Shut
Tom Robinson – Atmospherics
Troggs – Love Is All Around
Van Morrison – When The Leaves Come Falling Down

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 ~ 10-09-2010

October 9, 2010

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

Don’t you just love it when a show comes together? Tonight’s show was a flawless mesh of eclectic bliss, only the way that David Marsden can deliver it. Did you miss it? You have another chance for aural bliss Sunday night. Join us then for a musical experience you are sure not to forget.

~ MissParker ~

Band Of Horses – Dilly
BB Gabor – Laser Love
Big Country – In A Big Country
Blue Peter – Chinese Graffiti
Boo Radleys – Lazarus
Box – My Dreams Of You
Comsat Angels – You Move Me (One Good reason)
Cure – The Walk
Damned – Eloise
Dave Rave – Good News
Depeche Mode – Black Celebration
Diodes – Jenny’s In A Sleep World
DJ Champion – No Heaven
End Games – First Last For Everything
Fixx – Red Skies
Frontiers – Walking In The Rain
Gentleman Reg – We’re In A Thunderstorm
Grandmaster Flash – The Message
Japan – Gentlemen Take Polaroids
Jeff Healey Band – Angel Eyes
Joel Plaskett Emergency – Rewind
John Foxx – Europe After The Rain
John Lennon – New York City
John Lennon – Woman
Jools Holland – Wish I Knew How it Felt To Be Free
Leonard Cohen – The Future
Lighthouse Family – High
Nails – 88 Lines About 44 Women
Neon Judgement – Games of Love
New Pornographers – Use It
Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party – Wish Upon A Dog Star
Rammstein – Stripped Down To The Bone
Rough Trade – Crimes Of Passion
Roxy Music – Angel Eyes
Shadows – Johnny Guitar
Shriekback – My Spine (Is The Bassline)
Sisters Of Mercy – Lucretia My Reflection
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Dirty Disco
Soup Dragons – I’m Free
Spoons – Nova Heart
Spoons – Ciao
Stranglers – Peaches
Talk Talk – It’s My Life
The The – Sweet Bird of Truth
Thomas Dolby – Wind Power
Tin Star Orphans – Men With Guns
Type O Negative – Cinnamon Girl
Wall Of Voodoo – Far Side of Crazy
Wide Mouth Mason – Midnight rain
Yello – The Race

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 ~ Robbie Robertson

This week’s post is about a man whose recording career has spanned nearly 5 decades. After making music as part of a group for many years, he began a solo career in the late 80’s, and for that reason, I have brought him into the 80’s music “criminally underrated” fold.

Robbie Robertson was born in Toronto, and started as a musician early in life. His first gig was to team up with Ronnie Hawkins; he then split off along with Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko, and Garth Hudson to form what would eventually be called quite simply, “The Band.” Bob Dylan would prove to be instrumental in reinforcing a very successful 16-year run for The Band.

Robertson went on to explore avenues outside of strictly writing and playing rock music. He ended up producing music for Neil Diamond, and landing a co-starring role in the 1980 movie “Carny.” I think I watched that movie so many times, I could have recited the lines along with it. I remember Robertson’s piercing eyes, feline good looks, and raspy, sexy voice, and just couldn’t get enough of seeing/hearing him back then.

That film served as a jumping off point for Robertson, as he became heavily involved in creating and producing music backdrops for two Martin Scorsese films, “Raging Bull,” and “The King of Comedy.” He scored a third Scorsese film, “The Color of Money,” in 1986. During the early 80’s, when not working on movies, Robertson played guitar on Van Morrison’s song “Wonderful Remark,” worked with Gil Evans, co-wrote with Eric Clapton and Willie Dixon, and served as creative consultant for the Chuck Berry film tribute, “Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll.” In 2003, Robertson was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.

It was about this time in 1987, that Robbie Robertson began to record his first solo album. Coincidentally, when this was released, I purchased it as my very first CD. It was called “Robbie Robertson,” and had it been a vinyl copy, I would have worn holes in it from playing it so much. I was absolutely enchanted by Robertson’s lyrics, his instrumentation, and, of course, “The Voice.”

After all of his accomplishments, “Why,” you may be asking yourself, “is she featuring Robbie Robertson as ‘criminally underrated?'” Because when I mention his name to folks when talking about music, nine times out of ten, I get a blank look. A man as accomplished as Robbie Robertson deserves instant recognition.

If you haven’t listened to his solo music, there’s no better time than the present to listen and fall in love with an extremely talented man. His lyrics, many of which center on his Aboriginal Canadian roots, paint extraordinary detailed pictures that, along with a rich voice, are guaranteed to mesmerize.

Buy Robbie Robertson music here.

Showdown At Big Sky” via YouTube user kurdtss:

American Roulette” via YouTube user bjgeiger:

Somewhere Down The Crazy River” via YouTube user jrobbierobertson:

Shine Your Light (Ladder 49)” via YouTube user mptrbo27:


Solo recordings

1987 Robbie Robertson (featuring U2, Peter Gabriel)
1991 Storyville
1994 Music for The Native Americans
1998 Contact from the Underworld of Redboy

Albums with The Band

1968 Music from Big Pink
1969 The Band
1970 Stage Fright
1971 Cahoots
1972 Rock of Ages
1973 Moondog Matinee
1975 Northern Lights – Southern Cross
1977 Islands
1978 The Last Waltz
1995 Live at Watkins Glen

Albums with Bob Dylan and The Band

1974 Before the Flood
1974 Planet Waves
1975 The Basement Tapes
1998 The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert

Marsbar Playlist ~ 10-03-2010

October 3, 2010

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

A huge thank you to JerusalemSlim for the big assist compiling the list from 10 pm until midnight. As you can see, it was a superlative night of music, to be sure.

