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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 19, 2016

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 841

One of the many great things about doing This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio is that, even when we don't have much in the way of plans, the playlist just kinda takes care of itself anyway. This week, we had a couple of fab new releases from the great Kool Kat Musik label (Rob Clarke & the Wooltones and an archival live release from The Monos), new music from Chandler Travis Philharmonic, new music from Michael Carpenter, and our second-ever spin of a new track from The Legal Matters. Fine. We can build on that. Then we received another brand-new track, Gary Frenay's ace Wilburysesque take on "Moonraker" (from Andrew Curry's forthcoming James Bond tribute album, Songs. Bond Songs: The Music Of 007). Well! Puttin' this show together was gonna be a snap!

Y'know. Except for the big, gushing leak in the studio's ceiling on this wet and rainy evening. See, Westcott Radio ain't allowed to have any luck unless bad luck's involved, too. We soldiered squishily on nonetheless. We're troupers. Really, really wet troupers.

Give us shelter from this storm, awready! Your tax-deductible donation is our umbrella when the rain comes and we run and hide our heads: all tithes, large and small, are gratefully accepted at http://sparksyracuse.org/support/ Generous donors who fork over $100 or more get to program the music for a future episode of This Is A Rock 'n' Roll Radio! And this is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like in our soggy li'l studio on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl literally streams live every Sunday night from 9 to Midnight Eastern, exclusively at www.westcottradio.org Um...weather permitting.

(Oh--and how do we do when we're under duress? Check THIS!:)

TIRnRR # 841: 9/18/16

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
THE ANDERSON COUNCIL: Girl On The Northern Line (Jem, Assorted Colours)
THE BEACH BOYS: Good Vibrations (Capitol, Good Vibrations)
ARROGANCE: Southside Girl (Gaff, The 5' 11" Record)
SANDY DENNY: It's A Boy (Ode, VA: Tommy)
WEDNESDAY WEEK: Why (Enigma, What We Had)
THE BANGLES: Mary Street (Omnivore, Ladies And Gentlemen...The Bangles!)
GARY FRENAY: Moonraker (n/a, VA: Song. Bond Songs: The Music Of 007)
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS: Accidents Will Happen (Rylodisc, Armed Forces)
MICHAEL PENN: No Myth (BMG, March)
THE BEATLES: Rain (Apple, Past Masters)
THE MONKEES: Birth Of An Accidental Hipster (Rhino, Good Times!)
THE KINKS: Everybody's Gonna Be Happy (Sanctuary, The Ultimate Collection)
ROB CLARKE & THE WOOLTONES: Iron Eyes Cody (Kool Kat Musik, Are You Wooltoned?)
WRECKLESS ERIC: (I'd Go The) Whole Wide World (Stiff, Wreckless Eric)
VINYL CANDY: Movin' On (Vinyl Candy Army, Pacific Ocean Park)
EDDIE & THE HOT RODS: Do Anything You Wanna Do (Captain Oi!, The Singles Collection)
BOBBY WOMACK: Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good) (EMI, Midnight Mover)
THE ONLY ONES: Another Girl, Another Planet (BMG, Another Girl, Another Planet)
THE MONOS: Clair's A Liar (Kool Kat Musik, Live '78)
THE NERVES: Walking Out On Love (Alive, One Way Ticket)
THE VAN DeLECKI'S: What's Wrong With YoYo? (Permanent Press, Letters From The Desk Of Count S. Van DeLecki)
THE YARDBIRDS: Over Under Sideways Down (Warner Archives, BBC Sessions)
CHANDLER TRAVIS PHILHARMONIC: Make Yourself Happy (chandlertravis.com, Waving Kissyhead, Vol. 1)
IGGY POP: Real Wild Child (Virgin, A Million In Prizes)
MICHAEL CARPENTER: Welcomed Here (Big Radio, S.O.O.P. # 6)
COURTNEY BARNETT: Elevator Operator (Mom + Pop, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit)
LINDA RONSTADT: You're No Good (Rhino, Greatest Hits I & II)
THE ROLLING STONES: Happy (Rolling Stones, Exile On Main Street)
TOMMY BOYCE & BOBBY HART: Alice Long (You're Still My Favorite Girlfriend) (Varese Sarabande, VA: The Songs Of Tommy Boyce And Bobby Hart)
DAVID BOWIE: Queen Bitch (Virgin, Bowie At The Beeb)
THE LEGAL MATTERS: She Called Me To Say (Omnivore, Conrad)
SWEET: Fox On The Run (Capitol, The Best Of Sweet)
PARANOID LOVESICK: Supersonic (Futureman, Suburban Pop Allegro)
SWEET: Action (Capitol, The Best Of Sweet)
SAM & DAVE: Soul Man (Atlantic, VA: The Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1959-1968)
SWEET: The Ballroom Blitz (Capitol, The Best Of Sweet)
THE MONKEES: Love Is Only Sleeping (Rhino, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.)
THE PRETENDERS: Message Of Love (Sire, Pretenders II)
THE FORTY NINETEENS: Disguise (Rock Ranch, Rebooted)
CHRIS BELL: You And Your Sister (Rykodisc, I Am The Cosmos)
THE RAMONES: Needles And Pins (Rhino, Road To Ruin)
THE JAM: In The City (Polydor, Direction Reaction Creation)
ARTFUL DODGER: Not Enough (Pendulum, Honor Among Thieves)
SPLIT ENZ: Six Months In A Leaky Boat (A & M, History Never Repeats)
PETER, PAUL & MARY: Too Much Of Nothing (Warner Brothers, The Best Of Peter, Paul & Mary)
DENNIS WILSON: River Song (Caribou, Pacific Ocean Blue)
THE SPONGETONES: Invisible Girl (Loaded Goat, Too Clever By Half)
THE BEVIS FROND: He'd Be A Diamond (Fire, New River Head)
JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS: Love Is Pain (Blackheart, I Love Rock 'n' Roll)
BIG STAR: September Gurls (Big Beat, VA: Thank You, Friends)
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Rock And Roll Love Letter (Arista, The Definitive Collection)
THE BEATLES: I Want To Hold Your Hand (Apple, Live At The Hollywood Bowl)
ROB CLARKE & THE WOOLTONES: Mind The Gap, Eastern Region (Kool Kat Musik, Are You Wooltoned?)

POSTSCRIPT: Honest to Alan Freed, I'll put our rain-soaked playlist up against anybody, no matter how dry they are!)