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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 4, 2016

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 833



I am Spartacus.  Dana's Spartacus, too.

Last night, we were the hosts of BRIGHT LIGHTS! The Syracuse New Wave Rock 'n' Roll Reunion, an incredible night of live rock 'n' roll with Tom Kenny, The Flashcubes, The Trend, The Dead Ducks, Maura & the Bright Lights, and a tribute to Norm Mattice, performed by The Richards.  Even my usual supply of convenient superlatives fails me in trying to describe the sheer rush that's still buzzin' about my noggin this contented morning after the giddy night before.  I'll try to write something coherent--HA!  I say HA!!--about BRIGHT LIGHTS! within the next day or two; for now, suffice it to say that the show was an immense success, and I'm grateful to all who played, all who paid, and all who stayed.  The lights were bright in Syracuse last night.

But meanwhile, Dana and I still had a radio show to do!  Through the modern miracle of magic, we pre-recorded a show for the enjoyment of those poor souls who weren't in Syracuse last night, and I think we slapped together a pretty damned good trifle for all you outlanders.  This week's extravaganza served up the TIRnRR debut of Squeegee, a bit more of recent faves from The Well Wishers, Ken Sharp, Clockwork Flowers, and The Monkees (and it remains a pure thrill to refer to something as "a recent fave by The Monkees"), and a lot of transcendent-like brilliance from our Featured Act, The Bangles.  Chalk this one up as another fine example of The Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin' Planet.  In our role as Spartacus, we could no less.  This is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a brightly-lit Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl streams (sorta) live (almost) every Sunday night from 9 to Midnight Eastern, exclusively at www.westcottradio.org

TIRnRR # 833:  7/3/16

THE RAMONES:  Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
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THE BANGLES:  The Real World (Omnivore, Ladies and Gentlemen...The Bangles!)
THE NERVES:  Hanging On The Telephone (Alive, One Way Ticket)
KELLY'S HEELS:  Tell Me If It's Over (Popboomerang, Dig In!)
THE MUFFS:  Rock And Roll Girl (Sympathy For The Record Industry, Hamburger)
THE MONKEES:  Birth Of An Accidental Hipster (Rhino, Good Times!)
TELEVISION:  See No Evil (Elektra, Marquee Moon)
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SQUEEGEE:  Blue Day (https://www.reverbnation.com/squeegee)
BIG STAR:  In The Street (Big Beat, VA:  Thank You, Friends)
THE BANGLES:  September Gurls (Columbia, Different Light)
THE UNDERTONES:  Here Comes The Summer [original version] (Castle, The Undertones)
THE BANGLES:  The Rain Song (Down Kiddie!, Doll Revolution)
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS:  (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea (Rhino, The Very Best Of Elvis Costello)
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THE BANGLES:  I Got Nothing (Epic, VA:  The Goonies OST)
CHEAP TRICK:  Southern Girls [single version] (Epic, Authorized Greatest Hits)
A FRAGILE TOMORROW:  Kernersville (Piewillie, Be Nice Be Careful)
MATTHEW SWEET:  Evangelene (Volcano, Girlfriend)
THE HOODOO GURUS:  Good Times (Elektra, Blow Your Cool!)
THE CARS:  My Best Friend's Girl (Elektra, The Cars)
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THE WELL WISHERS:  Somebody Lied (thewellwishers.bandcamp.com, Comes And Goes)
SWEET:  Blockbuster (Capitol, The Best Of Sweet)
THE BANGLES:  Glitter Years (Columbia, Everything)
SWEET:  Little Willy (Capitol, The Best Of Sweet)
PRINCE:  I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (Warner Brothers, The Hits/The B-Sides)
SWEET:  The Ballroom Blitz (Capitol, The Best Of Sweet)
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THE BANGLES:  Anna Lee (Sweetheart Of The Sun) (Fontana, Sweetheart Of The Sun)
THE NERVES:  When You Find Out (Alive, One Way Ticket)
THE HOLLIES:  Jesus Was A Crossmaker (EMI, Romany)
NEIL YOUNG:  Heart Of Gold (Reprise, Harvest)
THE LAST:  You Won't Win (SST, Gin & Innuendoes)
THE ONLY ONES:  Another Girl, Another Planet (Rhino, VA:  DIY:  Teenage Kicks)
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KEN SHARP:  Let's Be Friends (616406, New Mourning)
CLOCKWORK FLOWERS:  A Little Respect (Clockwork Flowers, Colours Vol. 2:  Blue)
THE BANGLES:  What I Meant To Say (Sony, The Essential Bangles)
THE ENGLISH BEAT:  Save It For Later (IRS, What Is Beat?)
THE TEARJERKERS:  Syracuse Summer (Kool Kat Musik, VA:  This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 3)
THE TREND:  Peer Pressure (Hate, Batman Live At Budokan)
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THE BANGLES:  All About You (Columbia, All Over The Place)
THE MONKEES:  Me & Magdalena [Version 2] (Rhino, Good Times!)
BLUE ASH:  I Remember A Time (Collectors' Choice Music, No More, No Less)
THE KINKS:  Days (Sanctuary, The Ultimate Collection)
DRESS CODE:  Something's Really Wrong (Semaphore, Alone In A Crowd)
THE KINKS:  Better Things (Sanctuary, The Ultimate Collection)
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THE BANGS:  Call On Me (Omnivore, THE BANGLES:  Ladies and Gentlemen...The Bangles!)
THE BANGLES:  Going Down To Liverpool (Columbia, All Over The Place)
THE BANGLES:  Everything I Wanted (Columbia, Greatest Hits)
THE BANGLES:  Hazy Shade Of Winter (Columbia, Greatest Hits)
THE BANGLES:  Mixed Messages (Down Kiddie!, Doll Revolution)
THE BANGLES:  Manic Monday (Columbia, Different Light)
THE BANGLES:  Live (Columbia, All Over The Place)
THE BANGLES:  Hero Takes A Fall (Columbia, Greatest Hits)
THE BANGLES:  Lay Yourself Down (Fontana, Sweetheart Of The Sun)
THE BANGLES:  Want You (Omnivore, Ladies And Gentlemen...The Bangles!)
THE BANGLES:  Silent Treatment (Columbia, All Over The Place)
THE BANGLES:  Mary Street (Omnivore, Ladies And Gentlemen...The Bangles!)
THE BANGLES:  Walking Down Your Street (Columbia, Greatest Hits)
THE BANGLES:  How Is The Air Up There? (Omnivore, Ladies And Gentlemen...The Bangles!)
THE BANGS:  Bitchen Summer/Speedway (Omnivore, THE BANGLES: Ladies And Gentlemen...The Bangles!)