Marsbar Playlist ~ 2-9-2014

February 9, 2014

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 some much-appreciated and extra effort help from JerusalemSlim:
69 Eyes – Beneath The Blue
Alejandra Ribera – Satellite
Barclay James Harvest – Child Of The Universe
Blood Sweat and Tears – I Can’t Quit Her
Boomtown Rats – Dave
Breeding Ground – Reunion
Carole Pope – Francis Bacon
Cliks – Red & Blue
Cocteau Twins – Pandora
Colin James – Lost Again
Crash Test Dummies – Heart Of Stone
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Dream Academy – Life In A Northern Town
Echo & The Bunnymen – The Cutter
Elbow – Starlings
Endgames – First, Last For Everything
Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy (The Raw & The Remix)
Fred Schneider – Monster
Gary Moore – That’s Why I Play The Blues
Genesis – The Musical Box
George Harrison – When We Was Fab
Jake Bugg – Broken
Joe Bonamassa – Bird On A Wire
Kate Bush – Breathing
Kinks – Permanent Waves
Klaatu – Dear Christine
Lou Reed – Ride Sally Ride
Mad June – Tip Toe
Marcus Kihn – Air
Martha & The Muffins – Swimming
MC 900 Ft Jesus – The City Sleeps
Mighty Lemon Drops – Inside Out
Mike Oldfield – Shadow On The Wall
Moody Blues – The Other Side Of Life
Nick Lowe – Cruel To Be Kind
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Souvenir
Parachute Club – Rise Up
Paul Rodgers (feat. Neal Schon) – Born Under A Bad Sign
Pete Seeger – Forever Young
Peter Murphy – Final Solution
Pixies – Wave Of Mutilation
Raine Maida – Montreal
Rick Wright – Night Of A Thousand Furry Toys
Roger Waters – Towers Of Faith
Royal Canoe – Today We’re Believers
Scissor Sisters – Return To Oz
Sisters Of Mercy – Lucretia (My Reflection)
Smiths – How Soon Is Now?
Snowy White – In The Skies (Rehearsal Version)
Spirit Of The West – Enough, Already Alright (Hello Cleveland)
Stranglers – Always The Sun
Talk Talk – Life’s What You Make It (extended remix)
Timber Timbre – Magic Arrow
Unheilig – Unter Deiner Flagge
Vladymir Rogov/Arkitex – Where Is The Love
Xprime – Closer

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 ~ 2-1-2014

February 1, 2014

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 late night help from The Barron:

69 Eyes – Wasting The Dawn
Alabama 3 – Hotel California
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Beatles – Ain’t She Sweet
Big Audio Dynamite – E=MC2
Blue Peter – Take Me To War
Book Of Love – Boy
Carole Pope – Francis Bacon
Clash – The Magnificent Seven
Comsat Angels – You Move Me
Cure – Lullaby
Cure – The Walk
David Bowie – Sound & Vision
Depeche Mode – Everything Counts
Diodes – Photographs From Mars
Elephant Stone – Looking Thru Baby Blue
Fad Gadget – Collapsing New People
Filter & The Crystal Method – (Can’t You) Trip Like I Do
Frank Zappa – Nanook Rubs It
Front Line Assembly – Dead Winter
Gary Numan – Are ‘Friends’ Electric?
Gene Loves Jezebel – Desire
Grapes Of Wrath – Picnic
Heaven 17 – Let Me Go (extended 12″ mix)
Ian Dury & The Blockheads – Wake Up And Make Love With Me
Interview – St. Jean Wires
I.C.E. – Strange Attractor
Iggy Pop – Play It Safe
Isley Brothers – Shout
Japan – Transmission
Joel Plaskett Emergency – Fashionable People
John Foxx – Like A Miracle
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
Muse – Uprising (Live At Rome Olympic Stadium)
Of Monsters And Men – Slow And Steady
Project Pitchfork – Orange Moon
Rammstein – Stripped (Heavy Mental mix by Charlie Clouser)
Roger Waters – Watching TV
Ronnie Hawkins – Who Do You Love
Royal Canoe – Birthday
Sham 69 – Poor Cow
Slave To The SQUAREWave – Hopeless Believers
Slave To The SQUAREWave – Pumpin’ Up The P House
Specials – Ghost Town
Smiths – This Charming Man (Manchester)
Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me With Science
Time Zone – World Destruction
Timelords – Doctorin’ The Tardis (12 inch mix)
Tokyo Police Club – Hot Tonight
Tuff Darts – Your Love Is Like A Nuclear Waste
Ultravox – Love’s Great Adventure
Villians – Wendy’s Melody
Violent Kin – The Honesty
Wallflowers feat. Mick Jones – Reboot The Mission
Xprime – My Fair Lady

