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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.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

BOPPIN' (LIKE THE HIP FOLKS DO) # 150: 50 Years Of Carl (a THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO Flashback)

For this 150th post on Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do), let's go back six and a half years and celebrate my 50th birthday all over again.

I was 50 years old once--for a whole year!  It just so happened that my 50th birthday fell on a Sunday night--January 17th, 2010--and Sunday night is when we do This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl. Couldn't let that pass uncelebrated, so I asked Dana to let me program a show in, um...my honor.  This is the way it was:




Hello again from This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl, your self-appointed provider of The Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin' Planet.  For this week's extra-special edition of TIRnRR, Dana indulged my birthday wish and allowed me to program 50 YEARS OF CARL, a collection of a few of the many, many tracks that have been pop obsessions for me at some time or another during the first five decades of my mission here on your charming little world.  Now, like most true pop geeks, three hours ain't even close to enough time to cover all of my obsessions--heck, three hours probably wouldn't even cover my obsessions by THE BEATLES, THE RAMONES, THE FLASHCUBES, THE MONKEES, THE KINKS and THE DAVE CLARK FIVE, let alone leave enough time for, say, "Blame It On The Bossa Nova" by EYDIE GORME or "I Hate Rock 'n' Roll" by COCKEYED GHOST.  But I came up with a representative sampling, and even gave a hint of a few tracks I couldn't include by slappin' together a five-minute 50 YEARS OF CARL medley to kick off the week's final set.  And anyway, each week on TIRnRR presents another opportunity for Dana and me to wallow in our respective pop obsessions, to play again and again all the tracks that went into the making of this week's show and all the ones that didn't.

Okay.  Maybe not KANSAS or FRANKIE YANKOVIC.  Or maybe...!

A million thanks once again to everyone for the birthday greetings and best wishes.  Hitting 50 may mean I'm, like, a third of the way through my life by now, but I assure you that I am never, ever gonna grow up. 

TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS go to Syracuse Community Radio, 826 Euclid Avenue, Syracuse, NY  13210.  Please let us know if you need to be deleted from our weekly greetings.  NEXT WEEK:  Dana gets to play some stuff, too!  And our featured act will be KELLEY RYAN, including tracks from her new album TWIST and a lot of her older work, which she released under the nom du bop ASTROPUPPEES.  And 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 # 515:  50 YEARS OF CARL!  1/17/10

CARRIE UNDERWOOD:  "Some Hearts" (Arista, Some Hearts)




