80’s Music Rules ~ More from Retrospect CFRC-FM ~ 9-27-11

Apparently it’s warmed up again north of the border, and Ed-Fm matched the heat with a hot set of 80s tunes that left us twisting in our seats. Or, in my case, deaf from cranking up the headphones beyond max. Was it worth it? Oh yeah…and if you don’t believe me, check out the list. And, if that still doesn’t convince you, join us next Tuesday. You’ll be glad you did.

Tune in to Ed and his “DJs, vinyl, and whips – oh my!” 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 September 27, 2011

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.

Box – Live On TV
David Bowie – Heroes/Helden
Yeah Yeah Noh – Superimposed Man
The Coconuts – Don’t Take My Coconuts
Simple Minds – Love Song (12 inch)
Department S – Is Vic There?
Glamour Cult – Tokyo Streets
Neo A4 – Feel The Unknown
Stranglers – Nice In Nice
Norman Iceberg – Be My Human
Flour – One By One
Blue Peter – Don’t Walk Past
Eva Everything – Painless
Gary Numan – We Have A Technical
Psyche – Thundershowers In Ivory Towers
English Beat – Mirror In The Bathroom
Rough Trade – All Touch No Contact
Steve Harley – Heart Beat Like Thunder
Blancmange – Love That It Is
Screaming Blue Messiahs – I Wanna Be A Flintstone
Malcolm Burn – Walk Don’t Run
Lightning Seeds – Pure & Simple
Chris & Cosey – October Love Song
Spoons – Star Maps

Marsbar Playlist ~ 9-25-2011

September 25, 2011

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

There ‘s just something really special about Sunday nights in the Marsbar Theater, and tonight was no exception. Thanks to JerusalemSlim, I have a complete list. Have a great week and join us again this coming Saturday and Sunday nights. Your ears will thank you.

10cc – Life Is A Minestrone
AWOLNation – People
Badfinger – Carry On Till Tomorrow
Beck – Where It’s At
Billy Newton Davis – A Thrill’s A Thrill
Bloomfield & Kooper – Really
Blue October – The Flight (LNK to MSP)
Bob Geldof – This Is The World Calling
Bolus – Postman
Brendan Canning – Love Is New
David Usher – Black Black Heart
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Dee Long – Little Neutrino
Des’ree & Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Ain’t No Sunshine
Doors – Summer’s Almost Gone
Elbow – Starlings
FM – Phasers On Stun
Frank Zappa – Watermelon In Easter Hay
Freedom Or Death – Inside
Garfield – Play It Again Boys
Groundhogs – Split Part 2
Hidden Cameras – Colour Of A Man
Hooters – 500 Miles
Imaginary City – Calm Before The Storm
Japan – Transmission
Kevin Ayers – The Confessions of Dr. Dream (Dr. Dream Theme)
MC 900 Foot Jesus – The City Sleeps
Michael Andrews feat. Gary Jules – Mad World
Pink Floyd – Echoes
Pink Floyd – Have A Cigar
Pixies – Wave Of Mutilation
Populars – Smart Bomb
Prefab Sprout – Looking For Atlantis
Procol Harum – Homburg
Psychedelic Furs – Sister Europe
Robbie Robertson – The Right Mistake
Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast – Science Fiction Double Feature
Simply Red – Positively 4th Street
Slave To The SQUAREwave – 1972
Spoons – Symmetry
Steel Pulse – Sound System
Steve Hillage – Radio
Strawbs – Benedictus
T. Rex – The Slider
Tal Bachman – Darker Side Of Blue
The The – Sweet Bird Of Truth
Thomas Dolby – Windpower
Vladymir Rogov – Where Is Love
Wall Of Voodoo – Mexican Radio
WhosArmy – Revolution Girl
Yukihiro Takahashi – Helpless

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 ~ 9-24-2011

September 24, 2011

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

This is the fabulous freeform list in alphabetical order until 10 PM. If there’s anyone that can assist with the list on Saturday nights from 10 pm until midnight, please let me know.

Update: Many thanks to NowhereMan and LCBODan from the Marsbar Theater chatroom for filling in most of the blanks between 10 pm and midnight. Because of their help, the list is pretty darned close to complete.