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 ~ 1-19-2014

January 19, 2014

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 help from JerusalemSlim:

69 Eyes – Betty Blue
A’s – A Woman’s Got The Power
Alt-J – Dissolve Me
Alt-J – Intro (An Awesome Wave)
Alt-J – Tessellate
Arcade Fire – Here Comes The Night Time
Big Brother & The Holding Company – Summertime
Blackie & The Rodeo Kings – South
Blue Peter – Take Me To War
Bob Geldof – This Is The World Calling
Champion Heartache – Things I Left Behind
Cody Gamracy – Feeling The Same Way
Colin James – Freedom
Comsat Angels – Independence Day
Concrete Blonde – Everybody Knows
Conjure One – Tears From The Moon
Darkroom – A Test Of Time
David Usher – A Day In The Life
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
DJ Champion – Perfect In Between
Elliott Murphy – Thirty Was A Long Time Ago
Eric Charles – In For The Ride
Feargal Sharkey – A Good Heart
Flesh For Lulu – I Go Crazy
Fools – It’s A Night For Beautiful GIrls
Foster The People – Coming Of Age
Fraternity Of Man – Don’t Bogart That Joint
Genesis – Watcher Of The Skies
Gentlemen Husbands – Wandering Eye
Jim Carroll Band – People Who Died
JoBoxers – Just Got Lucky
Jon & Vangelis – I Hear You Now
Jona Lewie – Louise (We Get It Right)
Juluka – Scatterlings Of Africa
Leon Russell – A Song For You
Lorde – Glory & Gore
Patti Smith – Dancing Barefoot
Peter Murphy – Hit Song
Pink Floyd – Poles Apart
Pixies – Wave Of Mutilation (UK Surf)
Procol Harum – Conquistador
Project Pitchfork – I Live Your Dream (Gary Numan remix)
Raine Maida – Rising Tide
Raised By Swans – Violet Light
Robbie Robertson – Soap Box Preacher
Royal Canoe – Today We’re Believers
Simple Minds – Broken Glass Park
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Texan Thugs and Rock ‘N’ Roll
Snowy White – In The Skies (Rehearsal Version)
Status Quo – In The Army Now
Steve Hillage – Radio
Strange Advance – Love Games
Strange Advance – We Run (12″ mix)
Taj Mahal – Take A Giant Step
Tears For Fears – Ready To Start
Terry Draper – Stranded
Ultravox – Satellite
Wallflowers – One Headlight
XTC – Making Plans For Nigel
Yello – Lost Again

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 ~ 1-18-2014

January 18, 2014

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–minus the song between Alarm and Breeding Ground. If you have any ideas, let me know!

69 Eyes – Gothic Girl
A3 – Woke Up This Morning
Alarm – Love Don’t Come Easy
Alt-J – Dissolve Me
Benjamin Russell – Miracle (2013)
Big Audio Dynamite – E=MC2
Blancmange – Blind Vision
Breeding Ground – Happy Now I Know
Carole Pope – Francis Bacon
Chameleons – Swamp Thing
Clash – Train In Vain (Stand By Me)
Cliks – Savanna
Concrete Blonde – Crystal Blue Persuasion
Cure – Lovesong (extended)
Cut Copy – Saturdays
David Bowie – Sound & Vision
Farm – Very Emotional (remix)
Fiat Lux – Blue Emotion
Frank Zappa – Montana
Freedom Or Death – Inside
Fryars – Visitors
Grapes Of Wrath – Good To See You
Gwen Stefani – Early Winter
Iggy Pop – Pumpin’ For Jill
Intaferon – Get Out Of London
Japan – Adolescent Sex
Kissing The Pink – Certain Things Are Likely (12″ mix)
Klaatu – Dear Christine
Moev – Open Mind
Mother Mother – Infinitesimal
National Velvet – Flesh Under Skin
Neon Trees – Sleeping With A Friend
Nik Kershaw – The Riddle
Nursery – Domino
Paul Weller – Wishing On A Star
Pete Shelley – Telephone Operator
Peter Murphy – My Secret Garden
Pink Floyd – Have A Cigar
Placebo – A Million Little Pieces
Rammstein – Du Hast (Jacob Hellner remix)
Royal Canoe – Exodus Of The Year
Scary Thieves – The Waiting Game (extended)
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Atari Baby
Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)
Slave To The SQUAREWave – Dirty Disco
Slave To The SQUAREWave – Poor Man’s Fight
Specials – Ghost Town
Tame Impala – Elephant
Tegan & Sara – Closer
Thompson Twins – Don’t Mess With Dr. Dream
Timber Timbre – Magic Arrow
Tokyo Police Club – Hot Tonight
Type O Negative – Love You To Death
Wallflowers feat. Mick Jones – Reboot The Mission

