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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 three 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, May 30, 2016

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 828: The Monkees, and GOOD TIMES!



Good Times!, the new album from The Monkees, was released last week.  I can't remember the last time I felt as much anticipation and enthusiasm for a new album release, and I'm so happy to say that the album lives up to all hopes and expectations.  I know 2016 isn't even half over yet, but I can't see how any forthcoming release could possibly prevent Good Times! from being my Album Of The Year.  Nothing can erase the toll this year's parade of mortality has taken on our collective pop psyche, but it's nice to finally have something to celebrate--wholeheartedly!--in this dismal year.

In addition to The Monkees, we also found time for new music from The Romantics (new single, covering The Animals and The Monkees!) and Clockwork Flowers (new six-song EP Colours Vol. 2:  Blue), and our usual embrace of giddy, exuberant rockin' pop.  Good times?  We'll take 'em!  This is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a good-time Sunday night in Syracuse this week.  This show is now available to download:  http://westcottradio.org/archive/rock_n_roll_radio_2016-05-29.mp3

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl streams live every Sunday night from 9 to Midnight Eastern, exclusively at www.westcottradio.org

My review of Good Times!http://carlcafarelli.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-monkees-good-times-review.html

My blog on the first single, "She Makes Me Laugh":  http://carlcafarelli.blogspot.com/2016/04/she-makes-me-laugh-monkees-us-singles.html

On "You Bring The Summer," and a girl I knew somewhere:  http://carlcafarelli.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-monkees-bring-summer-girl-i-knew.html

On "Me & Magdalena":  http://carlcafarelli.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-monkees-me-and-magdalena.html

And TIRnRR when Davy Jones passed in 2012:  http://carlcafarelli.blogspot.com/2016/05/this-is-rock-n-roll-radio-davy-jones.html

TIRnRR # 828:  5/29/16:  Good Times!

THE RAMONES:  Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
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THE MONKEES:  Birth Of An Accidental Hipster (Rhino, Good Times!)
THE MONKEES:  Me & Magdalena (Rhino, Good Times!)
THE MONKEES:  Love To Love (Rhino, Good Times!)
THE MONKEES:  You Bring The Summer (Rhino, Good Times!)
THE MONKEES:  Wasn't Born To Follow (Rhino, Good Times!)
THE MONKEES:  She Makes Me Laugh (Rhino, Good Times!)
THE MONKEES:  Terrifying (Rhino, Good Times! [digital release])
THE MONKEES:  I Was There (And I'm Told I Had A Good Time) (Rhino, Good Times!)
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THE MONKEES:  Love's What I Want (Rhino, Good Times! [Japanese release])
THE GO-GO'S:  We Got The Beat (IRS, Return To The Valley Of The Go-Go's)
THE FORTY NINETEENS:  Disguise (thefortynineteens.com, Rebooted)
XTC:  Life Begins At The Hop (Virgin, Upsy Daisy Assortment)
VOICE OF THE BEEHIVE:  Don't Call Me Baby (London, Let It Bee)
SQUEEZE:  Another Nail In My Heart (A & M, The Squeeze Story)
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THE ROMANTICS:  Daydream Believer (K-Tel, single)
THE BEE GEES:  Spicks And Specks (Reprise, Spicks And Specks)
THE SEARCHERS:  Hearts In Her Eyes (Raven, The Sire Sessions 1979-80)
THE BEAT:  Walking Out On Love (Wagon Wheel, The Beat)
LULU:  To Sir, With Love [Museum Outings Montage] (Retroactive, VA:  To Sir, With Love OST)
KIRSTY MacCOLL:  They Don't Know (IRS, Galore)
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CLOCKWORK FLOWERS:  This Hopeful Town (Clockwork Flowers, Colours Vol. 2:  Blue)
THE FACES:  Stay With Me (Warner Brothers, Stay With Me)
PRINCE:  Let's Go Crazy (Warner Brothers, The Hits/The B-Sides)
CLARENCE CARTER:  Slip Away (Flashback, Slip Away And Other Hits)
THE MONKEES:  A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You (Colgems, single)
BOW WOW WOW:  I Want Candy (Sony, Playlist)
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THE RICHARDS:  Five Personalities (Kool Kat Musik, VA:  This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 3)
THE JAM:  Beat Surrender (Polydor, Direction Reaction Creation)
RONNIE DARK:  Sarah (Kool Kat Musik, VA:  This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 3)
THE RAMONES:  Do You Wanna Dance? (Rhino, Rocket To Russia)
1.4.5.:  Your Own World (Beautiful Sounds, Rhythm n' Booze)
JOEY RAMONE & GENERAL JOHNSON:  Rockaway Beach (Rhino, VA:  Godchildren Of Soul)
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THE MONKEES:  Our Own World (Rhino, Good Times!)
THE BEATLES:  Rain (Apple, Past Masters)
THE MONKEES:  Love Is Only Sleeping (Rhino, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.)
RABBITT:  Locomotive Breath (Floating World, Boys Will Be Boys)
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS:  Who'll Be My Keeper (7T's, Elevator)
SHAUN CASSIDY:  Hey Deanie (Curb, Greatest Hits)
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THE ROMANTICS:  We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (K-Tel, single)
RONNIE SPECTOR & THE E STREET BAND:  Say Goodbye To Hollywood (Epic, single)
THE MONKEES:  Pleasant Valley Sunday (Rhino, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.)
TODD RUNDGREN:  I Saw The Light (Rhino, The Very Best Of Todd Rundgren)
THE MONKEES:  Sunny Girlfriend [Acoustic Remix Of Master Vocal] (Rhino Handmade, Headquarters Sessions)
THE BENT BACKED TULIPS:  Sweet Young Thing (eggBERT, Looking Through...)
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THE KINKS:  All Day And All Of The Night (Essential, Kinks)
THE RATIONALS:  I Need You (Rhino, VA:  Nuggets)
THE MONKEES:  Gotta Give It Time (Rhino, Good Times!)
THE MONKEES:  Sometime In The Morning (Rhino, More Of The Monkees)
THE MONKEES:  Valleri (Rhino, The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees)
THE MONKEES:  The Girl I Knew Somewhere (Rhino, Music Box)
THE MONKEES:  Good Times (Rhino, Good Times!)
THE MONKEES:  Me & Magdalena [Version 2] (Rhino, Good Times!)
THE MONKEES:  Porpoise Song [instrumental mix] (Rhino Handmade, single)