80’s Music Rules ~ More from Retrospect CFRC-FM ~ 11-30-10

It was a long three weeks without Ed….but, he managed to make it up to me with an exceptional live version of Gary Numan and “Metal.” And, hard to believe, it only got better from there. It’s difficult to say which one I enjoyed more: Talk Talk’s “My Foolish Friend,” or Shriekbacks’s “Fish Below The Ice.” It all rocked my world.

Be sure to tune in to Ed and his ”chairdance ‘til you drop” 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 November 30, 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.

Gary Numan – Metal
Toby Swann – Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Dominatrix – The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight
Simple Minds – Belfast Child
Martha & The Muffins – By The Rivers Of Babylon
Yello – Si Senor The Hairy Grill
Maurice & The Cliches – Soft Core
Peter Schilling – Major Tom (Coming Home) (extended)
Psyche – Eternal
Talk Talk – My Foolish Friend (12 inch)
Hawaiian Pups – Baby Judy
Shriekback – Fish Below The Ice
Siouxsie & The Banshees – Dazzle (extended)
Pete Shelley – On Your Own (12 inch)
Spoons – Smiling In Winter
Rational Youth – City Of Light
Night Moves – Trans Dance
Alphaville – Fallen Angel
Vicious Pink – Cccan’t You See
Henry Badowski – My Face

Marsbar Playlist ~ 11-28-2010

November 28, 2010

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

David won’t be on next weekend as he takes a well-deserved break. Catch up with all of us at 7 pm (ET) sharp on December 11, as you travel along the path of free-form broadcasting at its greatest.

Thanks to Jerusalem slim for once again cheerfully providing the balance of tonight’s playlist going forward from 10 pm. I am so appreciative of the assist.

 ~ MissParker ~

10cc – Wall Street Shuffle
Band – The Weight
Blue Peter – Don’t Walk Past
Bryan Ferry – Is Your Love Strong Enough
Cars – Moving In Stereo
Champion Heartache – This Opportunity
City Boy – Young Men Gone West
Clash – The Magnificent Seven
Cliks – Nobody Else Will
Clockwise – Surrender
Concrete Blonde – Everybody Knows
Crack The Sky – Safety In Numbers
Crimea – Losing My Hair
David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes
David Essex – Rock On
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Doors – Crystal Ship
Echo & The Bunnymen – The Cutter
Elton John – This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore
Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
Fleetwood Mac – Looking For Somebody
Frank Zappa – Montana
Front Line Assembly – Civilization
Heart – Tell It Like It Is
Hedwig And The Angry Inch – The Origin Of Love
Housemartins – People Who Grinned Themselves To Death
Jason Collett – Bitch City
Jeff Wayne (feat. Richard Burton) – Horsell Common And The Heat Ray
Joe Jackson – Is She Really Going Out With Him
Juluka – Scatterlings Of Africa
Leonard Cohen – There Is A War
Long John Baldry – A Thrill’s A Thrill
Love & Rockets – Ball Of Confusion
Midge Ure – If I Was
Moody Blues – Go Now
My Morning Jacket – Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Part II
New Pornographers – Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk
No Angels & Donovan – Atlantis
Paul Hyde – Maddest Of The Mad
Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party – The Solutionists
Pink Floyd – Have A Cigar
Producers – What’s He Got
Pukka Orchestra – A Wonderful Time To Be Young
Roderick Falconer – Mr. Radio
Roger Waters – Towers Of Faith
Simple Minds – Love Song
Snowy White – Burning Love
Stan Ridgway – Camouflage
Steven Page – Clifton Springs
Strange Advance – We Run (12” mix)
Supertramp – Cannonball
Sweet – Love Is Like Oxygen
Violent Kin – Velvet Hideout
William Shatner – Has Been

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 ~ 11-27-2010

November 27, 2010

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

Another fantastic night in the Marsbar Theatre, where all of our musical needs were met with professionalism and care. No one does it better than David Marsden. Don’t take my word for it – come join us tomorrow (Sunday) night from 7 pm until midnight, and let your ears be the judge.

