Monday, September 16, 2019

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 993



"RECORDS, Aunt Anna!" In 1964 and '65, I often stayed with my Godparents, Aunt Connie and Uncle Nick, and Uncle Nick's sister, Aunt Anna. When Aunt Anna returned home from work each day, I greeted her with that urgent request: "RECORDS, Aunt Anna!" And she would play her 45s for me. 

I know I've told the story before, and I know I'll tell it again. It's a central part of who I am. "RECORDS, Aunt Anna!" Let's play records.

Aunt Anna left this world behind years ago, but we're still playing records. Sometimes they're vinyl, sometimes they're CDs or mp3s or wavs, but they're all records in my mind, and in my ears. New and old, the format immaterial. I remain that boy who wants to hear records. 

I wanted to play records for others like Aunt Anna used to play for me. My friend Dana picked up the same hankerin' to play records somewhere in his own origin story; we put those notions together and built a radio show, a show that is somehow now approaching its 1000th episode. On Sunday nights, we play records.

As we walked into the studio Sunday night, we learned of the sudden passing of Ric Ocasek of The Cars. Unprepared for this shocking news, we scrambled to open the show with the only two Ocasek tracks we had with us: Bebe Buell's cover of "Funtime" (backed by The Cars) and The Cars' demo of "You're All I've Got Tonight." We'll have more Cars in a future show. We'll have more to say. And we'll play records.

For now, we offer you new music from Johnathan Pushkar, It's Karma It's Cool, Jeremy, The Bookends, and The Hangabouts, plus the sweet sound of The Isley Brothers, the beauty of Anny Celsi, The Beatles, The Ramones, and so many others. We play records. Like Aunt Anna taught me. This is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl, Sunday nights from 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse on SPARK! WSPJ-LP 103.3 and 93.7 FM, and on the web at http://sparksyracuse.org/

Fans of pop music will want to check out Waterloo Sunset--Benefit For This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, a new pop compilation benefiting SPARK! Syracuse, the home of This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & CarlTIR'N'RR Allstars--Steve StoeckelBruce GordonJoel TinnelStacy CarsonEytan MirskyTeresa CowlesDan PavelichIrene Peña, Keith Klingensmith, and Rich Firestone--offer a fantastic new version of The Kinks' classic "Waterloo Sunset." That's supplemented by eleven more tracks (plus a hidden bonus track), including previously-unreleased gems from The Click BeetlesEytan MirskyPop Co-OpIrene PeñaMichael Slawter (covering The Posies), and The Anderson Council (covering XTC), a new remix of "Infinite Soul" by The Grip Weeds, and familiar TIRnRR Fave Raves by Vegas With RandolphGretchen's WheelThe Armoires, and Pacific Soul Ltd. Oh, and that mystery bonus track? It's exquisite. You need this. You're buying the digital download from Futureman and/or the CD from Kool Kat Musik.

(AND you can still get our previous compilation This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4 on CD from Kool Kat Musik and as a download from Futureman. We live in a world of plenty!)

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You can follow Carl's daily blog Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do) at 
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Get MORE Carl! Check out the fourth and latest issue of the mighty Big Stir magazine at bigstirrecords.com/magazine

Hey, Carl's writin' a book! The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1) will contain 100 essays (and then some) about 100 songs (plus bonus tracks!), each one of 'em THE greatest record ever made. An infinite number of songs can each be the greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. Updated initial information can be seen here.

TIRnRR # 993: 9/15/19
This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio FRESH SPINS! (tracks we think we ain't played before) are listed in bold

