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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, December 5, 2016

THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO # 850



850 shows. When Dana and I started This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio at the end of 1998, I doubt that either of us really thought we could last this long. Maybe we can credit our relative longevity to sheer belligerence, but it's just as likely that we keep doing this--whatever this is--because we believe in it. As we age, as our bodies remind us that we're nowhere near as young as we think we used to be, and as the midnight hour becomes an increasingly daunting target, the music still sustains us. This is fun. This is us. This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio.

For the ol' 8-5-0, our original plan was to have our pal Dave Murray program the whole thing, as a tribute to the wonder of us. Dave's been a fan ever since the first Dana & Carl radio collaboration We're Your Friends For Now back in 1992, and we were delighted when he won the drawing to program our 850th show. Alas, a scheduling conflict prohibited Dave from joining us in the studio on Sunday, but Dave still stepped up with an amazing selection of 16 cool tracks (plus one bonus track, in memory of the late Ron Glass). Dave gave us the tracks, the order in which he wanted them played, and some per-track comments to share with the listeners, and then Dave asked us to fill in the blanks with some of TIRnRR's greatest hits. The result? If you're a regular listener, you already know the answer to that. If you're new here, lemme just tell ya one more time: this is, without a doubt, The Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin' Planet. And we're ready for # 851.

NEXT WEEK: the long slog to--ack!--TIRnRR # 900 and beyond resumes with our last regular show of the year. IN TWO WEEKS: it's The 18th Annual This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio Christmas Show. For now, if we've told you once, we've told you 850 times: this is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week. The weekend stops HERE!

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

TIRnRR # 850: 12/4/16

DANA & CARL [with DAVE MURRAY]: The Ballad Of Jah Clampett
THE TIRnRR 850 OPENING MEDLEY:
THE WONDERS: That Thing You Do!
BADFINGER: Baby Blue
THE KINKS: All Day And All Of The Night
SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES: Tears Of A Clown
STEVE STOECKEL & HIS THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO ALL-STARS: I Could Be Good For You
THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Summer Breeze
DAVID BOWIE: Rebel Rebel
THE MONKEES: I'm A Believer
GEORGE HARRISON: What Is Life
TOOTS & THE MAYTALS: Pressure Drop
THE RASPBERRIES: I Wanna Be With You
THE FLASHCUBES: Carl (You Da Man)
THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?
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THE KINKS: You Really Got Me (Essential, Kinks)
CHRIS TRAPPER: The More I Think (Starlit, The Few & The Far Between)
MOSE ALLISON: Young Man's Blues (Original Jazz Classics, The Prestige Collection)
SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS: How Long Do I Have To Wait For You? (Daptone, Naturally)
STEVE STOECKEL & HIS THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO ALL-STARS: You Don't Love Me Anymore (unreleased)
JOHN HIATT: My Old Friend (A & M, The Tiki Bar Is Open)
N/A: Theme From "Barney Miller" (TVT, Television's Greatest Hits)
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THE SMALL FACES: Afterglow (Of Your Love) (Immediate, The Autumn Stone)
DEL AMITRI: Not Where It's At (A & M, Some Other Sucker's Parade)
OUTRAGEOUS CHERRY: Girl, You Have Magic Inside You (Rainbow Quartz, Supernatural Equinox)
CAROLYNE MAS: Somebody Like Me (Savage Juliet, Beyond Mercury)
THE PRETENDERS: 2000 Miles (Sire, The Singles)
FASTBALL: Dark Street (Hollywood, The Harsh Light Of Day)
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THE MASTICATORS: He's The One (Futureman, Complete Masticators)
THE DAVE CLARK FIVE: Don't You Realize (Epic, Having A Wild Weekend)
THE FACES: Stay With Me (Warner Brothers, Stay With Me)
THE ALTERNATE ROUTES: A Sucker's Dream (Vanguard, A Sucker's Dream)
THE CONTRAST: Everyone's A Sucker (Rainbow Quartz, Underground Ghosts)
JAMES & BOBBY PURIFY: Help Yourself To All Of My Loving (Legacy, Shake A Tail Feather)
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SWEET: Fox On The Run (Capitol, The Best Of Sweet)
GRAHAM PARKER: Hold Back The Night (Vertigo, The Pink Parker)
BONNIE HAYES WITH THE WILD COMBO: Shelly's Boyfriend (Slash, Good Clean Fun)
MANFRED MANN: My Little Red Book (EMI, The Best Of Manfred Mann)
SUGAR: If I Can't Change Your Mind [BBC version] (Rykodisc, single)
THE MONKEES: What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round (Rhino, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.)
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STYX: Kiss Your Ass Goodbye (Sanctuary, Cyclorama)
MARSHALL CRENSHAW: Donna The Prima Donna (429, Jaggedland [digital version])
THE MUFFS: Saying Goodbye (Warner Brothers, The Muffs)
X: Fourth Of July (Elektra, See How We Are)
THE GRIP WEEDS: Every Minute (Rainbow Quartz, The Sound Is In You)
DANNY WILSON: Aberdeen (Virgin, Meet Danny Wilson)
THE MIGHTY LEMON DROPS: Inside Out (Sire, World Without End)
THE O'JAYS: 992 Arguments [single version] (Sony, The Ultimate O'Jays)
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THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Wouldn't You Like It (Arista, The Definitive Collection)
HOLE: Heaven Tonight (DGC, Celebrity Skin)
HELIUM ANGEL: Georgie (Pilot Error, An Early Clue To The New Direction)
SHOES: The Things You Do (Elektra, Tongue Twister)
1.4.5.: Your Own World (Beautiful Sounds, Rhythm n' Booze)
THE PENETRATORS: Teenage Lifestyle (Swami, Basement Anthology)
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THE FLASHCUBES: Do Anything You Wanna Do (Northside, Brilliant)
THE CHORDS: Maybe Tomorrow (Captain Mod, So Far Away)
THE JAM: In The City (Polydor, Direction Reaction Creation)
MR. ENCRYPTO: The Last Time [a cappella] (unreleased mix)
GENE SIMMONS: See You Tonite (Mercury, KISS: Gene Simmons)
COCKEYED GHOST: I Hate Rock 'n' Roll (Big Deal, The Scapegoat Factory)
ANNY CELSI: Empty Hangers (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 3)
THE DROWNERS: While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Jealousy, VA: He Was Fab)
THE RAMONES: Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (Rhino, Rocket To Russia)
BIG STAR: September Gurls (Big Beat, VA: Thank You, Friends)
The This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio Compilation CD Instrumental Medley:
THE TEARJERKERS: Syracuse Summer
STEVE STOECKEL & HIS THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO ALL-STARS: I Could Be Good For You
THE FLASHCUBES: Carl (You Da Man)
THE COWSILLS: She Said To Me
POPDUDES: Desperation Time
THE BLONDES: Suzi Quatro
EYTAN MIRSKY: I'm Losing You
DM3: 1 x 2 x Devastated
UNCLE GREEN: I Don't Wanna Know About It
THE RINGLES: Tiffany's Dimension
THE CATHOLIC GIRLS: Should Have Been Mine
MICHAEL CARPENTER: I've Been Loving You
JOHN WICKS & THE RECORDS: Edges Of A Dream
MAD MONSTER PARTY: Can't Stop Loving You
MANNIX: Highway Lines
SCREEN TEST: Sound Of The Radio
THE CONNECTION: Little Miss Go-Go
HAWAII MUD BOMBERS: Office Crush

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