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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 27, 2017

This Is Rock 'n'Roll Radio # 862

Why would anyone ever want to be objective about music? I mean, what would be the point of that? Sure, that sort of dispassionate detachment could be appropriate if one were writing a scholarly treatise on music theory, or a just-the-facts-ma'am history of an artist, composer, or sub-genre. But otherwise? Man, FTN, and then some. Enjoy the freaking music already. Turn it up. Dance around. Sit and let the melody blanket you with its warmth, or scratch you with its prickly surfaces. Listen. Feel. If no one else likes it, but you do, you're right and they're wrong, at least as far as you're concerned. It's not an absolute. There are no guilty pleasures in music. You like it. You don't like it. Fair enough. I dig The Beatles. I don't dig Van Halen. Maybe I will someday. I used to be indifferent to The Beach Boys. I changed my mind. I'm the sole arbiter of what I like. You are your sole arbiter, too.

That doesn't mean we won't try to sway you our way. That's why we have a radio show. Leave your objectivity at the door. Ain't it grand to just LOVE?

HEADS-UP, PEOPLE! If you're in the Syracuse area, you should be at Funk 'N Waffles on Thursday, March 16th, for a Happy Hour show starring Andy Bopp, ace frontguy for ace pop combos Love Nut and Myracle Brah. It's a mere $5, the show starts at 5 pm, and we expect to see you. And even before that, right here on Sunday, March 12th, join us on This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio as we welcome the one 'n' only Bruce Gordon for the first of two March installments of his fab series, LET'S BE THE BEATLES! And 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. The weekend's gotta stop somewhere--it may as well stop here.

TIRnRR # 862: 2/26/17

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
THE GEORGIA SATELLITES: Battleship Chains (Elektra, Let It Rock)
POP CO-OP: Feint Of Heart (Silent Bugler, Four State Solution)
THE HOLLIES: I Can't Let Go (EMI, Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years)
RAY PAUL: Pretty Flamingo (Permanent Press, Whimsicality)
PAUL McCARTNEY: Run Devil Run (Capitol, Run Devil Run)
GEORGE HARRISON: What Is Life (Apple, Let It Roll)
THE FIRST CLASS: Beach Baby (Collectables, Beach Baby)
THE MONKEES: A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You (Rhino, Greatest Hits)
THE MOODY BLUES: Ride My See-Saw (Polydor, 20th Century Masters)
GEORGE HARRISON: Apple Scruffs (Apple, All Things Must Pass)
THE SCRUFFS: She Say Yea (Northern Heights, Wanna' Meet The Scruffs?)
EYTAN MIRSKY: Don't Bother Me (Jealousy, VA: He Was Fab)
THE FOUNDATIONS: In The Bad, Bad Old Days (Before You Loved Me) (Sanctuary, The Very Best Of The Foundations)
THE TRAVELING WILBURYS: Handle With Care (Rhino, The Traveling Wilburys Collection)
THE ROYAL GUARDSMEN: The Return Of The Red Baron (One Way, Anthology)
THE MODERN LOVERS: Modern World [alternative version] (Castle, The Modern Lovers)
JELLYFISH: The King Is Half-Undressed (Charisma, Bellybutton)
CHRIS BELL: You And Your Sister (Rykodisc, I Am The Cosmos)
MYRACLE BRAH: I'd Rather Be (Not Lame. The Myracle Brah)
THE RATIONALS: Guitar Army [single version] (Big Beat, The Rationals)
HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES: Don't Leave Me This Way (Philadelphia International, single)
THE RATIONALS: Sunset [single version] (Big Beat, The Rationals)
BLAKE BABIES: Out There (Mammoth, Sunburn)
THE RATIONALS: Handbags And Gladrags (Big Beat, The Rationals)
THE SHIRTS: Reduced To A Whisper (Cema, The Shirts)
TELEVISION: See No Evil (Elektra, Marquee Moon)
CAST: Promised Land (Polydor, All Change)
THE DROWNERS: While My Guitar Gently Sleeps (Jealousy, VA: He Was Fab)
THE FORTY NINETEENS: I'm Free (Bongo Boy, VA: Out Of The Garage Volume 3)
CLOCKWORK FLOWERS: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (theclockworkflowers.com, Colours Vol. 3: Yellow)
ANNYLAND: Sank Without A Bubble (AsFab, She Walks In)
GEORGE HARRISON: Any Road (Capitol, Let It Roll)
COTTON MATHER: The Book Of Too Late Changes (Star Apple Kingdom, Death Of The Cool)
DAVID BOWIE: Sound And Vision (Rykodisc, Sound + Vision)
THE FIRST CLASS: Funny How Love Can Be (Collectables, Beach Baby)
EDISON LIGHTHOUSE: Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) (Varese Sarabande, VA: 25 All-Time Greatest Bubblegum Hits)
THE FIRST CLASS: Wake Up America (Collectables, Beach Baby)
JIGSAW: Sky High (Renaissance, Anthology)
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Rock And Roll Love Letter (Arista, The Definitive Collection)
THE EXPLODING HEARTS: (Making) Teenage Faces (Dirtnap, Shattered)
THE RUNAWAYS: School Days (Hip-O, The Mercury Albums Anthology)
BIG STAR: In The Street (Big Beat, VA: Thank You, Friends)
THE RUBINOOS: Wouldn't It Be Nice (Castle, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About The Rubinoos)
GEORGE HARRISON: Cheer Down (Capitol, Let It Roll)
THE FLASHCUBES: She (7a, VA: Listen To The Bands)
GEORGE HARRISON: Crackerbox Palace (Warner Brothers, Best Of Dark Horse 1976-1989)
THE CATHOLIC GIRLS: Somebody Better Get A Room (Cinema, Somebody Better Get A Room)
GEORGE HARRISON: Poor Little Girl (Warner Brothers The Best Of Dark Horse Years 1976-1992)
THE BEATLES: Here Comes The Sun (Apple, Abbey Road)
HOT BUTTER: Popcorn (It's Music, VA: Jeans On!)