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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 11, 2016

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 834

Dana, Tom Kenny, Carl. 
Listen, man:  we're still exhausted from all the rockin' and rollin' we did LAST week!  Between this little mutant radio show and our duties as the hosts of the amazing BRIGHT LIGHTS! The Syracuse New Wave Rock 'n' Roll Reunion live show last weekend, we've paid our dues!  And you still want MORE...?!

Okay.  Fair enough.  Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin' Planet?  You got it, boss.  We aims t'please!  Dana even threw in some raw live cuts from the BRIGHT LIGHTS! show itself, and we opened with the BRAND-NEW SINGLE from Syracuse's own power pop powerhouse, The Flashcubes!

Hey!  What about NEXT WEEK?  Well, let's have our Guest Programmer David Murray 'splain:

"I'll keep this short because I know your time is valuable; those 'cats eating ice cream' videos (https://youtu.be/ur0tiWJcbvE) aren't gonna watch themselves. It's time once again for my shot at living up to the gaudy rep of "the best three hours of radio on the whole friggin' planet." I am hosting the world-renowned This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana and Carlhttp://www.westcottradio.org/ ) from 9 to Midnight Eastern, Sunday, July 17th, my personal birthday.

But just not any personal birthday-I am turning....SIXTY! SIXTY, he said, repeating himself for emphasis. You could've gotten a JILLION to one odds against that happening when I was 8, or 18, or certainly 48. Cats may have nine lives, but I just might have doubled that.

But here I am, just blowing up the actuarial tables and making Blue Cross wish they had hired that hit man to take me out years ago. And I can't think of a better way to celebrate than by inflicting my musical tastes on you and others unfortunate enough to be on my email list.

So tune in and hear a heady mixture of rock and rock-like music, some of which you know, much of which you don't, and even some I myself don't know. 

Remember, you can't hear us on the radio-turn your internet dial to http://www.westcottradio.org/ every Sunday from 9-midnight, but especially next Sunday, July 17th. My personal 60th birthday."

We'll be there!  You should probably oughtta, too.  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 every Sunday night from 9 to Midnight Eastern, exclusively at www.westcottradio.org

TIRnRR # 834:  7/10/16

THE RAMONES:  Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
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THE FLASHCUBES:  Boogie City (Northside, single)
CHEAP TRICK:  Surrender (Epic, Heaven Tonight)
SUGAR:  If I Can't Change Your Mind (Rykodisc, Copper Blue)
MAURA & THE BRIGHT LIGHTS:  Syracuse Summer [live BRIGHT LIGHTS! rehearsal]
THE SPONGETONES:  Anna (Triapore, Where-Ever-Land)
RAY PAUL:  Pretty Flamingo (Permanent Press, Whimsicality)
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THE MONKEES:  Birth Of An Accidental Hipster (Rhino, Good Times!)
DAVID BOWIE:  I'm Afraid Of Americans [V1 radio edit]  (Columbia, Nothing Has Changed)
BADFINGER:  We're For The Dark (Apple, No Dice)
THE DEAD DUCKS:  Ready, Steady, Go [live at BRIGHT LIGHTS!]
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY:  Time Will Tell (Damaged Goods, Truly She Is None Other)
THE UNDERTONES:  Jump Boys (Castle, The Undertones)
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THE SMITHEREENS:  Sorry (Entertainment One, Smithereens 2011)
SWEET:  Action (Capitol, The Best Of Sweet)
JOAN JETT:  Doing Alright With The Boys (Blackheart, Bad Reputation)
MAURA & THE BRIGHT LIGHTS:  Chain Letter [live at BRIGHT LIGHTS!]
THE FLASHCUBES:  No Promise (Northside, Bright Lights)
THE BANGLES:  Want You (Omnivore, Ladies And Gentlemen...The Bangles!)
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CHEAP TRICK:  No Direction Home ( Big Machine, Bang Zoom Crazy...Hello)
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS:  (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding (Rykodisc, Armed Forces)
THE GRASS ROOTS:  Midnight Confessions (Rhino, Anthology 1965-1975)
SCREEN TEST:  Sound Of The Radio [live at BRIGHT LIGHTS!]
ANNY CELSI:  Sank Without A Bubble (Ragazza, January)
LUCINDA WILLIAMS:  Real Love (Universal, Little Honey)
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KISS:  Calling Dr. Love (Mercury, Rock And Roll Over)
THE YARDBIRDS:  Over Under Sideways Down (Rhino, Ultimate!)
THE SEX PISTOLS:  Pretty Vacant (Virgin, Kiss This)
TOM KENNY:  Whatcha Gonna Do About It [live at BRIGHT LIGHTS!]
THE TREND:  Band Aid (Hate, Batman Live At Budokan)
THE POPTARTS:  I Won't Let You Let Me Go (PlumTone, Fresh...Out Of The Toaster)
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THE RICHARDS:  My Way Or The Highway (Northside, Over The Top)
THE ENGLISH BEAT:  Mirror In The Bathroom (IRS, What Is Beat?)
THE RICHARDS:  Five Personalities (Kool Kat Musik, VA:  This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 3)
THE DEAD DUCKS:  The Seeker [live at BRIGHT LIGHTS!]
1.4.5.:  Hippy Hippy Shake (Beautiful Sounds, Rhythm n' Booze)
THE PRETENDERS:  Stop Your Sobbing (Sire, The Singles)
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THE MONKEES:  Love's What I Want (Rhino, Good Times! [Japanese release])
KRAFTWERK:  The Model (Kling Klang, The Man-Machine)
SQUEEZE:  Only 15 (Love, Cradle To The Grave)
RINGO STARR:  Photograph (Mercury, VH1 Storytellers)
THE SPINNERS:  I'll Be Around (Rhino, The Very Best Of The Spinners)
LAURA NYRO:  Luckie (Columbia, Eli And The Thirteenth Confession)
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THE FLASHCUBES:  When We Close Our Eyes (Northside, Brilliant)
MATTHEW SWEET:  Girlfriend (Sony, Playlist)
BUDDY LOVE & THE TEARJERKERS:  I'm In Love With A Different Girl Every Day (unreleased)
BIG STAR:  Try Again (Ardent, # 1 Record/Radio City)
DRESS CODE:  Something's Really Wrong (Semaphore, Alone In The Crowd)
THE RICHARDS:  Surrender [live at BRIGHT LIGHTS!]
1.4.5.:  Your Own World (Beautiful Sounds, Rhythm n' Booze)
TOM KENNY:  Do Anything You Wanna Do [live at BRIGHT LIGHTS!]
THE CHANDELLES:  El Gato (Ace, VA:  The Birth Of Surf)