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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.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


ALL DANA, ALL THE TIME! I took this week off, leaving Dana full control of The Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin' Planet. He figured it was better off being The Best TWO Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin' Planet, but he somehow still found time for new music from The Kennedys, The Penetrators, Vegas With Randolph, and Corin Ashley, plus all of the other assorted irresistibles detailed below. How did he do it? MAGIC! All this, and the power of radio!

Coming up this Sunday on This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl, the one 'n' only Bruce Gordon (aka Mr. Encrypto) will be joining us for the first of two new installments of his ever-fab series, LET'S BE THE BEATLES! Bruce developed the theory that The Beatles' influence was so vast and pervasive that every single track they released inspired at least one (and usually lots more) direct imitations--not covers, but attempts to concoct ostensibly original tunes based on the mop-topped matrix. Bruce will be on TIRnRR this Sunday, March 12th, and again on March 26th; I've seen his playlists, and you'd best start rattling your jewelry right now.  In the mean time, 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 at www.westcott radio.org

TIRnRR # 863: 3/5/17

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
DELANEY & BONNIE AND FRIENDS: Are You A Beatle Or A Rolling Stone? (Columbia, D & B Together)
THE BEATLES: Old Brown Shoe (Apple, Past Masters)
THE ROLLING STONES: Happy (Atlantic, Exile On Main Street)
POP CO-OP: Feint Of Heart (Silent Bugler, Four State Solution)
MR. ENCRYPTO: The Last Time [a cappella] (JAM, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 2)
THE SPONGETONES: She Goes Out With Everybody (Loaded Goat, Always Carry On)
THE PENETRATORS: She's The Kinda Girl [vinyl mix] (Fred, Legacy)
THE TREND: Peer Pressure (Hate, Batman Live At Budokan)
THE FLASHING ASTONISHERS: Period Exclamatory (JAM, VA: This Is Rock'n' Roll Radio, Volume 1)
DR. FEELGOOD: She Does It Right (Parlophone, All Through The City)
THE MC5: High School (Rhino, The Big Bang!)
THE STANDELLS: Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White (Sundazed, Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White)
CORIN ASHLEY: Little Crumbs (corinashley.com, Broken Biscuits)
PAUL McCARTNEY: My Brave Face (Capitol, Flowers In The Dirt)
WRECKLESS ERIC: Death Of A Clown (MOJO, VA: Something Else)
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Lady Godiva's Operation (Polydor, Peel Slowly And See)
BARNES & BARNES: Fish Heads (Oglio, Yeah)
THE MONKEES: Porpoise Song (Theme From "Head") [single mix] (Rhino, 50)
VEGAS WITH RANDOLPH: Women In Airports (vegaswithrandolph.bandcamp.com)
THE HOLLIES: Then The Heartaches Begin (EMI, Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years)
WILKO JOHNSON & ROGER DALTREY: Going Back Home (Hip-O, Going Back Home)
THE DREAM SYNDICATE: Then She Remembers (Omnivore, The Days Of Wine And Roses)
THE DAVE EDMUNDS BAND: Girls Talk (Columbia, I Hear You Rockin')
ROCKPILE: Heart (Columbia, Seconds Of Pleasure)
THE KENNEDYS: Don't Talk To Strangers (The Kennedys, single)
THE PRETENDERS: Back On The Chain Gang (Sire, The Singles)
WISHBONE ASH: Blind Eye (Geffen, Wishbone Ash)
THE RATIONALS: Look What You You're Doing (To My Baby) (Big Beat, The Rationals)
DWIGHT TWILLEY: Girls (The Right Stuff, XXI)
THE FLASHCUBES: Hey Miss Betty (Northside, single)
THE BEATLES: All You Need Is Love [for Parisa, Happy Birthday] (Apple, Magical Mystery Tour)