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
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BEBE BUELL: Funtime (Rhino, Covers Girl)
THE CARS; You're All I've Got Tonight [demo] (Rhino, VA: DIY: Mass Ave)
THE O'JAYS: Put Your Hands Together (Epic, Love Train)
GRAND FUNK RAILROAD: The Loco-Motion (Capitol, Capitol Collectors Series)
ANNY CELSI: Sideways Rain (Ragazza, Kaleidoscope Heart: 12 Golden Hits)
THE RAMONES: Questioningly (Rhino, Road To Ruin)
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JOHNATHAN PUSHKAR: We Could Be Together (Jem, Straighten Up)
THE BEATLES: Doctor Robert (Apple, Revolver)
THE HUDSON BROTHERS: If You Really Need Me (Varese Sarabande, So You Are A Star)
GARY MOORE: Looking Back (BMG, Blues And Beyond)
THE ISLEY BROTHERS: It's Your Thing (Motown, Greatest Hits And Rare Classics)
RORY GALLAGHER: Don't Start Me Talkin' (Universal, Blues)
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IT'S KARMA IT'S COOL: Summer Make Away (Kool Kat Musik, Hipsters And Aeroplanes)
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Temptation Inside Your Heart [original mix] (Polydor, White Light/White Heat)
THE VILLAS: Someone To Hold On To (unreleased, but check out The Villas' Soundcloud page)
NEIL YOUNG: Cinnamon Girl (Reprise, Greatest Hits)
THE SHIRTS: Reduced To A Whisper (Cema, The Shirts)
BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD: Bluebird (Rhino, Buffalo Springfield)
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JEREMY: Down And Out (JAM, Pop Overflow)
WINGS: Getting Closer (Capitol, Back To The Egg)
THE MONKEES: Tapioca Tundra (Rhino, 50)
THE TROGGS: I Want You (Fontana, Archeology)
T BONE BURNETT: Jellico Coal Man (Columbia, VA: Johnny Cash: Forever Words)
THE BEVIS FROND: Lights Are Changing (Rubric, Triptych)
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THE BOOKENDS: Sing This Song (Nah Nah Nah Nah Yeah Yeah Yeah) (Jem, single)
THE BANGLES: Dover Beach (Columbia, All Over The Place)
BOB SEGER: Lookin' Back (Capitol, single)
TELEVISION: Friction (Elektra, Marquee Moon)
THE MIDNIGHT CALLERS: Hipster Girl (https://www.themidnightcallers.com/)
WRECKLESS ERIC & AMY RIGBY: Do You Remember That (Southern Domestic, A Working Museum)
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THE HANGABOUTS: Mrs. Greene (Big Stir, single)
THE CLASH: Lost In The Supermarket (Epic, The Essential Clash)
P. HUX: Baby Love (parthenonhuxley.com, single)
HINDU LOVE GODS: Raspberry Beret (Rhino, WARREN ZEVON: Genius)
THE RUBINOOS: Honey From The Honeycombs (Yep Roc, From Home)
LYRES: Help You, Ann (Rhino, VA: DIY: Mass Ave)
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WILKERSON: Where Did The Ordinary People Go (Futureman, [untitled XTC tribute album])
XTC: Respectable Street (Virgin, Upsy Daisy Assortment)
RONNIE DARK: Love Will Break Your Heart (3 Records, Sky)
THE ZOMBIES: I Love You (Big Beat, The Singles Collection)
TIR'N'RR ALLSTARS: Waterloo Sunset (Kool Kat Musik, VA: Waterloo Sunset--Benefit For This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio)
THE KINKS: Better Things (Sanctuary, The Ultimate Collection)
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IRENE PEÑA: Own Sweet Time (Futureman, VA: Waterloo Sunset--Benefit For This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio)
THE STRANGLERS: No More Heroes (A & M, Peaches)
THE FLASHCUBES: She's Leaving (Northside, Bright Lights)
EDDIE & THE HOT RODS: Do Anything You Wanna Do (Rhino, VA: Classic Punk)
SCREEN TEST: End Of The Line (single)
THE BROTHERS STEVE: We Got The Hits (n/a, # 1)
HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS: Tangerine (A & M, Whipped Cream & Other Delights)

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Tonight On THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO



The road to the 1000th episode of This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio rolls on! Join us this very evening for TIRnRR # 993, celebrated with new music from Johnathan Pushkar, Jeremy, The Bookends, The Hangabouts, and It's Karma It's Cool. But you don't get to 1000 in the proper 'n' righteous manner without playin' the best of the new AND the best of the old. Stuff ya know. Stuff ya don't know yet. Stuff you'll dig either way. 1000 shows? We're headin' your way. Sunday night, 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse at SPARK! WSPJ 103.3 and 93.7 FM, and on the web at http://sparksyracuse.org/

Saturday, September 14, 2019

100-Page FAKES! presents: THE SANDMAN # 5

100-Page FAKES! imagines mid-1970s DC 100-Page Super Spectaculars that never were...but should have been!



