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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, February 20, 2017

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 861

I first heard of The Creation in the pages of Bomp! magazine's landmark power pop issue in 1978. Hearing The Creation proved to be a bit more challenging than just reading about The Creation, but I eventually tracked down an import 45 of "Making Time"/"Painter Man." Then I understood. The Creation has been a staple of This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio playlists since the dawn of TIRnRR, and the recent release of Action Painting--the definitive, comprehensive collection of The Creation's studio work, 1965-1968--was sufficient to prompt us to finally spotlight The Creation (and earlier incarnation The Mark Four) as TIRnRR's Featured Act this week.

Oh, and before we forget: "Making Time" is The Greatest Record Ever Made.

We also bid farewell to Bobby Lloyd Hicks of The Skeletons, proclaimed that "I Saw Her Standing There" by The Beatles sports the greatest count-in in rock 'n' roll history, and played a bunch of other great records, too. That's why we have a radio show!

Plus, of course, we stand with Sweden. If we don't play ABBA, the bad guys win.

COMING SOON ON TIRnRR: On March 12th and again on March 26th, the one 'n' only Bruce Gordon will be joining us to present LET'S BE THE BEATLES, two more fully-fab explorations of the vast song-by-song influence The Beatles had on other artists. The March 12th show will immerse itself in the impact of the A Hard Day's Night album, and March 26th will find us studying Beatles For Sale/Beatles '65/Beatles VI. But it's not The Beatles, at least not for the most part, and it's not covers of Beatles songs either. No. It's some incredible, flattering imitations. But for now, this is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

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TIRnRR # 861: 2/19/17

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
THE BEATLES: I Saw Her Standing There (Apple, Please Please Me)
POP CO-OP: Feint Of Heart (Silent Bugler, Four State Solution)
THE RAMONES: Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue (Rhino, Ramones)
THE CREATION: Biff, Bang, Pow (Numero, Action Painting)
TAVARES: It Only Takes a Minute (EMI, The Best Of Tavares)
T. REX: Buick Mackane (Demon, The Slider)
MATERIAL ISSUE: Kim The Waitress (Mercury, Freak City Soundtrack)
ROY WOOD'S HELICOPTERS: Green Glass Windows (EMI, ROY WOOD: Through The Years)
THE FLASHCUBES: She (7a, VA: Listen To The Bands)
THE CREATION: How Does It Feel To Feel [U.S. version] (Numero, Action Painting)
THE LIKE: Release Me (Geffen, Release Me)
MOTT THE HOOPLE: Thunderbuck Ram (Island, VA: Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal)
ABBA: S.O.S. (Polydor, Gold)
THE BEATLES: Baby You're A Rich Man (Capitol, single)
ROCKPILE: Teacher Teacher (Columbia, Seconds Of Pleasure)
THE CREATION: Painter Man (Numero, Action Painting)
BOOT CAMP: Bad Blood (Parasol, As You Were)
THE RECORDS: Abracadabra (Have You Seen Her?) (On The Beach, Shades In Bed)
DANA COUNTRYMAN [with LISA JENIO]: My Heart Belongs To One Boy (Teensville, VA: Dana Countryman's Girlville)
THE MONKEES: The Girl I Knew Somewhere (Rhino, Music Box)
THE FORTY NINETEENS: I'm Free (Bongo Boy, VA: Out Of The Garage Vol. 3)
THE CREATION: The Girls Are Naked (Numero, Action Painting)
THE ROMANTICS: In The Nighttime (Nemperor, Strictly Personal)
THE COUNT BISHOPS: I Need You (Ace, The Count Bishops)
THE KINKS: Dedicated Follower Of Fashion (Essential, The Kink Kontroversy)
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE: Better Things (Rykodisc, VA: This Is Where I Belong)
EYTAN MIRSKY: What You Don't Want (M-Squared, Year Of The Mouse)
THE CREATION: Cool Jerk (Numero, Action Painting)
THE MORELLS: Red's (ESD, Shake And Push)
MOTORHEAD: White Line Fever (Ace, Motorhead)
THE SKELETONS: On Your Way Down The Drain (Hightone, Nothing To Lose)
THE ZOMBIES: She's Not There (Big Beat, Zombie Heaven)
EARTH, WIND & FIRE: September (Columbia, The Eternal Dance)
THE CREATION: Try And Stop Me (Numero, Action Painting)
THE GRIP WEEDS: Every Minute (Rainbow Quartz, The Sound Is In You)
THE CHORDS: Maybe Tomorrow (Captain Mod, So Far Away)
COTTON MATHER: The Book Of Too Late Changes (Star Apple Kingdom, Death Of The Cool)
THE MARK FOUR: Hurt Me If You Will (Numero, Action Painting)
THE RUBINOOS: Rock And Roll Is Dead (Castle, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About The Rubinoos)
THE MARK FOUR: I'm Leaving (Numero, Action Painting)
THE SEX PISTOLS: Something Else (Warner Brothers, The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle)
THE MARK FOUR: Work All Day (Sleep All Night) (Numero, Action Painting)
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Washington's Birthday (7T's, Elevator)
THE CREATION: Sylvette [edit] (Numero, Action Painting)
GAME THEORY: Real Nighttime (Omnivore, Real Nighttime)
THE CREATION: Tom Tom (Numero, Action Painting)
SUZI QUATRO: Tear Me Apart (EMI, The Essential Suzi Quatro)
THE CREATION: Can I Join Your Band (Numero, Action Painting)
THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Summer Breeze (Sony, VA: A Tribute To Black Entertainers)
THE CREATION: Midway Down (Numero, Action Painting)
MAD MONSTER PARTY: Death Valley Days [7" version] (CD Baby, Mad Monster Party)
THE CREATION: Making Time (Numero, Action Painting)
POP CO-OP: Feint Of Heart [instrumental backing only]