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

David Marsden Birthday Cotillion ~ 3-14-2010

In honor of the annual David Marsden Birthday Cotillion held at Andy Poolhall in Toronto ON, Canada Sunday March 14, 2010, today’s feature is a video montage of the event.

Sistahmar, Roving Ambassador and founder of the Marsbar Theatre Chat Room, outdid herself with this festive occasion. Not only did most of the members of the chat room attend, so did alumni from the infamous CFNY radio station and also from 94.9 The Rock, where David currently broadcasts each Saturday and Sunday night from 7 pm until midnight.

Many sincere thanks to Dan Hurley, Felix029 (Bruce), and Warrlock (Randy) for sharing your photos to make this production possible. Also, a huge thank you to Rob Stuart and Slave to the SQUAREwave for so graciously allowing me to use their fantastic music again this year as a backdrop for the montage. And, Andy Poolhall, Toronto, ON once again was kind enough to open their doors on a usual day off to provide a gathering place for the party. Hats off to you, too.

“David Marsden Birthday Cotillion ~ 3-14-2010” via YouTube user MissParker0106:

View video footage and interviews from the party by clicking here:

80’s Music Rules ~ Legendary DJ David Marsden

bigmars1In light of the sad events of this week, I’ve decided to start appreciating the people that mean the most to me while I still have them. I’ve written about David Marsden previously, but it seems I cannot say enough how much that man has enriched my life over the short period of time that I’ve gotten to know him.

It all started in March 2008, just a little over a year ago. One of the wonderful things about writing a blog is that you get to meet like-minded people from all over the world. Prior to WordPress, I wrote Rave and Roll over at Blogger (long story about why I left – totally off-topic). Somehow, and I can’t remember who wrote first, I met a fellow music blogger from Canada named RalphD when music-related comments were traded.

RalphD runs a fabulous blog dedicated to David Marsden called Marsbar Theatre. One thing led to another, and RalphD convinced me to listen to David’s show streaming live from 94.9 The Rock out of Oshawa, Ontario. Just to be able to say that I finally acquiesced, I tuned in one night and was shocked when I became instantly hooked. The show is my musical equivalent of crack. 

Where has David Marsden been my entire life? Blazing an incredible trail through the broadcast world. He took a formulaic industry and turned it completely upside down. Picture this: It’s early in the 1980’s and stuffed shirts are gathered in a conference room plotting how to run a business swiftly going downhill. The reason? MTV and music videos were kicking the stuffing out of radio. The solution? Instead of making radio more entertaining to try to win a losing battle, said stuffed shirts decided to dictate to the world what they would hear and how it would be delivered.

David Marsden emerged at this time in a little yellow-house-converted-to-radio-station as an absolute visionary. At the helm of fledgling CFNY-FM out of Brampton, Ontario, he broke every rule as he pioneered and championed free-form broadcasting. No rules, just honest-to-goodness music and dialogue that came totally from the heart and soul of a true revolutionary. marsden

And he transformed lives on both sides of the border. I have heard the stories first-hand from people who came of age during Marsden’s reign, who listen to him to this day, and revel in the memories he helped to create. I feel pangs of envy as I hear them talk of discovering the best music they ever heard, or how they woke up every morning smiling as they listened to the funniest and warmest on-air personalities. That was the time that radio lost its magic for me here in south Florida. Truth be told, it sucked rancid canal water.

How I sit and dream of how life might have been had there been satellite radio, or even the Interwebs back then, and I, too, could have been blessed with Marsden’s presence on the airwaves. Instead, I am grateful to RalphD for twisting my arm, to all of the wonderful people in Canada and beyond that I have met in David’s chat room (superbly run and overseen by the delightful Sistahmar), and for the heartfelt (and sometimes hilarious!) shout-outs that David has sent my way that have made me both laugh and cry when I needed it the most. Each Thursday and Friday night is like a gift waiting to be unwrapped and enjoyed. David is on a well-deserved break this week, but I really, really  miss him. Next Thursday night (July 2) simply won’t come quickly enough. As Sistahmar would say, “Only 7 more sleeps.”

