The podcast for our 11/28 Revenge of the 80s Radio Show is now up and available at the end of this post.
This week’s program featured a new track from Gorevette, a new band formed by Nikki Corvette (Nikki and the Corvettes) and Amy Gore (The Gore Gore Girls) with former Gore Gore Girl Lianna Castillo on bass and Al King on the drums.
We also played several request tracks and music from several artists including The Time Bandits, ABC, The Clash, EBN-OZN and Strawberry Switchblade.
The podcast for this week’s Revenge of the 80s Radio show, featuring an interview with Will Powers, is up and available at the bottom of this post. Will is actually Lynn Goldsmith, the brilliant world-class photographer and director who brought us the album Dancing for Mental Health, which is currently available on CD Baby.
Goldsmith made state-of-the-art videos for three singles: “Adventures in Success,” “Smile,” and “Kissing With Confidence.” The latter was a U.K. chart hit featuring Carly Simon on lead vocals. We talk about Will Powers’ origins, evolution and the future of the Will Powers Institute. Goldsmith found the character to be a truly inspirational one for many as it took off on its own international Adventure in Success.
For the Will Powers project, Goldsmith had help from several friends in the music industry who wanted to be a part of it including Simon, Todd Rundgren, Nile Rodgers, Tom Bailey and Steve Winwood. Also, during the interview, Lynn Goldsmith and I talk about:
- How she decided to present the Will Powers idea at a session in NYC
- The technology behind the Will Powers videos
- Will Powers philosophies and inspirational affirmations
- Why Goldsmith used a vocoder for the Will Powers voice instead of her natural one
- Plans for the future of Will Powers and the Will Powers Institute
- More on her photography and upcoming shows and exhibits includingr Lynn’s “Rock and Roll” exhibit at the Jenkins Johnson Gallery, in Manhattan October 2-November 25.
The interview with Will Powers kicks off the second hour of the show. We also feature music from several other artists including The Time Bandits, Kate Bush, Squeeze and Blancmange.
***NOTE – WordPress is not allowing me to put up the podcast as playable on the blog without download at this time. It is now only downloadable at this point. We are still attempting to fix these techinical difficulties.
On Friday night’s Revenge of the 80s radio show, we featured our interview with Phil Oakey of the Human League. The band is coming to North America in August as part of the Regeneration Tour. The podcasts for each hour are at the end of this post; our discussion leads off the second half of the program.
When Oakey was recruited to join the first incarnation of the Human League by old friends Martyn Ware and his partner Ian Craig Marsh, he never sang nor was able to play any instruments. It was likely his presence that had the two bring Oakey into the fold. The band, however, did not last long. Ware and Marsh departed to form Heaven 17. Oakey built a new Human League lineup — the one that became famous with major chart success in the U.K. and the U.S. Today, Oakey, Susan Ann Sulley and Joanne Catherall remain together as the core of the band and still tour to packed concert venues.
During the interview, we talked about:
- The Human League, pre and post Ware/Martin
- The irony of Oakey, Ware and Marsh each finding success after the latter two left
- How the core of the band remained together and strong even through some extremely lean times
- The Regeneration Tour and new Human League projects.
The Regeneration tour runs August 1-31 in North America and includes the Human League, ABC, Belinda Carlisle, A Flock of Seagulle, Naked Eyes and Dead or Alive. Concert dates and ticket information can be found on the Regeneration Tour website.
During the show, we also played music from bands including the Time Bandits, Voice of the Beehive, Strawberry Switchblade and Kim Wilde
Phil had been with the band since his old buddy Martyn Ware asked him to join his band with Ian Craig Marsh, formerly known as “The Future” in the late 70s. After Marsh and Ware departed to form Heaven 17, Oakey put together a new Human League in 1980. The lineup included singers Joanne Catherll and Susan Ann Sulley, who remain with Oakey in the band today.
The Regeneration Tour, which runs through August in North America, also includes ABC, Belinda Carlisle, A Flock of Seagills, Dead or Alive and Naked Eyes. Dates and ticket information can be found on the Regeneration Tour website.
Also featured on tonight’s show will be music from artists including Kim Wilde, The Time Bandits, Echo and the Bunnymen and Voice of the Beehive.
Revenge of the 80s Radio airs live every Friday night 7-9pm on Q99.1FM in the Hudson Valley, NY and on www.revengeofthe80sradio.com; Wednesdays 12noon Melbourne, Australia time on 87.6FM “Radio 80s” in Korumburra, AUS and our podcast will be available on Saturday.