Friday, May 24, 2019

100-Page FAKES! presents: ADVENTURE COMICS # 452

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


This was Aquaman's final appearance in Adventure Comics. And I've always hated it. SPOILERS follow below.

This issue would have hit the racks at Gold Star Pharmacy in North Syracuse in June of 1977. I was 17, soon to graduate from high school. I was still reading and loving my comic books, though my burgeoning interest in rock 'n' roll was beginning to outpace my ongoing 
passion for superheroes. I was about to discover punk rock, and I was about to get a girl (and then another girl, but that's a story for elsewhere). I didn't know it at the time, but I was about a year or so away from giving up on comics entirely. That's also a story for elsewhere.

Adventure Comics # 452 didn't really factor into my eventual estrangement from comics; I hated it on its own merit. This was the issue where Aquaman's infant son Arthur Curry, Jr.--Aquababy--perished at the hands of Aquaman's arch enemy Black Manta.

A baby dying in a freakin' escapist superhero comic book? Sorry. The hell with that.

Jim Aparo's artwork was gorgeous. Jim Aparo's artwork was always gorgeous. But I found the story's result so unpalatable, so wrong, that I could never embrace it on any level. I tried to address this make-believe tragedy in my own years-later sequel The Undersea World Of Mr. Freeze, but I couldn't undo it. I hated this story. I don't remember whether or not I followed Aquaman into his own solo title afterward--perhaps hoping that DC would erase this stupid plot decision--but if I did, I didn't stick around for long. 

Which makes me something of a hypocrite. About a year before this, I'd written an absolutely awful Batman story called "Nightmare Resurrection," which also included the death of a child, and concluded with The Batman standing by in cold observance as the killer met a painful and grisly end. Brrr. Edgy. I beat the mad parade of grim 'n' gritty comics by several years.

I disavow it now.

Because superheroes should be wish fulfillment. Win or lose, one would expect justice to triumph to some degree, one would expect the innocent to be saved, for innocence to be saved. There will be exceptions--Roger Stern's brilliant 1984 story "The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man" springs to mind as a particularly emotional and effective example--but c'mon...! In superhero stories, we're asked to believe a man can fly, that a guy in an orange and green costume can breath and even speak naturally under water, that the fantastic and the impossible are everyday occurrences, but it's a stretch to think these fairy tales could have a happily ever after? Bah. I'm aware of how the origins of many of our favorite heroes were rooted in tragedy--the destruction of Krypton and the subsequent deaths of Ma and Pa Kent, the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne, et al.--but I still think a super-villain murdering an infant does not fall within my parameters for entertainment.

Yeah. I hated this issue.

Let's rearrange those Titanic deck chairs with the addition of some reprints starring various characters who appeared in Adventure Comics over the years: Supergirl, Bizarro, The Shining Knight (drawn by Frank Frazetta), and Superboy, who reclaims the top spot in Adventure Comics with the next issue. A Super-centric (Krypto-centric?) selection leaves no room for Green Arrow, Starman, Johnny Quick, Manhunter, The Spectre, Sandman and Sandy, The Vigilante, Hourman, Genius Jones, Black Canary, or any of the other stars of Adventure Comics, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless. Roll credits:

Aquaman and Aqualad in "Dark Destiny, Deadly Dreams," Adventure Comics # 452 (July-August 1977)
Supergirl in "Now...Comes Zond," Adventure Comics # 397 (September 1970)
The Shining Knight in "The Flying Horse Swindle!," Adventure Comics # 161 (February 1951)
Bizarro in "Bizarro's Secret Identity!," Adventure Comics # 288 (September 1961)The Legion Of Super-Heroes in "The Stolen Super-Powers!," Adventure Comics # 304 (January 1963)Superboy in "The End Of The Kent Family," Adventure Comics # 229 (October 1956)

All characters copyright DC Comics Inc., and depicted here only in sample pages. I share the whole book with my subscribers. A tip of the Boppin' lid to Steven Thompson's fab Days Of Adventure blog as a resource for this edition's Supergirl, Shining Knight, Legion Of Super-Heroes stories. And as we leave Aquaman and Adventure Comics behind, 100-Page FAKES! will turn its spotlight back to Detective Comics, and one of the single greatest Batman stories ever published.


