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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.

Thursday, November 24, 2016


"I Won't Let You Let Me Go" by The Poptarts was the first song ever played on This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio.

In November of 2015, as we were just about to hit the milestorm This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 800, I went back through all of our playlists to determine a little what 'n' when: what was the first track we ever played by some of our favorite TIRnRR artists, and when did we first play it? The results appear below. TIRnRR # 850 is coming up soon, and we're still here (nearly) every Sunday night from 9 to Midnight Eastern at www.westcottradio.org. The weekend? Well. The weekend stops HERE!

[* denotes a track played on TIRnRR # 1]

1.4.5.: She Couldn’t Say No [1/2/00]
20/20: Nuclear Boy [3/21/99]
ABBA: Does Your Mother Know [5/2/99]
*ARTHUR ALEXANDER: Soldier Of Love (Lay Down Your Arms) [12/27/98]
HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS:  A Taste Of Honey [12/16/01]
THE ANIMALS: Don’t Bring Me Down [7/16/00]
APPLES IN STEREO: Seems So [9/26/99]
THE ARCHIES: Sugar And Spice [11/14/99]
P.P. ARNOLD: Angel Of The Morning [2/14/99]
ARTFUL DODGER: Follow Me [1/24/99]
ASTROPUPPEES: The Tube [4/1/01]
THE B-52’s: Debbie [6/20/99]
BADFINGER: Dennis [1/24/99]
THE BANGLES: All About You [10/24/99]
THE BARRACUDAS: His Last Summer [1/10/99]
LOU ANN BARTON: Don’t Slander Me [6/6/99]
STEVE BARTON:  Believe [1/2/00]
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Rock And Roll Love Letter [1/3/99]
*THE BEACH BOYS: Don’t Worry Baby [12/27/98]
THE BEAT: Don’t Wait Up For Me [4/11/99]
*THE BEATLES: It’s Only Love [12/27/98]
THE BEAU BRUMMELS: Laugh, Laugh [1/31/99]
BEAUTY SCENE OUTLAWS:  He's No Me [2/22/04]
THE BEE GEES: Turn Of The Century [1/2/00]
CHUCK BERRY: Louie To Frisco [3/21/99]
*THE BEVIS FROND: Now You Know [12/27/98]
LAURIE BIAGINI:  Not The Only Pretty Fish In His Sea [5/2/10]
BIG HELLO: Today Will Be Yesterday Tomorrow [3/19/00]
*BIG STAR: In The Street [12/27/98]
BLONDIE: (I’m Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear [2/21/99]
BLOTTO: The B-Side [1/3/99]
DAVID BOWIE: Suffragette City [6/6/99]
THE BOX TOPS: Neon Rainbow [2/28/99]
THE BRADBURYS: Supersonic [7/30/00]
JAMES BROWN: For Goodness Sakes, Look At Those Cakes [5/16/99]
BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD: Go And Say Goodbye [4/11/99]
THE BURNS SISTERS: I Won’t Turn My Back [4/11/99]
THE BUZZCOCKS: Ever Fallen In Love [2/21/99]
THE BYRDS: Don’t Make Waves [3/14/99]
MICHAEL CARPENTER: Thinking About You [8/15/99]
JOHNNY CASH: Folsom Prison Blues [3/14/99]
SHAUN CASSIDY: Hey Deanie [1/31/99]
THE CATHOLIC GIRLS: Someone New [4/4/99]
JIMMY CAVALLO: Rock The Joint [1/10/99]
ANNY CELSI: Empty Hangers [11/2/03]
THE CHARMS: Marianne [1/19/03]
CHEAP TRICK: Say Goodbye [1/3/99]
THE CHESTERFIELD KINGS: Help You Ann [3/28/99]
CHICKLET: Out Of Sight [7/3/99]
ALEX CHILTON: Free Again [1/17/99]
THE CHOCOLATE WATCHBAND: Don’t Need Your Lovin’ [1/17/99]
THE DAVE CLARK FIVE: Any Way You Want It [4/18/99]
THE CLASH: Tommy Gun [3/21/99]
CLOUD ELEVEN: Things Will Work Out Fine [4/18/99]
*COCKEYED GHOST: About Jill [12/27/98]
JOE COCKER: I’ll Cry Instead [7/22/01]
COCKTAIL SLIPPERS:  You Do Run [1/3/10]
ALICE COOPER: School’s Out [10/17/99]
