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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.

Monday, April 11, 2016

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 821

Cheap Trick is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We have new music from The Doughboys, a TIRnRR debut from Australian pop god Damien Binder, and a 2015 Fave Rave by The Turnback has been reissued.  We survived the winter, and even though an unseasonably snowy April has finally given me the bad cold I avoided during the more traditional winter months, I know true spring is coming.  There will be light, warmth, love, and fun.  And there will be music! Let's start with some music right now.  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 streams live every Sunday night from 9 to Midnight Eastern, exclusively at www.westcottradio.org

TIRnRR # 821:  4/10/16

THE RAMONES:  Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
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CHEAP TRICK:  Surrender (Epic, Heaven Tonight)
THE STEVE MILLER BAND:  Livin In The U.S.A. (Capitol, The Best Of 1968-1973)
THE BEATLES:  You Really Got A Hold On Me (Capitol, The Beatles' Second Album)
R.E.M.:  Pretty Persuasion (IRS, Reckoning)
BARBARA McNAIR:  Baby A Go Go (Motown, VA:  A Cellarful Of Motown!)
DAVID BOWIE:  I Wish You Would (Rykodisc, Pin Ups)
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DAMIEN BINDER:  Breaking Beyond Me (damienbinder1.bandcamp.com, A New World)
TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS:  Mirage (Rhino, Anthology)
THE RAMONES:  Babysitter (Rhino, Leave Home)
JOE JACKSON:  Sunday Papers (A & M, Look Sharp!)
THE MONKEES:  Pleasant Valley Sunday (Rhino, Music Box)
THE PIXIES:  Here Comes Your Man (4AD, Wave Of Mutilation)
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GARY FRENAY:  It's Like Heaven (Northside, File Under Pop Vocal)
THE BEACH BOYS:  Don't Worry Baby (Capitol, Sounds Of Summer)
THE GO-GO'S:  Vacation (IRS, Return To The Valley Of The Go-Go's)
OINGO BOINGO:  Only A Lad (IRS, VA:  These People Are Nuts!)
THE KINKS:  I'm In Disgrace (Velvel, Schoolboys In Disgrace)
THE BUZZCOCKS:  Why She's A Girl From The Chain Store (Restless Retro, Many Parts)
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THE DOUGHBOYS:  Rock On (Ram, single)
VIC GODARD & THE SUBWAY SECT:  Johnny Thunders (Motion, Twenty Odd Years)
THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY:  Somebody Wants To Love You (Razor & Tie, The Partridge Family Album)
WRECKLESS ERIC:  Hit And Miss Judy (Salvo, Hits, Misses, Rags & Tatters)
TEENAGE FANCLUB:  Star Sign (Jetset, Four Thousand Seven Hundred And Sixty-Six Seconds)
THE BYRDS:  I Knew I'd Want You (Columbia, Mr. Tambourine Man)
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THE FORTY NINETEENS:  Disguise (thefortynineteens.com, Rebooted)
MANNIX:  Highway Lines (Kool Kat Musik, VA:  This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 3)
THE RAPIERS:  I'll Never Get Over You (Ace, 1961)
BUBBLEGUM ORCHESTRA:  ELO Forever (Pop Geek Heaven, VA:  The Best Of 2014)
THE MOVE:  Fire Brigade (West Side, Movements)
THE KINKS:  Victoria (Essential, Arthur)
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THE TURNBACK:  Faketown (Split Atom, Are We There Yet?)
THE PRETENDERS:  Back On The Chain Gang (Sire, The Singles)
GRAHAM PARKER:  Ordinary Girl (RCA, The Best Of Graham Parker 1988-1991)
GROUP AXIS:  Smokestack Lightning (Psychic Circle, VA:  I Gotta Be Me)
THE CLASH:  Complete Control (Epic, Clash On broadway)
KEVIN COUGHLIN:  I Gotta Be Me (Psychic Circle, VA:  I Gotta Be Me)
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THE FLAMIN' GROOVIES:  First Plane Home (Rhino, At Full Speed)
ROD STEWART:  Maggie May [BBC Radio 1 Performance] (Mercury, Rarities)
ONE LIKE SON:  Punk Rock Prom Queen (onelikeson.bandcamp.com, New American Gothic)
THE STEVE MILLER BAND:  My Dark Hour (Capitol, The Best Of 1968-1973)
THE SEX PISTOLS:  God Save The Queen (Virgin, Kiss This)
THE GRIP WEEDS:  Rainbow Quartz (Jem, How I Won The War)
THE FLASHCUBES:  Do Anything You Wanna Do (Northside, Brilliant)
THE BEATLES:  Revolution [promo video version] (unreleased)
THE SWINGING BLUE JEANS:  What Can I Do Today (EMI, Hippy Hippy Shake)
THE BEE GEES:  Spicks & Specks (Festival, Brilliant From Birth)
THE BARRACUDAS:  I Wish It Could Be 1965 Again (Voxx, Drop Out With The Barracudas)
THE ROLLING STONES:  The Last Time (Virgin, Forty Licks)
BOOTS BROWN & THE PFLUGELPIPERS:  Cerveza (Dot, single)