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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Booking A Dream



I can't remember for sure what my first book was going to be. I'm not talking about the first book I read (which was probably a book about the circus that I memorized when I was five years old), but the first book I wanted to write. I can go back at least as far as fourth grade, 1969-1970; I read a Big Little Book starring Saturday morning cartoon hero Frankenstein Junior, wherein a supervillain with a fetish for frankfurters had written a book called Hot Dogs I Have Loved. I figured, what the hell: the bad guy's fictional--plus, y'know, a bad guy--so maybe I should write that book.

I haven't written it yet. But never say never.

It does seem that I always had some kind of vague notion of writing books someday. In the early '70s, I started scribbling ideas for all sorts of books I intended to create, including nonfiction (mostly comic book histories) and new pulp adventure. I recall working in study halls on a pulp superhero novel called The Snowman around...1974, maybe? It was heavily influenced by The Shadow and by 1940s superhero movie serials, with each chapter ending in a cliffhanger. It was without discernible merit, and I grew tired of it. 


A much later (and also unfinished) take on The Snowman
But I kept on writing other stuff, including humor pieces and comic book scripts. I got a little better at it, and tried my hand at writing short stories. My skill in that realm went from horrible to nearly mediocre, and improved considerably over time. Forty years later, I am absolutely not terrible at writing stories, and I've sold two to AHOY Comics.

Meanwhile, my ability to write nonfiction began to take shape, especially when I was writing about rock 'n' roll. My freelance career wasn't exactly stellar, but I'm proud of what I accomplished, and I've since continued to hone my skills at fiction and nonfiction alike right here at Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do).

My first book proposal was 1993's Shake Some Action, a failed attempt to pitch a definitive book about power pop; it bears no relation to John M. Borack's subsequent book of the same title, other than what I reprised and updated from the earlier project for use in my own contribution to John's book. (John's 2007 Shake Some Action included my history of power pop, and a limited edition reprint of his long-outta-print book is itself about to sell out, but might still be available from Pop Geek Heaven.)




I didn't submit any queries for any other book ideas over the ensuing decades. I did pull at the strings of a rock 'n' roll superhero time travel novel called Eternity Man, a punk rock love story called Bright Lights, a nonfiction book called Rock And Roll All Nite: The 500 Definitive Albums Of The 1970s, and a book collecting my 1994 interviews with The Ramones, and I may yet do all of these (especially the latter). But they've taken a back seat to my current book project, The Greatest Record Ever Made.

In the past, when I've been working on my own without a deadline or an editor waiting for my manuscript already, I've had a tendency to work on projects until something distracts me, and I wind up moving on. I've been uncharacteristically focused with The Greatest Record Ever Made. The first draft is more than 75 % completed, with 79,000 words done so far. It's go time, so I've prepared a query, and submitted it to an agent whom I hope will agree to represent my first book. 

That conversation has begun. That doesn't necessarily mean she'll take me on as a client, but I'm hopeful. I still have a lot of books I want to write. But it's gotta start with a first one...first.




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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

"THEY WERE ROCK STARS:" A Few Words About Dress Code



Dress Code was a terrific rock 'n' roll quartet playing clubs in Syracuse at the end of the '70s into the dawn of the '80s. The recent death of Dress Code bassist Eric Mattice prompted my reminiscence of the glory of Dress Code in this week's This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio playlist, just as the death of guitarist Norm Mattice prompted a similar reaction in 2016.

But I cede the floor to my friend John Tierney, who has published a heartfelt and moving tribute to Dress Code on his own blog, Long Winded-Short Attention Span. If rockin' pop music has had anything near to the meaning in your life as it's had in mine, you owe it to yourself to see what John has written: "Alone In The Crowd--A Rock 'n' Roll Love Story."

That Tierney boy gets it. You should read what he has to say.


