Marvin Hamster Music Emporium

Marvin Hamster

This is the home page for the Marvin Hamster Music Emporium. A weekly radio show of alternate music from the 80's and 90's. Marvin Hamster, your rodent of retro, selects two hours of College Rock, Alt Rock, Early Techno and Industrial, or what ever strikes his fancy, for your listening pleasure.

Adjust your raspberry beret, move your tri-color rat tail aside, put on your headphones, light up a clove (if you got 'em), and tune in!

Glare with disdain at anyone that doesn't get it.

The Marvin Hamster Music Emporium got started as the "New" Music Emporium around 1982 in Ames, Iowa, at the student run College radio station, KUSR (formerly KPGY). Back then the music was new, and the hamster voice was higher.

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Marvin Hamster is on Wednesday Nights from 10PM to Midnight, Pacific Time, on KTHO, South Lake Tahoe. You can hear it on 590 AM, 96.1 FM, and streaming on the internet at KTHO Logo . You can also select your streaming choice from viaStreaming here. Logo Marvin Hamster is international! 107.5 andHow.FM in New Zealand is now broadcasting the show.
Tues - 7PM Sydney/9PM NZ (2AM Pacific, Tuesday, if I did the math right)
Tues - 10PM CT US/7PM Pacific
How cool is that!

Want to send Marvin an email? Send it to mhme at and soon as his little hamster feet navigate the keyboard he will respond.

Programming note: as of December 2017 the Hamster changed from weekly to twice a month.
Here is the current set list.

MH250 (airdate 14-FEB-2018) You can play this show on Mixcloud
I Love A Mystery Set
Mystery AchievementThe Pretenders
Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)Squeeze
Message In A Bottle (New Classic Rock Mix)The Police
I Love LucyProducers
Die Talking Set
People Who DiedThe Jim Carroll Band
End Of The WorldREM
Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth...Primitive Radio Gods
Tom's Diner (7" A)DNA & Suzanne Vega
Gladhouse Chameleons Set
Life In The GladhouseModern English
This Time Of NightNew Order
Don't FallThe Chameleons UK
Summer Rain In LA Set
Someone Somewhere In SummertimeSimple Minds
Tinseltown in the RainThe Blue Nile
To Live And Die In L.A.Wang Chung
Sweet HarmonyThe Beloved
Bela In The Hospital Set
Bela Lugosi's DeadBauhaus
MoneyThe Flying Lizards
Hospital FoodEels
Garden Leaf Set
One Day In My GardenAmon Tobin
Water From A Vine LeafWilliam Orbit
Star 6 & 7 8 9 (Phase II)The Orb

Below are some of the previous playlists...

MH249 (airdate 31-JAN-2018) You can play this show on Mixcloud
Spandau Wow Set
Chant #1 (Extended Mix)Spandau Ballet
Go!Tones On Tail
I Want CandyBow Wow Wow
EightiesKilling Joke
Lemony Pumpkin Set
It's A Shame About RayThe Lemonheads
My SisterJuliana Hatfield
God Is A BulletConcrete Blonde
Bullet With Butterfly WingsSmashing Pumpkins
Onion SkinBoom Crash Opera
Crawl And Hop Set
Video Killed The Radio StarBuggles
FashionDavid Bowie
Johnny And MaryRobert Palmer
Twist & CrawlEnglish Beat
Life Begins at the HopXTC
Happy Christmas Killing Set
I Could Be HappyAltered Images
Big PlansChristmas
Koo Koo KooMoonpools & Caterpillars
The Killing JarSiouxsie and the Banshees
Love Plus OneNick Heyward & Haircut 100
Lullaby Soon Set
How Soon Is Now?The Smiths
Head Over HeelsTears For Fears
LullabyThe Cure
Wouldn't It Be GoodNik Kershaw
The Exit Lounge Set
The Millionaire's HolidayCombustible Edison
Fooling Myself (Easy Access Orchestra Mix)King Kooba
The Girl From IpanemaPizzicato Five
Sutro HeightsJaywalkers
Black Hole SunSteve Lawrence & Eydie Gormie

For the week of 24-JAN-2018 there were technical diffculties at the main station, KTHO, so Darrell picked a show at random to play from his remote Knuckleheads show that night.
He chose to play MH248.

