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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, October 10, 2016

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 844

For this week's radio extravaganza, I took a seat on the sidelines and watched with delight and glee as my lovely wife Brenda joined forces with Dana for the first-ever DANA & BRENDA Show! The results of this transmogrifyin' magic appear below. Dana observed the respective 20th and 50th anniversaries of That Thing You Do! and The Monkees' debut album, and mourned the passing of Joan Marie Johnson of The Dixie Cups; Brenda served up heapin' helpings of Freda Payne, The Cowsills, Cheap Trick, Deep PurpleThe Doors, Santana, Stevie Wonder, and more. And they both played David Bowie and 76th Birthday Boy John Lennon, celebrating in the aftermath of Saturday night's fabulous BeatleCUSE production Heroes & Lennons at The Palace in Syracuse. We humbly suggest you turn this one up real, real loud.

Our Who Needs Dana & Carl? fundraising gimmick continues on its careening and ricocheting path to enlightenment, fulfillment, and cold, hard cash!  Generous patrons who donate $100 or more to our worthy cause at http://sparksyracuse.org/support/ earn the opportunity to program the music for a future episode of TIRnRR. Furthermore, those Guest Programmers who send us their C-notes before October 22nd, 2016, will also be entered into a drawing, with the one 'n' only Grand Prize of programming a specific additional episode: our showstoppin' 850th show! Rules 'n' regs apply, so let's get those Franklins flyin' our way!

NEXT WEEK: Our Featured Act will be The Go-Go's! And this is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like for The Dana & Brenda Show 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 # 844: 10/9/16

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
THE DIXIE CUPS: Chapel Of Love (Varese Sarabande, The Complete Red Bird Recordings)
FREDA PAYNE: Band Of Gold (Castle, The Best Of Freda Payne)
THE DIXIE CUPS: No True Love (Varese Sarabande, The Complete Red Bird Recordings)
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS: One Love (Tuff Gong, Marley OST)
THE DIXIE CUPS: Iko Iko (Varese Sarabande, The Complete Red Bird Recordings)
BEN E. KING: Stand By Me (Rhino, The Very Best Of Ben E.King)
THE MONKEES: Papa Gene's Blues (Rhino, The Monkees)
JOHN LENNON: Power To The People (Capitol, The John Lennon Collection)
THE MONKEES: Let's Dance On (Rhino, The Monkees)
THE COWSILLS: Hair (Universal, The Best Of The Cowsills)
THE MONKEES: Sweet Young Thing (Rhino, The Monkees)
DAVID BOWIE: Waterloo Sunset (ISO, single)
JOHN LENNON: Whatever Gets You Thru The Night (Capitol, The John Lennon Collec tion)
CHEAP TRICK: Surrender (Epic, Heaven Tonight)
DAVID BOWIE: Suffragette City (Virgin, Best Of Bowie)
THE DOORS: Break On Through (Elektra, The Doors)
ROD STEWART: Maggie May (Mercury, Every Picture Tells A Story)
DAVID BOWIE: "Heroes" (Virgin, Best Of Bowie)
JOHN LENNON: Only People (Capitol, Mind Games)
CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG: Teach Your Children (Atlantic, Deja Vu)
SWEET: Love Is Like Oxygen (Capitol, The Best Of Sweet)
DEEP PURPLE: Smoke On The Water (Rhino, The Very Best Of Deep Purple)
T. REX: Jeepster (Crimson, The Very Best Of T.Rex)
SANTANA: Oye Como Va (Sony, The Best Of Santana)
THE WONDERS: That Thing You Do! (Play-Tone, VA: That Thing You Do! OST)
THE ANIMALS: We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (Abkco, Retrospective)
THE WONDERS: Little Wild One (Play-Tone, VA: That Thing You Do! OST)
PETER, PAUL & MARY: Blowin' In The Wind (Warner Brothers, Ten Years Together)
THE WONDERS: Dance With Me Tonight (Play-Tone, VA: That Thing You Do! OST)
THE BURNS SISTERS: Dance Upon This Earth (Philo, In This World)
JOHN LENNON: Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird Of Paradox) (Capitol, Walls And Bridges)
THE TEMPTATIONS: Ball Of Confusion (Motown, Gold)
THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Shout (Parts 1 & 2) (Varese Sarabande, Shake It Up, Baby!)
JOHN LENNON: Give Peace A Chance (Capitol, The John Lennon Collection)
DAVID BOWIE: Jean Genie (Virgin, Best Of Bowie)
EYTAN MIRSKY: This Year's Gonna Be Our Year (M-Squared, Year Of The Mouse)
CAT MOTHER AND THE ALL NIGHT NEWSBOYS: Good Old Rock 'n' Roll (Polydor, The Street Giveth...And The Street Taketh Away)
RAY CHARLES: Hit The Road Jack (Not Now, The Very Best Of Ray Charles)
JOHN LENNON: Tight A$ (Capitol, Mind Games)
BADFINGER: Day After Day (Apple, No Dice)
DAVID BOWIE: Space Oddity (Virgin, Best Of Bowie)
STEVIE WONDER: Living For The City (Motown, Innervisions)
THE BEATLES: It's Only Love (Capitol, Rubber Soul)
PRINCE: When Doves Cry (Warner Brothers, The Hits/The B-Sides)
DAVID BOWIE: Changes (Virgin, Best Of Bowie)
THE BEATLES: Revolution (Apple, 1967-1970)
DAVID BOWIE: All The Young Dudes (Virgin, Best Of Bowie)
HEDVA & DAVID: Next Year (B'Shanah Habaah) (Project 3, single)
DAVID BOWIE: Fame (Virgin, Best Of Bowie)
THE BEATLES: Eleanor Rigby (Apple, Revolver)
DEL PAXTON: Time To Blow (Play-Tone, VA: That Thing You Do! OST)