Revenge of the 80s Radio welcomes its newest radio affiliate, Q107FM in Peoria, Illinois.
Q107 is a full 80s-oriented radio station, playing a vast array of the decade’s music, including pop, new wave, rock, punk, second wave, post-punk, glam rock and industrial. We are glad to be a part of another excellent radio station whose mission is to keep this great music alive and strong.
Is Eddie Murphy going to bring Beverly Hills Cop back? A popular web-zine says he will, but with a different dynamic.
Vulture reports that Eddie Murphy and Shawn Ryan (creator of The Shield) are teaming up to pitch a TV series based on the hit comedy movies. While it might be interesting to see a much older Axel Foley tackle criminals again, the report says the show will instead focus on the exploits of the movie hero’s son.
Back in October, Murphy told Rolling Stone magazine about his intent to produce this show and play the elder Foley, who would appear as the Chief of Police in Detroit with his son as the main character.
Although Ryan is partnering up with Murphy on this venture, one would doubt that it is going to be a violent dirty-cop anti-hero show like The Shield. It is most likely to be a buddy-comedy-action cop show. Although the pedigree of the men in charge of this is quite stellar, that particular genre has had mixed results in the past. On the negative side, memories of Enos may be evoked here. Still, the show might be a Starsky & Hutch-type success or land somewhere in the middle, like Due South.
The big question, however, would be: who would play Axel’s son? Might the likes of Jaleel White or Don Glover be available? Or, if the series takes a few more years to air a pilot, Dule Hill might be free when Psych ends as a series.
In a 2010 interview on Revenge of the 80s Radio, Collins joked about confusion on a date in Pittsburgh when the two Beats performed at venues practically across the street from each other. Now, the two will team up to play in major cities in the Eastern and Midwestern U.S.
Both bands are constantly playing live to full crowds around the world, with Wakeling’s crew performing classics and Collins having released The King of Power Pop in 2010. Both men are virtually synonymous with their selected genres of music: Wakeling’s ska and Collins’ power-pop. They each recorded major hits and have influenced musicians of their respective styles for decades.
The English Beat and Paul Collins Beat are scheduled to play 10 dates together:
- Oct 11 – The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
- Oct 12 – State Theatre, Falls Church, VA
- Oct 13 – The Center for Arts, Natick, MA
- Oct 14 – World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA
- Oct 16 – Bb Kings, New York, NY
- Oct 18 – Rapids Theatre, Niagara Falls, NY
- Oct 19 – The Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, Canada
- Oct 20 – Hard Rock Café, Detroit Detroit, MI
- Oct 23 – Space, Evanston, IL
- Oct 24 – Hard Rock Café, Pittsburgh, PA
- Oct 26 – Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
- Oct 27 – Mill City Nights, Minneapolis, MN
Ticket and tour information can be found here.
Collins is currently working on the upcoming Power-Pop-A-Licious II fest, slated for November 16th and 17th at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ.
In working to schedule an upcoming interview with Deniz Tek and Detroit super-rockers Al King and Chris Taylor on their work with the Mazinga project, Al introduced me to celebrity blogger Kim “Retro Kimmer” Maki, a good friend of his and creator/writer for the influential Retro Kimmer Blog.
Kim is a talented and widely-respected writer, show promoter and story teller. She has been in the center of the Motor City Rock scene for decades (having been born in Ypsilanti, MI and raised on alt-rock, blues, Motown and country music) and works with some of the region’s top talents, including King, Taylor, Deniz Tek, Machine Gun Thompson (of MC5), Dick Wagner and many more stellar musicians.
The Retro Kimmer Blog is not just about music. She writes about several topics, taking us back through the 1960s and 70s with posts about art, scandals, crime, stars, books and people with intriguing stories. Kim’s blog is informative, interesting, and (as George IV, the Prince Regent from Blackadder III would say) “a cracking good read.”
Kim and I will be creating and implementing some jointly-constructed cunning plans in the near future. She will also be a recurring guest on Revenge of the 80s via interviews both on the radio show and on the Revenge of the 80s blog/website.
Keep checking in with us and with The Retro Kimmer Blog for more of our upcoming online adventures. Also, check out the nice write up she posted on Revenge of the 80s.
We at Revenge of the 80s Radio welcome our new affiliate: Rock 103FM in Central Illinois. The station plays music of the 70s and 80s (with a little 60s sprinkled in) and is an excellent flashback to the days of great personality radio.
