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
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Here is the current set list.

MH211 (airdate 28-SEP-2016) You can play this show on Mixcloud
Cake And Cat Set
Never ThereCake
Be My Yoko OnoBarenaked Ladies
Someone Keeps Moving My ChairThey Might Be Giants
Sexx LawsBeck
The Ballad of BucketheadBuckethead
Tommy The CatPrimus
Crying Grump Set
Here Comes The GrumpAdam Ant
AskThe Smiths
The Crying SceneAztec Camera
Happy BirthdayConcrete Blonde
What's Up4 Non Blondes
Lunatic Girl Set
A Girl Like YouThe Smithereens
My Lunatic FriendsDeathray
Time Of Your LifeThe Call
Dig It UpHoodoo Gurus
Don't Look DownSugarplastic
The All S Set
Take a WalkSplit Enz
New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)Simple Minds
Ghost TrainStranglers
Hurt My Heart Set
The HurtingTears For Fears
All Of My HeartABC
HumanHuman League
Violet Eyes Set
Drowning In Your EyesEphraim Lewis

Below are some of the previous playlists...

MH210 (airdate 21-SEP-2016) You can play this show on Mixcloud
Koo Koo Love Set
Koo Koo KooMoonpools & Caterpillars
I Will FollowU2
Orange CrushREM
Alex ChiltonThe Replacements
Love Is The LawSuburbs
Go So Fast Set
Here We GoMinistry
To Cut a Long Story ShortSpandau Ballet
Pleasure Boys (Dance Mix)Visage
We Live So FastHeaven 17
Beach And Bay Set
Echo BeachMartha & The Muffins
Reap The Wild WindUltravox
Bomber's BayEcho & The Bunnymen
Skin DeepThe Stranglers
Love On a Farmboy's WagesXTC
Better Ghost Set
Things Can Only Get BetterHoward Jones
All the Things She SaidSimple Minds
SecretOrchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
The Ghost In YouThe Psychedelic Furs
Vacuum Mood Set
Love In A Vacuum'Til Tuesday
The WalkEurythmics
Mood SwingLuscious Jackson
Hunger PainsEye To Eye
Sleepy Life Set
SleepwalkersLevel 42
Reel Life (Evolution II)Cinematic Orchestra
KoobesqKing Kooba

MH209 (airdate 07-SEP-2016) You can play this show on Mixcloud
Private Gigolo Set
Just A GigoloBarbie And The Kens
Private IdahoThe B-52s
Never Say Never (edit)Romeo Void
Walking Into WallsMartha & The Muffins
Stan Van Set
Europa And The Pirate TwinsThomas Dolby
Stop This CarThe Woodentops
Drive She SaidStan Ridgway
Too Much Sex, Not Enough AffectionTimbuk 3
BorderlineCamper Van Beethoven
Street Sanctuary Set
Fascination StreetThe Cure
She Sells SanctuaryThe Cult
Sledgehammer Politics Set
The Politics Of DancingRe-Flex
SledgehammerPeter Gabriel
One Thing Leads To AnotherThe Fixx
Love My WayThe Psychedelic Furs
It's My LifeTalk Talk
Slow Synth Set
Too ShyKajagoogoo
West End GirlsPet Shop Boys
Let Me GoHeaven 17
Electronica Exit Set
Shorty's JudgementHerbaliser
L.O.V.E.United Future Organization
All That We PerceiveThievery Corporation
What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 1)DJ Shadow

For the week of 31-Aug-2016 the Hamster was was busy playing baseball so he replayed MH140. You can find the playlist by clicking here.

MH208 (airdate 24-AUG-2016) You can play this show on Mixcloud
Walking Everywhere Set
Mystery AchievementThe Pretenders
Walking in L.A.Missing Persons
Only A LadOingo Boingo
Everywhere I GoThe Call
Cannonball Train Set
Naked EyeLuscious Jackson
CannonballThe Breeders
Stupid GirlGarbage
Train In VainThe Clash
The GlobeBig Audio Dynamite
Sowing Insanity For Free Set
Sowing The Seeds Of LoveTears For Fears
Virtual InsanityJamiroquai
1979Smashing Pumpkins
Jams Runs FreeSonic Youth
Free Cars And Pop Set
Pop MusicM
CarsGary Numan
Freedom Of ChoiceDevo
Procession To Las Vegas Set
ProcessionNew Order
Love ActionHuman League
Pictures Of YouThe Cure
Heaven or Las VegasCocteau Twins
Sleepy Budapest Set
Budapest By BlimpThomas Dolby
This City Never SleepsEurythmics

