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I'm the co-host of THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO with Dana & Carl (Sunday nights, 9 to Midnight Eastern, www.westcottradio.org).  As a freelance writer, I contributed to Goldmine magazine from 1986-2006, wrote liner notes for Rhino Records' compilation CD Poptopia!  Power Pop Classics Of The '90s, and for releases by The Flashcubes, The Finkers, Screen Test, 1.4.5., and Jack "Penetrator" Lipton.  I contributed to the books Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth, Shake Some Action, Lost In The Grooves, and MusicHound Rock, and to DISCoveries, Amazing Heroes, The Comics Buyer's Guide, Yeah Yeah Yeah, Comics Collector, The Buffalo News, and The Syracuse New Times.  I also wrote the liner notes for the four THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO compilation CDs, because, well, who could stop me?  My standing offer to write liner notes for a Bay City Rollers compilation has remained criminally ignored.  Still intend to write and sell a Batman story someday.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Well, this is just silly.  Apologies to Tim Hardin and Bobby Darin.

The late Bobby Darin is not amused.
If I were The Carpenters
And you were Pink Lady
Would Chuck Berry play anyway?
Or would we have The Babys?

If I think of Rain Parade
Would Cowsills find me?
"Carrie Annie." The Hollies brayed
How ELO reminds me


Shave Mike Love for orneriness
Replace Mike Love with Sorrows
Mike gave Beach Boys severance checks
Wondermints, tomorrow!


 If I were Steve Miller
With Detroit Wheels grinding
Would you miss The Orgone Box
And Yusef's shrewd whining?


If I were a band, Roy Wood
Would Move still shun me?
If I could join Yes, I would
What would U2 think of me?

If I were The Carpenters
And you were Pink Lady
Would Chuck Berry play anyway?
Or would we have The Babys?
Would Chuck Berry play anyway?
Or would we have The Babys?

The late Tim Hardin casts a disapproving glance.