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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, August 22, 2016

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 837



After a break, we're back! If you missed us, we appreciate your devotion. If you didn't miss us, check out the playlist below to see what you've been missing, o' misguided one.  We even have our own convenient catchphrase to describe whatever the hell it is we do:

We call it The Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin' Planet!

NEXT WEEK:  Still here (we hope), with this year's edition of Dana's Funky Soul Pit! IN TWO WEEKS: our Labor Day weekend show will be an irresistible blowout we call Radio Worth Paying For; it's not exactly a pledge drive, but a demonstration of why we're worthy of support. It's also the official kick-off for the return of the TIRnRR WHO NEEDS DANA & CARL? Guest Programmer Gimmick. wherein generous souls who donate $100 or more earn an opportunity to program the music for a future three-hour Best Three yadda yadda Friggin' Planet.  IN THREE WEEKS: On September 11th, we celebrate 50 YEARS OF THE MONKEES! And 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 week--no, really!--from 9 to Midnight Eastern, exclusively at www.westcottradio.org.


TIRnRR # 837: 8/21/16

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
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PUBLIC IMAGE, LTD.: Public Image (Virgin, The Greatest Hits, So Far)
THE 101'ERS: Keys To Your Heart (Ace, VA: The Chiswick Story)
MARK BACINO: Not That Guy (DreamCrush, single)
CROWDED HOUSE: Don't Dream It's Over (Capitol, Crowded House)
SLADE: Mama Weer All Crazee Now (Polydor, Greatest Hits)
IGGY POP: The Passenger (Virgin, A Million In Prizes)
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THE ZOMBIES: Now I Know I'll Never Get Over You (The End, Still Got That Hunger)
TEENAGE FANCLUB: He'd Be A Diamond (Creation, single)
THE SPINNERS: I'll Be Around (Rhino, The Very Best Of The Spinners)
THE CLASH: Train In Vain (Columbia, Clash On Broadway)
THE OOHS: Victim Of The Night Time World (Oohszone Layer, Ear Candy)
THE MO-DETTES: White Mice Disco (Cherry Red, The Story So Far)
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BRAIN CIRCUS: If You Only Knew (braincircus.bandcamp.com, Brain Circus)
KINGS OF LEON: The Bucket (RCA, The Collection)
JOE JACKSON: Steppin' Out (A & M, Steppin' Out)
DRESS CODE: Sorry (unreleased)
THE SMITHEREENS: It's Alright (Capitol, Blow Up)
PEARL JAM: Leaving Here (Epic, Lost Dogs)
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THE WELL WISHERS: Somebody Lied (Thatwasmyskull, Comes And Goes)
THE MODERN LOVERS: Roadrunner (Castle, The Modern Lovers)
THE BEACH BOYS: Wouldn't It Be Nice (Capitol, Pet Sounds)
RAIN PARADE: This Can't Be Today (Rykodisc, Emergency Third Rail Power Trip)
TAMMY & THE LORDS OF MISRULE: Wig-Wam Bam (Not Lame, VA: Right To Chews)
TEENAGE FANCLUB: Here Comes Your Man (Columbia, single)
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NELSON BRAGG: Forever Days (Side B Music, Day Into Night)
JOAN ARMATRADING: Me Myself I (A & M, Track Record)
THE MONKEES: Birth Of An Accidental Hipster (Rhino, Good Times!)
DHANI HARRISON: Savoy Truffle (BMG, VA:  George Fest)
THE BEATLES: Helter Skelter (Apple, The Beatles)
SYD STRAW: Suffragette City [live] (unreleased)
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THE MONKEES: Listen To The Band (Rhino, Music Box)
CORNHORSE: Porpoise Song (Theme From "Head") (futuremanrecords.bandcamp.com)
THE MONKEES: Star Collector [mono TV mix] (Rhino Handmade, single)
THE BANGLES: How Is The Air Up There? (Omnivore, Ladies And Gentlemen...The Bangles!)
TEEN MACHINE: Does Your Mother Know? (Pop Squad, After School Special)
TROLLEY: Caught In The Darkness (Easter, Caught In The Darkness)
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KISS: Detroit Rock City (Mercury, Alive II)
COURTNEY BARNETT: Elevator Operator (Mom + Pop, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit)
THE DEL FUEGOS: When The News Is On (Slash, The Best Of The Del Fuegos)
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS: Strummerville (EMI, Guitar And Drum)
THE KINKS: The Hard Way (Velvel, Schoolboys In Disgrace)
MARC CARROLL: London Calling (Uncut, VA: White Riot Vol. One)
SCREEN TEST: Not Today (unreleased)
JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS: Long Shadow (Hellcat, Streetcore)
THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Got To Have You Back (Motown, Greatest Hits And Rare Classics)
SPLIT ENZ: History Never Repeats (A & M, History Never Repeats)
JANIS JOPLIN: Down On Me (Columbia, 18 Essential Songs)
THE ENGLISH BEAT: Mirror In The Bathroom (Shout Factory, I just Can't Stop It)
JOHNNY & THE HURRICANES: Crossfire (Ace, VA: The Birth Of Surf)