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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, September 12, 2016

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 840: 50 YEARS OF THE MONKEES!

The Monkees TV series debuted on September 12th, 1966; I caught on not long after that, which means I've been a Monkees fan for nearly 50 years myself. This week, we celebrate 50 YEARS OF THE MONKEES with solo tracks, covers of Monkees songs, original versions of songs The Monkees covered, a Monkees tribute track by The Minus 5 (from their album Of Monkees And Men), and maybe a few songs we wish The Monkees woulda covered (like Rosanne Cash's "Pink Bedroom" [written by John Hiatt], The Flashcubes' "Make Something Happen" [written by Gary Frenay], and Neil Diamond's "Solitary Man"[written by...um, Neil Armstrong. Yeah. It gets lonely on the moon]).  But mostly, we celebrate with the music of Micky, Davy, Peter, and Michael. Three hours ain't nearly enough! Ladies and gentlemen, THE MONKEES!!

To read more of what I have to say about The Monkees, check out the speech I would give if I were to induct The Monkees into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame:  http://carlcafarelli.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-monkees-welcome-to-rock-and-roll.html

Westcott Radio and its partner Spark Syracuse WSPJ 93.5 and 103.3 FM are listener-supported, and your tax-deductible donations are all that allow the hits to keep on comin'. Please consider showing your support with MONEY, at http://sparksyracuse.org/support/. Generous patrons who donate $100 or more receive the opportunity to program the music for a future episode of TIRnRR! Details? HERE, in the SHADOWS! http://carlcafarelli.blogspot.com/2016/09/who-needs-dana-carl-official-rules-for.html And this is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week, as we exulted in 50 YEARS OF THE MONKEES!

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 # 840: 9/11/16 50 YEARS OF THE MONKEES!

THE MONKEES: The Frodis Caper (from The Monkees TV series)
THE MONKEES: (Theme From) The Monkees [TV version] (Rhino, The Monkees)
THE MONKEES: We'll Be Back (Rhino, Missing Links, Vol. 3)
THE MONKEES: (Theme From) The Monkees [1996 version] (unreleased)
THE MONKEES: Kellogg's Jingle (Rhino, Missing Links, Vol. 3)
THE MONKEES: Last Train To Clarksville (Rhino, The Monkees)
THE MONKEES: You Told Me (Rhino, Headquarters)
THE MONKEES: I Don't Think You Know Me [Second Recorded Version] (Rhino, More Of The Monkees)
THE MONKEES: Cuddly Toy (Rhino, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.)
THE MONKEES: Me & Magdalena (Rhino, Good Times!)
THE MONKEES: As We Go Along (Rhino, Head)
THE MONKEES: Bumper # 1 (from The Monkees TV series)
THE PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND: Mary, Mary (Elektra, East-West)
THE BENT BACKED TULIPS: Sweet Young Thing (eggBERT, Looking Through...)
THE MONKEES: Different Drum (from The Monkees TV series)
THE STONE PONEYS: Different Drum (Capitol, Evergreen, Vol. 2)
THE MORELLS: Let's Dance On (Hightone, Think About It)
THE MOSQUITOES: That Was Then, This Is Now (Valhalla, That Was Then, This Is Now)
WRECKLESS ERIC: (I'd Go The) Whole Wide World (Stiff, Wreckless Eric)
THE MONKEES: I Love You Really (from The Monkees TV series)
THE MONKEES: (Look Out) Here Comes Tomorrow (Rhino, Music Box)
THE MONKEES: No Time (Rhino, Headquarters)
MICHAEL NESMITH: Rising In Love (Pacific Arts, ...tropical campfire's...)
THE MONKEES: Sometime In The Morning (Rhino, More Of The Monkees)
THE MONKEES: Oh My My (Rhino, Changes)
THE MONKEES: The Girl I Knew Somewhere (Rhino, Music Box)
THE MONKEES: How's By You? (from The Monkees TV series)
DOLENZ, JONES, BOYCE & HART: You Didn't Feel That Way Last Night (Don't You Remember?) (Capitol, Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart)
THE MONKEES: A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You (Rhino, Music Box)
TOMMY BOYCE & BOBBY HART: I Wonder What's She's Doing Tonight (Varese Sarabande, VA: The Songs Of Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart)
THE MONKEES: You Just May Be The One (Rhino, Headquarters)
DAVY JONES, MICKY DOLENZ, PETER TORK: Shades Of Gray (n/a, 20th Anniversary Tour Live)
THE MONKEES: Forget That Girl (Rhino, Headquarters)
THE MONKEES: Iranian Tango (from The Monkees TV series)
THE MINUS 5: Micky's A Cool Drummer (Yep Roc, Of Monkees And Men)
THE MONKEES: She Makes Me Laugh (Rhino, Good Times!)
MICKY DOLENZ: Many Years (Robin, Remember)
THE MONKEES: Valleri (Rhino, The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees)
ROSANNE CASH: Pink Bedroom (Rhino, VA: Love Gets Strange)
THE MONKEES: I'm A Believer (Rhino, More Of The Monkees)
THE MONKEES: Save The Texas Prairie Chicken (from The Monkees TV series)
THE FLASHCUBES: Make Something Happen (Northside, Brilliant)
THE MONKEES: Pleasant Valley Sunday (Rhino, Music Box)
PETER TORK: Milkshake (Beachwood, Stranger Things Have Happened)
THE MONKEES: Daddy's Song (Rhino, Music Box)
NEIL DIAMOND: Solitary Man (Columbia, Classics)
THE MONKEES: Daydream Believer (Rhino, Music Box)
THE MONKEES: Bumper # 2 (from The Monkees TV series)
DAVY JONES: Girl (Bell, single)
THE MONKEES: When Love Comes Knockin' (At Your Door) (Rhino, More Of The Monkees)
THE MONKEES: The Door Into Summer (Rhino, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.)
THE MONKEES: Papa Gene's Blues (Rhino, The Monkees)
THE MONKEES: Regional Girl (Rhino, Justus)
THE MONKEES: She (Rhino, More Of The Monkees)
THE MONKEES: You And I (Rhino, Instant Replay)
THE MONKEES:  (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone (Rhino, More Of The Monkees)
THE MONKEES: Heart And Soul (Rhino, Pool It!)
THE MONKEES: For Pete's Sake (Rhino, Headquarters)
THE MONKEES: Opening Ceremony (Rhino, Head)
THE MONKEES: Porpoise Song (Theme From "Head") (Rhino, Head)
THE MONKEES: Randy Scouse Git (Rhino, Headquarters)
THE MONKEES: You Bring The Summer (Rhino, Good Times!)
THE MONKEES: Sunny Girlfriend (Rhino, Headquarters)
THE MONKEES: Words (Rhino, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.)
THE MONKEES: Zilch (Rhino, Headquarters)
THE MONKEES: Riu Chiu [TV version] (Rhino, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.)
THE MONKEES: I Wanna Be Free [fast version] (Rhino, Music Box)
THE MONKEES: What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round? (Rhino, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.)
THE MONKEES: Early Morning Blues And Greens (Rhino, Headquarters)
THE MONKEES: Listen To The Band (Rhino, The Monkees Present)
THE MONKEES: Me & Magdalena [Version 2] (Rhino, Good Times! [digital album])
THE MONKEES: All Of Your Toys [master backing track take 20] (Rhino Handmade, Headquarters Sessions)