Little-known fact outside of the Syracuse scene: Dress Code drummer Steve Martell was recovering from a car accident when Dress Code's Alone In The Crowd EP was released in 1981. The guy subbing for Martell on the record's sleeve, his face turned away from the camera, is future pop god Chris von Sneidern. CVS was a Dress Code fan, too.
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Fake THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO Playlist: THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE (Once Removed)

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl is simply too large a concept to be neatly contained within a mere three-hour weekly time slot. Hence these occasional fake TIRnRR playlists, detailing shows we're never really going to do...but could.


I've been telling everyone about my work-in-progress book The Greatest Record Ever Made, a collection of essays celebrating 100 songs, each one The Greatest Record Ever Made. (The rules allow us to qualify an absolute in this case, because an infinite number of great records can each be THE greatest, as long as they take turns.)

As a fun little tangent to that, I've compiled a fake TIRnRR playlist consisting of a few of those 100 songs, but not in the form that qualified 'em as GREM material. We've got covers, and we've got Forgotten Originals, combining to paint a funhouse mirror counterpart to The Greatest Record Ever Made.

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

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[Artist listed in brackets following the track is the act associated with that track as it's discussed in The Greatest Record Ever Made]

GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: I Heard It Through The Grapevine [Marvin Gaye]
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: I Only Want To Be With You [Dusty Springfield]
THE RAMONES: Any Way You Want It [The Dave Clark Five]
JOHN LENNON: Peggy Sue [Buddy Holly]
OTIS REDDING: Respect [Aretha Franklin]
THE FLASHCUBES: Do Anything You Wanna Do [Eddie & the Hot Rods]
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TIM MOORE: Rock And Roll Love Letter [The Bay City Rollers]
SHEBANG: Sheena Is A Punk Rocker [The Ramones]
THE FOUR TOPS: Walk Away Renee [The Left Banke]
THE ENGLISH BEAT: The Tears Of A Clown [Smokey Robinson & the Miracles]
CAT STEVENS: The First Cut Is The Deepest [P. P. Arnold]
KISSING BANDITS: Shake Some Action [The Flamin' Groovies]
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GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS: This Diamond Ring [Sammy Ambrose]
ERIC CARMEN: On Broadway [The Drifters]
CISSY HOUSTON: Midnight Train To Georgia [Gladys Knight & the Pips]
THELMA HOUSTON: Don't Leave Me This Way [Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes]
THE OLYMPICS: Good Lovin' [The Young Rascals]
MARSHALL CRENSHAW: What Time Is It? [The Jive Five]
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THE TWYLIGHT ZONES: The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre [The Cocktail Slippers]
DEF LEPPARD: American Girl [Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers]
TEENAGE FANCLUB: He'd Be A Diamond [The Bevis Frond]
THE MERRYMAKERS: I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better [The Byrds]
YVONNE ELLIMAN: I Can't Explain [The Who]
THE WEEKLINGS with PETER NOONE: Friday On My Mind [The Easybeats]
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DAVID BOWIE: Waterloo Sunset [The Kinks]
ALLAN CLARKE: Baby Blue [Badfinger]
THE RECORDS: Hearts In Her Eyes [The Searchers]
RAINY DAY: I'll Be Your Mirror [The Velvet Underground]
THEM: Gloria [Patti Smith]
P. P. ARNOLD: God Only Knows [The Beach Boys]
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THE CHURCH: Porpoise Song [The Monkees]
MADELINE BELL: To Sir, With Love [Lulu]
GAME THEORY: Couldn't I Just Tell You [Todd Rundgren]
THE BANGLES: September Gurls [Big Star]
MITCH RYDER: When You Were Mine [Prince]
THE FLAMIN' GROOVIES: The Girl Can't Help It [Little Richard]
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TODD RUNDGREN: Rain [The Beatles]
LINDA RONSTADT: I Can't Let Go [The Hollies]
THE GRIP WEEDS: Lies [The Knickerbockers]
THE GREEN PAJAMAS: Kim The Waitress [Material Issue]
INDIGO GIRLS: Uncle John's Band [The Grateful Dead]
CAROLE KING: Will You Love Me Tomorrow [The Shirelles]
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DEBBIE HARRY: Liar, Liar [The Castaways]
ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS: Gone, Gone, Gone [The Everly Brothers]
THE STAPLE SINGERS: (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay [Otis Redding]
THE WHO: Please, Please, Please [James Brown]
THE POINTER SISTERS: Happy [The Rolling Stones]
DEL SHANNON: Kicks [Paul Revere & the Raiders]
BELLE ACADEME: Surrender [Cheap Trick]
WILSON PICKETT: Everybody Needs Somebody To Love [Solomon Burke]
BOOKER T & THE MG'S: Soul Man [Sam & Dave]