Be sure to join us this weekend when David Marsden shoves a couple of tunes into our ears.

 ~ MissParker ~

Barclay James Harvest – She Said (Live)
Be Bop Deluxe – Panic In The World
Boomtown Rats – Windchill Factor Minus Zero
Brendan Canning – Love Is New
Brian Eno/John Cale – Spinning Away
Bryan Ferry – Knocking On Heaven’s Door
Carole Pope – Dream 6
Champion Heartache – Things I Left Behind
Crosby, Stills & Nash – Wooden Ships
David Bowie – Kooks
David Clayton Thomas – People Get Ready
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Dillinger – Cocaine In My Brain
Elbow – An Audience With The Pope
Elvis Costello – Watching The Detectives
Extras – Circular Impression
Fiat Lux – Blue Emotion
Genesis – Carpet Crawlers 1999
Gentleman Reg – Rewind
Grateful Dead – Friend Of The Devil
Gwen Stefani – Early Winter
Hayseed Dixie – Sweet Home Alabama
Ian Dury & The Blockheads – Clever Trevor
Interview – St. Jean Wires
Jam – The Eton Rifles
Jerry Lee Lewis – Boogie Woogie Country Man
Joe Cocker – You Can Leave Your Hat On
Joe Jackson – Look Sharp!
John Cooper Clarke – Beasley Street
Jools Holland – Temple Bar
Kinks – Come Dancing
Leonard Cohen – There Is A War (Live)
Leslie Spit Treeo – In Your Eyes
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Brand New Friend
Long John Baldry – Mr. Rubin
Marillion – Angelina
Moist – Silver
Nightwish – Sleeping Sun
Paul Hyde – Maddest Of The Mad
Paul Young – Every Time You Go Away
Peter Murphy – Indigo Eyes
Pink Floyd – Have A Cigar
Pukka Orchestra – Rubber Girl
Pursuit Of Happiness – I’m An Adult Now
Raised By Swans – Violet Light
Rheostatics – Who Is That Man And Why Is He Laughing?
Richard Wright – Night of a Thousand Furry Toys
Sam Roberts – Brother Down
Scissor Sisters – Mary
Scissor Sisters – Return To Oz
Silencers – Wild Mountain Thyme
Slave To The SQUAREwave – New York’s A Go-Go
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – (Make Me Smile) Come Up And See Me
Stranglers – Nice ‘N’ Sleazy
Tin Star Orphans – Men With Guns
Wall Of Voodoo – Ring Of Fire

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 ~ 10-02-2010

October 2, 2010

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

No, that wasn’t Nuit Blanche, that was David burning brightly in the Saturday night sky. The show tonight was a masterpiece….if you missed it, you have another chance tomorrow night. Join us, why don’t you?

 ~ MissParker ~

69 Eyes – Betty Blue
Animotion – Obsession
Arcade Fire – Ready To Start
Boomtown Rats – Rat Trap
Box – Crying Out Loud For Love
Chalk Circle – April Fool
Chameleons – Tears
Champion Heartache – This Opportunity
Dalbello – Gonna Get Close To You
Depeche Mode – World In My Eyes
Depeche Mode – Precious
Echo & The Bunnymen – Killing Moon
Eric Clapton – Layla (Unplugged)
Fall Out Boy – Thnks Fr Th Mmrs
Flash & The Pan – California
Gentleman Reg – We’re In A Thunderstorm
Gorillaz feat.Mos Def & Bobby Womack – Stylo
Haircut One Hundred – Love Plus One
Hidden Cameras – Kingdom Come
Horror – Sea Within A Sea
I.C.E. – Strange Attractor
Iggy Pop – Real Wild Child (Wild One)
INXS – Devil Inside
Japan – Rhodesia
Jesus & Mary Chain – Happy When It Rains
John Fred & His Playboy Band – Judy In Disguise
Madness – One Step Beyond
Martha & The Muffins – Echo Beach
Mike Oldfield – Moonlight Shadow
Moev – Head Down
Motels – Total Control
My Morning Jacket – Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Part II
New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle
Pansy Division – Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond Of Each Other
Pete Shelley – Homo Sapien
Pink Floyd – Fearless
Psychedelic Furs – President Gas
Pukka Orchestra – Your Secret Is Safe With Me
Rammstein – Reise, Reise
Robbie Robertson – Testimony
Shriekback – Nemesis
Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
Slave To The SQUAREwave – White Knuckle Trip
Snowy White – Burning Love
Spoons – Ciao
Spoons – Romantic Traffic
Strange Advance – Love Games
Stranglers – Skin Deep
Tubes – Don’t Touch Me There
Vis-à-Vis – Shadowplay
XTC – Senses Working Overtime
Yello – The Race

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