Rock 103FM features superb shows from the likes of Matt Knight, “Rockin’ Ron” and DJ Katt. We are proud to have this terrific station, broadcast both on terrestrial radio and the internet, as part of our family of radio stations and look forward to a long future with this talented group of people.
Aimee Mann says she will release a new album later this year. According to her website, Charmer, will be released on Septemner 18th thruogh Superego Records. It will be her eighth solo collection and first since 2008’s @#%&”! Smilers.
Mann wrote all of the tracks on Charmer, though two of them are collaborations: one with Paul Bryan and another with Tim Hiedecker. Bryan, a longtime friend and band member with Mann, produced the album.About the name of the album, Mann says on her website that she is fascinated with the concept of charming people:
It’s hard to remember sometimes that there is usually an agenda behind the act of being charming, and that is what I’m most interested in. Is someone’s charm being utilized just to try and entertain people, make them feel special and interesting, or is there a more sinister purpose behind it? Sometimes I think ‘charm’ can just be another word for ‘manipulation.’
Rolling Stone magazine recently premiered the title track and . pre-orders for the CD can be made through Amazon.
Here is the track list for Charmer:
5. Soon Enough
6. Living A Lie
7. Slip and Roll
9. Gamma Ray
11. Red Flag Diver
Power-Punk Queen Nikki Corvette will be heading to Europe for her Summertime Fun 2012 tour. Fresh off recording new tracks “I’m Stronger” and “Hot Sun,” Corvette will perform live for 14 straight days at venues in Norway, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.
The Summertime Fun Tour 2012 dates:
- 07/07 SAT – House of Rock Night at Tivoli – Moss (NO)
- 08/07 SUN – Help!! (Norway, Denmark, anywhere fly in)
- 09/07 MON – Help!! (Denmark)
The two groups kick off their tour on September 7th in Woodville, Washington and will perform through September 26th in Chicago with stops in places including Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Original Blondie members Deborah Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Barker and newer band members Leigh Foxx, Tommy Kessler and Matt Katz-Bohen will share the bill with Devo co-founders Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh and Gerald and Bob Casale plus tour drummer Jeff Friedl. They will play a mix of classic songs and their recent work. Tickets are available here; the tour dates are:
- September 7 Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste. Michelle
- September 8 Ridgefield, WA – Sleep Country Amphitheater
- September 10 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
Longtime alt-rocker Paul Weller is celebrating Sir Paul McCartney’s 70th birthday by releasing a special tribute a cover of the Beatles’ classic, “Birthday.”
The track is available for one day, June 18, 2012, for 70 cents on Amazon.com through Yep Roc Records. Proceeds from the song downloads will benefit the War Child charity, and organization that aids children and young people in war-torn areas.
Weller, who is best known for co-founding The Style Council and The Jam, commented on the Yep Roc website that he wanted to fine a unique way to honor the legend of Sir McCarthy and his contributions to music:
“I wanted to do something for Paul’s 70th, the man’s been, and still is, an immense and enduring inspiration for me. It was him and his three friends that made me want to pick up a guitar in the first place. I saw him play live recently and he inspired me just as much as ever, he was brilliant. I just hope he likes our little version, a token of my and the band’s love for him and his music. Rock on Macca.”
Weller and his band recorded “Birthday” in one day at his Black Barn Studios.
Revenge of the 80s Radio welcomes two new radio affiliates: Totally 80s Radio (88.4FM – Benidorm, Spain) and Whaley Radio (107.4FM – High Peaks, UK). Both stations are very popular in their listening areas and online, showcasing a lineup of great hosts and talented programmers.
Totally 80s Radio will broadcast Revenge of the 80s Tuesdays 6-8pm and Sundays 3-5pm CET (Central European Time); Whaley radio will air the program on Tuesdays 10am-12pm GMT.
We are proud to have these top 80s radio stations as members of our Revenge of the 80s Radio family and we look forward to a continued relationship with these fine broadcast establishments.
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A master of the avant garde, Pascal Languirand brought his unusual brand of music to the mainstream in 1983 with “Living on Video” two years after writing it. Little did he know it would become a new wave dance classic. Nearly three decades later, Languirand brings his Trans-X project back to life with a new album, Hi-NRG.