MH248 (airdate 10-JAN-2018) You can play this show on Mixcloud
The Devil You Know Set
HeartbeatThe Psychedelic Furs
Devil InsideINXS
Dream WorldMidnight Oil
Come AnytimeThe Hoodoo Gurus
Missing Miracle Set
Missing PersonSplit Enz
WindowsMissing Persons
Promised You A MiracleSimple Minds
Blinded Me With ScienceThomas Dolby
52 Lies Set
TemptationHeaven 17
Lies (Extended Version)Thompson Twins
Song For A Future GenerationThe B-52's
Frightened In FranceKissing The Pink
Blind In The Dark Set
Leave Me AloneNew Order
Blind VisionBlancmange
LocomotionOrchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Wishing (If I Had A Photograph)A Flock Of Seagulls
Mexico And Oklahoma Set
Mexican RadioWall of Voodoo
Skinny HotrodThe Sugarplastic
The High PartyTed Leo & The Pharmacists
OklahomaBishop Allen
Passion With U Set
The Screams Of PassionFamily
A Love BizarreSheila E
Crack In The PavementWendy & Lisa
Take Me With UPrince

MH247 (airdate 27-DEC-2017) You can play this show on Mixcloud
Sunday Cats Set
Cool For CatsSqueeze
Love CatsCure
Blister In the SunViolent Femmes
Making Plans for NigelXTC
Sunday PapersJoe Jackson
Positive Maniacs Set
With YouO Positive
Someone Is CallingModern English
TurnaroundNot Shakespeare
RenMoonpools & Caterpillars
These Are Days10,000 Maniacs
Ministry Of Propaganda Set
All DayMinistry
HurtNew Order
The Murder Of LovePropaganda
Chili Cake Set
Midlife CrisisFaith No More
Mellowship Slinky In B MajorRed Hot Chili Peppers
All Mixed Up311
What I Got (edit)Sublime
When You SleepCake
Red, Gold And Blue Set
Heartbreak BeatThe Psychedelic Furs
Red SkiesFixx
New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)Simple Minds
Tinseltown in the RainThe Blue Nile
Sleeping In The Rain Set
This City Never SleepsEurythmics
Kingdom Of RainThe The

MH246 (airdate 13-DEC-2017) You can play this show on Mixcloud
Billy Cats Set
(She's) Sexy + 17Stray Cats
Stand ByRoman Holliday
Make A Circuit With MePolecats
Jam UpFour Piece Suit
American MusicBlasters
Long White CadillacThe Tone Popes
Violent Gurus Set
Add It UpViolent Femmes
I Will DareThe Replacements
Rattle My BonesSuburbs
(Let's All) Turn OnHoodoo Gurus
New Joy Front Set
TemptationNew Order
She's Lost ControlJoy Division
Lovely DayFront 242
Certain Uncertainty Set
Uncertain SmileThe The
Lifes A ScreamA Certain Ratio
Certain Things Are LikelyKissing The Pink
Shy Ghost Set
Like A GhostIgnatius Jones
Under the Milky WayThe Church
Open Your HeartHuman League
Too ShyKajagoogoo
Ultramarine Nightmare Set
Bird and FlagSea and Cake
Happy LandUltramarine
DreddoverboardNightmares On Wax

Due to some scheduling issues there were no new shows from November 22 through December 6th.