69 Eyes – Betty Blue
B-Movie – Nowhere Girl
Big Audio Dynamite – E=MC2
Blancmange – Blind Vision
Blue October – The Money Tree
Blue Peter – Don’t Walk Past
Cliks – Dirty King
Concrete Blonde – One Of My Kind
Cure – Love Song
Cut Copy – Need You Now
Daniel Lanois – The Maker
Darkroom – A Test Of Time
Depeche Mode – Black Celebration
Doors – The Crystal Ship
Econoline Crush – All That You Are
Eisbrecher – This Is Deutsch
Elvis Costello – The Other Side Of Summer
Farm – Very Emotional
Gentleman Reg – We’re In A Thunderstorm
HIM – You Are The One
Icehouse – No Promises
James Barclay Harvest – She Said (Live)
Jerry Lee Lewis – High School Confidential
Joel Plaskett – Rewind
Jona Lewie – (You’ll Always Find Me In The) Kitchen At Parties
Joy Division – Atmosphere
Madness – Our House
Magazine – Back To Nature
Marillion – Angelina
Mighty Lemon Drops – Inside Out
Moev – Head Down
Papermaps – Complicate Things
Pink Floyd – Us And Them
Powder Blues Band – Boppin’ With The Blues
Pukka Orchestra – Listen To The Radio
Simple Minds – Rockets
Sisters of Mercy – Gimme Shelter
Slave To The SQUAREwave – London Baby
Spoons – B Movie
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)
Tin Star Orphans – Jaw Wired Shut
Tubes – What Do You Want From Life?
Type O Negative – Cinammon Girl
Unheilig – An Deiner Seite
Violent Kin – The Honesty
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.

“Dead Son Rising” CD by Gary Numan with Ade Fenton ~ A Review

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“Dead Son Rising” CD by Gary Numan with Ade Fenton – released September 2011

(Photo credits: Ed Fielding Photography http://www.edfielding.co.uk/)

Long awaited, Dead Son Rising is a theme-driven collection of electronica only the way Gary Numan, along with Ade Fenton, can create. Pounding and wistful, demanding and longing, tender and brutal, it is a study in impossible contrasts that work together so seamlessly as to be other-worldly. Words can only inadequately describe the music on this brilliant CD. If you love electronica/dark wave/industrial/goth, this is a must-have addition to your collection.

Resurrection
The swell of the synthesizers backdropped with breathing sounds and static is a perfect indicator of what is to come on this epic CD. Something sinister yet magical is in the air, and we are about to be willingly drawn into its merciless grasp.

Big Noise Transmission
Static noise and a driving rhythm section catapult us into a staccato mind-puzzle fraught with urgent, whispered pleas. Fully Numan-esque and gripping, this industrial anthem is a rock-solid testament to a direction Numan has whole-heartedly embraced over the past sixteen years. He shows us he has this genre fully mastered and ready for our listening pleasure. The abrupt end leaves us aching for more.

Dead Sun Rising
Numan uses his signature vocals against a deeply satisfying electronic backdrop. There is no one on this planet that could pull off an electronic ballad as successfully as Gary Numan. It is the perfect melding of lyrics, vocals, and synthesizers that captures the soul and transports it to another dimension.

When the Sky Bleeds, He Will Come
Numan and company use everything but the kitchen sink to deliver this masterpiece. Left to the devices of mere mortals, this song would result in listening confusion; in Gary and Ade’s more than capable hands, it is an extraordinary testament to pushing music to its limits and successfully achieving perfection.

For the Rest Of My Life
Don’t let the title/lyrics fool you. This is no tender love song. It borders on an obsessiveness that is both scary yet oddly compelling. It is similar to approaching an accident scene on the highway, and not being able to avert your eyes. In fact, it makes the listener want to hit the “replay” button; not only to hear it again, but to validate the message.

Not the Love We Dream Of
The stark piano notes that open this song are gorgeous. Enter Gary Numan’s voice, and what we end up with is a slightly off-kilter and purposeful story woven of disappointment and sadness. Who can’t relate to the melancholic message delivered here? We have all made mistakes that have devastated us. Numan and company put context to those feelings so we can unleash the demons within.

The Fall
Gary advises us how to deal with being shattered, even telling us point blank that the world still goes on even if we cannot. This is a perfect song to play when things are falling apart in our lives, if only for the rhythm, which makes it impossible to sit still long enough to feel sorrow.

