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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, January 9, 2017

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 855



On September 1st of this year, Syracuse's own power pop powerhouse The Flashcubes will celebrate their 40th anniversary. But they're getting the party started early--like, right now--with a brand new track they just recorded: a cover of The Monkees' classic "She," which will be on a forthcoming Monkees tribute album from the good folks at 7a Records in England. HEY! The album won't be out for a while, but I have a feeling the track is gonna get significant burn on TIRnRR over the next few months. And I'm sure we'll be talking a lot about The Flashcubes all year long.

Also new this week: Telescope, another swell new album from long-time TIRnRR Fave Rave Kelley Ryan; Girlville, a fab new girl-group sound project from Dana Countryman (represented on this week's playlist with vocal turns by other long-time TIRnRR Fave Raves Lisa Mychols and Lisa Jenio); and a new unreleased track by Tommy Gunn (aka Tommy O'Reilly of The Most and 1.4.5., singing a song he wrote about the late Norm Mattice). This is what we do on This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio: we take a bunch of great new stuff, we mix in more great stuff, old and new, and we scream into the microphone about the wonder of it all.  It's foolproof. It makes great radio. And it's the only way we know how to do it.

And somehow, we've been doing it for...wait. Really? That long...?!

NEXT WEEK: Well! Way back on January 15th, 1992, Dana and I walked into the old WNMA studio on Trinity Place in Syracuse, and we pitched an idea for a new radio show. Station management apparently dug whatever the hell it was we were stammering about, so they had us record an audition show, which then went on the air that very night as the first-ever Dana & Carl radio show. On 1/15/17, two and a half decades later to the day, we celebrate with 25 YEARS OF DANA & CARL. We would be delighted if you could join us. For now, 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

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TIRnRR # 855: 1/8/17

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
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THE KINKS: You Really Got Me (Essential, Kinks)
THE COWSILLS: She Said To Me (JAM, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 2)
WHAM!: Freedom (Columbia, Make It Big)
THE TREMELOES: Here Comes My Baby (Castle, Good Times)
THE MONKEES: Sometime In The Morning (Rhino, More Of The Monkees)
THE LOLAS: Sticker (JAM, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 1)
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THE FLASHCUBES: She (unreleased)
POPDUDES: Desperation Time (JAM, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 1)
IRENE PENA: Must've Been Good  (http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/IrenePena1)
WRECKLESS ERIC: Have A Great Day (Fire, AmERICa)
THE CALL: The Walls Came Down (Hip-O, 20th Century Masters)
THE FIRE APES: Hey Kate (JAM, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 2)
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DANA COUNTRYMAN [with LISA JENIO]: My Heart Belongs To One Boy (Teensville, Girlsville)
THE CURE: Friday I'm In Love (Polydor, galore)
GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: I've Got To Use My Imagination (Funky Town Grooves, Imagination)
THE PLIMSOULS: A Million Miles Away (Elektra, Everywhere At Once)
LISA MYCHOLS: Don't Forget Your Man (lisamychols.bandcamp.com, In This City)
THE SINGLES: He Can Go, You Can't Stay (Rainbow Quartz, Better Than Before)
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TOMMY GUNN: Talk Of The Town (unreleased)
THE PRETENDERS: Talk Of The Town (Sire, The Singles)
MYRACLE BRAH: I'm In Love (Not Lame, Life On Planet Eartsnop)
THE PANDORAS: It's About Time (Voxx, It's About Time)
SOLOMON BURKE: Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (Rhino, The Very Best Of Solomon Burke)
THE CREATION: Making Time (Rhino, VA: Nuggets II)
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THE MONKEES: Terrifying (Rhino, Good Times! [digital version])
THE HUMBUGS: She's Not Sad (Oddvious, Twist The Truth)
CHICAGO: Just You 'n' Me (Rhino, Only The Beginning)
KELLEY RYAN: Real Gone Girl (Manatee, Telescope)
BADFINGER: No Matter What (Apple, No Dice)
THE MERRYMAKERS: I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better (Not Lame, VA: Full Circle)
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DANA COUNTRYMAN [with LISA MYCHOLS]: I've Run All Out Of Tears (Teensville, Girlville)
TRACEY ULLMAN: Breakaway (Rhino, You Broke My Heart In 17 Places)
STARCLUB: Hard To Get (Island, Starclub)
COTTON MATHER: My Before And After (Copper, Kontiki)
JOE JACKSON: I'm The Man (A & M, Steppin' Out)
ELVIS PRESLEY: Little Sister (RCA, The Top Ten Hits)
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THE FLASHCUBES: No Promise [live] (unreleased)
DAVID BOWIE: Hang On To Yourself (Virgin, Bowie At The Beeb)
THE RICHARDS: Five Personalities (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 3)
DAVID BOWIE: Suffragette City (Virgin, Bowie At The Beeb)
THE MOST: So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star [live] (unreleased)
DAVID BOWIE: Queen Bitch (Virgin, Bowie At The Beeb)
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THE RAMONES: She's The One (Rhino, Road To Ruin)
BORIS THE SPRINKLER: Kill The Ramones (Junk, VA: Goin' After Pussy)
THE BEATLES: Thank You, Girl (Capitol, The Beatles' Second Album)
THE BOOBY TRAPS: Sha Lala (Off The Hip, The Booby Traps)
1.4.5.: Do We Still Do It (Beautiful Sounds, Rhythm n' Booze)
THE CLASH: Train In Vain (Epic, The Essential Clash)
HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES: Don't Leave Me This Way (Philadelphia, single)
DAVE DEE, DOZY, BEAKY, MICK & TICH: Hold Tight (Repertoire, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich)
EYTAN MIRSKY: This Year's Gonna Be Our Year (M-Squared, Year Of The Mouse)
THE MOPTOPS: Christine (Not Lame, VA: Full Circle)
THE KINKS: Revenge (Essential, Kinks)