After “Living on Video’s” international success, Languirand made the surprising move away from trying to produce hit music. In a recent interview on Revenge of the 80s Radio, he said he was not happy with the attitude of industry leadership: “all the record companies were mostly into selling a record fast and not developing an act… I got out of the music business altogether for about ten years.” Languirand continued to cerate pieces stemming from the cosmic genre he originated.
Two weeks ago, we featured singer Maryam Zadeh on Revenge of the 80s. Here is our Examiner article on her:
It did not take long for Tapps founder and producer Allan Coelho to become intrigued by the stunning sound of songstress Maryam Zadeh. After the two were working together on a music project, the Canadian Hi-NRG master asked her to become the new lead singer for his band. Now, Zadeh is focusing on her own music, with a sound inspired by New Romantic artists of the early 80s and her own background.
Zadeh, who grew up in the 80s, developed her vocal style from years of listening to singers who influenced her, like Debbie Harry, Tony Hadley and Simon LeBon. In a recent interview on Revenge of the 80s Radio, The Californian singer says she fell in love with early 80s-era new wave, which became important to her development as an artist: “it was just so raw and the music was romantic and exciting… it’s something that I want to revive in my own music now. ”
As you know, I also produce and create other radio shows, including Money Matters Radio in New York. On Thursday, May 17, 2012, Adriana Kaegi (Kid Creole and the Coconuts) co-hosted with me as I filled in as a guest host. In addition to being a rock star and co-founder of KCC, Kaegi is the President of Dear Addy Digital Media and a social media expert. We discussed the Facebook IPO and the Eurozone troubles among other topics. Here is a recording of the bulk of the program, when we started our main discussion. Please enjoy:
Click here to listen live between 9-11pm Eastern US Time You can also get the show from our flagship station website: www.wtbq.com. Check the bottom of this post for other affiliates’ dates and times.
The podcast edit for our 5/11/12 Revenge of the 80s Radio show is up and available at the bottom of this post. This week, Maryam Zadeh, the current Tapps lead singer, is our guest. Zadeh worked with Tapps founder Allan Coellho, before he invited her to front the band. Maryam is working on a solo project, where her musical and vocal styles bring back the New Romantic sound of the 80s. We will also play one of her new tracks, “Love Storm.” Our conversation takes place in Hour 2 of the show.
In Hour 1, we feature our list of the Top 11 Horn/Sax solos of the 1980s, with tracks from Haircut 100, Hazel O’Connor, Men At Work, Paul Young, INXS and more.
Revenge of the 80s airs live on Radio 80s 87.6FM weekday mornings 7-9am ; We are also on live with Indigo FM, (Victoria, AUS), Seymour FM, Elwood FM and Surf FM in Melbourne, AUS, Central GM in Spain and 80s and More radio in the UK
Love in the Age of War will be Men Without Hats’ first album of new music since 2003’s No Hats Beyond This Point and comes on the heels of the band’s release of its new version of “Pop Goes the World.” In 2011, lead singer Ivan Doroschuk jump-started his comeback with his first U.S. tour in over 20 years before heading into the studio to record, during which he previewed some of the music appearing on Love:
Paul Collins, “The King of Power Pop,” will headline an all-day Record Store Day event at Generation Records on Thompson Street in New York City on Saturday, April 21. It will be the fourth annual celebration of independent record stores at the Greenwich Vilage landmark.
Collins, a passionate supporter of Power Pop, DIY music and record stores, will anchor a line-up of Power-Pop heavyweights from the New York-Metro area including Supertouch, Joyce Manor and Night Birds plus a host of prominent alt-music DJs.
Generation Records will open up at 10am, and the first DJ will promptly spin new and classic power pop, garage punk and DIY rock tracks. There will be memorabilia and special items available as well, including 60 limited-edition pressings of Supertouch’s new single, “Lost My Way,” according to the store’s event website.
The Record Store Day performance schedule for Saturday is:
- 2:00-2:25 – Joyce Manor
- 2:40-3:05 – Night Birds
- 3:50-4:50 – Zack Lopez (Freshkills)
- 4:50-5:30 – Supertouch
- 6:30-7:10 – Paul Collins Beat
Collins, co-founder of The Nerves, The Breakaways and Founder of The Beat, also recently announced dates for a mini-tour of Australia in May.
