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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 30, 2017

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 858

It's supposed to be a criticism when you say someone's running on autopilot. But honestly, Dana and I are on autopilot just about every week here on This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl, and that's never a bad thing. A higher power takes over, and we channel its wishes. It's either autopilot, or we somehow just know what we're doing.

And how likely is that?

New music from Clockwork Flowers, farewells to Mary Tyler Moore and Mike Connors, a salute to our friends over at The Wax Museum with Ronnie Dark as they celebrate their 400th show, and an array of assorted audio delights that just kinda took care of themselves--well, put 'em all together, and suddenly we got ourselves a radio show. Automatic. And cool!

NEXT WEEK: Guess we gotta offer some sort of counter-programming for the football game, right? Okey-dokey. Howzabout Non-Stop Over The Top POP!!! Yes, with three exclamation points, representing three hours devoted exclusively to pure pop, power pop, sugar pop, bubblegum pop, punk pop, soul pop, girl-group pop, rockin' pop, pop, pop, POP! It's AM RADIOS GONE WILD, in our purest pop show ever! Over The Top POP!!! 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 # 858: 1/29/17

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
ELVIS COSTELLO: Tear Off Your Own Head (It's A Doll Revolution) (Island, When I Was Cruel)
THE STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK: Incense And Peppermints (BMG, VA: Psychedelic Pop)
DANA & CARL: Goodnight, Minneapolis! (unreleased)
HUSKER DU: Love Is All Around (SST, single)
XTC: Statue Of Liberty (Virgin, Waxworks)
THE BEATLES: Revolution [promo video version]
PARALLAX PROJECT: All The Same (Kool Kat Musik, I Hate Girls)
CLOCKWORK FLOWERS: Saturday Night (theclockworkflowers.com, Colours Vol. 3: Yellow)
THE PRETTY THINGS: Midnight To Six Man (Fontana, Get A Buzz)
ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS: Monteray (BMG, VA: Psychedelic Pop)
N/A: Mannix Theme (TVT, VA: Television's Greatest Hits)
JOE MANNIX: White Flag (Bongobeat, White Flag)
THE DIXIE CUPS: Iko Iko [a cappella version] (Collectables, The Very Best Of The Dixie Cups)
RICHARD X. HEYMAN & PETER NOONE: Hoosier (Girl) (Turn-Up, Heyman, Hoosier & Herman)
FUN BOY THREE: Our Lips Are Sealed (Capitol, The Best Of Fun Boy Three)
THE GO-GO'S: How Much More (Capitol, Beauty And The Beat)
THE KINKS: Misty Water (Reprise, The Great Lost Kinks Album)
THE FLASHCUBES: She (unreleased)
SUGAR: Gee Angel (Rykodisc, single)
THE BEATLES: Drive My Car (Apple, Rubber Soul)
BIG STAR: Back Of A Car (Ardent, # 1 Record/Radio City)
PAUL & LINDA McCARTNEY: The Back Seat Of My Car (Capitol, Ram)
THE FLESHTONES: For A Smile (Yep Roc, Wheel Of Talent)
THE LIKE: Release Me (Geffen, Release Me)
GENE PITNEY: It Hurts To Be In Love (One Way, Ultimate Anthology)
THE RASPBERRIES: Go All The Way (RPM, Power Pop Volume One)
CHEAP TRICK: Surrender (Epic, Heaven Tonight)
THE PARTIES: Cryin' Shame (Rainbow Quartz, Cryin' Shame)
THE PRETENDERS: Talk Of The Town (Sire, The Singles)
THE LEGAL MATTERS: Short Term Memory (Omnivore, Conrad)
RAY PAUL: Pretty Flamingo (Permanent Press, Whimsicality)
THE CATHOLIC GIRLS: Somebody Better Get A Room (Cinema, Somebody Better Get A Room)
THE FOUNDATIONS: Build Me Up Buttercup (Sanctuary, The Very Best Of The Foundations)
THE MONKEES: Terrifying (Rhino, Good Times! [digital version])
JIGSAW: Sky High (Renaissance, Anthology)
HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES: Don't Leave Me This Way (Philadelphia International, single)
TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS: I Think We're Alone Now (Rhino, Anthology)
RONNIE DARK: Sarah (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 3)
THE ASSOCIATION: Windy (Rhino, Just The Right Sound)
THE RAMONES: Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (Rhino, Rocket To Russia)
THE LEMON PIPERS: Green Tambourine (Buddha, Green Tambourine)
GAR FRANCIS: Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35 (Bongo Boy, single)
THE BEATLES: I'm Happy Just To Dance With You (Capitol, single)
IRENE PENA: Pieces Of You (http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/IrenePena1)
THE LEMON DROPS: I Live In The Springtime (Rhino, VA: Nuggets)
THE HANDCUFFS: Baby I Love You (OOFL, Waiting For The Robot)
THE JAM: To Be Someone (Didn't We Have A Nice Time) (Polydor, All Mod Cons)
THE GRATEFUL DEAD: Cream Puff War (Warner Brothers, Grateful Dead)
THE BEAU BRUMMELS: Laugh, Laugh (Sundazed, Introducing The Beau Brummels)
THE OUTSKIRTS: Standing Together (Glass, Heaven's On The Move)
THE BRAINS: Money Changes Everything (Universal, VA: New Wave Gold)
MAD MONSTER PARTY: Death Valley Days [7" version] (CD Baby, Mad Monster Party)
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Who Loves The Sun (Polydor, Peel Slowly And See)
JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS: Love Is All Around (Warner Brothers, single)
THE TROGGS: Love Is All Around (Fontana, Archeology)
LOS STRAITJACKETS: New Siberia (Yep Roc, Jet Set)