Check out RalphD’s blog Marsbar Theatre where you can see David’s amazing musical playlists.

Visit David Marsden’s website to gain a bit of insight into this DJ Hall-of-Famer.

Listen to David Marsden’s show on 94.9 The Rock Thursday and Friday nights (starting again on July 2, 2009) from 7 pm until midnight (EST).

Read up on some vital CFNY history at the Spirit of Radio website, lovingly maintained by a fan.

Some of the music I’ve “discovered” thanks to the legendary David Marsden:

“Worlds Away” by Strange Advance via YouTube user mysweeteventhorizon:

“Lover’s Spit” by Broken Social Scene via YouTube user apalko:

“Butcher Blues” by Kasabian via YouTube user InFearofDub:

“Haunted When The Minutes Drag” by Love & Rockets via YouTube user nezror:

“Violet Light” by Raised by Swans via YouTube user cloudtifa:

“Of Bow and Drum” by Adrian Belew via youTube user rockgod111:

80’s Music Rules ~ David Marsden’s Birthday Party

bigmars1Last Sunday 3-15-2009, The Marsden Theatre Chatroom gang, led by Sistahmar, held a birthday bash for legendary Spirit of Radio DJ David Marsden. It took place at Andy Pool Hall in Toronto, ON. Although I was unable to attend, I was privileged to make a video montage using photographs from three members of the chatroom gang: KRASH, Acheliah, and Warrlock. Rob Stuart from the highly popular Canadian band Slave to the SQUAREwave graciously gave me permission to use their music as a backdrop. David features the band every week on his show; they have a fabulous mutual admiration society.

As a special added treat, DJ Geets Romo made a surprise appearance at Sistahmar’s behest. He delighted the crowd, and David has made a promise to have Geets on his show sometime in the near future. So stay tuned! Also in attendance were power-DJ Don Berns (Dr. Trance) and the rabble-rousing Reverend Jeremiah.

For the best free-form broadcasting you will ever hear, tune in to David Marsden’s show on 94.9 The Rock  streaming live Thursday and Friday nights from 7 pm until midnight EST. Get lubed up and ready for David to stick a couple of tunes in your ears – no one does it better.

We love you David!

80’s Music Rules ~ So Does David Marsden

I’ve mentioned and linked the blog called Mars Bar Theatre, and now I want to explain what it’s about. It is a fan’s heartfelt tribute to a Canadian radio legend, David Marsden.

David’s career spans over 4 decades. In the 80’s, he was a fixture at the legendary Brampton, Ontario radio station CFNY (visit an informative site dedicated to CFNY called “The Spirit of Radio” here). This is a period held dear by many Canadians and border-dwelling Americans alike who sought out a glimmer of individuality in the dreary, cookie-cutter world of formulaic radio broadcasting. Top 40, EmpTV-driven, and heavy rotation domination formed the basis of most of the popular music stations here in the states. Those lucky enough to tune into CFNY, and David’s show in particular, were treated to cutting edge music far superior to the glut of oft-repeated dreck prescribed by corporate-American fat cats who pretended to know what the public wanted to hear.

I accidentally stumbled across Mars Bar Theatre and, in so doing, struck up a “conversation” via email with the blog owner. He encouraged me to tune into David Marsden’s show, brought to the world via 94.9 The Rock, the Internet and streaming media, every [edit:] Saturday and Sunday night from 7 pm until midnight. I tuned in for the first time last April, and was instantly hooked.

“Eclectic” is a word I tend to overuse to describe the music on Marsden’s show, but I really can’t think of a better adjective. He selects music that is all over the place rather than from one specific genre, but is a joy to listen to because it all meshes so well. Some songs will sound vaguely familiar, some will have you slapping your forehead and exclaiming, “I can’t believe I’m hearing this! It reminds me of…” Or even, “Wow – I haven’t heard that since…!” The listening experience is a combination of a trip down memory lane and a lesson in creative broadcasting.

It’s my recommendation that everyone give David’s show a listen, visit Mars Bar Theatre to look over the playlists that Ralph, the blog owner carefully constructs based on the current night’s show, and even take a trip to David’s website, Marsden Global. Marsden is entertaining, irreverent, funny as heck and one of those unaffected celebrities that actually answers his email. Give him a shout – and you just may be lucky enough to get a “shout-out” back.

Finally, here is a video montage I made in honor of this great man. It’s the least I can do to show my appreciation for the joy he’s given me over the past few months.