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)