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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, January 19, 2017

A Boppin' Little Place (Where Music Played)




In the aftermath of yesterday's celebration of Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do)'s first anniversary, let's review the music we would have heard in our imaginary nightclub.

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The evening's first DJ was Riff Randell:

THE RAMONES: Rock 'n' Roll High School
THE MC5: High School
THE FLIRTATIONS: Nothing But A Heartache
THE RASPBERRIES: Go All The Way
THE KINGSMEN: Louie Louie
AMY RIGBY: Dancing With Joey Ramone
SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES: Tears Of A Clown
THE SELECTER: On My Radio
SUZI QUATRO: I May Be Too Young
THE CARRIE NATIONS: Look On Up At The Bottom
JAMES BROWN: Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
THE KINKS: Dedicated Follower Of Fashion
RICK JAMES: Give It To Me Baby
THE FLASHCUBES: All Over The World
THE FLASHCUBES: Born To Cry



Our first live entertainment was provided by The Ladies Aid Society, a special supergroup with Prince (guitar, vocals), Janis Joplin (vocals), Keith Richards (guitar), Buck Owens (guitar, vocals), Louis Armstrong (trumpet, vocals on "Wonderful World"), Jenny Woo (bass, vocals), Susan Cowsill (vocals, tambourine, guitar), Toots Hibbert (vocals), Lionel Hampton (vibes), Jughead Jones (drums), Brian Wilson (vocals, keyboard), with The Memphis Horns and The Shangri-Las:

Piece Of My Heart
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
Raise A Hand
Shake A Tail Feather
Suffragette City [with David Bowie]
Raspberry Beret
Down On Me
Wonderful World
Let's Go Crazy
Combination Of The Two
Good Vibrations
Pressure Drop
Happy
She Said To Me
I've Got A Tiger By The Tail
Sugar Sugar [with Archie Andrews and Wilson Pickett]
Flying Home
Eternity Man
Leader Of The Pack
When Doves Cry
Me & Bobby McGee
Medley: Fight The Power/God Save The Queen [with Jimi Hendrix]
Encore:
Ladies Aid Society [with Davy Jones]
Mercedes Benz
1999
Shine On You Crazy Diamond [with Syd Barrett]



The next DJ was Ronnie Dark, host of The Wax Museum on WVOA-FM:

THE HOLLIES: Jesus Was A Crossmaker
THE MONKEES: Regional Girl
CHEAP TRICK: Surrender
YES: Long Distance Runaround
THE KINKS: Sunny Afternoon
STYX: Kiss Your Ass Goodbye
P.P. ARNOLD: The First Cut Is The Deepest
THE DAMNATION OF ADAM BLESSING: Last Train To Clarksville
DOLENZ, JONES, BOYCE & HART: Moonfire
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: I'm Not Your Stepping Stone
BROTHERHOOD: Destination Unknown
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: Beatnik Sticks
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: In My Community
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: Just Like Me
THE RAIDERS: The Boys In The Band



The Monkees (Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Michael Nesmith) followed:

Last Train To Clarksville
Sunny Girlfriend
Valleri
I Don't Think You Know Me
Porpoise Song
Nine Times Blue
(Look Out) Here Comes Tomorrow
For Pete's Sake
Birth Of An Accidental Hipster
All Of Your Toys
You And I
Oh My My [dedicated to Brenda Nuremberg-Cafarelli]
Solitary Man [with Neil Diamond]
The Boat That I Row [with Lulu]
Make Something Happen [with Gary Frenay and Marshall Crenshaw]
Love Is Only Sleeping
Words
Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again
You Bring The Summer
The Door Into Summer
She Hangs Out
Time And Time Again
As We Go Along
Sometime In The Morning
What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?
Encore:
Listen To The Band
Pleasant Valley Sunday
(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
Second Encore:
Me & Magdalena
Love To Love
Naked Persimmon
Circle Sky
Third Encore:
Daydream Believer
You Just May Be The One
The Girl I Knew Somewhere
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You



Jenny Woo, bassist for The Dustbunnies and granddaughter of Eternity Man, has a story that's yet to be told. Nonetheless, she brought a stack of records to play for her stint in the DJ booth:

LITTLE RICHARD: Jenny, Jenny
THE KINKS: Who'll Be The Next In Line
DAVE DEE, DOZY, BEAKY, MICK & TICH: Hold Tight
THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Summer Breeze
EDDIE COCHRAN: Somethin' Else
THE SEX PISTOLS: Pretty Vacant
KISS: Shout It Out Loud
THE RICH KIDS: Rich Kids
THE YARDBIRDS: Evil Hearted You
THE NEW YORK DOLLS: Babylon
TELEVISION: Elevation
THE DIXIE CUPS: Iko Iko
IGGY & THE STOOGES: Gimme Danger
WHAM!: Freedom
THE TOYS: May My Heart Be Cast Into Stone
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS: (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding?



On stage next was The Otis Redding Band:

I Can't Turn You Loose
Day Tripper [with John Lennon]
Behind The Wall Of Sleep [with Pat Dinizio and Jim Babjak]
To Love Somebody [with The Bee Gees]
Sweet Soul Music [with Arthur Conley and Graham Parker]
Soul Meeting [with Solomon Burke, Wilson Pickett, Ben E. King, Sharon Jones, and Joe Tex]
Respect [with Aretha Franklin]
Pounds & Hundreds
Hard To Handle
Suspicious Minds [with Elvis Presley and Elvis Costello]
I've Been Loving You Too Long
Try A Little Tenderness
Tramp [with Carla Thomas]
Ballad Of El Goodo [with Alex Chilton]
Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay
It's A Man's Man's Man's World [with James Brown]
Encore:
Satisfaction
Pain In My Heart
Mr. Pitiful
You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)
When You Were Mine [with Prince]
Second Encore:
I'm A Believer [with Micky Dolenz]
Break On Through [with Jim Morrison]
Feeling Stronger Every Day
Third Encore:
That's How Strong My Love Is
I've Got Dreams To Remember
Everybody Needs Somebody To Love [with Solomon Burke and Mick Jagger]
Fourth Encore:
All Along The Watchtower [with Jimi Hendrix]



John Lennon took his turn as a DJ:

ELVIS PRESLEY: All Shook Up
ARTHUR ALEXANDER: Anna (Go To Him)
THE FOUR TOPS: It's The Same Old Song
THE RAMONES: I Believe In Miracles
THE B-52'S: Rock Lobster
YOKO ONO: Kiss Kiss Kiss
THE KINKS: Come Dancing
ELTON JOHN: Philadelphia Freedom
HARRY NILSSON: Daybreak
CHUCK BERRY: Johnny B. Goode
BUDDY HOLLY: Peggy Sue
PAUL McCARTNEY: Coming Up
THE EVERLY BROTHERS: Gone Gone Gone
RAY CHARLES: What'd I Say
DAVID BOWIE: Rebel Rebel



Then it was time for the house band, as The Kinks (Ray Davies, Dave Davies, Peter Quaife, and Mick Avory) took their glorious turn:

You Really Got Me
This Man He Weeps Tonight
Stop Your Sobbing [with Chrissie Hynde]
Tired Of Waiting For You
Living On A Thin Line
The Village Green Preservation Society
Juke Box Music
Love Me Till The Sun Shines
I Took My Baby Home
I Need You
Death Of A Clown
All Day And All Of The Night
I'm In Disgrace
One Of The Survivors
Where Have All The Good Times Gone
Susannah's Still Alive
Lola [partial]
Muswell Hillbilly
Lola [partial]
(A) Face In The Crowd
Lola
Sunny Afternoon
Working At The Factory
Better Things
Encore:
Days
No More Looking Back
You Can't Stop The Music
See My Friends
Second Encore:
Victoria
Apeman
Animal Farm
I'm Not Like Everybody Else
Third Encore:
David Watts
Sleepwalker
This Is Where I Belong
Fourth Encore:
You Really Got Me [reprise]
Waterloo Sunset



You can't have guest DJs and not invite Joey Ramone:

THE SEARCHERS: Needles And Pins
THE RONETTES: Be My Baby
THE DAVE CLARK FIVE: Any Way You Want It
WRECKLESS ERIC & AMY RIGBY: Do You Remember That
THE DUSTBUNNIES: Rocket To Russia
BLODWYN PIG: See My Way
THE RATTLERS: Livin' Alone
THE DICKIES: Rosemary
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Wouldn't You Like It
HOLLY & THE ITALIANS: Tell That Girl To Shut Up
THE DRIFTERS: On Broadway
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: I Only Want To Be With You
THE WHO: Substitute
THE KINKS: She's Got Everything
HERMAN'S HERMITS: A Must To Avoid



