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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 23, 2017

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 857

It's a sad fact of life that we sometimes pay dearly for mistakes made by other people. It's unfortunate, but true. A lot of people across the country and around the world are feeling that sting right now. It's no secret where Dana and I fall on the political spectrum, but we have friends, family, and loved ones on all sides of this widening chasm, this great divide. I see no immediate hope of reason prevailing. We reserve the right to hope nonetheless.

Like Nero his own self, we had some music to play this week, including brand-new tunes from The Catholic Girls, Mod Hippie, Irene Pena, and pseudonym, plus the TIRnRR debut of Wilbur. And other stuff! The playlist details our ongoing effort to fight the power, and to maybe dance a little bit along the way.

We'll survive. Somehow. Harmony is far away, but still closer than we know. 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 # 857: 1/22/17

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
CHARLTON HESTON: You Blew It Up! (from Planet Of The Apes)
R.E.M.: It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) (IRS, ...And I Feel Fine)
PATTI SMITH: People Have The Power (Arista, Outside Society)
THE O'JAYS: Love Train (Epic, Love Train)
THE STRANGLERS: No More Heroes (EMI, Peaches)
THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Fight The Power, Pt. 1 & 2 (T-Neck, The Heat Is On)
TALKING HEADS: Life During Wartime (Sire, The Best Of Talking Heads)
IRENE PENA: Pieces Of You (http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/IrenePena1)
PSYCHEDELIC FURS: Pretty In Pink (Columbia, Talk Talk Talk)
BLACK SABBATH: Paranoid (Warner Brothers, We Sold Our Soul For Rock 'n' Roll)
SIMON MOREL: Always Greener (WildCat, Record # 2)
THE ARCHIES: Get On The Line (Fuel 2000, Absolutely The Best Of The Archies)
LIGHTNING SEEDS: Change (Capitol, VA: Clueless OST)
THE CATHOLIC GIRLS: Somebody Better Get A Room (Cinema, Somebody Better Get A Room)
SWEET: The Ballroom Blitz (Capitol, The Best Of Sweet)
GAR FRANCIS: Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35 (Bongo Boy, single)
THE ROCHES: Hammond Song (Warner Brothers, The Roches)
LULU: To Sir, With Lulu [museum outings montage] (Retroactive, VA: To Sir, With Love OST)
THE JAM: Tales From The Riverbank [fan club version] (Polydor, The Sound Of The Jam)
PSEUDONYM: I Don't Care About Love (Grasshopper, Pack Of Lies)
THE EASYBEATS: You Said That (Albert, Absolute Anthology)
MICHAEL MITSCH: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (unreleased)
THE ROLLING STONES: Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow? (Abkco, Flowers)
MAD MONSTER PARTY: Death Valley Days [7" version] (CD Baby, Mad Monster Party)
THE B-52's: Planet Claire (Rhino, Nude On The Moon)
THE FLASHCUBES: She (unreleased)
THE BEATLES: Revolution 1 (Apple, The Beatles)
MOTT THE HOOPLE: Born Late '58 (Columbia, The Ballad Of Mott)
SPOOKY TOOTH: I'm Alive (Charly, The Mirror)
WILBUR: She's Gone (wilbur1.bandcamp.com, This Is Wilbur)
THE HOLLIES: King Midas In Reverse (EMI, Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years)
MOD HIPPIE: Gone All Day (Karma Frog, Big Wow)
THE POLICE: Invisible Sun (A & M, Ghost In The Machine)
THE MONKEES: Daily Nightly (Rhino, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.)
CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG: Ohio (Atlantic, So Far)
FIRST AID KIT: America (Columbia, America)
EURYTHMICS: Love Is A Stranger (RCA, Sweet Dreams [Are Made Of This])
THE CALL: The Walls Came Down (Polygram, The Walls Came Down)
XTC: Sgt. Rock (Is Going To Help Me) (Virgin, Waxworks)
THE LAUGHING DOGS: Get 'Im Outa Town (Columbia, The Laughing Dogs)
THE RAMONES: Needles And Pins [early version] (Rhino, Rocket To Russia)
THE OUTSKIRTS: Standing Together (Glass, Heaven's On The Move)
GANG OF FOUR: I Found That Essence Rare (Infinite Zero, Entertainment!)
KISS: Rock And Roll All Nite (Mercury, Dressed To Kill)
JOHN LENNON: Power To The People (Capitol, The John Lennon Collection)
EYTAN MIRSKY: This Year's Gonna Be Our Year (M-Squared, Year Of The Mouse)
BIG STAR: September Gurls (Big Beat, VA: Thank You, Friends)
THE KINKS: You Really Got Me (Essential, Kinks)
THE KNICKERBOCKERS: Lies (Rhino, VA: Nuggets)
THE BLAZERS: Beaver Patrol (Ace, VA: The Birth Of Surf)