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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, June 20, 2016

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 831

New MourningWhipped Cream & Other Delights

Welcome back once again to another exercise in The Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin' Planet!  This week's invigmoratin' edition of This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl proudly presented brand-new music from The Jeremy Band, Ken Sharp, The Pondhawks, and The Forresters, and we gave each that always-coveted TIRnRR Seal O' Approval.  And then we surrounded all of 'em with more (otherwise) peerless pop, and we saw that it was good.  It's what we do!

NEXT WEEK:  The long-awaited return of The Meghan & Dana Show, as my daughter will once again match wits and records with my able co-host.  IN TWO WEEKS:  Well...! We may pre-record a show, or we may just leave you hangin', friends.  But either way, we ain't here.  Where will we be?  We'll be at...

...BRIGHT LIGHTS! The Syracuse New Wave Rock 'n' Roll Reunion takes place Sunday, July 3rd at Funk N' Waffles at 307-313 South Clinton Street in Syracuse.  Show starts promptly at 7 pm, with Maura & the Bright Lights, Tom Kenny, The Flashcubes, The Trend, The Dead Ducks, Screen Test, and a tribute to the late Norm Mattice, performed by The Richards.  Details of this irresistible event can be found here:  http://carlcafarelli.blogspot.com/2016/06/bright-lights-press-release.html  And $12 advance-sale tickets can be had at https://funknwaffles.ticketfly.com/event/1195607-bright-lights-syracuse-new-syracuse/  Your hosts are Dana & Carl, and we hope you'll join us! But for 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 (almost) every Sunday night from 9 to Midnight Eastern, exclusively at www.westcottradio.org

TIRnRR # 831:  6/19/16

THE RAMONES:  Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
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THE JEREMY BAND:  Love Is Everywhere (JAM, Hit You With A Flower)
THE YARDBIRDS:  Over Under Sideways Down (Airline, Roger The Engineer)
ARS NOVA:  General Clover Ends A War (Rhino, Ars Nova)
THE MONKEES:  Me & Magdalena (Rhino, Good Times!)
THE MONKEES:  Daddy's Song (Rhino, Music Box)
THE BEACH BOYS:  Good Vibrations (Capitol, Good Vibrations)
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KEN SHARP:  Let's Be Friends (616406, New Mourning)
WARREN ZEVON:  Werewolves Of London (Rhino, Genius)
SWAG:  Lone (Yep Roc, Catch-All)
THE SINCEROS:  Take Me To Your Leader (Cherry Red, The Sound Of Sunbathing)
CHEAP TRICK:  No Direction Home (Big Machine, Bang Zoom Crazy...Hello)
NICK LOWE:  Cruel To Be Kind (Yep Roc, Quiet Please...)
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THE FORRESTERS:  On My Way (n/a, The Forresters)
THE CURE:  Boys Don't Cry (Rhino, Three Imaginary Boys)
THE DRIFTERS:  On Broadway (Atlantic, All-Time Greatest Hits & More)
WALTER LURE & THE RAMONES:  Street Fighting Man (Jungle, JOHNNY THUNDERS & THE HEARTBREAKERS:  Down To Kill)
SCREEN TEST:  Not Today (unreleased)
THE ZOMBIES:  She's Not There (Varese Vintage, The BBC Radio Sessions)
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TOMMY GUNN:  Bye Bye Bye (Formula Free, Alien Moon)
THE FLASHCUBES:  It's You Tonight (Northside, Bright Lights)
JONI MITCHELL:  Free Man In Paris (Reprise, Hits)
PAUL McCARTNEY:  Maybe I'm Amazed (Apple, McCartney)
HANNAH CRANNA:  Paul McCartney And Wings (Big Deal, Hannah Cranna)
THE BEATLES:  Eight Days A Week [false start]/Eight Days A Week (Apple, Anthology 1)
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THE WONDERS:  That Thing You Do! (Play-Tone, VA:  That Thing You Do! OST)
THE HOLLIES:  Look Through Any Window (EMI, Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years)
IAN HUNTER:  Cleveland Rocks (Chrysalis, Shades Of Ian Hunter)
DAVID BOWIE:  Queen Bitch (Virgin, Bowie At The Beeb)
THE BONGOS:  Space Jungle (Razor & Tie, Numbers With Wings/Beat Hotel)
ROCKPILE:  Heart (Columbia, Seconds Of Pleasure)
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THE PONDHAWKS:  Blue Light (Riverpool, Blue Light)
G.C. CAMERON:  Act Like A Shotgun (Light In The Attic, VA;  Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love)
THE EVERLY BROTHERS:  Love Hurts (Warner Brothers, Walk Right Back)
THE MARVELETTES:  Too Many Fish In The Sea (Motown, The Best Of The Marvelettes)
TAMMY & THE LORDS OF MISRULE:  Camellia Chameleon (Her Highness Porcupinus, King Maker)
THE GO-GO'S:  Head Over Heels (IRS, Return To The Valley Of The Go-Go's)
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ARVIDSON & BUTTERFLIES:  Part Of The Past (Kool Kat Musik, Arvidson & Butterflies)
CLOCKWORK FLOWERS:  A Little Respect (Clockwork Flowers, Colours Vol. 2:  Blue)
THE MONKEES:  You Bring The Summer (Rhino, Good Times!)
MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS:  (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave (Motown, The Best Of Martha Reeves & The Vandellas)
RAY PAUL:  Pretty Flamingo (Permanent Press, Whimsicality)
THE LEFT BANKE:  Pretty Ballerina (Mercury, There's Gonna Be A Storm)
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THE RICHARDS:  Who Would've Thought (Northside, Over The Top)
THE SMALL FACES:  Son Of A Baker (Immediate, Ogden's Nut Gone Flake)
THE MONKEES:  Birth Of An Accidental Hipster (Rhino, Good Times!)
THE KINKS:  I'll Remember (Essential, Face To Face)
1.4.5.:  Your Own World (Beautiful Sounds, Rhythm N' Booze)
THE PRETENDERS:  Stop Your Sobbing (Sire, The Singles)
THE MONKEES:  Love's What I Want (Rhino, Good Times! [Japanese release])
THE MONKEES:  Me & Magdalena [Version 2] (Rhino, Good Times! [digital release])
HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS:  A Taste Of Honey (Shout Factory, Whipped Cream & Other Delights)