Saturday, November 16, 2019

THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE! (VOLUME 1): Another Updated Table Of Contents



Our favorite records don't live in isolation. Each one has a story to tell.

An infinite number of songs can each be the greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. That's the central conceit of my forthcoming book The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1), a collection of essays extolling both the immediacy and the immortality of the pop songs we love. As the book's formal proposal makes its appointed rounds in search of a potential publisher, I've continued to tweak the work itself. Other projects have required more of my attention for the last month or so, but now I'm returning to work on the book, with an eye toward finally completing a first draft. Currently, the draft's completed individual chapters total about 96,000 words, with a final target around 120,000 words, give or take. Here is the latest incarnation of its Table of Contents:

TABLE OF CONTENTS

FOREWORD
DISCLAIMERS AND DECLARATIONS (A User's Guide To The Greatest Record Ever Made!)
OVERTURE A Fistful Of 45s
1. BADFINGER: Baby Blue
2. CHUCK BERRY: Promised Land
3. DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: I Only Want To Be With You
4. THE SEX PISTOLS: God Save The Queen
5. ELVIS PRESLEY: Heartbreak Hotel
6. PATTI SMITH: Gloria
7. LITTLE RICHARD: The Girl Can't Help It
 *8. NEIL DIAMOND: Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show
9. CRAZY ELEPHANT: Gimme Gimme Good Lovin' 
10. WILSON PICKETT: In The Midnight Hour
11. THE HOLLIES: I Can't Let Go
12. THE SHIRELLES: Will You Love Me Tomorrow
13. THE RAMONES: Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
INTERLUDE I Dream Of Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, and Tommy (and occasionally Marky, Richie, C.J., and/or new recruits)
14. BUDDY HOLLY: Peggy Sue/Everyday
15. JOHNNY NASH: I Can See Clearly Now
16. SUZI QUATRO: I May Be Too Young
17. GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: Midnight Train To Georgia
18. THE RARE BREED: Beg, Borrow And Steal
19. THE 13th FLOOR ELEVATORS: You're Gonna Miss Me
20. THE ROLLING STONES: Get Off Of My Cloud
 *21. PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: Just Like Me
22. PRINCE: When You Were Mine
23. LESLEY GORE: You Don't Own Me
24. TRANSLATOR: Everywhere That I'm Not
25. THE BOBBY FULLER FOUR: I Fought The Law
*BONUS TRACK MERLE HAGGARD: Mama Tried 
26. THE WHO: I Can't Explain
27. TODD RUNDGREN: Couldn't I Just Tell You
28. THE RASPBERRIES: I Wanna Be With You
29. THE FLASHCUBES: No Promise
 *30. SHOES: Tomorrow Night
31. SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES: The Tears Of A Clown
32. THE NEW YORK DOLLS: Personality Crisis
33. THE EASYBEATS: Friday On My Mind
34.  BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Girls In Their Summer Clothes
 *35. OTIS REDDING: (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
36. ARETHA FRANKLIN: Respect
37. THE MONKEES: Porpoise Song (Theme From Head)
INTERLUDE The Night I Met Peter Tork
38. KISS: Shout It Out Loud
39. THE LEFT BANKE: Walk Away, Renee
*40. P. P. ARNOLD: The First Cut Is The Deepest
41. THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Rock And Roll Love Letter
42. THE KNICKERBOCKERS: Lies
43. THE GO-GO'S: We Got The Beat
44. JAMES BROWN: Please, Please, Please
45. GRAND FUNK: We're An American Band
46. SAMMY AMBROSE: This Diamond Ring
47. THE FIRST CLASS: Beach Baby
48. THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Summer Breeze
49. THE RUBINOOS: I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
50. BIG STAR: September Gurls
ENTR'ACTE THE BEATLES: Yesterday
51. MARVIN GAYE: I Heard It Through The Grapevine
52. THE FLAMIN' GROOVIES: Shake Some Action
53. THE SEARCHERS: Hearts In Her Eyes
54. THE FLIRTATIONS: Nothing But A Heartache
55. THE SPINNERS: I'll Be Around
56. ALICE COOPER: School's Out
57. BARON DAEMON & THE VAMPIRES: The Transylvania Twist
58. SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE: Everybody Is A Star
59. TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS: American Girl
*60. DAVID RUFFIN: I Want You Back
61. LED ZEPPELIN: Communication Breakdown
*62. THE BANDWAGON: Breakin' Down The Walls Of Heartache
INTERLUDE Old Time Time Rock & Roll
63. THE BOB SEGER SYSTEM: 2 + 2 = ?
64. BEN E. KING: Stand By Me
65. THE BYRDS: I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
66.  THE EVERLY BROTHERS: Gone, Gone, Gone
67. THE COCKTAIL SLIPPERS: St. Valentine's Day Massacre
68. GENE PITNEY: Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa
69. THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: I'll Be Your Mirror
70. FREDDIE & THE DREAMERS: Do The Freddie
71. THE DRIFTERS: On Broadway
72. SAM & DAVE: Soul Man
73. THE SPONGETONES: (My Girl) Maryanne
74. THE TRAMMPS: Disco Inferno
75. HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES: Don't Leave Me This Way
BONUS TRACK GRANDMASTER & MELLE MEL: White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)
76. T. REX: 20th Century Boy
77. THE JIVE FIVE: What Time Is It?
78. THE KINKS: You Really Got Me
79. THE KINKS: Waterloo Sunset
80. THE SMITHEREENS: Behind The Wall Of Sleep
*81. THE COWSILLS: She Said To Me
82. FREDA PAYNE: Band Of Gold
83. MATERIAL ISSUE: Kim The Waitress
84. ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS: (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding?
85. THE FOUR TOPS: Reach Out I'll Be There
*86. DON HENLEY: The Boys Of Summer
INTERLUDE The Tottenham Sound Of...The Beatles?!
87. THE DAVE CLARK FIVE: Any Way You Want It
88. PAUL COLLINS: Walking Out On Love
*89. THE SUPREMES: You Keep Me Hangin' On 
90. THE BEACH BOYS: God Only Knows
*91. LULU: To Sir, With Love (Museum Outings Montage)
*92. MANNIX: Highway Lines
93. THE SELECTER: On My Radio
94. SOLOMON BURKE: Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
*95. CHEAP TRICK Surrender
96. DAVID BOWIE: Life On Mars?
*97. THE O'JAYS: Put Your Hands Together
98. THE GRATEFUL DEAD: Uncle John's Band
 *99. EDDIE & THE HOT RODS: Do Anything You Wanna Do
100. STEVIE WONDER: I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)
ENCORE! EYTAN MIRSKY: This Year's Gonna Be Our Year
ENCORE!! THE JAYHAWKS: I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
An Infinite Number
Underrating The Beatles
THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE! THE BEATLES: Rain
LAST CALL! THE T-BONES: No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)
CODA Cruisin' Music
MORE BONUS TRACKS/AFTERWORD     