Monday, May 20, 2019

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 975



This week, the Central New York music scene mourns yet another bright light with the passing of Eric Mattice. A million years ago, as the late '70s oozed into the early '80s, when the drinking age was 18 and clubs teemed with action, with kids lookin' to bop and with rock 'n' roll groups poised to provide the soundtrack, Eric Mattice played bass in a band. That band included Eric, his guitarist brother Elliott Mattice, their guitarist cousin Norm Mattice, their drummer buddy Steve Martell. The band was called Dress Code, and lemme tell ya, Dress Code looked fantastic.

It's funny that, among all the great things I could say about Dress Code, their fab appearance comes to mind first. They were kids in an era when rock 'n' roll kids worshiped Molly Hatchet and Southern rock, and dressed down to type. But Dress Code hated that stuff. They called their music Northern rock. They wanted to be The Beatles, The Kinks, The Ramones, The Jam, and their own local heroes The Flashcubes. More than anything else, I think they wanted to be The Who. They started by deciding to look the part. Everything else fell into place with that decision.

Guitars, bass, and drums. An appreciation of the British Invasion and punk, of The Easybeats and The Monkees, a dedication to making new music inspired by the coolest sounds we all knew.

I don't believe I ever had an opportunity to meet Eric, Elliott, or Norm, and I only met Steve for the first time at Norm's funeral in 2016. But I was a fan. When Dana and I were putting together the first Bright Lights! Syracuse new wave reunion show in 2014, Dress Code was near the top of our list of acts we wanted to book. I really wish that could have happened. It was not to be.

But I remember Dress Code as an incredible group of true believers, playing because they meant it, playing because it meant something to them. They were electric, exciting, and so much fun to see and hear--to witness--live. And they looked fantastic. That memory of eternal youth endures. I'll cherish it for as long as I draw breath.

This week's TIRnRR celebrated the life of Eric Mattice with spins of all four of the tracks on Dress Code's 1981 Alone In The Crowd EP, plus Chris von Sneidern's musical memoir of the Syracuse scene we all shared, "Insomniac Summer." We added new music from The Gold Needles, Robert Bidney, Carla Olson & Todd Wolfe, and Glen Burtnik's Summer Of Love, some old favorites, some recent favorites, and a familiar dedication inspired by the coolest songs we know. We may not look as good as Dress Code. Who could? But we believe, as they did. That belief will guide us through our sets. Godspeed, Eric Mattice. This is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

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Hey, Carl's writin' a book! The Greatest Record Ever Made will contain 100 essays (and then some) about 100 tracks, plus one bonus instrumental, each one of 'em THE greatest record ever made. An infinite number of records can be the greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. Updated initial information can be seen here: https://carlcafarelli.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-greatest-record-ever-made-and-other.html

Our new compilation CD This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4 is now 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 Cyphers. You gotta have it, so order it at https://tinyurl.com/ycnly8oz Digital download version (minus The Smithereens' track) now available at https://tinyurl.com/ycauy9xt

