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.

80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ Paul Weller, The Jam, and Style Council

This installment of “Criminally Underrated” features a man of many talents that fronted two equally criminally underrated bands, Jam and Style Council.

Paul Weller started Jam just outside London in 1976, which lasted until 1982. Weller played bass along with Steve Brookes (lead guitar), Dave Waller (rhythm guitar), and Rick Buckler (drums). Jam’s style was a punk and mod hybrid that gave it a unique and appealing sound. It also gave the band the ability to move into the wonderful world of post-punk and New wave, ushered in by the 80’s.

Shortly after the Jam formed, they experienced personnel changes. Bruce Foxton replaced Waller on rhythm guitar, Brookes left, and Weller and Foxton swapped guitar duties. The band consistently broke into the Top 40 with their first few singles, hitting the Top 10 with the single “Eton Rifles.” In 1980, they actually hit the coveted Number One spot with the single “Going Underground.” They had a great run of singles with  “Town Called Malice,” “Precious,” and “That’s Entertainment.”

The swan song for the Jam would be the single “Beat Surrender.” The band broke up in 1982 after a successful series of farewell concerts.

Paul Weller went on to form his next band, Style Council, with Mick Talbot (keyboards). They were joined by Steve White (drums) and Dee C. Lee (vocals). Weller set himself free by experimenting with multiple musical genres. Style Council ran the gamut of song styles with pop, jazz, R&B, house, and ballads. The band’s first break-through singles in the US were “My Ever Changing Moods,” and “You’re The Best Thing.” Style Council was wildly popular in Australia, but their popularity began to fade in the UK. Their record label refused to release their final album in 1989 called Modernism: A New Decade, and Weller called it quits.

Weller has successfully performed solo from the 90’s until the present. If you’re not familiar with Weller, or his two fabulous groups Jam and Style Council, it’s definitely worth your while to do a little digging.

Purchase Jam music here.

Purchase Style Council music here.

Purchase Paul Weller music here.

“Eton Rifles” (Jam) via YouTube user sidsings:

“That’s Entertainment” (Jam) via YouTube user preistguy:

“My Ever Changing Moods” (Style Council) via YouTube user kewl0008:

“Speak Like A Child” (Style Council) via YouTube user thecatkeaton:

Jam Discography

In the City (1977)
This Is the Modern World (1977)
All Mod Cons (1978)
Setting Sons (1979)
Sound Affects (1980)
The Gift (1982)

Style Council Discography

Introducing The Style Council (1983)
Café Bleu (US title: My Ever Changing Moods) (1984)
Our Favourite Shop (US title: Internationalists) (1985)
The Cost of Loving (1987)
Confessions of a Pop Group (1988)
Modernism: A New Decade (1998, recorded 1989)

Paul Weller Discography

Paul Weller (1992)
Wild Wood (1993)
Stanley Road (1995)
Heavy Soul (1997)
Heliocentric (2000)
Illumination (2002)
Studio 150 (2004)
As Is Now (2005)
22 Dreams (2008)
Wake Up the Nation (2010)