Friday, July 1, 2022

THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE: They Don't Know

From my long-threatened book The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1). An infinite number of songs can each be THE greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. Today, this is THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE!


TRACEY ULLMAN: They Don't Know
Written by Kirsty MacColl
Produced by Peter Collins
Single, MCA Records, 1983

I moved from Brockport to Buffalo in August of 1982. The two years spent in Brockport after graduation had been...well, they certainly had been. Maybe I'll write about all of that some day. I kept on listening to the radio, AM and FM. At the beginning of '83, a new job required my own set of wheels, so my Dad arranged for me to get the 1969 Chevy Impala that had previously belonged to my grandfather. My first car. My first opportunity to drive with the radio on. Like Jonathan Richman: I got the AM radio on!

In the Impala, I was sometimes able to pick up a great AM hit station out of Toronto. More often, the Impala's AM dial was locked on 14 Rock, a former Christian station that had recently converted to a pop format. It was my last gasp of trying to listen to AM Top 40, and it had its moments. 

In late '83, Tracey Ullman's "They Don't Know" was one of the finer moments. I was not familiar with Kirsty MacColl's original British single, nor could I even figure out initially who was responsible for this splendid, irresistible confection emanating from my car's speakers; note to DJs then and now: if you play it, SAY IT! Jeez, how can radio do its job of selling records if we don't know the names of the records playing?

In that flashpoint of mystery, when the singer was still an anonymous discovery that would not reveal her secret identity, "They Don't Know" filled my Impala as no other song could. It was the sound of the '60s girl groups, of course, but its tacit nostalgia didn't overwhelm its sense of immediacy, its importance as an AM Top 40 hit RIGHT NOW, or at least the "right now" of that very moment in 1983. Hearing it at home, when I could close my eyes and let the song play in my waking dreams (an approach best avoided when one is driving), it felt like 1965 again. And this time, I was old enough to appreciate it. It was 1983. Anything could happen in 1983. 

Right?

I eventually ID'd the singer and the song. Tracey Ullman became far better known as an actress and comic performer, but she made her mark in music, too. She's considered a one-hit wonder in America, but her British hit cover of Irma Thomas's "Breakaway" shoulda been a smash on these shores as well. Wish I coulda heard that on the radio, too.

I did hear "They Don't Know." I didn't hear it often enough to suit me, but I heard it, and it mattered. Its cute MTV video, with the comic emphasis and the cameo by Paul McCartney, didn't necessarily enhance the song, but it didn't detract from it, either. As Ullman's career progressed and her profile grew grander and more widespread, I wished her well from my humble sidelines, rooting for her as if she'd been an old friend. As I guess she had been, in a way. She was a voice on the radio. What better friend could one ask for?

(And if Tracey Ullman's "They Don't Know" really was my final big AM Top 40 song, then I went out in style. Radio up. Windows down. Let's hit the road and drive.)

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

10 SONGS: 6/30/2022

10 Songs is a weekly list of ten songs that happen to be on my mind at the moment. The lists are usually dominated by songs played on the previous Sunday night's edition of This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl. The idea was inspired by Don Valentine of the essential blog I Don't Hear A Single.

Sydney Chandler as Chrissie Hynde in the mini-series Pistol

This week's edition of 10 Songs draws exclusively from the playlist for This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 1135.

THE FLASHCUBES FEATURING STEVE CONTE: Gudbuy T' Jane

Man, I am really, really enjoying these continued opportunities to speak the phrase "new music from the Flashcubes." Here, my all-time favorite power pop combo enlists the aid of guitarist Steve Conte, a latter-day member of the New York Dolls, to cover one of my top-of-the-pops AM radio hits from the '70s.