 ~ MissParker ~

69 Eyes – Betty Blue
Autograph – Dance All Night
Brian Eno – Deep Blue Sea
Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy (1994 release)
Cake – Sheep Go To Heaven
Champion – My Black Saab
China Crisis – Working With Fire And Steel
Clash – Rock The Casbah
Dalbello – Gonna Get Close To You
Dave Rave – Good News
David Bowie – Cat People (Putting Out Fire)
Echo & The Bunnymen – Bring On The Dancing Horses
Eight Seconds – Kiss You When It’s Dangerous
Fire Diviner – Wither & Die
Front 242 – Welcome To Paradise
Garfield – Private Affair
Gary Numan – We Are Glass
Happy Mondays – Hallelujah
Hunters & Collectors – Talking To A Stranger
I.C.E. – Strange Attractor
Ian Dury & The Blockheads – Wake Up And Make Love
Iggy Pop – Pumpin’ For Jill
Japan – Transmission
Jesus & Mary Chain – Happy When It Rains
Kane Gang – Gun Law
Kissing The Pink – One Step
Lewis Furey – Top Ten Sexes
M/A/R/R/S – Pump Up The Volume
Mental As Anything – Live It Up
Oingo Boingo – Only A Lad
Parachute Club – At The Feet Of The Moon
Populars – Smart Bomb
Priddle Concern – Dive
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
Queen – Radio Gaga
Queen – Killer Queen
Rammstein – Eifersucht
Rammstein – Stripped Down To The Bone
Richard Wright – Night Of A Thousand Furry Toys
Rocky Horror Picture Show – Sweet Transvestite
Scissor Sisters – Laura
Secret Service – Flash In The Night
Shriekback – Nemesis
Simple Minds – Rockets
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Healing Hands
Smiths – How Soon Is Now
Spoons – Ciao
Teenage Head – Disgusteen
The The – Armageddon Days (Are Here Again)
Thomas Dolby – Wind Power
Tin Star Orphans – Jaw Wired Shut
Type O Negative – My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend
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 ~ Music and People I’m Thankful For

Times are tough – there’s no doubt of that. Each day we worry about losing our jobs, our homes, our prized possessions. But, amidst all the darkness, there’s a thread that keeps all of us going, giving us the will to survive, the strength to keep putting one foot in front of the other. And although today is the day in the United States that we choose to reflect on everything we are thankful for, let it be known that I am truly grateful for all the people and things that enrich my life, each and every day.

Topping my list is my husband, who unfairly struggles each and every day with a pernicious and little-known illness. He starts each day anew with a fresh outlook and the determination to not let his sickness overcome him. He is my inspiration, and helps to put my relatively minor and trivial complaints into perspective. He is also the one who continues to stand beside me, taking my idosyncrasies in stride, never judging me, and allowing me to be who I am.

Brian Eno/John Cale’s “Spinning Away” via YouTube user mimosaku:

The rest of my “list” is in no particular order, all of equal importance.

Gary Numan – there isn’t much more that I can say  that I haven’t already said in previous posts. His music helps me to face the darkest hurts that life throws my way. He has been able to articulate his pain and disappointment in a way that touches my soul. That someone who has ridden the highest highs and lowest lows that life put in his path, and came out of it with a song on his lips to fight back the anger is truly amazing. How many people use having a “bad life” to explain away being low-life losers? I admire the ones who come out on the other side stronger, better people.

Gary Numan’s “Angel Wars” via YouTube user webbfoxx:

David Marsden – here’s a man who has brought underrated artists to hungry listeners his entire 50-year broadcasting career. He has worked tirelessly to ensure that listeners are exposed to talent that the stuffed shirts in boardrooms deemed trifling and unworthy. Starting out in Canada, and now broadcasting the world over, he remains the champion of the musical underdog, and the master of free-form broadcasting. His friendship, humor, and music playlists have been both uplifting and inspiring.

