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.

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