Slade was, commercially, a much bigger deal in their native England than they were here in the Colonies. Nonetheless, although Slade's 1973 single "Gudbuy T' Jane" peaked at # 68 on Billboard's Hot 100, it was a legit smash on Syracuse's WOLF-AM when I was in eighth grade, proving once again that Syracuse is just cooler than the rest the country. I'm sure the young Flashcubes heard it, and it impacted them like it impacted me. What a great record! What a great, great record.

The 'Cubes and Conte do it justice, retaining Slade stompin' swagger and enhancing it with the pure pop panache we expect from Syracuse's own power pop powerhouse. We'll be playing this new "Gudbuy T' Jane" single again on next week's show.

(We will, in fact, be playing ALL of the Flashcubes' singles next week, from the '70s through today, from the old Northside Records days into their current series of classic power pop covers for the good folks at Big Stir Records. It's all part of a July 3rd TIRnRR extravaganza called COME ON LET'S GO!, which combines the Flashcubes' singles discography with a celebration of power pop's past, serving up classic '60s, '70s, and '80s power pop, pure pop, and the power pop periphery. We will even throw in another new, as-yet-unreleased Flashcubes single. We humbly recommend you ditch any other commitments and join us for COME ON LET'S GO!, TIRnRR's classic power pop celebration on July 3rd.)

THE BEACH BOYS: God Only Knows

When we were programming this week's show, Dana asked me if I'd yet seen the 2021 documentary Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road, which recently aired on PBS. Dana tsk tsked my reply that I had not, and then waxed rhapsodic about a scene therein where Don Was isolates the vocals on the Beach Boys' recording of "God Only Knows." That vocals-only snippet mesmerized Dana, prompting the inclusion of the familiar, timeless Pet Sounds track on the ol' playlist.

I have a complicated history with the Beach Boys, a group I once spurned in ignorance but later embraced as wisdom and heart prevailed. Seeing Carl Wilson sing "God Only Knows" at a Beach Boys concert in the late '80s remains one of the all-time most magical moments in my live music memories. Years later, a 2016 experience witnessing Brian Wilson and his band perform Pet Sounds live compelled me to write an emotional piece that is one of my favorites among the many things I've written for this blog.

Tsk tsks have their value. On Saturday, my wife Brenda and I watched Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road. Mesmerizing. Just like Dana said it was.

PERILOUS: Rock & Roll Kiss

We've been (rightly) making a big deal that we're fortunate enough to include this boppin' track "Rock & Roll Kiss" by Perilous on our forthcoming compilation CD This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5. But the track is also a part of the group's freshly-released three-song set Perilous, and that merits a little bit of attendant hoopla, too.  And it goes like THIS...!

ARTHUR ALEXANDER: Shot Of R & B

There is ample evidence that the Beatles adored Arthur Alexander's records. Paul McCartney himself said something to the effect that the Fab lads set out to be a soul group, wanting to sound like Arthur Alexander. Yes, much as the American Beatles, the Ramones, tried to be a bubblegum pop group like the Bay City Rollers. While the Ramones never actually covered the Rollers, the Beatles covered Alexander's "Anna" on Please Please Me, and they did his "Soldier Of Love" and "A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues" in early live shows and BBC sessions.

My first exposure to "A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues" came via the Beatles on The Deccagone Sessions, my first bootleg album. The Flamin' Groovies covered it, too--I'm sure they also learned the song from a Beatles bootleg rather than from Arthur Alexander. No matter. We come to great songs by whatever paths brings us. Get a shot of rhythm and blues, with a little rock 'n' roll on the side. Just for good measure.

(My Razor & Tie Arthur Alexander best-of CD lists this track as "Shot Of R & B," so I've continued that listing when we play it on TIRnRR.)

