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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 24, 2016



Right now is always the best time ever to be a pop music fan. Every day, every hour, every second, all the pop songs you already know and love are still there, in your mind and in your heart, ready for you to enjoy them again and again at will. But then there's always still more to discover: great new music, and great old music you never got around to noticing before, and that's just like new music. Right now. Old and new, familiar faves and fresh discoveries--that's what we do on This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl.

New music this week: Music Sounds from former Pezband frontman Mimi Betinis; Mean Old Twister from Radio Birdman's pilot Deniz Tek; a pair of superswell releases--The Dance Divine by Pacific Soul Ltd. and New Love Environment by Rob Martinez--on the ever-reliable Karma Frog label; and a cool new record called All This And More from NYC rockin' pop veteran Steven Bakur. For new discoveries of old music, there's Big Star's Complete Third, plus The MGM Singles Collection by Micky Dolenz, which contains not only those early '70s singles, but also some terrific sides Mr. Magic Fingers recorded in the '90s, and some more recent collaborations with Circe Link and Christian Nesmith. Take that, Wizard Glick! For this week's TIRnRR, we gleefully and willfully mixed all of these with old faves, recent faves (like Conrad by The Legal Matters), and soon-to-be faves. That's what radio is supposed to do. Right now.

Congratulations to Dave Murray, the winner of our WHO NEEDS DANA & CARL? drawing. Dave wins the right to program all of the music for our upcoming blockbuster 850th show. That's only about a month away, so...GET TO WORK!!! 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 Sunday night from 9 to Midnight Eastern, exclusively at www.westcottradio.org

TIRnRR # 846: 10/23/16

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
THE MONKEES: Good Times (Rhino, Good Times!)
THE RAMONES: Substitute (Radioactive, Acid Eaters)
CHEAP TRICK: Way Of The World (Epic, Dream Police)
ELVIS COSTELLO: Radio, Radio (Dreamworks, VA: SNL 25: The Musical Performances, volume 1)
ONE LIKE SON: Punk Rock Prom Queen (n/a, New American Gothic)
THE DEAD MILKMEN: Punk Rock Girl (Rhino, VA: Left Of The Dial)
THE LEGAL MATTERS: Short Term Memory (Omnivore, Conrad)
THE SMITHEREENS: Behind The Wall Of Sleep (Capitol, Blown To Smithereens)
THE SPINNERS: I'll Be Around (Rhino, The Very Best Of The Spinners)
THE SOFT BOYS: I Wanna Destroy You (Matador, Underwater Moonlight)
PEZBAND: Waiting In Line (Frodis, Women & Politics)
DEVO: Uncontrollable Urge (Rhino, Pioneers Who Got Scalped)
MIMI BETINIS: Pontiac (Mimi-Tone, Music Sounds)
MANNIX: Highway Lines (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 3)
ELLIOTT MURPHY: Drive All Night (Razor & Tie, Diamonds By The Yard)
THE WHO: Magic Bus (Decca, Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy)
THE MONROES: What Do All The People Know (EMI, VA: Living In Oblivion The 80's Greatest Hits-Volume Three)
R.E.M.: Finest Worksong (IRS, And I Feel Fine...)
PACIFIC SOUL LTD.: We Go High (Karma Frog, The Dance Divine)
MARY LOU LORD: Aim Low (Kill Rock Stars, Mary Lou Lord/Sean Na Na)
THE BOBBY FULLER FOUR: Another Sad And Lonely Night (Del-Fi, Never To Be Forgotten)
WILSON PICKETT: Sugar Sugar (Rhino, A Man And A Half)
MICKY DOLENZ with CIRCE LINK & CHRISTIAN NESMITH: Porpoise Song/Good Morning, Good Morning (7a, MICKY DOLENZ: The MGM Singles Collection)
DAVID BOWIE: Moonage Daydream (Virgin, Bowie At The Beeb)
STEVEN BAKUR: Lucky Star Tonight (n/a, All This And More)
XTC: Senses Working Overtime (Virgin, Upsy Daisy Assortment)
RADIO BIRDMAN: Murder City Nights (Sub Pop, The Essential Radio Birdman [1974-1978])
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Sweet Jane (Polydor, Peel Slowly And See)
BROWNSVILLE STATION: Let Your Yeah Be Yeah (Rhino, Smokin' In The Boy's Room)
SWEET: Wig Wam Bam (Capitol, The Best Of Sweet)
DENIZ TEK: Burned Black (Career, Mean Old Twister)
THE OUTSIDERS: Time Won't Let Me (Rhino, VA: Nuggets)
THE CATHOLIC GIRLS: Niagara Falls (Skymarshall, Make Me Believe)
BIG STAR: Don't Worry Baby (Omnivore, Complete Third)
HOLLY & THE ITALIANS: Youth Coup (Wounded Bird, The Right To Be Italian)
THE RUNAWAYS: Neon Angels On The Road To Ruin (Mercury, Live In Japan)
ROBERT MARTINEZ: Some People Never Change (Karma Frog, New Love Environment)
TODD RUNDGREN: Couldn't I Just Tell You (Rhino, Something/Anything?)
THE SPONGETONES: Have You Ever Been Torn Apart? (Black Vinyl, Beat & Torn)
HUSKER DU: Eight Miles High (SST, single)
THE BURNS SISTERS BAND: I Wonder Who's Out Tonight (Columbia, The Burns Sisters Band)
JOSIE & THE PUSSYCATS: You've Come A Long Way Baby (Rhino Handmade, Stop, Look, & Listen)
MICKY DOLENZ: Chance Of A Lifetime (7a, The MGM Singles Collection)
HOLE: Heaven Tonight (DGC, Celebrity Skin)
THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Got To Have You Back (Motown, Greatest Hits And Rare Classics)
THE MOPTOPS: Christine (Not Lame, VA: Full Circle)
1.4.5.: Your Own World (Beautiful Sounds, Rhythm n' Booze)
THE MERRYMAKERS: I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better (Not Lame, VA: Full Circle)
DENIZ TEK: Comanche (Career, Mean Old Twister)