A Tribute To David Marsden – Spoons/ “Radio Heaven” via YouTube user missparker0106:

Friends and family – you know who you are. I’ve either known you for my entire life, or you’ve just recently become a friend because of the blog, the Marsden chatroom, FaceBook, a shared love for Gary Numan or 80s New Wave, or YouTube. It doesn’t matter. I’m grateful for all of you because in your own special way you make my life more meaningful. I’ve had one special friend for over 4 decades, and so many others that have enriched my life over the past few years. My family has been with me my entire life, each member playing an important role in making me who I am. You are all scattered throughout the US, Canada, Europe, the Philippines, and even Australia. But, I hold each and every one of you close in my heart, cherished and loved for the riches you give me each and every day.

May you all be blessed eternally ~ and I remain ever thankful for all of you.

Gary Numan’s “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” via YouTube user dashproductions: 

Marsbar Playlist ~ 11-21-2010

November 21, 2010

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

The curse of Sunday night is breaking away before the show has ended. It’s tough, but until I can talk the powers-that-be into a 4-day work week with Mondays off, that’s the way it has to be. JerusalemSlim kindly stepped up to the plate (once again) to complete the list….many thanks, as always.

Join us next weekend for the best two nights you can possibly give your ears…David Marsden and you, putting it across the planet from TheRock.FM

 ~ MissParker ~

69 Eyes – Gothic Girl
Badfinger – Carry On Til Tomorrow
Bloomfield & Kooper – Really
Chuck Berry – You Never Can Tell
Crash Test Dummies – Paralyzed
Cure – Lovesong
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Dee Long – Mad Magazine
Duane Eddy – Ghostriders In The Sky
Elliott Murphy – Anastasia
Elton John & Leon Russell – In The Hands Of Angels
Eric Clapton – 32-20 Blues
Eric Johnson – (Instrumental, Title Unknown)
Frank Zappa – Let’s Make The Water Turn Black
Garth Hudson w/Cowboy Junkies – Clothes Line Saga
Gentlemen Reg – When Heroes Change Professions
Jackie Shane – Any Other Way
Japan – Adolescent Sex
Jason Collett – Vanderpool Vanderpool
Joel Plaskett Emergency – Rewind
Jools Holland – When Did You Get Down From Heaven
Kinks – Lost & Found
Klaatu – Doctor Marvello
Liquid Tension Experiment – Liquid Dreams
Massive Attack – Splitting The Atom
Matthew Sweet – Dark Secret
Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
Moist – Breathe
Moloko – Fun For Me
Motors – Airport
Muse – Undisclosed Desires
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Uncle Charlie Interview/ Mr. Bojangles
Northern Pikes – The Things I Do For Money
Patti Smith – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Paul Humphrey – People Let You Down
Peter Boyd – If I Even Wake
Pink Floyd – In The Flesh?
Pink Floyd – The Thin Ice
Pink Floyd – Another Brick In the Wall (Part I)
Pink Floyd – The Happiest Days Of Our Lives
Pink Floyd – Another Brick In the Wall (Part II)
Pink Floyd – Mother
Robbie Robertson – Somewhere Down The Crazy River
Roger Waters – Sunset Strip
Slave To The SQUAREwave – 1972
Spoons – Love Drum
Supertramp – Brother Where You Bound
Third World – Try Jah Love
Thomas Dolby – Europa & The Pirate Twins
Timber Timbre – Lay Down In The Tall Grass
Timi Yuro – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Tin Star Orphans – Jaw Wired Shut
Tom Robinson Band – Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio
Violent Kin – Velvet Hideout
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 ~ 11-20-2010

November 20, 2010

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

The tunes were plentiful…and the best the master of free broadcasting could possibly offer. David, as always, outdid himself, finding something for everyone, as the list will attest to.

Join us tomorrow night as David spins his magic once again.