MH245 (airdate 15-NOV-2017) You can play this show on Mixcloud
Janitor Love Set
All Time Low2.3
JanitorSuburban Lawns
Sky Blue PinkExene Cervenka & The Original Sinners
Just A GigoloBarbie And The Kens
Private IdahoThe B-52s
Beep Beep LoveGruppo Sportivo
Mental Clampdown Set
Mental HopscotchMissing Persons
Tattooded Love BoysThe Pretenders
I Wanna LiveRamones
What People Do for FunMartha & The Muffins
Tomato Cake Set
Comfort EagleCake
Tomato KidMoonpools & Caterpillars
Don't Look DownSugarplastic
Pigs That Ran Straightaway Into the WaterMountain Goats
Pop Talk Set
Pop LifePrince
Sowing the Seeds of LoveTears For Fears
King for a DayXTC
Life's What You Make ItTalk Talk
Slave Away Set
Slave To The Rhythm (Hot Blooded Version)Grace Jones
Slave To LoveBryan Ferry
So Far AwayDire Straits
Lullaby Sea Set
Sweet Lullaby (Ambient mix)Deep Forest
Need You Right Now (Ambient Mix)Trumpet Thing
Sea Of VapoursNusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Nocturne No. 3Joe Jackson

For the week of 08-NOV-2017 the Hamster decided to replay MH170, because all the recycled bits are still as fresh as decades old alternate music. See the playlist by clicking here.

MH244 (airdate 01-NOV-2017) You can play this show on Mixcloud
Psychedelic Chameleons Set
Midnight To MidnightPsychedlic Furs
Fascination StreetThe Cure
Slide AwayThe Verve
Don't FallThe Chameleons UK
Divine Message Set
Dear GodXTC
God Shuffled His FeetCrash Test Dummies
Personal JesusDepeche Mode
God Is A BulletConcrete Blonde
God's KitchenBlancmange
Alphabet Set
AEIOU Sometimes YEbn Ozn
I Before E Except After CYaz
Hypnotic Set
HypnotizedSimple Minds
EvidenceFaith No More
Love to Be LovedPeter Gabriel
Images Of Tinseltown Set
The Ballad of Jenny LedgeToy Matinee
All I Wanna DoSheryl Crow
Tinseltown in the RainThe Blue Nile
Images Of HeavenPeter Godwin
Puzzled Butterfly Set
Madam ButterflyMalcom McLaren
International (Global Mix)Thomas Leer
Puzzle BoyArea

For the week of 25-OCT-2017 the Hamster decided to replay MH135, to continue the cycle of new old, recycled old, new old, etc. Got to get the most of those bits, don't you know. See the playlist by clicking here.

MH243 (airdate 18-OCT-2017) You can play this show on Mixcloud
Melt The Drum Set
I Melt With YouModern English
Love Is The LawSuburbs
I Will DareThe Replacements
Bang On The Drum All DayTodd Rundgren
Infected Bizness Set
InfectedThe The
AddictionLecture On Nothing
The GlobeBig Audio Dynamite
Stand TogetherBeastie Boys
Mixed BiznessBeck
Poison Ministry Set
Poison ArrowABC
When The Lights Go OutNaked Eyes
Game Above My HeadBlancmange
Say You're SorryMinistry
Young Giants Set
Young FolksPeter Bjorn And John
Love You MadlyCake
Blueeyed DevilSoul Coughing
Hospital FoodEels
Whistling In The DarkThey Might Be Giants
Get Vazquez Set
Get Your Snack OnAmon Tobin
SomewhereUnited Future Organization
Baila Plena (Off World Ensemble Remix)Papo Vazquez
Sweet Dove Set
Sweet HarmonyThe Beloved
All That We PerceiveThievery Corporation
Breakdown (Radio Mix)One Dove

For the week of 11-OCT-2017 the Hamster decided to replay MH121, which is half way back to the beginning, for no particular reason. See the playlist by clicking here.

