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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, December 12, 2016

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 851

Another challenge for The Green Hornet, his aide Kato, and their rolling arsenal, The Black Beauty! On police records a wanted criminal, The Green Hornet is really Britt Reid, owner-publisher of The Daily Sentinel, his true identity known only to his secretary and to the district attorney. And now, to protect the rights and lives of decent citizens, rides The Green Hornet!

Oh, what a lucky man he was....

The passings this week of both actor Van Williams (the star of TV's The Green Hornet) and guitarist and singer Greg Lake (of Emerson, Lake & Palmer) offer further assurance that, as time goes by, no one will ever utter this phrase: "Remember 2016? What a great year that was. Yeah, those were the days!"

In our ongoing effort to get through and get on, we offered a wonderful new pop track from Irene Pena (with our pal and esteemed Popdude John Borack percussioning), we served up the long-overdue TIRnRR debut of classic 1970s British punks The Vibrators, and we did what we do best: we played one great record, followed by another great record, great record after great record, until the midnight hour said our time was done for the week. 2016 will fade. We'll continue for as long as our will dictates. We're not gonna let one lousy year stop us.

Are we?

NEXT WEEK: Hey, it's The 18th Annual This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio Christmas Show! And this is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a doomed, defiant 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 at www.westcottradio.org

TIRnRR # 851: 12/11/16

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
DOUG POWELL: A Prayer For Ray Davies (Mercury, The Ballad Of The Tin Men)
THE BANGLES: The Real World (Omnivore, Ladies And Gentlemen...The Bangles!)
THE SHIRELLES: Will You Love Me Tomorrow? (Varese Vintage, 25 All-Time Greatest Hits)
THE NERVES: Hanging On The Telephone (Alive, One Way Ticket)
EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER: From The Beginning (Rhino, The Very Best Of Emerson, Lake & Palmer)
RONNIE LANE & SLIM CHANCE: Ooh La La (Universal, Ronnie Lane & Slim Chance)
IRENE PENA: Must've Been Good (http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/IrenePena1)
ROCKPILE: Play That Fast Thing One More Time (Yep Roc, NICK LOWE: Quiet, Please...)
THE GRASS ROOTS: Temptation Eyes (Rhino, Anthology 1965-1975)
R.E.M.: Radio Free Europe (IRS, And I Feel Fine...)
EARTH, WIND & FIRE: September (Columbia, The Eternal Dance)
TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS: Hanky Panky (Rhino, Anthology)
MATERIAL ISSUE: Kim The Waitress (Rhino, Freak City Soundtrack)
LESLEY GORE: You Don't Own Me (Mercury, It's My Party)
THE SPINNERS: I'll Be Around (Rhino, The Very Best Of The Spinners)
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Who Loves The Sun (Polydor, Peel Slowly And See)
P.P. ARNOLD: The First Cut Is The Deepest (Immediate, The First Cut)
PINK FLOYD: Cymbaline [BBC session] (Pink Floyd, The Early Years 1967-1972)
THE VIBRATORS: Whips & Furs (Columbia, Pure Mania)
THE ONLY ONES: Another Girl, Another Planet (Sony, Another Girl, Another Planet)
SCREEN TEST: Not Today (unreleased)
FATS DOMINO: I'm Walkin' (EMI, VA: Crescent City Soul)
DAVID BOWIE: Rebel Rebel (Virgin, Best Of Bowie)
STATUS QUO: Mean Girl (Castle, At Their Best)
LISA MYCHOLS: I Go Wild (lisamychols.bandcamp.com, In This City)
THE GO-GO'S: Our Lips Are Sealed (IRS, Beauty And The Beat)
ELLIE GREENWICH: Medley: Goodnight Baby/Baby I Love You (Razor & Tie, I Can Hear Music)
THE YOUNG RASCALS: Good Lovin' (Rhino, The Rascals Anthology 1965-1972)
EYTAN MIRSKY: Funny Money (M-Squared, Funny Money)
ALEX CHILTON: Free Again (Big Beat, VA: Thank You, Friends)
ACE FREHLEY: Do Ya (Megaforce, Trouble Walkin')
THE MOSQUITOS: Darn Well (ROIR, VA: Garage Sale)
THE MONKEES: Birth Of An Accidental Hipster (Rhino, Good Times!)
THE CRICKLE: Place In My Heart (ROIR, VA: Garage Sale)
1.4.5.: Your Own World (Beautiful Sounds, Rhythm n' Booze)
THE PANDORAS: Hot Generation (ROIR, VA: Garage Sale)
EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER: Lucky Man (Rhino, The Very Best Of Emerson, Lake & Palmer)
THE HOLLIES: King Midas In Reverse (EMI, Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years)
MERLE HAGGARD: Mama Tried (Capitol, Hag)
THE BENT BACKED TULIPS: I Think (eggBERT, Looking Through...)
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE: Come Up The Years (RCA, The Essential Jefferson Airplane)
THE ROLLING STONES: Get Off Of My Cloud (Abkco, December's Children [And Everybody's])
EAGLES: Take It Easy (Asylum, Their Greatest Hits)
THE BEATLES: Please Please Me (Apple, Please Please Me)
PRINCE: I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (Warner Brothers, The Hits/The B-Sides)
THE KINKS: You Really Got Me (Essential, Kinks)
DAVID BOWIE: Life On Mars? (Virgin, Best Of Bowie)
THE MONKEES: You Told Me (Rhino, Headquarters)
AL HIRT: Green Hornet Theme (RCA, The Horn Meets "The Hornet")
EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER: Peter Gunn (Atlantic, The Best Of Emerson, Lake & Palmer)

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