We Are the Lost
The powerful and driving drumbeat that opens this track and anchors it throughout is a welcome diversion from the keyboards that usually take the limelight. Coupled with a Middle Eastern flair that Numan has previously and successfully brought into his music, this song resonates down into the listener’s toes. The textures are rich and colorful, like an open market full of hand-woven cloth displays.

For The Rest Of My Life (Reprise)
Like a path winding its way through a dark forest, we are gently guided to a clearing where Gary awaits us to remind us of the lost love he introduced us to earlier in our journey.

Into Battle
This track is a cacophony of sounds that starts out somewhat reminiscent of wind chimes in a stormy summer garden. But don’t be lulled into submission. The seemingly harmless wind chimes morph into the cadence and timber of something destructive and sinister. Even if you are on your guard, you are not going to be ready for the abrupt end. Signifying eternity, perhaps?

Not the Love We Dream Of (Piano Version)
Again, we are treated to the stark piano notes winding through the introduction to this song. Slowed down and purposeful, almost funereal, we are reminded of mortality, mistakes, and failed missions. It is definitely a song of introspection, but with the change-up in tone and tempo midway through, Numan informs us musically that there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel.

Dead Sun Rising (Early Version)
This version feels like it is played at a slower speed. Numan’s vocals are the focus with the lush accompaniment of electronica there merely to support the master as he works his craft. It is a delightfully welcome version of the title track, and the perfect close to a perfect CD.

Well done, Gary. You are a perfectionist, and our lives are enriched because of it.

Visit Gary Numan’s website: http://www.numan.co.uk/

“The Fall” official full-length promotional video via YouTube user GaryNumanOfficial:

“The Fall” live by Gary Numan – via YouTube user GaryNumanOfficial:

The Secret Life of Numanoids ~ Part Ten

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Matt Jessup (UK) 

I have come to know Matt through FaceBook. He belongs to the legions of lifelong Gary Numan fans, discovering and falling hard for the unique look and sound Numan brought to the world at the very end of the 70s. Matt was kind enough to share his journey with us in his own words.

He writes:
I’ve followed Gary Numan since 1979. Unfortunately, I missed the Touring Principle tour, but was more than fortunate to see Teletour 80. I also consider myself one of the select few who actually witnessed the Wembley Farewell concert live. It was musical history in the making and I still can’t get over I was there. It was staggering!

I was drawn to Numan by his 1st appearance performing “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” on Top Of The Pops. My jaw hit the floor and I made everyone shut up so I could hear it. At that time, there was too much agro going on with anarchy, punks and skinheads fighting and all the sh*t music it brought (some of which I quite like now, strangely). I hated it, and Numan was a breath of fresh air. And, with me being a keyboard player, after seeing the word JP4 on Telekon, I went down to the music shop and bought one. I never looked back.

My favorite albums will always be what I consider the “Fab 5:” Tubeway Army, Replicas,  The Pleasure Principle, Telekon, and Dance. They are time machines for me. I can tell who, what, where, and when, and in some cases, can still smell her perfume. Perfect memories to perfect music. I also adore Sacrifice.

I have many, many favorite tracks: “Metal,” “Exhibition,” “Subway”…too many to list.

My most exciting moments include Dad saying “yes” to the request of £15 to go to Wembley (that included coach there and back), and finding out Gary was using the sounds I sent him for The Pleasure Principle 2009. Also, every concert I attended, it was exciting meeting up beforehand, when Gary was at the height of fame. Southampton was a sea of black and red, and I still have the red belt harness I wore to Wembley.

I can’t actually say “I love Gary Numan” because that would make me gay – ha! I always wished I looked like him, though – great eyes. I can express my love for him only one way, by declaring his sheer brilliance, which comes down to his lyrics and the way his voice fits the words. The sounds. As I said before, his lyrics can drop you to your knees and the synth lines just lift you right up. A classic example is Andy Gray’s mix of “Prayer for the Unborn.” It’s a fact that at Troxy last year, the intro and the way “Down In The Park”  kicked in actually brought tears to my eyes. It was so massive. And in that instant, I was back watching him come out in that car on Teletour. Then, I was back in the room, and my son Josh, 21 looked at me nodding and said, “Oooh yeah…Numan’s still got it.”

