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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, June 6, 2016

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 829

When I was a college student in the late '70s, Cheap Trick seemed to be the only rock 'n' roll band that just about everyone liked, and for all the right reasons.  Cheap Trick put on a greatest-hits show in Syracuse on Saturday night, a live show uniting the sometimes disparate tastes of my wife, my daughter, and me, and prompting all of us to respond with raised fists and raised voices, "We're all all right, we're all all right, we're all all right!" Cheap Trick was originally planned as our Featured Artist on this week's TIRnRR, but dem ole debbil gremlins said otherwise (and also scotched plans for new music from Laurie Biagini, and new music from Stepford Knives and Jamie Hoover).  Damn gremlins. Nonetheless, the evidence below proves that Dana was still able to slap together another fine example of The Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin' Planet. 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 # 829:  6/5/16

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (End Of The Century)
CHEAP TRICK: I Want You To Want Me (Epic, Cheap Trick At Budokan)
RINGO STARR: It Don’t Come Easy (Capitol, A Blast From Your Past)
CHEAP TRICK: Surrender (Epic, Heaven Tonight)
RINGO STARR: I'm The Greatest (Capitol, A Blast From Your Past)
CHEAP TRICK: Dream Police (Epic, Dream Police)
RINGO STARR: Photograph (Capitol, A Blast From Your Past)
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: I’m Waiting For The Man (Polydor, Peel Slowly And See)
DAVID BOWIE: The Jean Genie (Rykodisc, Sound + Vision)
THE SOFT BOYS: I Wanna Destroy You (Matador, Underwater Moonlight)
THE CARS: My Best Friend's Girl (Rhino, The Cars)
SOFT CELL: Tainted Love (Mercury, The Very Best Of Soft Cell)
THE SMITHS: How Soon Is Now? (Rhino, The Sound Of The Smiths)
THE MONKEES: Me & Magdalena (Rhino, Good Times!)
THE BEVIS FROND: Lights Are Changing (Rhino, VA: Children Of Nuggets)
LOVE: My Little Red Book (Rhino, Love Story)
THE BOX TOPS: I See Only Sunshine (Raven, The Original Albums 1967-1969)
THE BANGLES: Hero Takes A Fall (Columbia, All Over The Place)
THE MONKEES: Me & Magdalena [Version 2] (Rhino, Good Times! [digital album])
RONNIE SPECTOR: I’d Much Rather Be With The Girls (Savoy, English Heart)
THE SHANGRI-LAS: Great Big Kiss (Mercury, The Best Of The Shangri-Las)
THE LA'S: There She Goes (Rhino, VA: Children Of Nuggets)
THE RAMONES: Rockaway Beach (Rhino, Rocket To Russia)
THE KINKS: Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy (Sony, The Essential Kinks)
THE ROLLING STONES: Not Fade Away (Abkco, The Rolling Stones)
RINGO STARR: Oh My My (Capitol, A Blast From Your Past)
THE SMALL FACES [with P.P. Arnold]: If You Think You’re Groovy (Sequel, The Darlings Of Wapping Wharf Launderette)
WILSON PICKETT: Hey Jude (Rhino, A Man And A Half)
THE FACES: Cindy Incidentally (Rhino, Stay With Me)
R.E.M.: I Believe (IRS, And I Feel Fine...)
THE 101'ERS: Keys To Your Heart (Ace, VA: The Chiswick Story)
CLOCKWORK FLOWERS: A Little Respect (Clockwork Flowers, Colours Vol.2: Blue)
THE STRANGLERS: 96 Tears (Parlophone, Peaches)
WARREN ZEVON: A Certain Girl (Rhino, Genius)
THE HOLLIES: Bus Stop (EMI, Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years)
TODD RUNDGREN: I Saw The Light (Rhino, Something/Anything?)
CLOCKWORK FLOWERS: Voice (Clockwork Flowers, Colours Vol. 1: Red)
TRACEY ULLMAN: Breakaway (Rhino, You Broke My Heart In 17 Places)
THE UNDERTONES: Teenage Kicks (Rykodisc, The Undertones)
THE MUFFS: Rock And Roll Girl (Sympathy For The Record Industry, Hamburger)
PSYCHEDELIC FURS: Pretty In Pink (Sony, Should God Forget)
THE RUBINOOS: I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Castle, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About The Rubinoos)
BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY: Girl Of My Dreams (Polydor, Strange Man Changed Man)
THE NERVES: Hanging On The Telephone (Alive, One Way Ticket)
THE BEAT: Walking Out On Love (Wagon Wheel, The Beat)
THE DIODES: Tired Of Waking Up Tired (Sony, Waking Up Tired)
THE ROMANTICS: What I Like About You (Nemperor, The Romantics)
LYRES: Help You Ann (Matador, On Fyre)
THE CANADIAN BRASS: All You Need Is Love (RCA, All You Need Is Love)