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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, December 1, 2016

THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO's Most Frequently Played Artists 1998-2015


This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl will stream its 850th show this Sunday, December 4th, from 9 to Midnight Eastern at www.westcottradio.org. Last year, for the occasion of our 800th show, our faithful pal Fritz Van Leaven tallied up all of the acts we played during the course of our first 799 shows, and came up with a list of our most-played artists. With another year added, it's possible that some of the rankings may have changed, but it's nonetheless a good snapshot of where TIRnRR is and what we think this place looks like today: 


1. The Beatles
2. The Ramones
3. The Monkees
4. The Kinks
5. The Flashcubes
6. Big Star
8. Sex Clark Five
9. Eytan Mirsky
10. The Bevis Frond
11. astroPuppees
12. The Who
13. The Beach Boys
14. The Hollies
15. The Spongetones
16. Paul McCartney
17. John Lennon
18. The Catholic Girls
19. Mary Lou Lord
20 [tie]. The Pretenders
              The Small Faces
              The Velvet Underground
23. The Dave Clark Five
24. The Bay City Rollers
25. The Johnny Popstar Luv Explosion
26. The Grip Weeds
27 [tie]. The Jam
              The Rolling Stones
29. The Flamin' Groovies
30. David Bowie
31. Cockeyed Ghost
32. Cotton Mather
33 [tie]. Paul Revere & the Raiders
              Screen Test
35. XTC
36 [tie]. The Raspberries
              The Stallions [based almost entirely upon airplay of a single song]
38. Sweet
39. George Harrison
40. Michael Carpenter
41. Badfinger
42. The Sex Pistols
43. The Lolas
44. Mannix
45. Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers
46. Lyres
47. The Isley Brothers
48. The Smithereens
49 [tie]. The Byrds
              The Troggs
51 [tie]. Shoes
              Todd Rundgren
53. The Zombies
54 [tie]. Chris von Sneidern
              The Orgone Box
56. Lisa Mychols
57 [tie]. The Easybeats
              The Poptarts
60 [tie]. Mr. Encrypto
62 [tie]. The Undertones
             The Yardbirds
64. Chuck Berry
65. Nick Lowe
66. The Flashing Astonishers
67 [tie]. Hello Helen
              The Rubinoos
69. The Turtles
70 [tie]. The Knack
              The Muffs
              The New Pornographers
              Pop Is Art
74. Anny Celsi
75 [tie]. Elvis Costello & the Attractions
              The La's
77. The Everly Brothers
78. The New York Dolls
79 [tie]. The Charms
              Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers
              The Kennedys
82 [tie]. Outrageous Cherry
              The Rooks
84. The Humbugs
85. The Searchers
86 [tie]. The Knickerbockers
88 [tie]. The Jellybricks
              Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
              The Moptops
92 [tie]. Gregg Yeti & the Best Lights
              The Oohs
              The Sonics
              Wilson Pickett
96 [tie]. Alex Chilton
              The Trend
98. The Villas
99. The Runaways
100. The Donnas

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