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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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO Flashback: That Time Dana & I Went To See The Monkees

For as little as $2 a month, paid subscribers to Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks) receive a bonus private post each month. February's bonus post will be a Virtual Ticket Stub Gallery piece on The Monkees live in 2012. In the mean time, here's the This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio playlist from the week after that show.

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On Sunday, November 18th, Dana & I decided to bag our little mutant radio show for a week, choosing instead to travel to Buffalo for a live concert by THE MONKEES.  It was a good decision, and it was--seriously--one of the best concerts I've ever seen.  One week later, This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio celebrated with a Monkees Concert Playback, playing back all of the songs, in sequence, that we'd heard The Monkees play in Buffalo.  What a show.  What a great, GREAT show.

Back on the radio, we also found time for fab new music from KELLEY RYAN and WRECKLESS ERIC & AMY RIGBY, a commemoration of the 44th anniversary of THE BEATLES' White Album, and a commemoration of the 35th anniversary of my first spin of the record that changed my life, "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" by THE RAMONES.  And we played THE MONKEES!  We will ALWAYS play The Monkees.  And this is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

TIRnRR # 653:  11/25/12

THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO with Dana & Carl streams live Sunday nights from 9 to Midnight Eastern, exclusively at www.westcottradio.org.

THE RAMONES:  "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" (Rhino, End Of The Century)
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THE RAMONES:  "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" (Rhino, Rocket To Russia)
CHEAP TRICK:  "Surrender" (Epic, Heaven Tonight)
THE DOUGHBOYS:  "Trail Left Behind" (Raw, Shakin' Our Souls)
THE ARGONAUTS:  "Ten Feet Fall" (Hard Soul, VA:  Sugar Lumps)
THE MONKEES:  "Iranian Tango" (THE MONKEES TV series)
THE MONKEES:  "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" (Colgems, single)
THE WHO:  "Substitute" (MCA, Who's Better, Who's Best)
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KELLEY RYAN:  "Some Angel" (Manatee, Cocktail)
TIFT MERRITT:  "Tell Me Something True" (Fantasy, Another Country)
THE MONKEES:  "How's By You?" (THE MONKEES TV series)
THE MONKEES:  "Love Is Only Sleeping" (Rhino, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.)
THE BEATLES:  "Don't Pass Me By" (Apple, The Beatles)
THE FLASHCUBES:  "Forever" (Air Mail, Sportin' Wood)
THE POPDUDES:  "Desperation Time" (JAM, VA:  This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 1)
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WRECKLESS ERIC & AMY RIGBY:  "Do You Remember That" (n/a, A Working Museum)
NIRVANA:  "The Man Who Sold The World" (Geffen, Nirvana)
THE MONKEES:  "Different Drum" (THE MONKEES TV series)
THE MONKEES:  "Words" (Rhino, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.)
THE BEATLES:  "Cry Baby Cry" (Apple, The Beatles)
THE DAHLMANNS:  "Shake Me Up Tonight" (Pop Detective, All Dahled Up)
THE FLATMATES:  "I Could Be In Heaven" (MOJO, VA:  There Is A Light That Never Goes Out)
THE MONKEES:  "Time For The Monkees" (THE MONKEES TV series)
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AL HIRT:  "(Theme From) The Monkees" (RCA, The Horn Meets "The Hornet")
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**THE MONKEES CONCERT PLAYBACK!**
THE MONKEES:  "Last Train To Clarksville" (Rhino, The Monkees)
THE MONKEES:  "Papa Gene's Blues" (Rhino, The Monkees)
THE MONKEES:  "Your Auntie Grizelda" (Rhino, More Of The Monkees)
THE MONKEES:  "She" (Rhino, More Of The Monkees)
THE MONKEES:  "Sweet Young Thing" (Rhino, The Monkees)
THE MONKEES:  "I'm A Believer" (Rhino, More Of The Monkees)
THE MONKEES:  "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" (Rhino, More Of The Monkees)
THE MONKEES:  "I Wanna Be Free" (Rhino, The Monkees)
THE MONKEES:  "You Told Me" (Rhino, Headquarters)
THE MONKEES:  "Sunny Girlfriend" (Rhino, Headquarters)
THE MONKEES:  "You Just May Be The One" (Rhino, Headquarters)
THE MONKEES:  "Mary, Mary" (Rhino, More Of The Monkees)
THE MONKEES:  "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" (Rhino, Headquarters)
THE MONKEES:  "For Pete's Sake" (Rhino, Headquarters)
THE MONKEES:  "Early Morning Blues And Greens" (Rhino, Headquarters)
THE MONKEES:  "Randy Scouse Git" (Rhino, Headquarters)
THE MONKEES:  "Daily Nightly" (Rhino, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.)
THE MONKEES:  "Tapioca Tundra" (Rhino, The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees)
THE MONKEES:  "Goin' Down" (Rhino, Music Box)
THE MONKEES:  "The Porpoise Song [single version]" (Rhino, Head)
THE MONKEES:  "Daddy's Song" (Rhino, Head)
THE MONKEES:  "Can You Dig It" (Rhino, Head)
THE MONKEES:  "As We Go Along" (Rhino, Head)
THE MONKEES:  "Circle Sky [live]" (Rhino, Head)
THE MONKEES:  "Long Title:  Do I Have To Do This All Over Again" (Rhino, Head)
THE MONKEES:  "Daydream Believer" (Rhino, The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees)
THE MONKEES:  "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?" (Rhino, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.)
THE MONKEES:  "Listen To The Band" (from 33 1/3 REVOLUTIONS PER MONKEE)
THE MONKEES:  "Pleasant Valley Sunday" (Rhino, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.)
THE MONKEES:  "Save The Texas Prairie Chicken" (THE MONKEES TV series)
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THE MONKEES:  "Sometime In The Morning" (Rhino, More Of The Monkees)
THE BEATLES:  "I'm So Tired" (Apple, The Beatles)
EYTAN MIRSKY:  "This Year's Gonna Be Our Year" (M-Squared, Year Of The Mouse)
THE BEATLES:  "Piggies" (Apple, The Beatles)
NELSON BRAGG:  "You Could Believe" (Steel Derrick, We Get What We Want)
THE BEATLES:  "Everybody's Got Something To Hide (Except Me And My Monkey)" (Apple, The Beatles)
THE MONKEES:  "Love To Love" (Rhino, Music Box)
THE MONKEES:  "Band 6" (Rhino, Headquarters)
THE BEATLES:  "Yer Blues" (Apple, The Beatles)
THE MONKEES:  "The Porpoise Song [instrumental]" (Rhino Handmade, single)