I'm getting there! The song choices and sequence won't be set in stone for a while yet, but it feels closer and closer. While I'm clinging to the illusion that the chapters form a Hot 100 of GREM! selections, the inclusion of an Entr'acte, two Bonus Tracks, two Encores, one specific Greatest Record Ever Made!, and a Last Call really make the book about 107 songs in total (or 108, since the Buddy Holly chapter discusses both sides of the "Peggy Sue"/"Everyday" 45). Interludes (about The Ramones, The Monkees, Bob Seger, and The Beatles vs.The Dave Clark Five) and other supplemental material add flavor and occasional context, but aren't intended as additional GREM! entries. There are certainly many other songs equally worthy of celebration, and I may still decide to move songs in and out of the Table of Contents, but this is where I am now.



The asterisks indicate the chapters I'm still working to complete. Human nature would suggest those 16 chapters are the most vulnerable to being replaced by something else (just as a completed Suzi Quatro chapter recently replaced a barely-begun Rufus chapter in the line-up), but I've already demonstrated my occasional (and unfortunate!) willingness to remove completed chapters in favor of something I ain't written yet. You never know with me. I never know with me. And I hope you'll all have an opportunity to read the whole thing some day, courtesy of a bookstore near you.


THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE! (Volume 1)

Our favorite records don't live in isolation. Each one has a story to tell.

As pop music fans, we may have one all-time favorite song that stands out for us as the greatest record ever made. But in another moment, we may shift our allegiance to a different song, and then to another. We’re not fickle. We’re enthusiastic, and we’re sincere. We love our music. We lose ourselves in the music we love.