COTTON MATHER: Homefront Cameo [1/17/99]
THE COWSILLS: The Rain, The Park And Other Things [8/8/99]
*CREATION: Making Time [12/27/98]
MARSHALL CRENSHAW: Someplace Where Love Can’t Find Me [8/8/99]
CROWDED HOUSE: Don’t Dream It’s Over [2/21/99]
THE CURE: In Between Days [5/9/99]
DICK DALE: Scalped [4/18/99]
THE DAMNED: Wait For The Blackout [4/18/99]
DANCE HALL CRASHERS:  So Sue Us [6/6/99]
THE dB’s: Love Is For Lovers [6/27/99]
DAVE DEE, DOZY, BEAKY, MICK& TICH: Hold Tight [11/17/02]
DEVO:  Incontrollable Urge [4/29/01]
*THE DICKIES: I Can’t Let Go [12/27/98]
THE DICTATORS: Faster And Louder [1/31/99]
BO DIDDLEY: Roadrunner [1/3/99]
THE DIPSOMANIACS: Pushin’ Red [4/11/99]
DM3: Foolish [1/10/99]
*THE DONNAS: Rock ‘n’ Roll Machine” [12/27/98]
DONOVAN: Colours [8/22/99]
THE DRIFTERS: Sweets For My Sweet [10/24/99]
THE DROWNERS: Bellingham [5/28/00]
*THE DUKES OF STATOSPHEAR:  Vanishing Girl [12/27/98]
BOB DYLAN: Like A Rolling Stone [4/4/99]
THE EASYBEATS: She’s So Fine [1/17/99]
DAVE EDMUNDS: Girls Talk [5/23/99]
THE ELECTRIC PRUNES: Get Me To The World On Time [1/31/99]
THE ENGLISH BEAT: Save It For Later [1/10/99]
THE EVERLY BROTHERS: Man With Money [5/9/99]
THE FACES: Cindy Incidentally [7/25/99]
SHANE FAUBERT: Ophelia [1/3/99]
THE FINKERS: This Time It’s Love [8/8/99]
FIREKING: The Forgotten [7/1/01]
THE FLAMIN’ GROOVIES: First Plane Home [1/10/99]
*THE FLASHCUBES: It’s You Tonight [12/27/98]
THE FLESHTONES: One More Time [3/14/99]
LANNIE FLOWERS:  Turn Up The Radio [9/16/12]
FOOLS FACE: Even Angels Fall [7/25/99]
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE: Denise [4/11/99]
THE FOUR TOPS: Are You Man Enough [6/11/00]
FRISBIE: Momentito [8/6/00]
THE BOBBY FULLER FOUR: Let Her Dance [1/24/99]
GAME THEORY:  Real Nighttime [3/13/05]
GANG OF FOUR: I Found That Essence Rare [5/9/99]
MARVIN GAYE [& TAMMI TERRELL]: You’re All I Need To Get By [1/31/99]
THE GO-GO’S: The Whole World Lost Its Head [8/15/99]
GARY PIG GOLD: Rock And Roll Love Letter [2/6/00]
RACHAEL GORDON: Fun At Your House [4/2/00]
LESLEY GORE:  California Nights [9/14/03]
THE GRATEFUL DEAD: The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) [5/7/01]
AL GREEN: Let’s Stay Together [6/19/00]
THE GRIP WEEDS: Out Of Today [1/10/99]
GEORGE HARRISON: Poor Little Girl [3/7/99]
HAWAII MUD BOMBERS:  Natsu No Hi [12/5/04]
THE HEARTBREAKERS: Chinese Rocks [2/28/99]
RICHARD HELL & THE VOIDOIDS: Blank Generation [2/28/99]
HELLO HELEN: If You Want Me To [1/30/00]
JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE: Day Tripper [11/28/99]
HERMAN’S HERMITS: Got A Feeling [3/14/99]
RICHARD X. HEYMAN: Cornerstone [1/17/99]
JOHN HIATT: Thing Called Love [2/27/00]
THE HOLLIES: I Can’t Let Go [5/2/99]
BUDDY HOLLY: That’ll Be The Day [9/12/99]
THE HOODOO GURUS: The Right Time [1/24/99]
THE HUDSON BROTHERS: So You Are A Star [3/21/99]
THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Summer Breeze [5/23/99]
JOE JACKSON: I’m The Man [2/4/01]
WANDA JACKSON: Let’s Have A Party [10/10/99]
THE JAM: And Your Bird Can Sing [1/17/99]
ED JAMES: Party At Joe’s [1/31/99]
*THE JELLYBRICKS: Miss You [12/27/98]
JEREMY: Crying On The Inside [5/2/99]
DAVID JOHANSEN: Cool Metro [1/9/00]
JOSIE & THE PUSSYCATS: Josie & the Pussycats (Main Title) [4/2/00]
THE KENNEDYS: Month Of Hours [1/31/99]
THE KINKS: Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy [1/17/99]
