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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, March 13, 2017


FAB! This week's TIRnRR was taken over by Bruce Gordon, whom rockin' pop fans know and love as Mr. Encrypto (and, more recently, as a member of Pop Co-Op, whose debut album Four State Solution is your favorite album of 2017). Bruce has long held the theory that The Beatles' influence was so pervasive that every track released by John, Paul, George, and Ringo inspired at least one attempt to copy it, rewrite it, and pass it off as an original track. Bruce explains this beguiling concept in full at Let's Be The Beatles, but for now, we'll use it as an excuse to slap together The Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin' Planet. Bruce has come to Syracuse twice before to do this on TIRnRR, and this week's edition cast its Beatle beams on the influence of A Hard Day's Night. Bruce has been a friend for years, it's always a delight to see him in person, and he puts together a pretty damned good radio show, too! He'll be back to do it again (WAIT--wrong band!) in two weeks: join us on March 26th, as Bruce Gordon and TIRnRR present Let's Be The Beatles Vol. 4: "Beatles For Sale." Hey--that's MY favorite music! I'LL be there!

HEADS-UP, PEOPLE! If you're in the Syracuse area this week, 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 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

TIRnRR # 864: Let’s Be The Beatles Vol. 3: “A Hard Day’s Journey Into Night” 3/12/17

THE BEATLES: A Hard Day's Night (Apple, A Hard Day's Night)           
  THE KINKS: Do It Again (Arista, Word of Mouth)
  POP CO-OP: Only Me (Silent Bugler, Four State Solution)
  CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL: Molina (Fantasy, Pendulum)
  THE PEANUT BUTTER CONSPIRACY: Time Is After You (Columbia, The Great Conspiracy)
  THE 5TH DIMENSION: Another Day, Another Heartache (Raven, Up, Up and Away)
  THE MOON: Give Me More (Rev-Ola, Without Earth)
  GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS: Tossin’ And Turnin’ (Liberty, Everybody Loves a Clown)
  THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL: Girl, Beautiful Girl (Kama Sutra, You're a Big Boy Now)