With the same energy and flavor, MWH frontman Ivan Doroschuk keeps true to the whimsical novelty-song aspect of the track while subtly updating it for today’s dance club atmosphere. The most striking difference from the original is Doroschuk’s ditching of the murmur singing tone of the 1988 hit in favor of the traditional deep “Ivan voice” with the occasional one-syllable falsetto. Also, it would seem that the little girl who introduced the cut back in the 80s is now grown up. Still, Doroschuk and his producers made sure not to take the “pop” out of the quirky song. “Pop Goes the World 2012” is available on Amazon.com and iTunes
Doroschuk is fresh off a successful comeback tour across North America in 2011, his first in 20 years, where he previewed some of his new music. Men Without Hats plans to release Love in the Age of War in May.
Nikki Corvette, The LIttle Girls, Kim Shattock, Ronnie Spector to headline Girls Got Rhythm Fest in St. Paul
Ronnie Spector, Nikki Corvette and Kim Shattock lead the slate of lady rockers to play at the first annual Girls Got Rhythm Fest in St. Paul,
Minnesota on May 11-12, 2012.
The two-day festival is the brainchild of Dana Raidt, Editor of METRO
magazine, host of the Girl Gems radio show and Travis Ramin, the
co-founder of Ramo Records. Raidt says the pair had been looking to create a unique event together: “Over the summer we were talking about ways we could collaborate, and Travis brought up the idea of organizing a festival of mainly female artists. We started putting together a lineup and it all sort of came together.”
Raidt says she and Ramin hope to make this an annual show.
Spector, one of rock’s most influential girl-group leaders headlines the
showcase of female-led acts from around the world, which also features
Detroit alt-rock queen Nikki Corvette, Southern California new-wavers
Collins and Case will be accompanied by Timm Buechler on bass and drummer Amos Pitsch. They will perform classics from the bands they formed together, The Nerves and The Breakaways, as well as tracks from Collins’ Beat and Case’s Plimsouls.
While some venues have not yet been announced, here are the official Collins/Case tour dates and cities:
- March 01 Iron Road Studios, Vancouver BC, CAN
- March 02 The Funhouse, Seattle WA
One of classic alternative music’s top brass men, Charlie Lagond, is celebrating a big milestone for his non-profit music school. Members of the band for which he led the horn section, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, and several other top musicians will be on hand to help celebrate the 10th year of his Lagond School of Music with special fundraising webcast.
The Lagond-a-Thon will run live on Friday night, February 10th, 7-11pm Eastern Time on the school’s website, Lagondmusic.org. It will also be available there on-demand after the air date. The show will feature several student performers from the school and appearances by August “Kid Creole” Darnell, Coati Mundi, Adriana Kaegi, George Benson, Bongo Eddie, Oz Noy, Will Lee and members of the Blues Brothers Band. Throughout the program, Mundi will interview several graduates, talking with them about how their lives were positively affected while attending the Lagond School of Music.
Because its curriculum focuses greatly on public performance and preparing enrollees to further their education, The Lagond School of Music has an extraordinary track record of success:
Renowned hit-maker of the 1980s Phil Harding is making available a collection of some of his best remixes from his days with PWL Records. The 2 CD set, Phil Harding Club Mixes of the 1980s, features a variety of classic productions and some previously unreleased material.
Harding, well known for his work in combining new sounds with his own pop-minded acumen throughout his days with Marquee Studios and PWL, highlights his work with artists ranging from
The podcast edit for our 1/20 Revenge of the 80s Radio show is up and available at the bottom of this post. This week, Howard Jones is our guest. Jones plans to tour the UK and parts of the world playing his first two albums, Human’s Lib and Dream Into Action, in their entirety in 2012. Dates can be found on Jones’ official website. Our conversation leads off hour 2 of the show.
During our conversation, the topics Howard Jones and I discuss include:
- The tour
- Why Jones decided to play Human’s Lib and Dream Into Action in their entirety and as originally
- Jones’ thoughts behind some of his classic songs
- The significance of Jed Hoile‘s presence during Jones’ early live shows and videos.
- The importance of a solid keyboard hook in his creations
recorded (no new, updated versions)
Adam Ant announced today that unforseen production delays on his album are causing him and producers to push back its release date. In turn, he postponed his U.S. tour, originally scheduled to begin in February.