R.E.M.: Superman

Unlisted bonus tracks were an occasionally-common thing on CDs--the precursor of mid-credits scenes in Marvel movies, the successor of the post-credits scene in Ferris Bueller's Day Off--but I don't recall many occurrences of unlisted bonus tracks on LPs. The only example that comes to mind is "Train In Vain" on the Clash's London Calling

R.E.M.'s cover of the Clique's "Superman" half qualifies. The track isn't listed among its LP brethren on the back cover of R.E.M.'s 1986 Lifes Rich Pageant album, but it is on Side Two's label:

The fact that the label lumps "Superman"'s songwriting credit in with the songs written by R.E.M. (rather than actual "Superman" tunesmiths Gary Zekley and Mitchell Bottler) is evidence that the track may have been an afterthought. Great song, though, and ultimately a better-known version than the Clique's fine original.

THE SEX PISTOLS: Pretty Vacant

I don't know what I think of Pistol, the six-part Sex Pistols biopic based on Pistols guitarist Steve Jones' autobiography Lonely Boy. I haven't read Lonely Boy, but I have seen Pistol in its entirety. I found the first few episodes compelling, and actress Sydney Chandler is riveting as Chrissie Hynde, but I felt an increasing sense of disconnect as the series went forward. Does it present an accurate account of the Sex Pistols' short and explosive lifespan? I'm not sure. 

But probably not.

Listen: I expect some fudging of facts when translating real life into entertainment, into a pop presentation. There were a few moments in Pistol where the narrative strays from the facts as I think I know them (though perhaps not as far astray as the jumbled timeline of the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, nor as horrifyingly off-model as the film CBGB's), but I accept that. What's more jarring is a perhaps-unavoidable end result that reduces the seismic transcendence of the Sex Pistols--the filth and the fury--to something...lesser. Shallower. I'm glad I watched it. I'm not sure if I liked it.

I loved the Sex Pistols; I told that story here. Elsewhere, I wrote, "As a band, they are criminally underrated, as so many have focused on the clatter and the noise of punk while ignoring the solid rock 'n' roll combo--guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook, and original bassist Glen Matlock--chuggin' away beneath Johnny Rotten's (effective) wailing. Sid Vicious could neither sing nor play, and replacing Glen with Sid threw the group's musical aspect out the broken window."

"God Save The Queen" is my favorite among the Sex Pistols canon, with "Pretty Vacant" a very close second, and much else similarly worthy of saturation airplay (though we will never in a million years be able to play "Bodies"). Never mind the bollocks. And never mind the biopics. Here's the Sex Pistols. And we do care.

MATERIAL ISSUE: Kim The Waitress

The Greatest Record Ever Made!

(For absent friends, 43 years on.)

JESSIE BRYSON: Come Back

Next week's COME ON LET'S GO! classic power pop TIRnRR shindig is about legacy, honoring and playing a bunch of great tunes from the past. I guess that approach (for one week only) contradicts our oft-stated commitment to mixing new stuff with old stuff, the way all rockin' pop radio shows should (and which all of the best ones do). 

Still, there's something to be said for pausing every once in a while and exulting in the sounds that made us. So: a legacy show, comprised almost entirely of tracks from the 1960s through the '80s. BUT...still including the Flashcubes' recent singles, bridging the time between. And also including Jesse Bryson's current Big Stir single cover of Fotomaker's "Come Back." I mean, Jesse's "Come Back" features members of the 'Cubes and Fotomaker, it was written by Jesse's Dad Wally Bryson (of the Raspberries and Fotomaker), and it's almost a tangent to what the Flashcubes are doing in their Big Stir singles. So yeah. while next week's show is mostly about yesteryear, mixing in a little bit of NOW! never hurt anyone. 

GLADHANDS: Forget All About It


I reviewed Gladhands' 1997 album La Di Da for Goldmine. I don't remember much of what I said about the album at the time, but I'm sure I liked it. I was particularly taken with "Forget All About It," an irresistible number that I think I called "Rundgrenesque." Which is fair, since Todd Rundgren did write the damned thing, and had originally recorded it with his old group the Nazz in 1969. I hadn't noticed the songwriting credits. 

Oops?