MH207 (airdate 17-AUG-2016) You can play this show on Mixcloud
Radio Five Set
This is Radio ClashThe Clash
On Your RadioJoe Jackson
Mexican RadioWall of Voodoo
Radio, RadioElvis Costello
Radios in MotionXTC
Sleepless Girls And Boys Set
Be My Girl - SallyThe Police
Boys In the BushesMartha & The Muffins
Tattooded Love BoysThe Pretenders
Love Is The LawSuburbs
SleeplessKing Crimson
Miracle Of Heaven Set
Promised You A MiracleSimple Minds
Images Of HeavenPeter Godwin
Tinseltown in the RainThe Blue Nile
The Ghost In YouThe Psychedelic Furs
Wishing You'd Leave Set
Wishing (If I Had A Photograph)A Flock Of Seagulls
If You LeaveOMD
Blind VisionBlancmange
Promises PromisesNaked Eyes
Camera Dream Set
I Am A CameraBuggles
Dream Within A DreamPropaganda
Angels In The Architecture Set
Distant VillageMichael Brook
The Sound Of Someone Who You Love...Penguin Cafe Orchestra

For the week of 10-AUG-2016 the Hamster was taking a break and played MH127. You can find the playlist by clicking here.

MH206 (airdate 02-AUG-2016) You can play this show on Mixcloud
Burning Red Set
Several Styles of Blonde Girls DancingMartha & The Muffins
Burning Down The HouseTalking Heads
Red SkiesFixx
See The LightsSimple Minds
Dig My Sister Set
It's A Shame About RayThe Lemonheads
My SisterJuliana Hatfield
Koo Koo KooMoonpools & Caterpillars
Dig For FirePixies
Dig It UpHoodoo Gurus
Milky Way And Moon Set
Under the Milky WayThe Church
The Killing MoonEcho & The Bunnymen
Inside OutThe Chameleons UK
Boys Don't CryCure
Go Happy Forever Set
But If You GoMC 900 Ft Jesus
Many Happy ReturnsABC
Love Lasts ForeverKissing The Pink
So LonelyPolice
Three Day Set
Lucky DayThompson Twins
This Is the DayThe The
The Day Before You CameBlancmange
Lemon Cake Set
Creature FeatureLeo Kottke
The Staunton LickLemon Jelly
The ArgumentSea and Cake

MH205 (airdate 27-JUL-2016) You can play this show on Mixcloud
Feel Alright Set
Let's All Make A BombHeaven 17
Feel MeBlancmange
The Things Dreams Are Made OfHuman League
It's AlrightFashion
Go Get Candy Set
Whisper To A ScreamThe Icicle Works
I Want CandyBow Wow Wow
Go!Tones On Tail
EightiesKilling Joke
Iowa Set
Why Their Faces Are So WornFull Fathom Five
One and a Half on a HillHouse of Large Sizes
My TurnClaude Pate
When Time Runs OutDangtrippers
Kids TodayThe Phones
Blue Hell Set
Help Me I Am In HellNine Inch Nails
Blueeyed DevilSoul Coughing
BlueA Perfect Circle
Beat Down Set
The Beat(en) GenerationThe The
The World's AddressThey Might Be Giants
It's Coming DownCake
There's Only ThisA Certain Ratio
Falling ElevatorsMC 900 Ft Jesus
Taking Tinseltown Set
Too PreciousStranglers
Tinseltown in the RainThe Blue Nile
Taking The VeilDavid Sylvian

