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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, July 25, 2016


Although webcast woes scuttled this week's presumably-exciting edition of This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl, I wanted to still hit you with a playlist here.  But rather than imagine what we might have played (if we'd played), let's look at an entirely fake TIRnRR playlist instead.  This is a modified version of a fake playlist we posted on Facebook last year, spotlighting the music of The Daisy Bang, a band that has never played, recorded, performed, or existed.  The Daisy Bang's fictional history was created by writer David Smay for the book Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth; in addition to the Daisy Bang tracks, I've adjusted the original fake playlist to feature only fictional tracks, tweaked it just a bit, and have otherwise left everything the same as it was(n't) on July 5th of last year. Rock on, for those who didn't!

Listen:  it's been a loooong time since This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio missed a show, a remarkable achievement for the notoriously glitch-prone Westcott Radio media empire.  So it ain't a total loss, I'll post an imaginary playlist for a TIRnRR episode that never was and never will be.  A fictional playlist merits a fictional Featured Artist, so enjoy this show dedicated in part to the music of THE DAISY BANG!  And this is not 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 (HA!) Sunday night from 9 to Midnight Eastern, exclusively at .www.westcottradio.org.  WE'LL BE BACK NEXT WEEK!

TIRnRR # nosuchthing  7/5/15  (And thanks to David Smay for The Daisy Bang!)

RIFF RANDALL & THE PAJAMA SOULS: "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" (Sire, Rock 'n' Roll Finishing School)
THE DAISY BANG:  "Shake You Out" (Bell, Daisy Bang Days)
SCOOTER & THE BANSHEES:  "Happy, Hilarious, Hep!" (DC, Swing With Scooter)
THE REDCOATS:  "Tell Laura I Love Her" (Alan Brady Records, Escape To New Rochelle)
THE MYNAH BIRDS:  "Mr. Soul" (Motown, single)
BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD:  "For Pete's Sake" (Atco, More Of The Buffalo Springfield)
THE ISLEY BROTHERS:  "No Time To Lose" (Wand, The Isley Brothers Sing The Tottenham Sound!)
THE KINKS:  "Hello I Love You" (Reprise, Upside Of The Moneygoround)
IGGY & THE SHANGRI-LAS:  "Give Us Your Blessing" (Red Bird, Remember [Writhing In The Sand])
THE DAISY BANG:  "Dale Arden Blues" (n/a, The Daisy Bang Story)
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS:  "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" (Arista, Rollers Leave Home)
RELEASE:  "Easy Rider" (Columbia, VA:  Easy Rider, Volume 2)
THE BEATLES:  "Carnival Of Light [excerpt]" (unreleased)
THE DAISY BANG:  "Dub Master 2" (n/a, The Daisy Bang Story)
THE OLIVER TWISTS: "Ain't Bought It" (Eden, Summer Knights)
THE PUNK FLOYD:  "Gob Only Knows" (Banana, Never Mind The Rutles)
THE CHANTRELLINES:  "T.B. Sheets" (Play-Tone, That Thing We Did)
THE MONKEES:  "Sugar, Sugar" (RCA Victor [Canada], single)
ROD STEWART:  "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy (I Got Love In My Tummy)" (Atlantic, Urban Legend)
THE SEX PISTOLS:  "Sod In Heaven" (Virgin, You Lot Will Fall For Anything!)
WILSON PICKETT:  "Winchester Cathedral" (Atlantic, New Vaudeville Soul)
THE DAISY BANG:  "Harmony Cathedral" (n/a, The Daisy Bang Story)
THE LEWIS & CLARK EXPEDITION:  "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?" (Ace, VA:  You Heard It Here First!, Volume 3)
THE FLASHCUBES:  "Chainsaw Love" (Northside, Carl [You Da Man])
THE RAMONES:  "Saturday Night" (Sire, Rocket To Rollers)
THE DAISY BANG:  "Dappled Down Darling [Black Beauty demo]" (n/a, The Daisy Bang Story)
RAW SEWAGE:  "Crowbar Massage" (Travesty, This Is Raw Sewage)
CROWBAR MASSAGE:  "Raw Sewage" (Travesty, The Crowbar Message)
KEITH METHEDRINE: "I Like Flowers, Rainbows & Puppies" (Travesty, VA:  Death Jam '80) 
PLASTIC BONO BAND:  "Ode To Ipana" (Apple, John, Yoko, Sonny, Cher)
LEATHER TUSCADARO:  "Potsie Blues" (Cunningham, Meet Me At Al's)
THE MADHOUSE GLADS:  "Bang Shang-A-Lang" (Calendar, single)
THE MONKEES:  "Her Name Is Love" (Colgems, The Monkees Present Micky, David, Michael & Peter)
THE DAISY BANG:  "Daisy Bang Day" (Bell, Daisy Bang Days)
THE BEATLES:  "A Talent For Loving" (Capitol, A Talent For Loving OST)
THE ROLLING STONES:  "Only Lovers Left Alive" (Abkco, Only Lovers Left Alive OST)
DONNY & MARIE:  "Je T'Aime (Moi Non Plus)" (Curb, Sibling Revelry)
THE DAISY BANG:  "Race You To The Moon" (Bell, Daisy Bang Days)
ELVIS PRESLEY & THE MORELLS:  "Red's" (RCA, Shake & Push & Shimmy & Twitch)
THE MASKED MAURAUDERS:  "Jumping Tom Thumb's Bathroom Window" (unreleased)
THE MOSQUITOES:  "He's A Loser" (Sherwood, The Mosquitoes Live At Carnegie Hall)
THE HEARDSMEN:  "Alone In My Room With My Principles" (Play-Tone, Not Engaged)
THE DAISY BANG:  "Pure Imagination" (Bell, Daisy Bang Days)
THE MANIAKS:  "Silver's Song" (DC, Showcase)
THE DAISY BANG:  "Open The Pod Bay Door Hal" (n/a, The Daisy Bang Story)
THE BEACH BOYS:  "Cease To Exist" (Capitol, Charlie's Mansion)
THE DAISY BANG [with CURT BOETTCHER]:  "Cease To Exist" (n/a, The Daisy Bang Story)
THE ARCHIES:  "I Need Something Stronger Than A Chock'lit Malt" (Kirshner, single)
THE DAISY BANG:  "Bang Saturn!  Yeah!" (Bell, single)
THE BEATLES:  "Please Please Me [slow version]" (Apple, Anthology Zero)
THE DAISY BANG:  "My Treat [Black Beauty demo]" (n/a, The Daisy Bang Story)
P.J. HARVEY:  "Deathray" (n/a, 4-Track Demos)
THE DAISY BANG:  "Dub Master Done" (n/a, The Daisy Bang Story)

(Okay--curious about The Daisy Bang?  Find a copy of the book Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth and read all about 'em.  This has been a public service courtesy of THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO.)