I think I realized my oversight well before I eventually heard the Nazz's original version of "Forget All About It." I'm not sure which version is my favorite, though we should offer an honorable mention of Game Theory's sturdy and appealing home recording of the tune (contained on the collection Across The Barrier Of Sound, and also a part of this week's radio party). But Gladhands introduced me to the song, and they did an absolutely ace rendition. We'll hear from the Nazz on next week's show.

THE FLASHCUBES WITH THE SPONGETONES: Have You Ever Been Torn Apart?

Ready for next week's show? Awright! Come on, let's GO!

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

POP-A-LOOZA: Another Updated List Of TV Series I've Seen From Start To Finish


Each week, the pop culture website Pop-A-Looza shares some posts from my vast 'n' captivating Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do) archives. The latest shared post is an updated list of TV series I've seen from start to finish.

Since compiling this list a month ago, I've added Pistol, the six-part Sex Pistols biopic series directed by Danny Boyle. I was initially fascinated by the first two or three episodes, but my enthusiasm dimmed as the series continued. I'll have a little bit more (though not much more) to say about Pistol in this week's edition of 10 Songs, which posts tomorrow.

But, before I saw Pistol, there was already a long list of TV series I had watched in their entirety. That list is the latest Boppin' Pop-A-Looza.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

BOPPIN's Monthly Day Off

Once a month, Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do) takes a brief pause from its clinically-stupid commitment to daily public posts. On that day, we slap together a li'l sumpin solely for both of our paid supporters. This month's private post for patrons is another (potential) chapter from my long-threatened book The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1), this time casting its dim widdle spotlight on "We Used To Be Friends" by the Dandy Warhols. I knew the song from its use as the opening theme to the TV series Veronica Mars. But the song itself connects to a deeper and darker regret I still feel inside.

Because of its personal nature and the emotions tethered to it, this chapter is not in the book's current blueprint. But...it may still wind up in the book, if there is a book. 

Meanwhile, it will be available later this week for my patrons. You can become one of my patrons via this convenient link: Fund me, baby! The private post goes out on Friday. Regular daily public posting resumes tomorrow.

Monday, June 27, 2022

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 1135


It's like the Brothers Steve say: we got the hits. In the '80s, when I was managing a record store, there were a few instances of a single from a previous decade ascending the pop chart because the song appeared in a then-recent movie. It happened with the Contours' "Do You Love Me," Ben E. King's "Stand By Me," and the Beatles' "Twist And Shout," and it's happened again in our shiny-bright 21st century, as exposure on the TV series Stranger Things has propelled Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)" into the toppermost portion of the poppermost charts. Run, Kate. RUN!

Seems like a good excuse for us to play it, too. Like WE need an excuse. We got the hits! And great records don't care what year it is. From across the span of the Rock 'n' Roll Era, from the Drifters through the Handcuffs, whether it's British Invasion, soul, punk, classic Top 40, left-of-the-dial, or the best of right freakin' now...it's ALL right freakin' now. Immediacy doesn't need to justify itself. Hits don't have to apologize for anything. We have a hill to conquer. Turn it up.

NEXT WEEK: COME ON LET'S GO! Hop into our time machine for a three-hour celebration of classic power pop, pure pop, and the power pop periphery from the '60s, '70s, and '80s. We'll supplement this barrage of vintage oomph by also spinning ALL of the Flashcubes' singles, then and now, from Northside Records to Big Stir Records. That will include one forthcoming Flashcubes single that hasn't been released yet. This extravaganza will be one of our most full-on POP shows ever, so don't miss your dream date with classic power pop on July 3rd. And this is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

