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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 three 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 21, 2016

Winter is real. This phony THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO playlist is not.



Crappy driving conditions in Syracuse forced us to cancel last night's planned 849th installment of This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl. After a full hour clearing my driveway this morning--thank God for the ol' Cub Cadet!--I figure it's time for a little winter catharsis. Here's a fake TIRnRR playlist to keep you warm. And we'll make another attempt at # 849 next Sunday.

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl streams live--weather permitting--on Sunday nights from 9 to Midnight Eastern, exclusively at www.westcottradio.org

TIRnRR Winter Emergency Fake Edition

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
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STIV BATORS: It's Cold Outside (Bomp, single)
THE SHAMBLES: Warm This Winter (JAM, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 1)
THE ICICLES: Snowman (Microindie, A Hundred Patterns)
THE BEATLES: Here Comes The Sun (Apple, Abbey Road)
THE BEACH BOYS: Surfin' Safari (Capitol, Good Vibrations)
THE RAMONES: Rockaway Beach (Rhino, Rocket To Russia)
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THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Summer Breeze (Sony, VA: A Salute To Black Entertainers)
THE LAST: Every Summer Day (Bomp, L.A. Explosion!)
THE FLASHCUBES: Muscle Beach (Northside, Bright Lights)
THE ROMANTICS: Let's Swing (Bomp, VA: Waves, Volume 1)
THE RASPBERRIES: On The Beach (RPM, Power Pop, Volume Two)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Girls In Their Summer Clothes (Columbia, Magic)
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THE IDES OF MARCH: Roller Coaster (Sundazed, Ideology)
CHUBBY CHECKER: Let's Twist Again (Abkco, The Best Of Chubby Checker)
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE: Hot Fun In The Summertime (Epic, Greatest Hits)
THE MONKEES: You Bring The Summer (Rhino, Good Times!)
BLOTTO: I Wanna Be A Lifeguard (One Way, Collected Works)
THE BARRACUDAS: His Last Summer (Voxx, Drop Out With The Barracudas)
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SHOES: Tomorrow Night (Black Vinyl, Best)
THE RUBINOOS: Wouldn't It Be Nice (Castle, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About The Rubinoos)
THE SHIRELLES: Will You Love Me Tomorrow? (Varese Vintage, 25 All-Time Greatest Hits)
THE PANDORAS: It's About Time (Voxx, It's About Time)
THE DAVE CLARK FIVE: Any Way You Want It (Hollywood, The History Of The Dave Clark Five)
THE DIRTY ROYALS: I'm In Love (n/a, Star Burrito)
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PRINCE: Let's Go Crazy (Warner Brothers, The Hits/The B-Sides)
KISS: Shout It Out Loud (Mercury, Destroyer)
SHAUN CASSIDY: Hey Deanie (Curb, Greatest Hits)
THE ARCHIES: Jingle Jangle (Fuel 2000, Absolutely The Best Of The Archies)
MATTHEW SWEET: Girlfriend (Sony, Playlist)
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Wouldn't You Like It (Arista, The Definitive Collection)
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BOW WOW WOW: I Want Candy (Sony, Playlist)
MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS: Dancing In The Street (Motown, VA: Hitsville USA)
THE ROLLING STONES: Street Fighting Man (Abkco, Through The Past, Darkly)
MARTHA & THE MUFFINS: Echo Beach (EMI, Far Away In Time)
ANNETTE: Bikini Beach Party (Buena Vista, The Best Of Annette)
ALICE COOPER: School's Out (Rhino, Monsters & Mascara)
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THE B GIRLS: Fun At The Beach (Other Peoples Music, Who Says Girls Can't Rock)
IT'S MY PARTY!: On The Beach Tonight (Mister Cat, Can I Get To Know You Better?)
SQUEEZE: Pulling Mussels From A Shell (A & M, Singles--45's & Under)
THE SEARCHERS: Hearts In Her Eyes (Raven, The Sire Sessions 1979-80)
THE SEX PISTOLS: Somethin' Else (Warner Brothers, The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle)
THE DRIFTERS: Sand In My Shoes (Atlantic, All-Time Greatest Hits & More)
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EDDIE COCHRAN: C'mon Everybody (Razor & Tie, Somethin' Else)
MATERIAL ISSUE: International Pop Overthrow (Mercury, International Pop Overthrow)
THE SPONGETONES: Oh Yeah! (Black Vinyl, Oh Yeah!)
JOHNNY THUNDERS & THE HEARTBREAKERS: I Love You (Jungle, L.A.M.F.)
THE JIVE FIVE: What Time Is It (Collectables, Their Greatest Hits)
THE HOLLIES: Look Through Any Window (EMI, Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years)
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MAD MONSTER PARTY: Can't Stop Loving You  (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 3)
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: I Only Want To Be With You (Mercury, The Very Best Of Dusty Springfield)
THE KINKS: All Day And All Of The Night (Essential, Kinks)
LESLEY GORE: California Nights (Mercury, It's My Party)
THE FIRST CLASS: Beach Baby (Collectables, Beach Baby)
BLONDIE: In The Sun (Chrysalis, Blondie)
THE TEARJERKERS: Syracuse Summer (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 3)
BIG STAR: September Gurls (Ardent, # 1 Record/Radio City)
THE VENTURES: Theme From "Hawaii Five-O" (EMI, Walk--Don't Run)