An infinite number of songs can each be THE greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. Acclaimed pop journalist Carl Cafarelli (GoldmineThis Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio) brings his own passion and enthusiasm to The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1), a collection of 100+ essays about 100+ great songs, celebrating both the immortality and the in-the-moment immediacy of the rockin' pop music we cherish. The subjects include Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers like The Beatles, Chuck Berry, The Sex Pistols, Aretha Franklin, The Grateful Dead, David Bowie, Prince, and many more.

But The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1) encompasses more than just those enshrined in a Hall of Fame. It includes hit acts like Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes,  Sammy Ambrose’s forgotten original of “This Diamond Ring,” cult acts like The 13th Floor Elevators and Big Star, teen idols like The Bay City Rollers, and relative unknowns like Baron Daemon and the Vampires: rock, soul, R & B, pop, punk, bubblegum, ska, power pop, girl groups, and disco. This is not a definitive list of the 100 best songs ever recorded. Rather, it's a 100+-song block party of great tracks, each one the greatest in its own infinite turn. It's a celebration, exhaustively and enthusiastically crafted by a pop journalist who loves each of these records without reservation.

Why did The Monkees go from the top of the pops in 1967 to seeming has-been status in 1968? How did James Brown respond to the British Invasion? What minefields of racism, sexism, homophobia, ambition, frustration, depression, or loss were navigated by Little Richard, Dusty Springfield, The Go-Go's, Elvis, Sly and the Family Stone, The Kinks, The Beach Boys, The Supremes, and Material Issue's Jim Ellison? Were The Ramones as much a bubblegum band as they were a punk band? When does a group succeed or fail in its quixotic quest to be the next Beatles? 

Our path is finite. Its soundtrack is not. The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1) mixes history lessons, artist appreciation, and the ways in which the records we love can deeply affect our personal livesPart personal memoir and part rockin’ pop record hop, The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1) is the book for anyone who’s ever yelled “Turn It Up!”

Or, better yet: “Play that again!” Your infinite turn awaits. Welcome to the world of The Greatest Record Ever Made!




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(And you can still get our 2017 compilation This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4, on CD from Kool Kat Musik and as a download from Futureman Records.)

Friday, November 15, 2019

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA: The Movie (a random notion)



Some years back, I had a vague notion of a major motion picture starring comics' original super-team The Justice Society of America. It was just a series of passing fancies, not something I would have wasted time trying to plot out or conceptualize to any degree. If someone ever attempts to make a JSA movie, there is no plausible chance that I would have any involvement whatsoever. (I mean, y'know, beyond buying a ticket.)

But back to the fantasy. My ideal JSA movie would be set around 1940 or so, prior to America's official entry into World War II, but with much of the rest of the world already engulfed in that conflagration overseas. The villains would be Axis, because I like adventure stories that involve punching Nazis.



Practical considerations (a factor even in fantasy) would preclude the use of characters like Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman, plus the original Captain Marvel. We would probably steer clear of some Golden Age characters that share a name with modern heroes--specifically The Flash and Green Lantern--but would be free to use Hawkman or The Atom if we wish.

My vision of this story is slightly more down-to-earth, so I wouldn't really want to use the most powerful characters. I might or might not want to use Hawkman, but I would use the 1940s Atom, who was a short guy with a penchant for fightin' but no super powers.



My most integral JSA member is an unlikely one: Ma Hunkel, The Red Tornado (often derisively nicknamed "The Red Tomato"). Yeah, I know she was just comic relief (a brawny homemaker who put on an ad hoc costume to bop bad guys in her working class urban neighborhood), and that she wasn't really a member of the Society anyway.  But Ma Hunkel is essential to me, more so than any other character we could use; I just like the idea of a headstrong, stubborn Jewish tenement scrapper takin' on Adolf's boys and unceremoniously kicking their collective ass. Repeatedly.

(Brief aside: I've written elsewhere of my introduction to The Red Tornado, and it's worth repeating this passage describing what I would do if I were given a chance to write a Justice League/Justice Society crossover: "Although Ma Hunkel never appeared in any of the old JLA/JSA meetings, I would have definitely wanted to include her if I'd had an opportunity to write such a story. I picture a scene of a group of non-powered JLA and JSA members, huddled in hiding while surveying an enemy army, Batman urging caution as he comes up with a plan of attack, only to see ol' Red Tomato break ranks and dive-bomb headfirst into battle. Green Arrow joins the fight, saying 'I like this dame!,' and Wildcat replying, 'Told ya so!'" Yeah, that's the Red Tornado I wanna see in a JSA movie.)