KISS: I Love It Loud [2/21/99]
KLAATU: Sub-Rosa Subway [6/24/01]
THE KNACK: Smilin’ [1/3/99]
THE KNICKERBOCKERS: They Ran For Their Lives [1/17/99]
THE LA’S: There She Goes [2/21/99]
THE LAST: You Won’t Win [9/12/99]
STEPHEN LAWRENSON:  Town [1/30/05]
THE LEAVES: Too Many People [1/31/99]
*JOHN LENNON: I’m Losing You [12/27/98]
JULIAN LENNON: Day After Day [3/21/99]
BILL LLOYD: Work In Progress [1/31/99]
THE LOLAS: Yer Gonna Need My Lovin Someday [12/5/99]
THE LONG RYDERS: I Had A Dream [2/28/99]
*MARY LOU LORD: Lights Are Changing [12/27/98]
LOVE: Gimmie A Little Break [1/24/99]
NICK LOWE: So It Goes [1/10/99]
LYRES: But If You’re Happy [1/3/99]
KIRSTY MacCOLL: You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet Baby [3/28/99]
MAD MONSTER PARTY:  Can't Stop Loving You [11/7/10]
THE MARLOWES: Why Didn’t I Think Of That? [3/28/99]
THE MASTICATORS: He’s The One [9/19/99]
MATERIAL ISSUE: Renee Remains The Same [6/6/99]
THE MC5: Kick Out The Jams [1/24/99]
PAUL McCARTNEY: Maybe I’m Amazed [2/14/99]
EYTAN MIRSKY: What Do I Do? [1/30/00]
THE MOBERLYS: Blow Your Life Away [10/3/99]
THE MOCKERS: C’mon Over To My Side [2/28/99]
THE MODERN LOVERS: Roadrunner # 2 [3/14/99]
*THE MONKEES: Regional Girl [12/27/98]
THE MOTORS: Airport [1/10/99]
MOTT THE HOOPLE: All The Young Dudes [7/16/00]
THE MOVE: Do Ya [2/20/00]
MR. ENCRYPTO: Going. Going, Gone [6/2/02]
*THE MUFFS: Sad Tomorrow [12/27/98]
LISA MYCHOLS: Look On [10/7/01]
*MYRACLE BRAH:  Loli La Letta [12/27/98]
THE NAZZ: Open My Eyes [1/31/99]
MICHAEL NESMITH: I Am Not That [2/7/99]
THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS: The Laws Have Changed [6/22/03]
THE NEW YORK DOLLS: Babylon [1/24/99]
NAZARETH: Holiday [4/18/99]
THE NERVES: Working Too Hard [10/15/00]
HARRY NILSSON: Subterranean Homesick Blues [7/25/99]
NIRVANA: About A Boy [2/28/99]
NIXON’S HEAD: Zoom [5/2/99]
THE OHIO EXPRESS: Sweeter Than Sugar [1/31/99]
THE OOHS: Victim Of The Night Time World [11/12/00]
THE ORGONE BOX: Judy Over The Rainbow [4/1/01]
OUTRAGEOUS CHERRY: Where Do I Go When You Dream? [8/8/99]
THE PANDORAS: It’s About Time [1/24/99]
PARANOID LOVESICK: Universe Boat [3/21/99]
GRAHAM PARKER: Ordinary Girl [2/14/99]
THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY: I Woke Up In Love This Morning [3/28/99]
RAY PAUL: Some Sing, Some Dance [4/30/00]
THE PENETRATORS: Teenage Lifestyle [3/4/01]
TOM PETTY: I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better [3/28/99]
PEZBAND: Baby, It’s Cold Outside [8/15/99]
LIZ PHAIR: What Makes You Happy [1/31/99]
WILSON PICKETT: Sugar, Sugar [2/7/99]
PINK FLOYD: See Emily Play [6/6/99]
GENE PITNEY: 24 Hours From Tulsa [3/19/00]
THE PIXIES: Gigantic [8/29/99]
*THE PLIMSOULS: Playing With Jack [12/27/98]
THE POINTED STICKS:  Apologies [3/18/01]
IGGY POP: Consolation Prizes [10/31/99]
POP IS ART: Baby He Loves You [11/16/03]
POPDUDES: Desperation Time [6/1/03]
JOHNNY POPSTAR LUV EXPLOSION: Guess I’m Just A Friendly Guy [6/27/99]
*THE POPTARTS: I Won’t Let You Let Me Go [12/27/98]
ELVIS PRESLEY: Santa Claus Is Back In Town [12/19/99]
THE PRETENDERS: Brass In Pocket [2/21/99]
THE PRIMITIVES: Through The Flowers [2/28/99]
SUZI QUATRO: Tear Me Apart [1/3/99]
THE RAMONES: I Don’t Want To Grow Up [1/3/99]
THE RASCALS: Love Is A Beautiful Thing [6/25/00]
THE RASPBERRIES: Ecstasy [1/10/99]
THE RECORDS: Hearts Will Be Broken [2/14/99]