THE DAVE CLARK FIVE: Any Way You Want It (Epic, Coast to Coast)
THE PALACE GUARD: All Night Long (Rhino, Nuggets Vol. 4 (LP only))
THE FLAMIN' GROOVIES: Please Please Girl (Sire, Groovies' Greatest Grooves)
THE RUTLES: I Must Be In Love (Rhino, The Rutles)
THE BEATLES: I Should Have Known Better (Apple, A Hard Day's Night)
THE DAVE CLARK FIVE: I Meant You (Epic, Satisfied With You)
LOS SHAKERS: What a Love (Audio Fidelity, Break It All)
THE BEAU BRUMMELS: Stick Like Glue (Sundazed, Introducing The Beau Brummels)
THE BEATLES: If I Fell (Apple, A Hard Day's Night)
THE RUTLES: With a Girl Like You (Rhino, The Rutles)
THE ZOMBIES: The Way I Feel Inside [alternate take] (Big Beat, Zombie Heaven)
THE SPONGETONES: Take My Love (Black Vinyl, Beat and Torn)
TRANSLATOR: Everything You See (415, Heartbeats and Triggers)
MIKE LEVY: There's Always Something Wrong (Parasol, Fireflies)
THE BEATLES: I'm Happy Just To Dance With You (Apple, A Hard Day's Night)
THE ALLUSIONS: The Dancer (Canetoad, Anthology 1966-1968)
THE MASCOTS: When I Return (Rock-in-Beat, Your Mascots)
THE JET SET [THE BYRDS]: The Only Girl That I Adore (Sundazed, The Preflyte Sessions)
THE WHO: The Kids Are Alright (MCA, My Generation)
THE BEATLES: And I Love Her (Apple, A Hard Day's Night)
THE RUTLES: I Love You (Rhino, Archaeology)
THE FOURMOST: I Love You Too (EMI, The Best of The Fourmost)
THE BEATLES: Tell Me Why (Apple, A Hard Day's Night)
THE WHO: La-La-La-Lies (MCA, My Generation)
THE DAVE CLARK FIVE: Hurting Inside (Epic, Weekend in London)
MIKE SHERIDAN'S LOT: Make Them Understand (Acadia, Birmingham Beat)
UTOPIA: Say Yeah (Network, Network 9)
THE BEATLES: Can’t Buy Me Love (Apple, A Hard Day's Night)
UTOPIA: Crystal Ball (Rhino, Deface the Music)
THE HATCHET MEN: I’ll Give You Love (Gear Fab, Psychedelic States Vol. 2; New York)
THE WAILERS: Don’t Take It So Hard (Big Beat, Wailers Wailers Everywhere)
DALEK: THE BLACKSTONES: Never Feel The Pain (AIP, Highs in the Mid-Sixties Vol. 4: Chicago)
DALEK: THE BLACKSTONES: Could Be in Love (Gear Fab, Psychedelic States Vol. 3; Illinois)
MICHAEL NESMITH: We Are Awake (Island, From a Radio Engine to the Photon Wing)
THE BEATLES: Any Time At All (Apple, A Hard Day's Night)
THE SPONGETONES: Stupid Heart (Black Vinyl, Oh Yeah!)
THE KNACK: That’s What The Little Girls Do (Capitol, Get the Knack)
BREAD: Down On My Knees (Elektra, Baby, I'm-A Want You)
THE BEATLES: I’ll Cry Instead (Apple, A Hard Day's Night)
HERMAN'S HERMTS: Don't Try To Hurt Me (MGM, On Tour)
THE GANTS: I Want Your Lovin’ (RPM, I Wonder)
THE BEATLES: Things We Said Today (Apple, A Hard Day's Night)
THE HOLLIES: Bus Stop (EMI, 30th Anniversary Collection)
THE BEAU BRUMMELS: They'll Make You Cry (Sundazed, Introducing the Beau Brummels)
THE RUTLES: Lonely-Phobia (Rhino, Archaeology)
THE MASCOTS: A Sad Boy (Rock-in-Beat, Your Mascots)
THE BEATLES: When I Get Home (Apple, A Hard Day's Night)
JUSTIN HEATHCLIFF: Which Is True (Warner Music Japan, Justin Heathcliff)
THE BEATLES: You Can't Do That (Apple, A Hard Day's Night)
THE HOLLIES: Please Don't Feel Too Bad (EMI, In the Hollies Style)
WAYNE FONTANA AND THE MINDBENDERS: Long Time Comin’ (BGO, Eric, Rick, Wayne, Bob...It's Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders)
THE OHIO EXPRESS: Sha La La (Buy Or Die, Mercy)
THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS: Hey Girl (Dunhill, If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears)
THE BYRDS: You Won’t Have To Cry (Columbia, Mr. Tambourine Man)
STEVE & THE BOARD: I’m to Blame (Ascension, …And the Giggle Eyed Goo)
THE BLUE THINGS: Silver And Gold (Collectables, The Blue Things Story)
ANDY PARTRIDGE: Sonic Boom (Ape, Fuzzy Warbles Vol. 7)
THE BEATLES: I’ll Be Back (Apple, A Hard Day's Night)
THE ASTRONAUTS: You Gotta Let Me Go (Collectables, Go…Go…Go!!!)
LOS WALKERS: Hay Buena Gente Hoy (There Are Nice People Today) (Electro Harmonix, Walking Up Con Los Walkers)
FOCAL POINT: Reflections (Kissing Spell, First Bite of the Apple: The Complete Recordings 1967-68)
HONEYBUS: Big Ship (Castle Music, She Flies Like a Bird: The Anthology)

KEN THORNE: Another Hard Day's Night (Capitol, Help!)