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TIRnRR # 1135: 6/26/2022
TIRnRR 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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THE FLASHCUBES FEATURING STEVE CONTE: Gudbuy T' Jane (Big Stir, single)
THE BLACK KEYS: Wild Child (Nonesuch, Dropout Boogie)
AMY RIGBY: Raising The Bar (Koch, Middlescence)
PETER HOLSAPPLE: Continental Drifters (Omnivore, Game Day)
NOLAN PORTER: Keep On Keepin' On (ABC, Nolan)
THE MILKSHAKES: Soldiers Of Love (Damaged Goods, Talkin' Bout...Milkshakes!/After School Session)
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MAPLE MARS: Teenage Dream (Big Stir, Someone's Got To Listen)
THE BABLERS: You Are The One For Me (Big Stir, single)
THE DRIFTERS: There Goes My Baby (Atlantic, All-Time Greatest Hits & More 1959-1965)
KATE BUSH: Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) (EMI, Hounds Of Love)
THE BROTHERS STEVE: We Got The Hits (Big Stir, # 1)
THE MUFFS: Really Really Happy [demo] (Omnivore, Really Really Happy)
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BOB BURGER: Impression (Jem, The Domino Effect)
THE GO-GO'S: Beatnik Beach (IRS, Vacation)
SCOTTY GRAND, JACOB YOFFEE & ROAHN HYLTON: All I Know (The Wonder Years Theme) (single)
THE BEACH BOYS: God Only Knows (Capitol, Pet Sounds)
POP CO-OP: Ghost Heart (Futureman, Suspension)
THE THREE O'CLOCK: With A Cantaloupe Girlfriend (Rhino, VA: Children Of Nuggets)
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THE BISHOP'S DAREDEVIL STUNT CLUB: What They're After (Kool Kat Musik, Please Stand By)
THE MOTORS: Forget About You (Virgin, Approved By The Motors)
PERILOUS: Rock & Roll Kiss (Kool Kat Musik, VA: this Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5)
THE GRASS SHOW: Alice (Food, Something Smells Good In Stinkville)
THE DAVE CLARK FIVE: I Like It Like That (Hollywood, The History Of The Dave Clark Five)
MINDREADERS: Fever In My Pocket (Cherry Red, VA: Just A Bad Dream)
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MIKE BROWNING: Wishes And Kings (n/a, Another Bite At The Apple)
ARTHUR ALEXANDER: Shot Of R & B (Razor & Tie, Ultimate)
MICHAEL CARPENTER: I've Been Loving You (Futureman, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 3)
THE POLICE: Roxanne (A & M, Every Breath You Take)
R.E.M.: Superman (IRS, Lifes Rich Pageant)
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JEREMY: Meant To Be (JAM, Brighter Day)
FABULOUS: There's A Riot Going On (Cherry Red, VA: C91)
THE SEX PISTOLS: Pretty Vacant (Virgin, Kiss This)
BIG STAR: Way Out West (Ardent, # 1 Record/Radio City)
OTIS REDDING: Pounds And Hundreds (Rhino, Otis!)
THE GRIP WEEDS: Lady Friend (Jem, DiG)
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MATERIAL ISSUE: Kim The Waitress (Mercury, Freak City Soundtrack)
GUIDED BY VOICES: Glad Girls (Matador, The Best Of Guided By Voices: Human Amusements At Hourly Rates)
MAD MONSTER PARTY: Death Valley Days (n/a, Mad Monster Party)
GRIN: White Lies (Epic, The Very Best Of Grin Featuring Nils Lofgren)
JESSE BRYSON: Come Back (Big Stir, single)
THE GO-BETWEENS: Was There Anything I Could Do? (Beggars Banquet, 16 Lovers Lane)
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THE HANDCUFFS: I Cry For You (Pravda, Burn The Rails)
THE FLAMIN' GROOVIES: Yes I Am (Grown Up Wrong, Between The Lines)
JEBB: Sound The Alarmed (Robo Jack, single)
MARSHALL CRENSHAW: Cynical Girl (Rhino, This Is Easy)
TIGER BOMB: Rave On Again (Dionysus, single)
REAL McCOY: I Get So Excited (Cherry Red, Looking At The Pictures In The Sky)
THE PRIMITIVES: Thru The Flowers [new version] (Castle, Buzz Buzz Buzz)
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ROBIN LANE: All I'll Ever Need (Red On Red, single)
GLADHANDS: Forget All About It (Big Deal, La Di Da)
THE VOGUES: Five O'Clock World (Varese Sarabande, The Best Of The Vogues)
GENE CLARK WITH THE GOSDIN BROTHERS: Elevator Operator (Columbia, Gene Clark With The Gosdin Brothers)
THE KINKS: Better Things (Velvel, Give The People What They Want)
GAME THEORY: Forget All About It [Scott and Michael home recording) (Omnivore, Across The Barrier Of Sound: PostScript)
THE TAMS: I've Been Hurt (Acrobat, Be Young Be Foolish Be Happy)
THE BEATLES: I Should Have Known Better (Apple, A Hard Day's Night)
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THE FLASHCUBES WITH THE SPONGETONES: Have You Ever Been Torn Apart? (Big Stir, single)