 ~ MissParker ~

69 Eyes – Wasting The Dawn
Arcade Fire – Rebellion (Lies)
Big Supreme – Don’t Walk
Blood, Sweat, and Tears – I Can’t Quit Her
Boomtown Rats – Dave
Cedric Smith – Americanadian Way (Spoken Word)
City Boy – 5000 years/ Don’t Know Can’t Tell
Cliks – Complicated
Clockwise – Drastic
Dave Rave – Good News
David Bowie – Andy Warhol
Diodes – Catwalker
Dr. John – Such A Night
Duncan Browne – The Wild Places
Dwight Twilley – Sleeping
Elan Atias – Slave To Love
Elbow – The Fix
Elton John & Leon Russell – Monkey Suit
Feargal Sharkey – A Good Heart
Flash & The Pan – Atlantis Calling
Fools – Psycho Chicken
Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush – Norwegian Wood
Frank Zappa – Joe’s Garage
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome To The Pleasuredome
Frijid Pink – House Of The Rising Sun
Genesis – The Carpet Crawlers (1999)
Gentleman Reg – We’re In A Thunderstorm
Gerry Cott – Lone Ranger
INXS – Need You Tonight
Joe Cocker – First We Take Manhattan
Killing Joke – Love Like Blood
Lee Michaels – Heighty Hi
Leon Russell – A Song For You
Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
Living Colour – Glamour Boys
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Speedboat
Long John Baldry – Mr. Rubin
Love – My Little Red Book
Madness – Michael Caine
Martha & The Muffins – Black Stations / White Stations
New Pornographers – Move
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Secret
Pink Floyd – Arnold Layne
Robbie Robertson – Testimony
Scissor Sisters – Invisible Light
Simply Red – Positively 4th Street
Sisters Of Mercy – Temple Of Love
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Dirty Disco
Spoons – Romantic Traffic
Spoons – Ciao
Steve Harley/ Sarah Brightman – Phantom Of The Opera
T.Rex – Ballrooms Of Mars
Tears For Fears – Pale Shelter
Tubes – What Do You Want From Life?
Type O Negative – Cinnamon Girl
Violent Kin – Keep Your Balance
Yaz – Nobody’s Diary

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 ~ Bobbi Style

If we meet even one extraordinary person in our lifetime, we can consider ourselves fortunate. With the advent of the Internet and an ever-widening circle of international acquaintances, I have had the good fortune to meet several such people. The latest person to enrich my life is a gifted and outstanding musician named Bobbi Style.

I’ve only “known” Bobbi for a short time, recently making his acquaintance on FaceBook. But everything I have read about him and listened to by him since then points to an immensely interesting person whose story I feel compelled to share.

Along with New Wave and synthpop, my favorite 80’s music genre is Goth. Peter Murphy, Love & Rockets, and The Damned are a few 80’s Goth artists that rapidly come to mind. Imagine my delight when I was directed to a Bobbi Style 80’s-era music video on YouTube and discovered that his favored performance genre is….Goth! After sitting with my mouth hanging open in shock wondering where the heck I was when this dynamo was out conquering the world, I fell in love.

Bobbi Style was born with cerebral palsy, leaving him wheelchair-bound. He never let this disability get the better of him. Instead, he overcame the obvious obstacles – not only the physical, but the inherently prejudicial public reactions to a disabled Goth-band frontman. He achieved this with grace and dignity, and in his native UK, Bobbi became quite the cult figure with a large, hard-core group of fans.

In an interview with NX Live Magazine, Bobbi recalls that he first got into music around age 5 as a drummer, then guitarist and bassist. In his early teens, and when his disability would not allow him to maneuver around a drum kit any longer, he found himself as a singer for the school band, calling upon such influences as Gary Numan, Japan, Generation X, and Siouxsie & The Banshees for inspiration. Sounds like an absolutely winning combination to me.

In addition to the above-mentioned, Bobbi also cites the following as influential presences: Sisters of Mercy, The Cult, and The Mission. The very best of each can be seen in Style’s 80’s clips on YouTube (see below) that tease us with just a sampling of what this incredible man can do.