The penultimate issue of DC's '70s series The Sandman is just as odd and goofy as its predecessors. This really was a comic book out of its time, which is why we've been sticking with Golden Age material for our supplemental stories.

The main attraction among our reprint selections this time is a story from 1947's Captain Marvel Story Book. I first read about this title's illustrated prose Captain Marvel adventures in the pages of the fantastic book All In Color For A Dime. In "The Big Red Cheese," Dick Lupoff's All In Color For A Dime essay about the World's Mightiest Mortal, Lupoff wrote of Captain Marvel Story Book:

"Its format, providing full-page presentation of [C. C.] Beck's drawings (occasionally even a two-page spread), gave Beck an opportunity to shine, and many of the illustrations are among the most memorable of the whole Captain Marvel art canon." Lupoff went on to note the plethora of larger-than-life heroes appearing on paperback novel spinner racks in the '60s and '70s, and conclude, "A paperback edition of one or several of the Captain Marvel Story Books would not be out of place. Certainly the writing is at least equal to the pulp level of many of the reprints and the newly written books, and the appeal of the character is great."

Reading those words as a young teen in the early '70s, a voracious reader of both comic books and paperback pulp novels starring Doc Savage, The Shadow, The Phantom, et al., I so wanted to read these Captain Marvel Story Books. I still wish DC would partner with Sanctum Books and Anthony Tollin to get these back into print and into my hands. For now, we'll settle for reprising one of the stories here, alongside comic book stories starring Wonder Woman and Minute Man.

The Sandman in "The Invasion Of The Frog Men!," The Sandman # 5 (October-November 1975)
"Captain Marvel And The Sun People!," Captain Marvel Story Book # 2 (Winter 1947)
Wonder Woman in "When Treachery Wore A Green Shirt!," Sensation Comics # 81 (September 1948)
Minute Man in "The Baffling Case Of The Murdered Millionaire," America's Greatest Comics # 3 (May-August 1942

All of our heroes are copyright DC Comics Inc. The Minute Man story is public domain, and the rest is depicted in sample pages; my paid subscribers see the whole thing. Only one issue remains in The Sandman's run, and we'll re-visit that one in our next edition of 100-Page FAKES!

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Fans of pop music will want to check out Waterloo Sunset--Benefit For This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, a new pop compilation benefiting SPARK! Syracuse, the home of This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & CarlTIR'N'RR Allstars--Steve StoeckelBruce GordonJoel TinnelStacy CarsonEytan MirskyTeresa CowlesDan PavelichIrene Peña, Keith Klingensmith, and Rich Firestone--offer a fantastic new version of The Kinks' classic "Waterloo Sunset." That's supplemented by eleven more tracks (plus a hidden bonus track), including previously-unreleased gems from The Click BeetlesEytan MirskyPop Co-OpIrene PeñaMichael Slawter (covering The Posies), and The Anderson Council (covering XTC), a new remix of "Infinite Soul" by The Grip Weeds, and familiar TIRnRR Fave Raves by Vegas With RandolphGretchen's WheelThe Armoires, and Pacific Soul Ltd. Oh, and that mystery bonus track? It's exquisite. You need this. You're buying it from Futureman.

Get MORE Carl! Check out the fourth and latest issue of the mighty Big Stir magazine at bigstirrecords.com/magazine

Hey, Carl's writin' a book! The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1) will contain 100 essays (and then some) about 100 tracks, plus two bonus instrumentals, each one of 'em THE greatest record ever made. An infinite number of records can each be the greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. Updated initial information can be seen here: THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE! (Volume 1).

Our most recent compilation CD This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4 is still available from Kool Kat Musik! 29 tracks of irresistible rockin' pop, starring Pop Co-OpRay PaulCirce Link & Christian NesmithVegas With Randolph Featuring Lannie FlowersThe SlapbacksP. HuxIrene PeñaMichael Oliver & the Sacred Band Featuring Dave MerrittThe RubinoosStepford KnivesThe Grip WeedsPopdudesRonnie DarkThe FlashcubesChris von SneidernThe Bottle Kids1.4.5.The SmithereensPaul Collins' BeatThe Hit SquadThe RulersThe Legal MattersMaura & the Bright LightsLisa Mychols, and Mr. Encrypto & the CyphersYou gotta have it, so order it here. A digital download version (minus The Smithereens' track) is also available from Futureman Records.


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