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.
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TIRnRR # 515: 50 YEARS OF CARL! 1/17/10