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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.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


As America goes to the polls today, here's the playlist for an imaginary Election Day edition of This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl. Turn it up (in your head, anyway), and VOTE!!

TIRnRR # Bupkis (of 538)

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
ALICE COOPER: Elected (Rhino, Mascara & Monsters)
THE RAMONES: I Wanna Be Sedated (Rhino, Road To Ruin)
THE TEMPTATIONS: Cloud Nine (Motown, Gold)
SLOW CHILDREN: President Am I (Ensign, Slow Children)
BROWNSVILLE STATION: I'm The Leader Of The Gang (Rhino, Smokin' In The Boys Room)
THE MOVE: Vote For Me (Westside, Movements)
ARTFUL DODGER: Follow Me (Pendulum, Artful Dodger)
LYME & CYBELLE: Follow Me (Rhino, VA: Nuggets)
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE: Everyday People (Epic, The Essential Sly & the Family Stone)
JOHN LENNON: Power To The People (Capitol, The John Lennon Collection)
MARVIN GAYE: What's Going On (Motown, What's Going On)
THE KINKS: Salvation Road (Velvel, Preservation, Act 2)
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: Our Candidate (Sundazed, The Spirit Of '67)
THE SHOUTLESS: I Tell No Lies (ROIR, VA: Garage Sale)
FOOLS FACE: American Guilt (Talk, Tell America)
THE CASTAWAYS: Liar, Liar (Rhino, VA: Nuggets)
THE AVENGERS: The American In Me (Superior Viaduct, Avengers)
NICK LOWE: I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass (Yep Roc, Quiet Please...)
SAM COOKE: A Change Is Gonna Come (Abkco, Portrait Of A Legend)
THE BURNS SISTERS: I Am A Patriot (Philo, Close To Home)
JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS: Eye To Eye (Blackheart, Pure And Simple)
THE DANDY WARHOLS: We Used To Be Friends (101 Distribution, Best Of The Capitol Years)
REMY ZERO: Save Me (Elektra, The Golden Hum)
THE DEL FUEGOS: Nervous And Shaky (Rhino, The Best Of The Del Fuegos: The Slash Years)
IAN HUNTER: Fuss About Nothin' (Jerk, Shrunken Heads)
GAME THEORY: Throwing The Election (Enigma, 2 Steps From The Middle Ages)
WAR: Why Can't We Be Friends (Rhino, VA: Can You Dig It?)
THE STEMS: Never Be Friends (Mushroom, At First Glance Violets Are Blue)
THE MONKEES: Wasn't Born To Follow (Rhino, Good Times!)
FIRST AID KIT: America (Columbia, America)
PAUL SIMON: American Tune (Columbia, The Essential Paul Simon)
JAY & THE AMERICANS: Only In America (Varese Sarabande, Absolutely The Best)
THE RAMONES: I Believe In Miracles (Rhino, Brain Drain)
THE BEATLES: Here Comes The Sun (Apple, Abbey Road)
THE FLESHTONES: American Beat '84 (Raven, It's Super-Rock Time!)
THE ROLLING STONES: Sing This All Together (Abkco, Their Satanic Majesties Request)
GUADALCANAL DIARY: Litany (Life Goes On) (Elektra, 2 x 4)
BEN E. KING: Stand By Me (Rhino, Stand By Me)
THE YOUNGBLOODS: Get Together (RCA, Get Together: The Essential Youngbloods)
THE GRIP WEEDS: I Believe (Rainbow Quartz, Giant On The Beach)
FRIEND AND LOVER: Reach Out Of The Darkness (Verve, Reach Out Of The Darkness)
THE WHO: Won't Get Fooled Again (MCA, Who's Next)
THE BEACH BOYS: Our Prayer (Capitol, Friends & 20/20)
DAVID BOWIE: "Heroes" (Virgin, Best Of Bowie)
THE IMPRESSIONS: People Get Ready (Hip-O, Ultimate Collection)
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS: (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding (Rykodisc, Armed Forces)
GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS: It's Gonna Be Alright (EMI, The Best Of Gerry & The Pacemakers)
THE FOUR TOPS: Reach Out (I'll Be There) (Motown, The Ultimate Collection)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND: Ties That Bind (Columbia, The River)
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE: Stand (Epic, The Essential Sly & the Family Stone)
THE DICTATORS: I Stand Tall (High Horse, Bloodbrothers)
PACIFIC SOUL LTD.: We Go High (Karma Frog, The Dance Divine)
BIG STAR: Ballad Of El Goodo (Ardent, # 1 Record/Radio City)
THE FLASHCUBES: Do Anything You Wanna Do (Northside, Brilliant)
THE KINKS: Better Things (Velvel, Give The People What They Want)
THE SHADOWS: Wonderful Land (Scamp, Shadows Are Go!)