THE RAMONES:  "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" (Rhino, Rocket To Russia)
SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES:  "Tears Of A Clown" (Motown, VA:  Hitsville USA)
THE DAVE CLARK FIVE:  "Catch Us If You Can" (Hollywood, History Of The Dave Clark Five)
GENE PITNEY:  "Twenty-Four Hours From Tulsa" (One Way, Ultimate Anthology)
THE MUFFS:  "Saying Goodbye" (Warner Brothers, The Muffs)
THE RARE BREED:  "Beg, Borrow & Steal" (Rhino, VA:  Nuggets)
THE BAT BOYS:  "The Batman Theme" (Design, Batman Theme)
THE FLAMIN' GROOVIES:  "First Plane Home" (Rhino, At Full Speed)
THE RASPBERRIES:  "I Wanna Be With You" (RPM, Power Pop Volume One)
THE RUBINOOS:  "Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Castle, Anthology)
THE FLASHCUBES:  "No Promise" (Northside, Bright Lights)
KISS:  "Calling Dr. Love" (Mercury, Rock And Roll Over)
THE MONKEES:  "Love Is Only Sleeping" (Rhino, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones. Ltd.)
THE VENTURES:  "Walk--Don't Run" (Capitol, Walk--Don't Run)
THE KINKS:  "Lola" (Reprise, The Kink Kronikles)
THE REAL KIDS:  "Now You Know" (Bomp!, VA:  Experiments In Destiny)
HOLE:  "Heaven Tonight" (DGC, Celebrity Skin)
LESLEY GORE:  "California Nights" (Mercury, It's My Party)
MANNIX:  "Highway Lines" (www.mannixrock.com, Come To California)
THE FLIRTATIONS:  "Nothing But A Heartache" (Rhino, VA:  Beg, Scream & Shout!)
PERCY FAITH:  "Little Bells And Big Bells" (Columbia, Passport To Romance)
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS:  "Wouldn't You Like It" (Bell, Wouldn't You Like It)
THE KNICKERBOCKERS:  "Lies" (Big Beat, A Rave Up With…The Knickerbockers)
THE HOLLIES:  "Stop, Stop, Stop" (EMI, 30th Anniversary Collection)
STIV BATORS:  "It's Cold Outside" (Bomp!, L.A. Confidential)
THE BEAU BRUMMELS:  "Laugh, Laugh" (Sundazed, Introducing The Beau Brummels)
THE HOODOO GURUS:  "Bittersweet" (Bigtime, Mars Needs Guitars!)
AL HIRT:  "The Green Hornet" (RCA, The Horn Meets "The Hornet")
BADFINGER:  "Baby Blue" (Apple, Straight Up)
THE ROYAL GUARDSMEN:  "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron" (One Way, Anthology)
TELEVISION:  "Elevation" (Elektra, Marquee Moon)
EYDIE GORME:  "Blame It On The Bossa Nova" (GI Music, Blame It On The Bossa Nova)
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS:  "Kicks" (Sundazed, Midnight Ride)
THE NUTLEY BRASS:  "I Wanna Be Sedated" (Sanctuary, The Ramones Songbook)
THE SEX PISTOLS:  "God Save The Queen" (Virgin, Kiss This)
THE TEARJERKERS:  "Syracuse Summer" (Sunray 45)
TODD RUNDGREN:  "Couldn't I Just Tell You" (Rhino, Something/Anything?)
THE DRIFTERS:  "Sweets For My Sweet" (Atlantic, All-Time Greatest Hits And More)
TRANSLATOR:  "Everywhere That I'm Not" (415/Legacy, Everywhere That We Were)
NEIL DIAMOND:  "Solitary Man" (Columbia, Classics:  The Early Years)
HOT BUTTER:  "Popcorn" (Delta Music Group, VA:  Jeans On)
THE BEATLES:  "Thank You, Girl" (Capitol, The Beatles' Second Album)
BIG STAR:  "September Gurls" (Ardent, # 1 Record/Radio City)
ANNY CELSI:  "Empty Hangers" (Ragazza, Little Black Dress And Other Stories)
THE FLESHTONES:  "American Beat '84" (IRS, 12" single)
COCKEYED GHOST:  "I Hate Rock 'n' Roll" (Big Deal, The Scapegoat Factory)
DANA & CARL:  "East Side Story?!" (unreleased)
JAY & THE AMERICANS:  "Only In America" (Rhino, Greatest Hits)
THE GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA:  "Moonlight Serenade" (Sounds Of Yesteryear, All-Time Greatest Hits)
THE KINKS:  "Waterloo Sunset" (Essential, Something Else By The Kinks)
MARY LOU LORD:  "Aim Low" (Kill Rock Stars, Mary Lou Lord/Sean Na Na)
THE ROLLING STONES:  "Shattered" (Rolling Stone, Some Girls)
THE VOGUES:  "Five O'Clock World" (Rhino, Greatest Hits)
ALICE COOPER:  "School's Out" (Rhino, Mascara & Monsters)
THE BARRACUDAS:  "His Last Summer" (Voxx, Drop Out With The Barracudas)
JOHN WILLIAMS:  "Main Theme (From Superman)" (Silva America, The Music Of John Williams)
VARIOUS:  50 Years Of Carl Medley:
     THE BEATLES:  "A Day In The Life"
     LL COOL J:  "Mama Said Knock You Out"
     KANSAS:  "Carry On Wayward Son"
     THE ROMANTICS:  "What I Like About You"
     FRANKIE YANKOVIC:  "Who Stole The Keeshka?"
     R. DEAN TAYLOR:  "Indiana Wants Me"
     STYX:  "Kiss Your Ass Goodbye"
     THE FLASHCUBES:  "She's Leaving"
     THE CATHOLIC GIRLS:  "Should Have Been Mine"
     HERMAN'S HERMITS:  "A Must To Avoid"
     THE KINKS:  "You Really Got Me"
     THE KINKS:  "All Day And All Of The Night"
     THE MONKEES:  "Pleasant Valley Sunday"
     THE CASTAWAYS:  "Liar, Liar"
     CHUCK BERRY:  "Johnny B. Goode"
     THE GO-GO'S:  "We Got The Beat"
     THE FOUR TOPS:  "It's The Same Old Song"
     THE RAMONES:  "Blitzkrieg Bop"
     THE BAY CITY ROLLERS:  "Rock And Roll Love Letter"
     THE MONKEES:  "The Porpoise Song"
     THE BEATLES:  "The End"
     THE MONKEES:  "Gravy"
THE FLASHCUBES:  "Carl (You Da Man)" (JAM, VA:  This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 1)
THE ANIMALS:  "It's My Life" (BR Music, The Story Of The Animals)
SCREEN TEST:  "Nothing Really Matters When You're Young" (Air Mail, Inspired Humans Making Noise)
WILSON PICKETT:  "In The Midnight Hour" (Rhino, A Man And A Half)
JOHNNY NASH:  "I Can See Clearly Now" (Rhino, VA:  Can You Dig It?)
BEAUTY SCENE OUTLAWS: "Carl Cafarelli" (JAM, VA:  This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 2)
DANA & CARL [with DAVE MURRAY]:  "The Ballad Of Jah Clampett" (JAM, VA:  This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 1)
THE RAMONES:  "I Don't Want To Grow Up" (Radioactive, Adios Amigos!)
THE T-BONES:  "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)" (BGO, No Matter What Shape [Your Stomach's In]/Sippin' 'N Chippin')