Hey, speaking of Wildcat, he would also be an essential JSA member for this film. Another scrapper--specifically a champion heavyweight boxer--I see Ted "Wildcat" Grant as a character connected to his own working class upbringing, possibly from the same general neighborhood as Ma Hunkel. We may as well call it Suicide Slum, and potentially bring in Simon & Kirby's hero The Guardian and his kid gang The Newsboy Legion.




I would also ignore comics chronology and bring in The Black Canary as a founding JSA member, the blind hero Dr. Mid-Nite, and possibly The Vigilante, too. Ol' Vig was never in the JSA--he was in The Seven Soldiers Of Victory and The All-Star Squadron--but the idea of a singing radio cowboy by day/masked crimefighter by night is irresistible to me, and it carries out my long-standing belief that any adventure story can be improved instantly just by adding a cowboy. 



So: The Red Tornado, The Atom, Wildcat, Black Canary, and maybe Dr. Mid-Nite, The Vigilante, or The Sandman (DC's answer to The Green Hornet). Or maybe wealthy overachiever Mr. Terrific, to ultimately fund our fledgling supergroup, former Fawcett Comics hero Spy Smasher to help combat the Fifth Columnists, and/or Air Wave to rally the public via radio. Let's add Hourman and Starman (two heroes enhanced by science, the former with chemically-induced strength and the latter with hi-tech weaponry), and reserve some real cosmic heavy-hitter for the film's climax. Either the dormant ancient Egyptian power of Hawkman or the mystic might of Dr. Fate could be inadvertently resurrected by the Nazis as their evil plan literally blows up in their goose-stepping kissers. And a Society of Justice is formed to defend America and fight for justice. A swell bunch of guys and gals!





I could also see bringing in folks like the aviator Blackhawk or Green Lantern's cabbie buddy Doiby Dickles as supporting characters. I’m tempted to include the JSA’s comic relief member Johnny Thunder, but his magic genie Thunderbolt would feel out of place, so best to skip Mr. Thunder entirely. Potential sequels could have any Golden Age DC/Fawcett/Quality hero we want, from Midnight to Liberty Belle to Bulletman and Bulletgirl to Merry, Girl of 1000 Gimmicks. And Ibis the Invincible. I’d love to bring Captain Marvel and the power of SHAZAM into the mix, but even flights of fancy require some slight tether to the real world.

And yeah: no script, no plot, no outline here, no grand idea of a superhero movie that needs to be made. And it's not the Justice Society of the comics, so purists would cry foul. It's just a notion, and an ill-defined one at that.

But wouldn’t it be cool? Keep 'em flying, JSA!



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(And you can still get our 2017 compilation This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4, on CD from Kool Kat Musik and as a download from Futureman Records.)

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).

Thursday, November 14, 2019

THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO: All-Time Most-Played Tracks



In celebration of This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 1000, our intrepid stats man Fritz Van Leaven provided us with updated figures detailing our all-time most-played artists and our all-time most-played tracks. These stats cover our first 999 shows, as well as all of our special edition shows. The artist tally appeared yesterday, and here is the list of our all-time most-played tracks. Thanks again, Fritz!


1
BIG STAR
September Gurls
165
2
STALLIONS
Why
132
3
RAMONES
Blitzkrieg Bop
100
4
RAMONES
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
98
5
FLASHING ASTONISHERS
Period Exclamatory
96
6
MANNIX
Highway Lines
92
7
LA’S
There She Goes
83
8
ONLY ONES
Another Girl, Another Planet
77
SUGAR
If I Can’t Change Your Mind
77
BEATLES
Revolution
77
11
SEX CLARK FIVE
Fool I Was
76
COTTON MATHER
My Before And After
76
13
FLASHCUBES
No Promise
74
KINKS
You Really Got Me
74
15
HELLO HELEN
Fall’s Far Away
73
16
TODD RUNDGREN
Couldn’t I Just Tell You
72
TEARJERKERS
Syracuse Summer
72
18
GREGG YETI AND THE BEST LIGHTS
My Narcoleptic Sara
70
19
NICK LOWE
Cruel To Be Kind
69
20
SWEET
Fox On The Run
68
21
BAY CITY ROLLERS
Wouldn’t You Like It?
67
22
SCREEN TEST
Sound Of The Radio
66
EYTAN MIRSKY
This Year’s Gonna Be Our Year
66
24
ANNY CELSI
Empty Hangers
65

