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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 19, 2016

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 852: The 18th Annual THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO Christmas Show



Does magic exist?

It's a fair question. As we near the end of this particularly trying year, it's easy and tempting to lose faith in the ideals we cherish, to release our grasp on the wonder we hold dear. But that's the very time we need this magic the most. Embrace the good within you. Look for the glow within those around you. And cast your gaze to the heavens for a star to guide you. Magic exists. Together, we can try to conjure a path forward.

Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukkah. Best wishes for Ramadan, Kwanzaa, and all other celebrations of the joy we seek: peace on Earth, good will toward everyone. The magic remains ours to create, ours to maintain, and our sacred responsibility to share.

NEXT WEEK: Well, TIRnRR has the night off officially, but we got sumpin for ya nonetheless. IN TWO WEEKS: On New Year's Day, we return for our best show of the year, THE COUNTDOWN! But RIGHT NOW: We wish you the merriest, from Dana & Carl. 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 at www.westcottradio.org

TIRnRR # 852: The 18th Annual This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio Christmas Show 12/18/16

JOHN & YOKO: Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (Capitol, Shaved Fish)
THE SMITHEREENS: Waking Up On Christmas Morning (Koch, Christmas With The Smithereens)
THE RONETTES: Frosty The Snowman (Abkco, VA: A Christmas Gift For You)
SI CRANSTOUN: Sleigh Rider (Galley, Get Festive Vol. 1)
THE BEATLES: 1963 Christmas message
MICHAEL CARPENTER: Wake Me Up When It's Christmas (Vandalay, VA: Christmas Without Cancer)
EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER: I Believe In Father Christmas (Shout Factory, Come And See The Show)
SIMON & GARFUNKEL: 7 O'Clock News/Silent Night (Columbia, Old Friends)
THE FABULOUS PLAYGROUND FAMILY: I'll Be Home For Christmas (lisamychols.bandcamp.com)
BLONDIE: We Three Kings (blondie.net, single)
CHRISTOPHER GREY: I Can't Sleep On Christmas Eve (Volunteer, VA: Ho Ho Ho Spice)
THE BEATLES: 1964 Christmas message
THE HOLLY TWINS: I Want Elvis For Christmas (Razor & Tie, VA: Rockin' Christmas)
ELVIS PRESLEY: Santa Claus Is Back In Town (RCA, Elvis' Christmas Album)
TWISTED SISTER: Deck The Halls (Sony, A Twisted Christmas)
BIBI FARBER WITH THE MICHAEL LYNCH ORCHESTRA: Gonna Ask Santa Claus (michaellynchmusic.bandcamp.com)
DARLENE LOVE: Marshmallow World (Abkco, VA: A Christmas Gift For You)
BING CROSBY & FRANK SINATRA, WITH FRED WARING & HIS PENNSYLVANIANS: We Wish You The Merriest (Reprise, 12 Songs Of Christmas)
THE BEATLES: 1965 Christmas message
THE DONNAS: Christmas Wrapping (Geffen, VA: Shrek The Halls OST)
THE DARKNESS: Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End) (Warner Brothers, The Platinum Collection)
WIZZARD: I Wish It Could Be Xmas Every Day (MSI, The Best Of Roy Wood & Wizzard)
MARGO GURYAN: I Don't Intend To Spend Christmas Without You (Oglio, 27 Demos)
THE KINKS: Father Christmas (Velvel, Come Dancing With The Kinks)
STEPHEN LAWRENSON: Glad It's Christmas (Kool Kat Musik, VA: A Kool Kat Kristmas Volume Two)
THE BEATLES: 1966 Christmas message
THE RAMONES: Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) (Rhino, Brain Drain)
MIKE VIOLA & THE CANDY BUTCHERS: Give Me A Second Chance For Christmas (RPM, Let's Get Christmas)
SEX CLARK FIVE: Christmastime (unreleased)
THE IDEA: It's About That Time (Black Vinyl, VA: Yuletunes)
THE PRETENDERS: 2000 Miles (Sire, The Singles)
THE GEMS: Love For Christmas (Chess, single)
THE BEATLES: 1967 Christmas message
SLADE: Merry Xmas Everybody (Polydor, Greatest Hits)
THE FORTY NINETEENS: Frosty The Snowman (Bongo Boy, VA: Let's Have A Rockin' Christmas)
THE SONICS: Santa Claus (Rhino, VA: The Best Of Cool Yule)
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE: The Man In The Santa Suit (Virgin, Out Of State Plates)
THE SLINGSBY HORNETS: All I Want For Christmas Is You [fast version] (n/a, single)
THE BEATMAS: Mary's Boy Child (Koch, Xmas!)
THE BEATLES: 1968 Christmas message
THE JELLYBRICKS: We'll Be Together (Vandalay, VA: Hi-Fi Christmas Party)
ANNY CELSI: Christmas In The Pines (Ragazza, January)
JOHNNY POPSTAR & THE LUV EXPLOSION: Angels From The Realms Of Glory (n/a, God's Gift To Me)
THE BEATLES: 1969 Christmas message
DAVID BOWIE & BING CROSBY: Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth (Rhino, VA: Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Xmas)
ALEX CHILTON: Jesus Christ (Munster, Jesus Christ)
NAT KING COLE: The Christmas Song (Capitol, The Christmas Song)
GEORGE HARRISON: Ding Dong, Ding Dong (Apple, Dark Horse)
UP WITH PEOPLE: Jingle Bell Beat (Invisible College, VA: Cool Yule--The Swinging Sound Of Christmas)

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