MH204 (airdate 20-JUL-2016) You can play this show on Mixcloud
Gold Argonauts Set
Love Is The DrugRoxy Music
(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)The Stranglers
Goodbye GirlSqueeze
Jason And The ArgonautsXTC
New Gold DreamSimple Minds
Apply Lotion Set
Goodbye Horses (Extended Version)Q Lazzarus
If You LeaveOrchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Love My WayThe Psychedelic Furs
Lips Like SugarEcho & The Bunnymen
Every Party Set
World PartyThe Waterboys
Private RevolutionWorld Party
First PartyMarx Brothers
Party Out Of BoundsThe B-52s
Dead Man's PartyOingo Boingo
Fun Jar Set
What People Do for FunMartha & The Muffins
Physical AttractionEye To Eye
The Killing JarSiouxsie and the Banshees
Miss GradenkoThe Police
Dry Whistle Set
Whistle Down The WindNick Heyward
High And DryRadiohead
AirwavesThomas Dolby
Hold Me NowThe Thompson Twins
Flim And Fleck Set
According To AnthonyFlim & The BB's
Flying Saucer DudesBela Fleck & The Flecktones
The Pursuit of AccidentsLevel 42

For the week of 13-JUL-2016 the Hamster was taking a break and played MH107. You can find the playlist by clicking here.

MH203 (airdate 06-JUL-2016) You can play this show on Mixcloud
Rock, Bang And Pump Set
Do You Remember Rock N Roll Radio?Ramones
Bang On The Drum All DayTodd Rundgren
Pump It UpElvis Costello
I'm The ManJoe Jackson
Message In A BottleThe Police
Burning Heartbreak Set
Beds Are BurningMidnight Oil
Train In VainThe Clash
Everywhere I GoThe Call
Heartbreak BeatPsychedlic Furs
Electric Servant Set
ElectricityOrchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
The MetroBerlin
Bring Your Love Down (Didn't I)Yaz
Master & ServantDepeche Mode
Soon Or Sooner Set
Love Will Tear Us Apart AgainJoy Division
How Soon Is Now?The Smiths
Pale ShelterTears For Fears
Sooner Than You ThinkNew Order
Boiled Heads Set
Being BoiledHuman League
Big Man RestlessKissing The Pink
These Dangerous MachinesMartha & The Muffins
Seen And Not SeenTalking Heads
Family Organization Set
SomewhereUnited Future Organization
SchitzophreniaLiquid Soul

For the week of 29-JUN-2016 the Hamster played something from long ago, MH37. You can find the playlist by clicking here.

MH202 (airdate 22-JUN-2016) You can play this show on Mixcloud
Walk Or Bus Set
Radio Free EuropeREM
The WalkCure
Gone Daddy GoneViolent Femmes
Rattle My BonesSuburbs
Kiss Me On The BusReplacements
Skinny Kid Set
Skinny HotrodThe Sugarplastic
Tomato KidMoonpools & Caterpillars
Never To Be FoundMeat Puppets
The High PartyTed Leo & The Pharmacists
Do You Right311
Poison Pleasure Set
I Wanted To Tell HerMinistry
It's AlrightFashion
Poison ArrowABC
Pleasure Boys (Dance Mix)Visage
Chase A Clown Set
Fifty-Fifty ClownCocteau Twins
The ChasePropaganda
Me and the WindXTC
Giant HeartbeatSplit Enz
Wouldn't It Be GoodNik Kershaw
Hospital Science Set
Hospital FoodEels
Corvette BummerBeck
So Far I Have Not Found The ScienceSoul Coughing
Adventures in FailureMC 900 Ft Jesus
Paisley Lake Set
The Screams Of PassionFamily
Rainbow LakeWendy & Lisa
Candle DanceIngrid Chavez

MH201 (airdate 15-JUN-2016) You can play this show on Mixcloud
Dare Anytime Set
I Will DareReplacements
Come AnytimeThe Hoodoo Gurus
Love Is The LawSuburbs
Goody Two ShoesAdam Ant
Heart Soul And Blood Set
Girlfriend In a ComaThe Smiths
Sell My SoulMidnight Oil
Heartbreak BeatPsychedlic Furs
Blood and RosesThe Smithereens
Day in Day OutXTC
Turnaround Here Set
Big PlansChristmas
When Time Runs OutDangtrippers
TurnaroundNot Shakespeare
With YouO Positive
Stay Right HereDeep Six
Lie Of Life Set
Let Me Go (extended vocal mix)Heaven 17
Lie To MeDepeche Mode
Images Of HeavenPeter Godwin
It's My LifeTalk Talk
Detective Day Set
We Are DetectiveThompson Twins
This Is the DayThe The
The Day Before You CameBlancmange
Sea Ultramarine Set
The ArgumentSea and Cake
DefinitionKruder & Dorfmeister

But wait, there's more...

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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