POPTARTS
I Won’t Let You Let Me Go
65

GANTS
I Wonder
65

ASTROPUPPEES
Over Her Head
65

DROWNERS
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
65
29
CHUCK BERRY
Promised Land
64
UNDERTONES
Teenage Kicks
64
31
GROOVIE GHOULIES
Carly Simon
63

SEX PISTOLS
God Save The Queen
63

BEATLES
Hey Bulldog
63

KINKS
Waterloo Sunset
63
35
MAD MONSTER PARTY
Can’t Stop Loving You
62
36
CHORDS
Maybe Tomorrow
61
CRICKLE
Place In My Heart
61
38
JOHNNY POPSTAR LUV EXPLOSION
Oh Renee
60
39
NEW PORNOGRAPHERS
The Laws Have Changed
59
40
SPONGETONES
(My Girl) Maryanne
58
COCKEYED GHOST
I Hate Rock ‘n’ Roll
58
PRETENDERS
Talk Of The Town
58
43
MARY LOU LORD
Aim Low
57
44
JONATHAN RICHMAN AND THE MODERN LOVERS
Roadrunner
56
45
LYRES
Help You Ann
55
CATHOLIC GIRLS
Should Have Been Mine
55
47
MOPTOPS
Christine
54

BIG STAR
In The Street
54

OUTLETS
Knock Me Down
54
50
KISS
Calling Dr. Love
53

ALEX CHILTON
Free Again
53

ORGONE BOX
World Revolves
53
53
EXPLODING HEARTS
(Making) Teenage Faces
52

BEATLES
I Feel Fine
52

BOOBY TRAPS
Sha Lala
52

COWSILLS
She Said To Me
52
57
SINGLES
He Can Go, You Can’t Stay
51

PIXIES
Here Comes Your Man
51

FLASHCUBES
It’s You Tonight
51
60
FLASHCUBES
Do Anything You Wanna Do
50

ISLEY BROTHERS
Got To Have You Back
50

EDISON LIGHTHOUSE
Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)
50

WHO
The Kids Are Alright
50

13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS
You’re Gonna Miss Me
50
65
LOVE
My Little Red Book
49

BEATLES
Rain
49

BAY CITY ROLLERS
Rock and Roll Love Letter
49

WONDERS
That Thing You Do!
49
69
BADFINGER
Baby Blue
48

MONKEES
Sometime In The Morning
48

ARGONAUTS
Ten Feet Tall
48

MR. ENCRYPTO
The Last Time [a cappella]
48
73
MERRYMAKERS
I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better
47
KISS
Shout It Out Loud
47
75
OHIO EXPRESS
Had To Be Me
46
ASTROPUPPEES
Little Chick Tsunami
46
ASTROPUPPEES
On My Way
46
78
RAMONES
I Believe In Miracles
45
KNICKERBOCKERS
Lies
45
LULU
To Sir, With Love
45
81
MONKEES
Love Is Only Sleeping
44
MUFFS
Saying Goodbye
44
83
FLASHCUBES
Carl (You Da Man)
43

MOTORS
Dancing The Night Away
43

JOHNNY THUNDERS AND THE HEARTBREAKERS
I Love You
43

RAMONES
Wanna Be Sedated
43

BEVIS FROND
Lights Are Changing
43

CHICKLET
Out Of Sight
43

MICHAEL CARPENTER
That’s Alright By Me
43

SHOES
Tomorrow Night
43

LEAVES
Too Many People
43
92
BEATLES
Please Please Me
42
DUKES OF STRATOSPHEAR
Vanishing Girl
42
94
PRETENDERS
Back On The Chain Gang
41

NERVES
Hanging On The Telephone
41

POWERPUFF GIRLS
Love Makes The World Go ‘Round
41

RAMONES
Rockaway Beach
41

ENGLISH BEAT
Save It For Later
41

SMITHEREENS
Sorry
41
100
KINKS
All Day And All Of The Night
40

WHO
I Can’t Explain
40

GREAT SOCIETY
Someone To Love
40

SHOES
The Things You Do
40

FLASHCUBES
When We Close Our Eyes
40

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(And you can still get our 2017 compilation This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4, on CD from Kool Kat Musik and as a download from Futureman Records.)

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).