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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 28, 2016

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 849

Two weeks ago, we made our first attempt at This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 849, but internet woes 'n' kerfrazzles forced us to postpone the show. We tried again last week, just as the good Lord above chose to casually toss about two feet of snow upon sorry little Syracuse. Cursed? Us? Nah. It just fires up our simple-minded enthusiasm. We're either dedicated, or just plain stupid. Possibly both.

Third time's a charm, so here we are at last with the ol' 8-4-9, featuring new music from Maxi Dunn, The Bottle Kids, and The Maladaptive Solution, a TIRnRR debut from Orbis Max, new archival wonders from Lisa Mychols and Terry Draper, and an invigmoratin' selection of TIRnRR Fave Raves old and new. And the whole thing culminated in our celebratory TOP OF THE TOPS COUNTDOWN!

Vas is das "Top Of The Tops Countdown?" Well! TIRnRR True Believer Fritz Van Leaven gathered up all of the 20 songs that have held or shared the # 1 spot in our year-end countdowns since we began this little mutant radio show back in 1998, and ranked 'em all according to how many times we've played them overall throughout the course of TIRnRR # 1-848. The results appear below; congratulations to our new # 1 of # 1s, and now officially our most played track ever: "September Girls" by Big Star.  Yep. The Greatest Record Ever Made!

NEXT WEEK: our pal Dave Murray steps up to pay tribute to the glory, the splendor, the wonder of Dana & Carl on THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO # 850!!  Be here. We'll try to be here, too. 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 on Sunday nights from 9 to Midnight Eastern, exclusively on www.westcottradio.org

TIRnRR # 849: 11/27/16

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
THE KINKS: Better Things (Velvel, Give The People What They Want)
THE MONKEES: You Told Me (Rhino, Headquarters)
THE MONKEES: Birth Of An Accidental Hipster (Rhino, Good Times!)
TERRY DRAPER: In Germany (TerryTunes, Window On The World)
KLAATU: California Jam (Klaatunes, 3:47 e.s.t.)
LISA MYCHOLS: Don't Forget Your Man (lisamychols.bandcamp.com, In This City)
THE GEORGIA SATELLITES: Don't Pass Me By (Elektra, Essentials)
BADFINGER: No Matter What (Apple, No Dice)
THE WHO: I Can See For Miles (MCA, The Kids Are Alright)
SUZI QUATRO: Tear Me Apart (Razor & Tie, The Wild One)
JOHNNY CASH & JUNE CARTER CASH: If I Were A Carpenter (Columbia, Playlist)
MAXI DUNN: September Sun, October Morning (unreleased)
THE RONETTES: Be My Baby (Sony, Playlist)
ORBIS MAX: You May Be The One (Orbis Max, Orbis Max & Friends)
MUDDY WATERS: Mannish Boy (MCA, Electric Mud)
ONE LIKE SON: Punk Rock Prom Queen (Body Thief, New American Gothic)
RAY PAUL: Pretty Flamingo (Permanent Press, Whimsicality)
THE BOTTLE KIDS: Let Me In On This Action (unreleased)
SQUEEZE: Farfisa Beat [alternate version] (A & M, Argybargy)
THE MALADAPTIVE SOLUTION: Ontology (Form And Content) (themaladaptivesolution.bandcamp.com)
FANTOMES: I Wanna Be Your Dog (Soul Jazz, VA: Les Punks: The French Connection)
1.4.5.: Your Own World (Beautiful Sounds, Rhythm n' Booze)
MARIE ET LES GARCONS: Rien A Dire (Soul Jazz, VA: Les Punks: The French Connection)
THE POPTARTS: I Won't Let You Let Me Go (PlumTone, Fresh...Out Of The Toaster)
THE BANGLES: Real World [demo version] (Omnivore, Ladies And Gentlemen...The Bangles!)
SCREEN TEST: Sound Of The Radio (JAM, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 2)
JIMI HENDRIX: Freedom (Experience Hendrix, Blue Wild Angel)
MARY LOU LORD: Aim Low (Kill Rock Stars, Mary Lou Lord/Sean Na Na)
THE BEVIS FROND: He'd Be A Diamond (Fire, New River Head)
THE SPONGETONES: (My Girl) Maryanne (Loaded Goat, Always Carry On)
LYRES: Help You, Ann (Matador, On Fyre)
COTTON MATHER: My Before And After (Copper, Kontiki)
KENNY HOWES & THE YEAH!: Sheila, She (TallBoy, Until Dawn)
# 20
COCKTAIL SLIPPERS: You Do Run (Wicked Cool, Saint Valentine's Day Massacre)
# 19
THE RED BUTTON: Cruel Girl (n/a, She's About To Cross My Mind)
# 18
EELS: Eyes Down (Disney, VA: Holes OST)
# 17
THE TREND: Electric Chair (Hate, Batman Live At Budokan)
# 16
STEVE STOECKEL & HIS THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO ALL-STARS: I Could Be Good For You (Kool Kate Music, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 3)
# 15
THE HUMBUGS: Calico Eyes (Oddvious, On The Up Side)
# 14
LUGLESS BOOTH: I Blame His Brother (JAM, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 1)
# 13
THE SMITHEREENS: Sorry (Entertainment One, Smithereens 2011)
# 12
ASTROPUPPEES: On My Way (Manatee, Sugar Beat)
# 10 [tie]
ALEX CHILTON: Free Again (Rhino, 19 Years)
EYTAN MIRSKY: This Year's Gonna Be Our Year (M-Squared, Year Of The Mouse)
# 9
THE CATHOLIC GIRLS: Should Have Been Mine (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 3)
# 8
THE GANTS: I Wonder (Rhino, VA: Nuggets)
# 7
MAD MONSTER PARTY: Can't Stop Loving You (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 3)
# 6
# 5
THE LA'S: There She Goes (Rhino, VA: Children Of Nuggets)
# 4
MANNIX: Highway Lines (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 3)
# 3
THE RAMONES: Blitzkrieg Bop (Rhino, Ramones)
# 2
THE STALLIONS: Why (Junk, Hey Baby, It's The Stallions)
# 1
BIG STAR: September Gurls (Ardent, # 1 Record/Radio City)
THE KINKS: She's Got Everything [Backing Track Take Two] (Sanctuary, The Anthology 1964-1971)

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