Marsbar Playlist ~ 12-15-2013

December 15, 2013

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight. Streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the new forum on Marsden Global.

The complete list thanks to always appreciated late-night help from JerusalemSlim:

A-Ha – Crying In The Rain
Adrian Belew – Big Electric Cat
Al Green – How You Can Mend A Broken Heart
Art Of Noise (feat. Duane Eddy) – Peter Gunn Theme
Band – I Shall Be Released
Boxer The Horse- Karen Silkwood
Concrete Blonde – Joey
Cottage Industry – Things Go Up
David Usher – Love Will Save The Day
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Delerium – A Poem For Byzantium
Dr. John, The Night Tripper – Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya
Elliot Murphy feat. Bruce Springsteen – Everything I Do (Leads Me Back To You)
Elton John – Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
Eric Clapton – My Father’s Eyes
Feargal Sharkey – You Little Thief
Frank Zappa – Joe’s Garage
Gary Numan – A Subway Called ‘You’
Genesis – The Carpet Crawlers (original)
Godley & Crème – Sandwiches Of You
Grapes Of Wrath – Picnic
Holly Johnson & Friends – Ferry Cross the Mersey
Hooters – All You Zombies
I.C.E. – Strange Attractor
Icehouse – No Promises (Dance Mix)
Jethro Tull – Fire At Midnight
Joe Satriani – Sleep Walk
Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra feat. Eric Clapton – What Would I Do Without You
Kinks – Lost And Found
Leonard Cohen – The Future
Long John Baldry – FlyingLou Reed – Ride Sally Ride
Madness – Our House (Stretch Mix)
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Don’t Kill It Carol
Marcus Kihn – Sun Spot (“Staring At The Light”)
Marianne Faithfull – Blue Millionaire
Marillion – White Russian
Nick Lowe – Cruel To Be Kind
Nursery – Domino
Peter Murphy – Our Secret Garden
Pink Floyd – Poles Apart
Procol Harum – Grand Hotel
Raine Maida – Rising Tide
Red Sun Horizon – Red Sun Horizon
Roger Waters – Sunset Strip
Royal Canoe – Birthday
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes – Walk Away Renee
Status Quo – In The Army Now
Strange Advance – Worlds Away
Thomas Darcy – I Can’t Wait
Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me With Science
Ultravox – Brilliant
Ultravox – Love’s Great Adventure
Villians – Wendy’s Melody
Vladymir Rogov – If A Tree Falls In The Forest
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.

80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Bands/Artists ~ Morten Harket

I am going to feature at least one criminally underrated band or artist each week. To qualify, the band/artist must be well-known for one 80’s song, leading unsuspecting (and clueless) people like me to wrongfully determine that they were “one-hit wonders,” never to be heard from again.

A-Ha/Morten Harket

The band A-Ha was known here in the states during the 80’s for the quirky tune “Take on Me” featuring impossible vocals, lots of synthesizer, and an animated video that blended real footage with sketchy line drawings. A delightfully funny send-up emerged on YouTube not too long ago, inspiring me to look further into what the band had produced in the 20 or so years following.

I was stunned by the treasure trove that I uncovered. Morten Harket, at times along with A-Ha, and at other times solo, has been very prolific musically speaking. His voice has remained a remarkable instrument of range and emotion, and his songs have evolved over time to be relevant and current. Added to this, the man has hardly aged physically.

From the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 1998, a truly beautiful song with an impossibly long note:

A-Ha ~ Summer Moved On (via Peremarquette1225 on YouTube)

Jump ahead ten years to 2008 and yet another album release. This video is a live performance of “Darkspace” from Morten Harket’s latest album “Letter From Egypt.” Lower, darker and moodier, Harket’s voice is still strong and satisfying:

Morten Harket ~ Darkspace (via Oximets on YouTube)

Dear Santa, if you’re listening: I’d really love to have “Letter From Egypt” for Christmas.