REDD KROSS: Annie’s Gone [3/28/99]
OTIS REDDING: Pounds And Hundreds [10/24/99]
LOU REED: Vicious [1/17/99]
R.E.M.: Superman [1/10/99]
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: Just Like Me [2/7/99]
CHRIS RICHARDS: It Doesn’t Sound Like You [6/8/03]
AMY RIGBY: Downside Of Love [6/29/03]
THE ROLLING STONES: The Last Time [3/14/99]
THE ROMANTICS: Running Away [1/17/99]
THE ROOKS: Reasons [1/24/99]
PATTI ROTHBERG:  Dish It Out [1/25/04]
ROXY MUSIC: Virginia Plain [8/29/99]
THE RUBINOOS: Saturday Morning Cartoons [4/11/99]
THE RUNAWAYS: Cherry Bomb [3/21/99]
TODD RUNDGREN: Couldn’t I Just Tell You [5/30/99]
THE RUTLES: It’s Looking Good [1/10/99]
SAM & DAVE: Soul Man [4/11/99]
SCREEN TEST: Sound Of The Radio [3/7/99]
SEX CLARK FIVE: The Men Who Didn’t Know Ice [11/19/00]
THE SEX PISTOLS: God Save The Queen [1/10/99]
THE SHADOWS OF KNIGHT: Shake [1/24/99]
DEL SHANNON: Move It On Over [5/2/99]
THE SHAZAM: Let’s Away [1/17/99]
THE SEARCHERS: Have You Ever Loved Somebody [2/28/99]
THE SCRUFFS: She Say Yea [4/11/99]
THE SHANGRI-LAS: Sophisticated Boom Boom [7/25/99]
SHOCKING BLUE: Venus [6/13/99]
SHOES: Tomorrow Night [2/28/99]
*SHONEN KNIFE: Daydream Believer [12/27/98]
SIMON & GARFUNKEL: Cecilia [6/20/99]
THE SKELETONS: The World You Grace [1/3/99]
SLADE: Mama Weer All Crazee Now [3/14/99]
SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE: Runnin’ Away [2/21/99]
THE SMALL FACES: Whatcha Gonna Do About It? [1/17/99]
THE SMITHEREENS: Some Other Guy [2/28/99]
THE SONICS: Boss Hoss [11/28/99]
THE SPONGETONES: Have You Ever Been Torn Apart? [1/10/99]
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: Son Of A Preacher Man [2/14/99]
SQUEEZE: Goodbye Girl [1/3/99]
THE SQUIRES OF THE SUBTERRAIN: Intoxicating Violet [2/28/99]
THE STANDELLS: Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White [1/31/99]
RINGO STARR: Photograph [3/7/99]
STATUS QUO: Pictures Of Matchstick Men [6/11/00]
ROD STEWART: (I Know) I’m Losing You [12/12/99]
STYX: Lorelei [7/16/00]
SWEET: Action [1/10/99]
*MATTHEW SWEET: Sick Of Myself [12/27/98]
T. REX: Jeepster [5/2/99]
TAMMY & THE LORDS OF MISRULE: Clockwork [11/12/00]
TEENAGE FANCLUB: Star Sign [5/23/99]
TELEVISION: See No Evil [2/7/99]
THEM: Route 66 [3/21/99]
THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS: Don’t Let’s Start [10/24/99]
JOHNNY THUNDERS: Short Lives [1/17/99]
*TOOTS & THE MAYTALS: Take Me Home, Country Roads [12/27/98]
THE TREND: Band Aid [2/27/00]
THE TROGGS: Jingle Jangle [1/10/99]
THE TURTLES: Outside Chance [1/31/99]
THE DWIGHT TWILLEY BAND: That I Remember [1/3/99]
*THE UNDERTONES: Teenage Kicks [12/27/98]
UPTIGHT: The Hitman From Detroit [6/16/02]
BEN VAUGHN: Sundown, Sundown [1/10/99]
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Rock And Roll [1/17/99]
THE VILLAS: Pull You Back [4/9/00]
KYLE VINCENT: On The Beach [1/17/99]
THE VOICE OF THE BEEHIVE:  Don't Call Me Baby [6/27/99]
CHRIS VON SNEIDERN: Circles [1/3/99]
THE WHO: The Kids Are Alright [3/14/99]
LUCINDA WILLIAMS: Right In Time [1/17/99]
WONDERMINTS: Proto-Pretty [1/24/99]
WRECKLESS ERIC: Whole Wide World [1/10/99]
X-RAY SPEX: Oh Bondage Up Yours! [4/25/99]
XTC: Respectable Street [1/10/99]
THE YARDBIRDS: Little Games [1/17/99]
NEIL YOUNG: Cinnamon Girl [6/6/99]
WARREN ZEVON: Poor Poor Pitiful Me [5/28/00]
THE ZOMBIES: Time Of The Season [3/14/99]

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