TIRnRR # 975: 5/19/19

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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DRESS CODE: Never Let Me Go (Semaphore, Alone In The Crowd)
THE ZOMBIES: I Love You (Big Beat, Zombie Heaven)
TEGAN & SARA: Walking With A Ghost (Sire, So Jealous)
POP CO-OP: If Everything Was Easy (Silent Bugler, Four State Solution)
THE DARLING BUDS: The Other Night (Columbia, Pop Said...)
THE WHO: Out In The Street (MCA, My Generation)
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THE GOLD NEEDLES: Sunset Girl (Jem, Through A Window)
NICK LOWE: Cruel To Be Kind (Yep Roc, Quiet Please...)
THE LOUD FAMILY: We're For The Dark (Copper, VA: Come And Get It)
JOE JACKSON: Is She Really Going Out With Him? (A & M, Look Sharp!)
CHRIS VON SNEIDERN: Insomniac Summer (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)

THE TREND: Electric Chair (Dayson, single)
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THE PERNICE BROTHERS: Working Girls (Sunlight Shines) (Ashmont, The World Won't End)
THE MONKEES: You Told Me (Rhino, Headquarters)
MATERIAL ISSUE: Kim The Waitress (Mercury, Freak City Soundtrack)
CARLA OLSON: It's Too Late (Sunset Blvd, Rubies And Diamonds)
ROGER McGUINN: Someone To Love (Arista, Back To Rio)
CARLA OLSON & TODD WOLFE: Long Road Back (Red Parlor, The Hidden Hills Sessions)
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THE COWSILLS: Make The Music Flow (Cowchip, Captain Sad And His Ship Of Fools/II X II)
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS: (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea (Rhino, The Very Best Of Elvis Costello & the Attractions)
DEL SHANNON: Runaway (Rhino, Greatest Hits)
THE BEATLES: Rain (Capitol, single)
DRESS CODE: I Knew (Semaphore, Alone In The Crowd)
THE JAM: The Modern World (Rhino, VA: DIY: The Modern World)
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ROBERT BIDNEY: Signs Of Life (n/a, Rush Of Hope)
THE CLASH: I Fought The Law (Epic, The Essential Clash)
THE O'JAYS: Put Your Hands Together (Epic, Love Train)
DAVID BOWIE: Hang On To Yourself (Virgin, Bowie At The Beeb)
GLEN BURTNIK'S SUMMER OF LOVE: To Sir, With Love (Jem, Live Love)
SIMON & GARFUNKEL: Cecilia (Columbia, Greatest Hits)
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THE KINKS: Till The End Of The Day (Sanctuary, The Ultimate Collection)
THE SMALL FACES: E Too D (Sanctuary, Ultimate Collection)
THE FLASHCUBES: No Promise (Northside, Bright Lights)
THE BEVIS FROND: I Got Eyes In The Back Of My Head (Rubric, Inner Marshland)
THE BUZZCOCKS: Ever Fallen In Love (IRS, Singles Going Steady)
XTC: Making Plans For Nigel (Rhino, VA: Classic Punk)
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PEZBAND: Back In The Middle (Jem, Cover To Cover)
DRESS CODE: Alcoholic (Semaphore, Alone In The Crowd)
THE EASYBEATS: Sorry (Rhino, VA: Nuggets II)
THE ENGLISH BEAT: Mirror In The Bathroom (IRS, What Is Beat?)
THE ARMOIRES: Responsible (Reuptake) (Big Stir, Side Three)
THE ZOMBIES: Just Out Of Reach (Big Beat, Zombie Heaven)
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THE RAMONES: Blitzkrieg Bop (Rhino, Ramones)
HINDU LOVE GODS: Raspberry Beret (Rhino, WARREN ZEVON: Genius)
JIM BASNIGHT: Best Lover In The World (Precedent, Not Changing)
MARY LOU LORD: Driven Away (Rubric, Speeding Motorcycle)
CHUCK BERRY: Johnny B. Goode (MCA, The Anthology)
THE HIT SQUAD: Best Of Me (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
KISS: Shout It Out Loud (Mercury, The Very Best Of KISS)
THE ZOMBIES: Tell Her No (Big Beat, Zombie Heaven)
THE BOBBY FULLER FOUR: Never To Be Forgotten (Del-Fi, Never To Be Forgotten)
DRESS CODE: Something's Really Wrong (Semaphore, Alone In The Crowd)
THE SHADOWS: Wonderful Land (Scamp, Shadows Are Go!)