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Tonight On THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO


NEW MUSIC FROM THE FLASHCUBES! That's one of my very favorite phrases, "New music from the Flashcubes!" Life is good. We'll open the show with THE FLASHCUBES FEATURING STEVE CONTE taking on a classic originally done by SLADE, and we'll live up to the promise of that beginning with more new stuff from MAPLE MARS, THE BLACK KEYSBOB BURGER, MIKE BROWNING, THE BISHOP'S DAREDEVIL STUNT CLUB, POP CO-OP, and JEREMY, a new single from JEBB, and our prerequisite blend of then and now, courtesy of THE DRIFTERS, THE BEACH BOYS, TIGER BOMB, THE SEX PISTOLS, PETER HOLSAPPLE, PERILOUS, THE GRASS SHOW, THE HANDCUFFS, ARTHUR ALEXANDER, GENE CLARK, THE TAMS, ROBIN LANE, MARSHALL CRENSHAW, JESSE BRYSON, OTIS REDDING, THE GRIP WEEDS, THE THREE O'CLOCK, THE DAVE CLARK FIVE, and more. We have three hours to fill. May as well fill it with THE BEST THREE HOURS OF RADIO ON THE WHOLE FRIGGIN' PLANET! It starts with new music from THE FLASHCUBES. Sunday night, 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse at SPARK! WSPJ 103.3 and 93.7 FM, on the web at http://sparksyracuse.org/, and via the TuneIn Radio and Radio Garden apps as Westcott Radio.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

POP-A-LOOZA: THE EVERLASTING FIRST! Dawn, The dB's, The Dead Boys, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, The Dickies, The Dictators, and The Drifters

Don Rickles introduced me to the Dickies...?! Talk about firing a rocket!

Each week, the pop culture website Pop-A-Looza shares some posts from my vast 'n' captivating Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do) archives. The latest shared post looks back at Quick Takes of my introductions to the music of Dawn, the dB's, the Dead Boys, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, the Dickies, and the Drifters in another exciting installment of The Everlasting First!



A mixed group? It's all pop music. In my A-Z series The Everlasting First, this 2016 entry was part of the first time I split off my Quick Takes as a post separate from the main post for that letter. As I recall, I did that because my original entry for the letter D ran long, so I prepped the Quick Takes to run on their own for one letter only.

I don't remember if the original Quick Takes for D post included comics alongside your Drifters, Dawn, and Dave Dee. Probably? Later, I decided that the music and comics posts should be separate, and the Quick Takes should likewise be their own thing. The decision was retroactive, so (among others) the original D is for THE DAMNED and DOC SAVAGE post became D Is For THE DAMNED and D is for DOC SAVAGE.

The Everlasting First has since made it through the letter T, and I hope to resume the series some time soon with an undertaking of U is for...Uncle Scrooge? The Undertones? I'll figure it out. Meanwhile, my introductions to a big ol' bunch of musical acts filed under "D" serves as the latest Boppin' Pop-A-Looza.

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