Speaking of a “can do” attitude, Bobbi Style has never taken his disability and limitations for what they are, and just cut his losses. This is a man who decided at an early age that he was going to rise above what others felt was a disadvantage, and make the most of his life. Content in his own skin, and with a history of successes and triumphs behind him, Bobbi Style now focuses that endless supply of energy on helping other musicians with disabilities.

Style, a native of the UK, now lives in British Columbia, Canada, and is very active within a group known as VAMS (Vancouver Adapted Musician Society) founded in the late 1980s to support and promote musicians with physical disabilities in the Metro Vancouver area. Style donates his time, talent, and proceeds from recording, promotions, and sales to help his fellow musicians. He is also launching a charity called “Bob Friendly” that will raise money to construct disabled-friendly studios around the world.

If you think you’re having a bad day, check out some of the following links and get to know a man that has not let what life has thrown at him get him down. Bobbi Style is more than just a gifted 80’s Goth artist – he is an inspiration to many, a militant advocate for disabled people of all stripes, and a wickedly funny man. My life has been greatly enriched by our chance meeting (thanks to Eighties Everafter) on FaceBook.

Bobbi has re-released “Lady Feline” on iTunes. Check it out here.

Note: Be on the look-out for a re-release of “Embrace Me” – that’s a personal favorite of mine.

Links to Bobbi Style:


Watch Bobbi Style on YouTube:

“Embrace Me (Official Video)” via YouTube user Bobbi Style:

“Embrace Me (Live)” via YouTube user Bobbi Style:

“Like A Bullet” via YouTube user Bobbi Style:

“Lady Feline” via YouTube user Bobbi Style:

“Just Like Valentino” via YouTube user Bobbi Style:

Marsbar Playlist ~ 11-14-2010

November 14, 2010

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

Such a night! And, such a difficult time tearing myself away. Thanks to David for all of his hard work to keep our ears happy, to Jerusalem(Montreal this week)Slim for his terrific assistance and wealth of knowledge, and to the Marsbar Theatre chatters for the best entertainment that money can’t buy.

See you next week.

 ~ MissParker ~

A-4 – Sad-Eyed Lady of the Low-Life
Alphaville – Big In Japan
Barclay James Harvest – She Said
Blue Peter – Shellshocked
Box – Live On TV
Brian Eno – Baby’s On Fire
Bruce Cockburn – Call It Democracy
Copyright – Radio
Crash Vegas – Pocahontas
Dalbello – Animal
David Bowie – When You’re A Boy
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show – Freakin’ At The Freaker’s Ball
Elsiane – Prosaic
Elton John & Leon Russell – In The Hands Of Angels
Eric Clapton – Tears In Heaven
Eric Johnson – Cliffs Of Dover
Fingerprintz – Wet Job
Genesis – Supper’s Ready
Holly Johnson & Friends – Ferry Cross The Mersey
Humble Pie – 79th and Sunset
Iggy Pop – Play It Safe
Jerry Lee Lewis – Boogie Woogie Country Man
Jimi Hendrix – Rainy Day, Dream Away
Joe Strummer – Surf City
Leonard Cohen – The Partisan
Local H – Hands On The Bible
Long John Baldry – Don’t Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie On The King Of Rock & Roll
Lotus Eaters – The First Picture Of You
Mandala – Love-itis
Marillion – Angelina
Martha & The Muffins – Echo Beach
Mental As Anything – Live It Up
Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Maid Of Orleans (The Waltz Joan Of Arc)
Patti Smith – Privilege
Phil Manzanera & 801 – City Of Light
Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Pukka Orchestra – Rubber Girl
Pukka Orchestra – Your Secret Is Safe With Me
Robbie Robertson – Somewhere Down The Crazy River
Rough Trade – You Must Adapt
Squeeze – Another Nail In My Heart
Strawbs – Ghosts
Tears For Fears – Change
Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me With Science
Tom Robinson – War Baby
Type O Negative – Nettie
Vangelis – Titles (Chariots Of Fire)
Velvet Underground – Rock ‘n’ Roll
Vis-à-Vis – Shadowplay
Waterboys – The Whole Of The Moon
XTC – Senses Working Overtime

