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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 18, 2016

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 835

This week, This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl wished a very happy 60th birthday to the world's first Dana & Carl fan, David Murray!  Our first fan?  Yeah, Dave's been with us since long before even TIRnRR itself, commencing with the very first Dana & Carl show--the pilot episode of We're Your Friends For Now on WNMA--waaaaaay back in January of 1992.  To celebrate, we let Dave come into the studio and take control. Dana was off on a pilgrimage to the Church Of Ramones in Queens (with a side trip to the Church Of Satchmo), but I managed to keep the levels steady and the board intact.  And Dave?  He managed to put together a hell of a show.  TESTIFY, brother!

Uh, Dave?  Dave?  That's your cue:

Greetings from THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO WITH DANA AND CARL guest host (and sexagenarian) DAVE MURRAY. Carl and Dana graciously allowed me to celebrate my 60th birthday by letting me take my turn behind the mic (and Dana promptly took a turn south to New York City, hoping that was far enough away.)

I picked the hits that were clicked to tick (wait, I think I have that wrong....or DO I?)

Anyway, I stayed true to TIR'N'RR'S eclectic tradition with a mix of old faves like THE FLASHCUBES, THE BEATLES and...CAKE (?) and mixed in THE MAVERICKS, HEARTLESS BASTARDS, and THE BODEANS, among others. I also screwed up at a couple of times but who's counting? Hopefully just me.

We got lots of comments (including, "what's with all the horn songs?") and I had myself a ball while Carl did his best Dr. Octopus impression trying to run the board, run the CD players, and run the Facebooky thing, while managing not to run from the studio, screaming.

Thanks again to Carl and Dana, thank you for reading (and listening) and I plan to be back for my 120th birthday and we can do it all again, except using robots. That is, unless our AI overlords prohibit it.

Thanks, Dave!  We'll phone you.

IMPORTANT REMINDER:  Spark Syracuse, the near-future FM radio home of Dana & Carl, is in dire need of a cash influx to achieve its lofty goal of being the present-day FM radio home of Dana & Carl.  It's been a while since we hit you all up for support, but starting last week, the time has come to whip out the ol' tin cup again.  Your TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION can help this and other fine Westcott Radio programs find a second home on Syracuse's terrestrial airwaves:  Spark! at WSPJ, 93.5 and 103.3 FM. We've measured the drapes.  Drapes cost money. Help?  http://sparksyracuse.org/support/.  You da MAN!  Or, you da MA'AM, as the case may be.  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 # 835:  Dave Murray's 60th Birthday Bash!  7/17/16

THE RAMONES:  Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
THE BEATLES:  I Feel Fine (Apple, 1)
ROOMFUL OF BLUES:  It's Later Than You Think (Antilles, Let's Have A Party)
SWEET:  Love Is Like Oxygen (Capitol, The Best Of Sweet)
THE FLASHCUBES:  Do Anything You Wanna Do (Northside, Brilliant)
DAVID RUFFIN:  I Want You Back (Motown, VA:  The Ultimate Collection: Motown Sings Motown Treasures)
ELVIS COSTELLO:  Miracle Man (Columbia, My Aim Is True)
TV THEMES:  Theme From "Jonny Quest" (Burning Girl, VA:  The Greatest Ever Cartoon Television Themes)
THE GRIP WEEDS:  Rainbow Quartz (Jem, How I Won The War)
THE MAVERICKS: All Night Long (Valory, Mono)
SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES:  Love On The Wrong Side Of Town (Epic, This Time It's For Real)
ANDREW GOLD:  Go Back Home Again(Rhino, What's Wrong With This Picture)
SCOTT McCARL:  In Love Without A Girl (Titan, Play On....)
THE REVELATIONS:  Why When Love Is Gone (Red River, The Cost Of Living)
RAY CHARLES:  Lonely Avenue (Atlantic, The Birth Of Soul, Volume 2)
JOHN HIATT:  Child Of The Wild Blue Yonder (A & M, Stolen Moments)
WET WILLIE:  Street Corner Serenade (BGO, Manorisms/Which One's Willie?)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN:  Night (Columbia, Born To Run)
CAKE:  Sick Of You (Upbeat, Showroom Of Compassion)
MAGNUS CARLSON & THE MOON RAY QUINTET:  From Now On (BBE, VA: Snowboy Presents New Vintage)
DARYL HALL:  Dreamtime (RCA, Three Hearts In The Happy Ending Machine)
MARSHALL CRENSHAW:  For Her Love (Warner Brothers, Field Day)
THE PENETRATORS:  Bad Woman (Slovenly, Bad Woman)
THE KINKS:  Who'll Be The Next In Line (Essential, Kinda Kinks)
THE DOVELLS:  You Can't Sit Down (Abkco, The Best Of The Dovells 1961-1965)
THE BODEANS:  Angels (Slash, Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams)
FRANK WILSON:  Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) (Motown, VA:  The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 5)
JEAN KNIGHT:  Mr. Big Stuff (Rhino, VA:  Can You Dig It?)
EVERCLEAR:  AM Radio (Capitol, Songs From An American Movie Vol. One: Learning How To Smile)
THE MOTORS:  You Beat The Hell Out Of Me (Virgin, Approved By The Motors)
THE DAVE CLARK FIVE:  Try Too Hard (Hollywood, The History Of The Dave Clark Five)
THE HOLLIES:  I Can't Let Go (EMI, Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years)
THE ANIMALS:  It's My Life (Abkco, Retrospective)
THE TURTLES:  Elenore (Sundazed, The Turtles Present The Battle Of The Bands)
GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR:  Heat Treatment (Mercury, Heat Treatment)
THE FLASHCUBES:  No Promise (Northside, Bright Lights)
JOHN HIATT:  Angel (A & M, Perfectly Good Guitar)
THE DAVE CLARK FIVE:  Any Way You Want It (Hollywood, The History Of The Dave Clark Five)
JOE JACKSON:  Throw It Away (A & M, Look Sharp!)
JOE JACKSON:  Baby Stick Around (A & M, Look Sharp!)
VAN MORRISON:  Real Real Gone (Polydor, The Best Of Van Morrison, Volume Two)
JUDY MOWATT:  Don't Stop (Bongo Boy, VA:  Reggae Rocks)
THE RICHARDS:  Five Personalities (Kool Kat Musik, VA:  This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 3)
THE BEECHNUTS:  Cycle Annie (Pickwick, VA:  Out Of Sight!)
THE MOTORS:  Forget About You (Virgin, Approved By The Motors)
EVERCLEAR:  Wonderful (Capitol, Songs From An American Movie Vol. One: Learning How To Smile)
BRUCE COCKBURN:  Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life (Gold Castle, Live)
DANNY GATTON:  Blues Newburg (Elektra, 88 Elmira St.)