The decision appears in a post on Ant’s official website:
Due to circumstances beyond the control of Adam Ant, his band and his representation, the release of Adam’s new album has been delayed resulting in the re-scheduling of his February USA tour dates to September and October 2012
Dates will be announced later in the year. Tickets that have already been purchased will remain valid for the new dates at the local venues when they are re-set.
Revenge of the 80s Radio is proud to welcome UK internet radio station 80s & More as our newest affiliate. 80s $ More has a vast playlist spanning the special decade of the 1980s of British Chart tracks and Classic ALternative music. Station President Gordon Dack says he plans to broadcast Revenge of the 80s Tuesdays 6pm-8pm GMT and re-broadcast on Saturdays 1-3pm GMT.
We officially premiere on January 3, 2012; 80s and More, however, will air our Christmas Special this week.
80s and More’s lineup of presenters includes Gary King, Ray Gauthier, Richard Todd, Jan B, Kurt David & Neil Glaves
Two members of the band that originated Power Pop as we know it plan to tour the U.S. and Canada in 2012. Before embarking on a string of dates in Germany, Paul Collins announced on his Facebook page that he and fellow Nerves co-founder Peter Case will unite for several concert dates beginning March 1, 2012 in Vancouver, B.C.
Collins, Case and Jack Lee formed The Nerves in 1974 and produced a new, unique sound that would influence many bands to come. With that, they created the Power Pop genre, which continues to have a huge worldwide following. While The Nerves only officially released one EP, one of its tracks was the history-making “Hanging on the Telephone.” That track would later be covered by Blondie and become a mainstream chart hit.
The podcast/syndication edit for our 10/14/11 Revenge of the 80s Radio show is up and available at the bottom of this post. This week, we talk with Debora Iyall, who recently launched a Kickstarter campaign where fans can back her production of a new vinyl EP, Singing Until Sunrise, which features a new version of “A Girl In Trouble (Is a Temporary Thing).” If you would like to help contribute to the making of the record, please visit Debora’s Kickstarter page.
We also play a new track from Thomas Dolby and classics from The Boomtown Rats, Josie Cotton, The Damned, INXS, Voice of the Beehive and more.
The first single from Kate Bush‘s soon-to-be-released 50 Words for Snow album is now available to the public. “Wild Man” is available via digital download through several music retailers. The track is one of seven on the collection, which is scheduled for release on November 21.
Bush employs a simple instrumentation in “Wild Man” as she conveys a romantic, yet sympathetic portrayal of the Abominable Snowman of legend. The talented soprano sings primarily in a low tone, but harmonizes beautifully with her higher register as she leads the listener into the chorus. The track offers a delightfully tempting taste of what will be in 50 Words For Snow, which will also feature guest appearances from the likes of Sir Elton John and comedian Stephen Fry
2011 has been a rather eventful year for Kate Bush: earlier this year, she released Director’s Cut, a compilation of remixes of some of her classic songs, while 50 Words For Snow will be her first album of new material since Aerial in 2005
Debora Iyall is planning to release a 12″ vinyl EP and fans will have the opportunity to help make it happen. Iyall, best known as the front-woman for Romeo Void, initiated a Kickstarter campaign to financially support the endeavor. She is offering those who donate to the record rewards ranging from and autographed poster to a dinner for two with the iconic singer.
In Singing Until Sunrise Iyall will be accompanied by her new band, with whom she plays in the San Francisco Bay area. It will be available in purple vinyl with cover art created by Iyall, who says she is for a mid-to-late November release. The tracks will also be available via digital download.
On the EP will be a new, jazz-rock hybrid version of the Romeo Void classic “A Girl In Trouble (Is a Temporary Thing),” which features more prominent guitar, drums and piano and a new third verse written by Iyall. She will also include two tracks from her 2010 Stay Strong CD and one written and produced by fellow RV founder Frank Zincavage titled “Lettnig Go.” Of that track, Iyall says “It’s kind of [a] chill room electronica song of summer… dedicated to our late soundman, Louie Beeson, rest in peace.”
Iyall says she was inspired to try Kickstarter by another San Francisco musician who used the site when he needed a tour bus. Recently, producer and musician Tim Jackson successfully funded an upcoming documentary on Robin Lane taking that approach.
Donations can be made to Debora Iyall’s Kickstarter campaign here until October 21st. You can listen to a clip of Iyall’s new version of “A Girl In Trouble (Is a Temporary Thing) below; she will discuss Singing Until Sunrise and Kickstarter on the program this coming week.