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 ~ 11-13-2010

November 13, 2010

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

It was a very big week for David. He was informed that he will be inducted into the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall Of Fame on March 11, 2011. And today, he was interviewed on 1010 Am Talk Radio by Ted Woloshyn. David has given us 50 years of unmatched free-form broadcasting, as well as the pleasure of hearing talent that no one else was willing to promote. It’s about time the business gave something back to him. No one is more deserving of this honor.

Join us Sunday night from 7 pm until midnight ET – you won’t be disappointed.

~ MissParker ~

Animotion – Obsession
Blancmange – Blind Vision
Boomtown Rats – Rat Trap
Brian Eno/ John Cale – Spinning Away
Chalk Circle – April Fool
Comsat Angels – You Move Me
Echo & The Bunnymen – Killing Moon
Econoline Crush – All That You Are
Elton John & Leon Russell – Monkey Suit
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Shipbuilding
Evermore – It’s Too Late
Fad Gadget – Collapsing New People
Fiat Lux – Blue Emotion
Fire Diviner – Whither & Die
Fixx – I Will
Frank Zappa – Dancin’ Fool
Genesis – I Know What I Like
Gentleman Reg – We’re In A Thunderstorm
Grapes Of Wrath – I Am Here
Hidden Cameras – Do I Belong?
HIM – Dark Secret
Ian Drury & The Blockheads – Clever Trevor
Iggy Pop – Real Wild Child (Wild One)
Kasabian – Butcher Blues
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
Kinks – Catch Me Now I’m Falling
Lemonheads – Style
Leonard Cohen – First We Take Manhattan
Maximum Balloon – Groove Me
Mick Ronson – Colour Me
Mick Ronson – Music Is Lethal
Moev – Head Down
My Morning Jacket – Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Part II
Payola$ – China Boys
Psychedelic Furs – Heartbreak Beat
Rammstein – Stripped
Robbie Robertson – American Roulette
Roger Waters – Sunset Strip
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Hopeless Believers
Sly & The Family Stone – Stand
Spoons – Old Emotions
Spoons – Ciao
Status Quo – In The Army Now
Steve Harley – Understand
Supertramp – Cannonball
Tin Star Orphans – Men With Guns
Tokio Hotel – Monsoon
Violent Kin – Velvet Hideout

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 ~ Peter Schilling

There’s amazingly little information about this gifted and highly versatile artist. Peter Schilling is a synthpop musician from Stuttgart, Germany. His songs tended to feature extraterrestrial and science-fiction themes.

When many 80’s New Wave artists were trying to emulate the wildly popular David Bowie, Schilling actually took one of Bowie’s most well-known characters and crafted an international hit, “Major Tom (Coming Home).” He originally recorded the song in German, but when he rerecorded it in English, it soared in the charts throughout the world. This ethereal and timeless song still thrills first-time listeners as they discover it on YouTube, or hear one of the more successful covers rendered by a group called Shiny Toy Gun.

After releasing several albums over the next few years, some recorded in both German and then again in English, Schilling decided to take a break from entertainment. He returned in the late 90’s with a short-lived side project called “Space Pilots.” then struck back out on his own. Schilling remains a popular act in Europe and continues to record and release music to this day.

Peter Schilling official website.

Purchase Peter Schilling music here.

“The Different Story” via YouTube user tsoyki1:

“Ich Vermisse Dich” via YouTube user PrettyBlueFairy:

“Major Tom (Coming Home)” via YouTube user xgirlonthewallx:

“Where You Are I Am” via YouTube user TerminalShockRecords:

Early Discography

Fehler Im System (1982)
Error in the System (1984)
120 Grad (1984)
Things to Come (1985)
The Different Story (1989)
Geheime Macht (1993)
Major Tom (1996)