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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.

Thursday, February 9, 2017


From the TIRnRR archives: a 2010 playlist spotlighting our Featured Act, Mad Monster Party. I had never even heard of Mad Monster Party until maybe two weeks before we did this show. I discovered the group (which included two former members of The Pandoras) while prepping for a Pandoras feature the previous week, and I became a big fan immediately. Mad Monster Party's wonderful "Can't Stop Loving You" made its CD debut on our This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 3 compilation in 2013, and the group's entire fab catalog is now available to download from CD Baby

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This week's edition of THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO with Dana & Carl cast its dim widdle spotlight on the music of MAD MONSTER PARTY, a simply terrific, all-female rockin' pop group from the late '80s.  Mad Monster Party included two former members of The Pandoras, Gwynne Kahn and Bambi Conway, and the group recorded one magnificent album that has never been released.  We played a bunch of tracks from that album, along with brand new music from STEVE BARTON, THE VILLAS, THE STERLING LOONS and BLANK PAGES, accompanied by the irresistible likes of COTTON MATHER, THE KINKS, WRECKLESS ERIC, THE GRATEFUL DEAD, SHONEN KNIFE, JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS, THE FLASHCUBES, THE MUFFS, THE HOLLIES, JANA PERI, JOE JACKSON, THE MOCKERS, NEIL YOUNG, XTC, CHUCK BERRY, DEADBEAT POETS, THE POOH STICKS, WHITE STRIPES, THE OSMONDS, THE ZOMBIES, AMY RIGBY and THE JUDYBATS. 

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TIRnRR # 558:  11/14/10

THE RAMONES:  "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" (Rhino, End Of The Century)
STEVE BARTON:  "These 4 Walls" (Sleepless, Projector)
COTTON MATHER:  "Spin My Wheels" (Copper, Kontiki)
MAD MONSTER PARTY:  "Death Valley Days" (unreleased)
WRECKLESS ERIC:  "Take The Cash (K.A.S.H.)" (Stiff, Wreckless Eric)
THE KINKS:  "You Can't Stop The Music" (Velvel, Soap Opera)
NEIL YOUNG:  "Hey Hey My My (Into The Black)" (Reprise, Greatest Hits)
THE VILLAS:  "Someone To Hold On To" (Think Tank, Fun Park USA)
THE GRATEFUL DEAD:  "Ripple" (Warner Brothers, American Beauty)
MAD MONSTER PARTY:  "I Saw The Light" (unreleased)
SHONEN KNIFE:  "Daydream Believer" (Big Deal, Happy Hour)
JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS:  "Love Is Pain" (Blackheart, I Love Rock 'n' Roll)
FRANCIS DUNNERY:  "Too Much Saturn" (Atlantic, Tall Blonde Helicopter)
THE FLASHCUBES:  "Christi Girl" (Northside, Bright Lights)
THE FLASHCUBES:  "Green Glass Windows" (myspace.com/theflashcubes)
THE MUFFS:  "Kids In America" (Sympathy For The Record Industry, Hamburger)
THE NERVES:  "Hanging On The Telephone" (Alive, One Way Ticket)
MAD MONSTER PARTY:  "Someday I'll Have You" (unreleased)
THE WHITE STRIPES:  "You're Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)" (Sympathy For The Record Industry, DeStijl)
THE STERLING LOONS:  "She's Happy" (Kool Kat Musik, March To The Tune)
MATTHEW SWEET:  "Sick Of Myself" (BMG, 100 % Fun)
MAD MONSTER PARTY:  "Peppermint Rainbow" (unreleased)
JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO:  "Watching The Wheels [stripped down version]" (Capitol, Double Fantasy Stripped Down)
THE HOLLIES:  "Do The Best You Can" (Epic, From The Original Master Tapes)
TRASH:  "Golden Slumbers--Carry That Weight" (Apple, VA:  Come And Get It)
JANA PERI:  "Gallery Whore" (www.janaperi.com, single)
JOE JACKSON:  "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" (A & M, Look Sharp!)
THE MOCKERS:  "C'mon Over To My Side" (One Eye Open, Living In The Holland Tunnel)
NEIL YOUNG:  "Like A Hurricane" (Reprise, Greatest Hits)
MAD MONSTER PARTY:  "No Matter What I Do" (unreleased)
THE MO-DETTES:  "White Mice" (Rhino, VA:  DIY:  Starry Eyes)
MAD MONSTER PARTY:  "Penelope" (unreleased)
XTC:  "Earn Enough For Us" (Geffen, Upsy Daisy Assortment)
CHUCK BERRY:  "Promised Land" (MCA, The Anthology)
THE JAGS:  "Back Of My Hand" (Polygram, The Best Of The Jags)
DEADBEAT POETS:  "Elvin Dabney Professional Thief" (Pop Detective, Circus Town)
THE POOH STICKS:  "On Tape" (Fright, The Pooh Sticks)
BLANK PAGES:  "Help Me" (Kool Kat Musik, Absolute Uncertainty)
THE WHITE STRIPES:  "Fell In Love With A Girl" (V2, White Blood Cells)
MAD MONSTER PARTY:  "Something More" (unreleased)
THE YARDBIRDS:  "For Your Love" (Rhino, Ultimate!)
THE OSMONDS:  "Crazy Horses" (Curb, 21 Hits)
THE ZOMBIES:  "Care Of Cell 44" (DCC, Greatest Hits)
MAD MONSTER PARTY:  "Love Comes And Goes" (unreleased)
AMY RIGBY:  "Dancing With Joey Ramone" (Signature Sounds, Little Fugitive)
THE JUDYBATS:  "She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own)" (Sire, VA:  When The Pyramid Meets The Eye)
WRECKLESS ERIC:  "Whole Wide World" (Stiff, Wreckless Eric)
THE VOLEBEATS:  "Me And You" (Rainbow Quartz, The Volebeats)
JOY DIVISION:  "Incubation" (Qwest, Substance)
MAD MONSTER PARTY:  "No More Chances" (unreleased)
THE BEATLES:  "Everybody Had A Hard Year" (unreleased)
MAD MONSTER PARTY:  "Can't Stop Loving You" (unreleased)
THE MONKEES:  "The Porpoise Song" (Rhino, Head)
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS:  "Night Train" (Sundazed, Just Like Us!)

                                   Mad Monster Party: "Death Valley Days" and "Just Lucky"