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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, November 7, 2016

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 848

We hold these truths to be self-evident: food tastes good; breathing is better than not breathing; and This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl is The Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin' Planet. It's science. Please don't argue with science.

With the whole country (us included) freaking out over this coming Tuesday's edition of So You Think America's Dancing With The Survivor Idol, we opened this week's shindig with an uplifting plea for unity from Pacific Soul Ltd. We also served up the new album from The Jangle Band, celebrated the 49th anniversary of the release of The Monkees' fab Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd., played a lot of TIRnRR Fave Raves new and old, and cast all 44 of Syracuse's Electoral Votes for The Kinks (with their running mates, Big Star). Our promise: a band in every garage!

NEXT WEEK: for our 849th show, we get set for yet another milestorm with a bunch of great tunes, culminating in our last hour with a unique, very special countdown, courtesy of Fritz Van Leaven. IN TWO WEEKS: True Believer Dave Murray takes over for an epic celebration of This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 850. Eight. Five. OH! And this is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

(And a reminder to our fellow Americans: please vote Tuesday as if the fate of your country depended on it.)

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 # 848: 11/6/16

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
PACIFIC SOUL LTD.: We Go High (Karma Frog, The Dance Divine)
RAY PAUL: Pretty Flamingo (Permanent Press, Whimsicality)
BLUE OYSTER CULT: This Ain't The Summer Of Love (Columbia, Workshop Of The Telescopes)
NICK LOWE: I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass (Yep Roc, Quiet Please...)
THE MOVE: Vote For Me (Westside, Movements)
SWEET: Blockbuster (Capitol, The Best Of Sweet)
THE JANGLE BAND: Kill The Lovers (Egomaniac, Edge Of a Dream)
THE ICICLE WORKS: Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream) (Beggars, The Best Of The Icicle Works)
FOSTER & LLOYD: Suzette (BMG, Faster And Llouder)
ROBERT GORDON: Someday, Someway (Razor & Tie, Red Hot)
THE VERBS: Glad All Over (www.theverbs.us, Cover Story)
RED ROCKERS: Eve Of Destruction (Oglio, Good As Gold/Schizophrenic Circus)
THE MONKEES: Love Is Only Sleeping (Rhino, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.)
THE DIODES: Tired Of Waking Up Tired (Epic, Tired Of Waking Up Tired)
THE MONKEES: Words (Rhino, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.)
THE BUZZCOCKS: Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've) (IRS, Singles Going Steady)
THE MONKEES: The Door Into Summer (Rhino, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.)
THE DAMNED: Neat Neat Neat (Castle, Smash It Up)
THE BEATLES: Rain (Apple, Past Masters)
DAVID BOWIE: Life On Mars? (Virgin, Best Of Bowie)
THE JAYHAWKS: I'm Gonna Make You Love Me (Columbia, Smile)
XTC: Earn Enough For Us (Virgin, Skylarking)
1.4.5.: Your Own World (Beautiful Sounds, Rhythm n' Booze)
RUSS TOLMAN: Solitary Man (Restless, VA; Only 39,999,999 Behind "Thriller")
STEVEN BAKUR: Lucky Star Tonight (n/a, All This And More)
PRINCE: I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (Warner Brothers, The Hits/The B-Sides)
HUSKER DU: Could You Be The One? (Warner Brothers, Warehouse: Songs And Stories)
THE DRIFTERS: On Broadway (Atlantic, All-Time Greatest Hits & More)
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: There She Goes Again (Polydor, Peel Slowly And See)
MANNIX: Highway Lines (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 3)
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE: Better Things (Rykodisc, VA: This Is Where I Belong)
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY: Time Will Tell (Damaged Goods, Truly She Is None Other)
SUGAR: If I Can't Change Your Mind [BBC live] (Rykodisc, single)
SCREEN TEST: Not Today (unreleased)
THE REPLACEMENTS: Attitude (Sire, All Shook Down)
THE KINKS: You Really Got Me (Essential, Kinks)
BIG STAR: In The Streets (Ardent, # 1 Record/Radio City)
THE KINKS: Victoria (Essential, Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire)
BIG STAR: Thirteen [alternate mix, 1972] (Omnivore, Nothing Can Hurt Me)
THE KINKS: State Of Confusion (Velvel, State Of Confusion)
CHRIS BELL: I Am The Cosmos [movie mix, 2012] (Omnivore, BIG STAR: Nothing Can Hurt Me)
THE KINKS: Do It Again (Velvel, Word Of Mouth)
BIG STAR: She's A Mover (Ardent, # 1 Record/Radio City)
THE KINKS: See My Friends (Essential, Kinda Kinks)
BIG STAR: Thank You, Friends [demo] (Omnivore, Complete Third)
THE KINKS: The Village Green Preservation Society (Universal, The Village Green Preservation Society)
BIG STAR: You Get What You Deserve (Ardent, # 1 Record/Radio City)
THE KINKS: The Hard Way (Velvel, Schoolboys In Disgrace)
BIG STAR: Till The End Of The Day (Omnivore, Complete Third)
THE KINKS: This Is Where I Belong (Essential, Face To Face)
BIG STAR: Don't Worry, Baby (Omnivore, Complete Third)
THE KINKS: Waterloo Sunset (Essential, Something Else)
BIG STAR: September Gurls [movie mix, 2012] (Omnivore, Nothing Can Hurt Me)
THE KINKS: Revenge (Essential, Kinks)