The night's second supergroup was literally super-powered. Few realized that Captain Marvel, the world's mightiest mortal, was also an accomplished guitarist with a style that's been compared to Hendrix (albeit misspelled as "Hendricks"). Cap gathered some comics pals to perform as The Shazam, though he was unable to say the band's name without turning back into young newscaster Billy Batson. The Shazam consisted of Cap and noted superhero sidekick (and former pop star) Rick Jones on guitars, fashion model Friday Foster on vocals, Mandrake the Magician's best friend Lothar on drums, Wendy the Good Little Witch on bass (really her magic broom, using spells to create a melodic boom boom boom), and teen socialite Veronica Lodge of The Archies on keyboards and backing vocals:

Purple Haze
Thunder And Lightning
Rich Girl
Magic
I Put A Spell On You
Nobody Loves The Hulk [vocal by Rick Jones]
"Heroes"
Jingle Jangle [with Betty Cooper]
Pretty Baby
Vogue
Rescue Me
The Word
Highest Trails Above
Encore:
(I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear
Girl, You Have Magic Inside You [with Mary Marvel and The Scarlet Witch]
Comic Book Heroes/I'm Your Superman [with Rick Springfield]



Paul Armstrong took over the DJ booth, and took no prisoners:

MOTT THE HOOPLE: All The Way From Memphis
THE NEW YORK DOLLS: Trash
THE KINKS: Destroyer
KISS: Detroit Rock City
THE ROMANTICS: In The Nighttime
STATUS QUO: Rockin' All Over The World
THE RASPBERRIES: I'm A Rocker
THE RUNAWAYS: School Days
CHRIS SPEDDING: Motorbikin'
THE JAM: In The City
THE SEX PISTOLS: Bodies
CHEAP TRICK: I Know What I Want
THE FACES: Stay With Me
THE MOVE: Do Ya
IGGY & THE STOOGES: I Got A Right



As the sound of "The Good, The Bad And The Ugly" filled the club, four shadowy figures appeared on stage. And that voice took over the room: "HEY! We're The Ramones, and this one's called "Rockaway Beach! Take it, Dee Dee!"1-2-3-4!:

Rockaway Beach
Blitzkrieg Bop
Oh Oh I Love Her So
Carbona Not Glue
I Just Want To Have Something To Do
I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend [with Les McKeown]
Touring
Babysitter
Rocket To Russia [with Jenny Woo]
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
Do You Wanna Dance
I Believe In Miracles
Indian Giver
I Don't Want To Grow Up
In The Park
Don't Come Close
I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement
I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You
Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
I Wanna Live
Judy Is A Punk
Beat On The Brat
I Got You, Babe [with Debbie Harry]
Warthog
Swallow My Pride
Cretin Hop
Commando
I Can't Make It On Time
Censorshit
Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World
Surfin' Bird
R.A.M.O.N.E.S. [with Lemmy]
Pinhead
Encore:
I Wanna Be Sedated
California Sun
Come On Now
Loudmouth
Teenage Lobotomy
Glad To See You Go
She's The One



Paul McCartney wasn't about to let John Lennon be the only Beatle DJ:

ELVIS PRESLEY: Blue Moon Of Kentucky
LITTLE RICHARD: Lucille
BUDDY HOLLY: Love's Made A Fool Of You
THE BEACH BOYS: God Only Knows
ARTHUR ALEXANDER: Soldier Of Love
THE KINKS: Dandy
JOHN LENNON: Whatever Gets You Thru The Night
KLAATU: California Jam
THE MOODY BLUES: Go Now!
STEVIE WONDER: I Was Made To Love Her
THE JAM: That's Entertainment!
BADFINGER: We're For The Dark
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: Son Of A Preacher Man
ARETHA FRANKLIN: Think
THE BYRDS: We'll Meet Again



And then it was The Flashcubes' turn to raise the motherlovin' roof:

It's You Tonight
She's Leaving
When We Close Our Eyes
A Face In The Crowd
Social Mobility
On The Run
No Promise
Pathetic
Mr. Acarius
She Couldn't Say No
Wait Till Next Week
Hello Suzie [with Roy Wood]
Sound Of The Radio
I'm Not The Liar [with The Shangri-Las]
Christi Girl
She [with Micky Dolenz]
Gone Too Far [with Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork]
Natalie
Sold Your Heart
Nothing Really Matters When You're Young
My Little Angel
Five Personalities [with Norm Mattice]
Do Anything You Wanna Do
Encore:
Got No Mind
I Can't Let Go
Destiny's Plaything
Welcome To The Working Class
Second Encore:
Stop! In The Name Of Love
You For Me
You're Not The Police
Angry Young Man
Third Encore:
Rawhide
Hold Me Tight



Little Steven emerged from his Underground Garage long enough to DJ a tribute to Dana & Carl's This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio compilations:

THE TEARJERKERS: Syracuse Summer
JOHN WICKS & THE RECORDS: Edges Of A Dream
STEVE STOECKEL & HIS THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO ALL-STARS: I Could Be Good For You
MR. ENCRYPTO: The Last Time [a cappella]
THE FINKERS: Last Thing On My Mind
ANNY CELSI: Empty Hangers
EYTAN MIRSKY: I'm Losing You
MANNIX: Highway Lines
THE GRIP WEEDS: Every Minute
UNCLE GREEN: I Don't Wanna Know About It
LISA MYCHOLS: Cactus Boy
MICHAEL CARPENTER: I've Been Loving You
BEAUTY SCENE OUTLAWS: Carl Cafarelli
THE FLASHCUBES: Carl (You Da Man)
And one from the TIRnRR house band:
THE KINKS: Everybody's Gonna Be Happy



And only The Beatles could close the show:

Twist And Shout
Come Together
Things We Said Today
If I Needed Someone
She Said She Said
We Can Work It Out
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Help!
Can't Buy Me Love
Acoustic Set:
I Don't Want To Spoil The Party
For No One
Here Comes The Sun
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
I've Just Seen A Face
Give Me Love
Norwegian Wood
Blackbird
Yellow Submarine
If I Fell
Yesterday
A Day In The Life
Plugged In:
Revolution
Helter Skelter
What Is Life
Gimme Some Truth
Live And Let Die
Photograph
Lady Madonna
Hey Bulldog
Something
Don't Pass Me By
Maybe I'm Amazed
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Penny Lane
Eleanor Rigby
The Night Before
No Reply
I Me Mine
Instant Karma!
It Don't Come Easy
I'm Down
I Feel Fine
Paperback Writer
Think For Yourself
I Want To Hold Your Hand
Another Girl
Encore:
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
With A Little Help From My Friends
Ticket To Ride
A Hard Day's Night
I Saw Her Standing There
Strawberry Fields Forever
Second Encore:
She Loves You
Martha My Dear
I Want To Tell You
Octopus' Garden
Rain
Third Encore:
Polythene Pam
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight
The End
Fourth Encore:
Let It Be
Give Peace A Chance



With the live performances concluded, Dana & Carl supplied the ending house music:

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?
THE KINKS: Till The End Of The Day
THE BEVIS FROND: He'd Be A Diamond
BADFINGER: Baby Blue
TODD RUNDGREN: Couldn't I Just Tell You
THE PRETENDERS: Back On The Chain Gang
BONEY M: My Friend Jack
THE SMALL FACES: Tin Soldier
THE OHIO EXPRESS: Had To Be Me
MARY LOU LORD: Aim Low
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Rock And Roll
TRANSLATOR: Everywhere That I'm Not
EYTAN MIRSKY: This Year's Gonna Be Our Year
SUGAR: If I Can't Change Your Mind
THE STALLIONS: Why
BIG STAR: September Gurls

A lot of music for just one night? Well, time moves differently inside the club. There's always enough time, plenty of time to do anything and enjoy everything you ever wished that time would allow. Why, right after The Beatles have packed up and Dana & Carl have put away their records, there's still more music about to start anew. Always on. Always here. Always alive.

If you weren't there...well, you were there. I saw you. You were smiling. You were singing along with every word, every note.  You were dancing to that fine, fine music. And it was all right.