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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.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

House Music For BRIGHT LIGHTS!



BRIGHT LIGHTS! The Syracuse New Wave Rock 'n' Roll Reunion took place on Sunday, July 3rd, with incendiary live sets from Tom Kenny, The Flashcubes, Screen Test, The Trend, The Dead Ducks, Maura & the Bright Lights, and a tribute to Norm Mattice performed by The Richards, all hosted by Dana & Carl.  In the very near future, I hope to gather my thoughts and tell you all about what a wonderful night it was.  In the mean time, here's the house music we listened to before and in between all that transcendent live rock 'n' roll.

THE JAM:  The Modern World
THE KINKS:  All Day And All Of The Night
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS:  Wouldn't You Like It
EDDIE & THE HOT RODS:  Get Out Of Denver
NEW MATH:  Die Trying
THE CLASH:  London's Burning
CHRIS SPEDDING & THE VIBRATORS:  Pogo Dancing
THE SAINTS:  (I'm) Stranded
THE FLASHCUBES:  Firebarn ad
THE HIT SQUAD:  Best Of Me
CHEAP TRICK:  Surrender
THE RUNAWAYS:  Cherry Bomb
THE RAMONES:  Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
THE SEX PISTOLS:  God Save The Queen
THE POLICE:  Roxanne
THE FLASHCUBES:  Loft ad/95X radio chatter
THE MOST:  Take A Chance
THE POPTARTS: I Won't Let You Let Me Go
THE UNSOUND:  For Special Services
THE OHMS:  License To Kill
DRESS CODE:  Alcoholic
DRESS CODE:  I Knew
THE PENETRATORS:  Teenage Lifestyle
THE NATIVES:  Tell Me A Story
PETULA CLARK:  Downtown
THE ROMANTICS:  Little White Lies
THE PLIMSOULS:  A Million Miles Away
THE FLASHCUBES:  Joe Jackson ad
JOE JACKSON: One More Time
GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR:  Pourin' It All Out
1.4.5.:  She Couldn't Say No
THE HEARTBREAKERS:  Born To Lose
999:  Let's Face It
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS: No Action
ARTFUL DODGER:  Think Think
THE LAUGHING DOGS:  Get 'Im Outa Town
THE NEW YORK DOLLS:  Personality Crisis
THE DICTATORS:  (I Live For) Cars And Girls
SCREAMS:  Imagine Me Without You
THE DICKIES:  Banana Splits
RICH KIDS:  Rich Kids
THE PRETENDERS:  The Wait
PORCELAIN FOREHEAD:  Everything But
DAVID BOWIE:  Suffragette City
THE MODERN LOVERS:  Roadrunner
BLONDIE:  X Offender
GENERATION X:  Ready, Steady, Go
THE WHO:  I Can't Explain
THE PLEASERS:  The Kids Are Alright
THE FAST:  Kids Just Wanna Dance '77
THE RUBINOOS:  Rock 'n' Roll Is Dead
THE DWIGHT TWILLEY BAND:  I'm On Fire
THE RASPBERRIES:  Go All The Way
THE FLAMIN' GROOVIES:  Shake Some Action
THE REPLACEMENTS:  Alex Chilton
BIG STAR:  September Gurls
THE BEAT:  Rock N Roll Girl
ALICE COOPER:  School's Out
THE PATTI SMITH GROUP:  Because The Night
PENETRATION:  Don't Dictate
THE GO-GO'S:  We Got The Beat
DEVO:  Uncontrollable Urge
THE RECORDS:  Starry Eyes
20/20:  Yellow Pills
THE BEATLES:  Thank You, Girl
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS:  Just Like Me
ROCKPILE:  Teacher Teacher
DAVE EDMUNDS:  Girls Talk
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND:  I'm Waiting For The Man
TALKING HEADS:  Life During Wartime
IGGY & THE STOOGES:  Search And Destroy
SHOES:  Tomorrow Night
PIPER:  Who's Your Boyfriend?
PRINCE:  When You Were Mine
HUSKER DU:  Eight Miles High
STIV BATORS:  It's Cold Outside
THE CREATION:  Making Time
THE GORILLAS:  She's My Gal
THE MONKEES:  Birth Of an Accidental Hipster