I met Gary Numan in 1986. We chatted for 45 minutes. No illusions were shattered; “Numan” went offstage and I chatted to “Gary Webb,” if that makes sense. Now, I would dearly love for my 2 sons to meet Gary and shake the hand of the man who has shaped 30 years of my life. They are really up for that.

The Numan experience taught me song writing and sound creation. They were great years that brought great friends, and the most loyal fan base I’ve ever known.

Machinery Strange Dreams by Matt Jessup via YouTube user DarkAngelOne:


Me, I Disconnect From You (Gary Numan)
cover by Matt Jessup via YouTube user emjay946:

Are ‘Friends’ Electric? (Gary Numan)piano cover by Matt Jessup via YouTube user emjay946:


Ghost
by Matt Jessup via YouTube user DarkAngelOne:

80’s Music Rules ~ More from Retrospect CFRC-FM ~ 9-20-11

Ed was in rare form tonight. It’s another SoCan audit night, and he was going to make sure they had to do a little work to match the paper work they require. So, we were the winners; treated to rare mixes, obscure tracks, and just generally brilliant music. Life is good!

Tune in to Ed and his “it doesn’t get any more obscure than this” 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 September 20, 2011

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.

Strange Advance – Love Becomes Electric
Vital Sines – Collage
Neon Judgement – Le Suicide Du Beau Serge
Maurice & The Cliches – Soft Core
Shriekback – Under The Lights
Glove – Mouth To Mouth
Martha & The Muffins – Several Styles Of Blonde Girls Dancing
English Beat – What’s Your Best Thing (Dub mix)
Hush – Now Reality
Pukka Orchestra – Your Secret Is Safe With Me
Chameleons – Up The Down Escalator
Seona Dancing – More To Lose (extended)
The Nails – Home Of The Brave
Magic Dragon – Objet Du Desire
The Voice – Lime
Fad Gadget – Swallow It
Abecedarians – Smiling Monarchs
Yello – Si Senor The Hairy Grill
Extras – Circular Impression
Telex – Twist A St. Tropez
Hawaiian Pups – Baby Judy

Marsbar Playlist ~ 9-18-2011

September 18, 2011

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

This is the complete list thanks to JerusalemSlim. Have a great week!

AWOLNation – Knights Of Shame
Band, et al – I Shall Be Released (Live)
Blue October – The Money Tree
Blue October – Feel Again
Blue October – The Follow Through
Blue October – The Flight (LNK To MSP)
Box Tops – The Letter
Boys Brigade – The Passion Of love
Bryan Ferry – Slave To Love
Buggles – I Am A Camera
Chameleons – Swamp Thing
Champion Heartache – Breathing For A Living
City Boy – Millionaire
Concrete Blonde – Everybody Knows
Crack The Sky – Safety In Numbers
Crash Test Dummies – Heart Of Stone
David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World (fragment)
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Electric Flag – The Killing Floor
Elliott Smith – Good To Go
Elsaine – Prosaic
Elton John – Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Elton John feat. Leon Russell – If It Wasn’t For Bad
Everclear – Brown Eyed Girl
Freedom Or Death – Nobody Listens
Gary Moore – Looking For Somebody
Gentleman Reg – We’re In A Thunderstorm
Grateful Dead – Shakedown Street
Jamie Vernon – R.I.P.
Japan – Rhodesia
Jimi Hendrix Experience – The Wind Cries Mary
Jimi Hendrix Experience – Hey Joe
Jimi Hendrix Experience – Purple Haze
Klaatu – Calling Occupants Of Interpanetary Craft
Lemon Pipers – Green Tambourine
Leon Russell – A Song For You
Lighthouse Family – Free
Long John Baldry – Rock Me When He’s Gone
Madness – Our House (12″)
Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Secrets
Pack A.D. – Seasick
Patrick Dorrie – Cheap Motel Lights
Peter Murphy – Cuts You Up
Pink Floyd – High Hopes
Pink Floyd – See Emily Play
Procul Harum – Conquistador
Rare Bird – Sympathy
Rick Wakeman – Space Oddity
Snowy White – Bird Of Paradise
Stranglers – Ships That Pass In The Night
Thinkman – The Formula (Extrapolated Version)
Thomas Dolby – Airwaves
Violent Kin – Under The Living Skies
Vladymir Rogov – If A Tree Falls
Wintersleep – Experience The Jewel

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