MH242 (airdate 04-OCT-2017) You can play this show on Mixcloud
Rock The Boys Set
Rock the CasbahThe Clash
Message Of LovePretenders
Crosseyed And PainlessTalking Heads
Boys In the BushesMartha & The Muffins
Call Missing Persons Set
Modern RomansThe Call
Here Comes The GrumpAdam Ant
Pretty In PinkThe Psychedelic Furs
Mental HopscotchMissing Persons
Hanging On The TelephoneBlondie
6060-842The B-52's
Accidents After Dark Set
Accidents Will HappenElvis Costello
This Is PopXTC
Driven To TearsThe Police
On Your RadioJoe Jackson
All Time Low2.3
After DarkFlowers
Twin Pieces Set
We Are DetectiveThompson Twins
Do Or DieHuman League
ConditioningHoward Jones
Gone To PiecesNik Kershaw
Waves Of Tears Set
Mad WorldTears For Fears
How Soon Is Now?The Smiths
Fade To GreyVisage
Cinematic Exit Set
All ThingsCinematic Orchestra
Flowered Knife ShadowsHarold Budd
Blade Runner BluesVangelis

For the week of 27-SEP-2017 the Hamster decided to replay MH178. See the playlist by clicking here.

MH241 (airdate 20-SEP-2017) You can play this show on Mixcloud
Rattle Radio Set
Rattle My BonesSuburbs
Kiss Me On The BusReplacements
EightiesKilling Joke
This is Radio ClashThe Clash
Pepsi And Coffee Set
Waiting RoomFugazi
Land Of SunshineFaith No More
InstitutionalizedSuicidal Tendencies
Come Out and PlayThe Offspring
409 In Your Coffee MakerGreen Day
Go Blind Set
Don't GoYaz
Love Is a StrangerEurythmics
Blind VisionBlancmange
Master & ServantDepeche Mode
Sub cultureNew Order
Big Time Crazy Set
Big TimePeter Gabriel
She Drives Me CrazyFine Young Cannibals
Need You TonightINXS
Dry CountyThe B-52's
Right And WrongJoe Jackson
Straight Line Roundabout Set
Free Nelson MandelaSpecial AKA
Belly Of The WhaleBurning Sensations
Movin' in a Straight LineThe Jam
English RoundaboutXTC
House Of Fun (Album Version)Madness
Body Machinery Set
Leave Your BodyThe Grid
p MachineryPropaganda

For the week of 13-SEP-2017 the Hamster let Jen choose the show. She decided to replay MH232. See the playlist by clicking here.

MH240 (airdate 06-SEP-2017) You can play this show on Mixcloud
Balanced Dreams Set
Get The Balance RightDepeche Mode
State Farm (Madhouse Mix)Yaz
Sweet Dreams (Hot Remix)Eurythmics
Frightened Pleasure Set
Pleasure Boys (Dance Mix)Visage
Frightened In FranceKissing The Pink
All Stood StillUltravox
The MetroBerlin
Ambush The Future Set
Ring of FireWall of Voodoo
The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear ShadesTimbuk 3
Mr TroubleStan Ridgway
Clap HandsTom Waits
Undone Moon Set
Come UndoneDuran Duran
Pictures Of YouThe Cure
The Killing MoonEcho & The Bunnymen
Milky Sun Set
Under the Milky WayThe Church
So AliveLove & Rockets
Always The SunStranglers
AvalonRoxy Music
Sleeping In A Blimp Set
Budapest By BlimpThomas Dolby
Kingdom Of RainThe The
The City SleepsMC 900 Ft Jesus

But wait, there's more...

Shows 240 thru 249 Shows 230 thru 239 Shows 220 thru 229
Shows 210 thru 219 Shows 200 thru 209 Shows 190 thru 199 Shows 180 thru 189
Shows 170 thru 179 Shows 160 thru 169 Shows 150 thru 159 Shows 140 thru 149
Shows 130 thru 139 Shows 120 thru 129 Shows 110 thru 119 Shows 100 thru 109
Shows 90 thru 99 Shows 80 thru 89 Shows 70 thru 79 Shows 60 thru 69
Shows 50 thru 59 Shows 40 thru 49 Shows 30 thru 39 Shows 20 thru 29

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