For this week's extra-fab edition of This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl, we welcomed back the one 'n' only Bruce Gordon for another installment of Let's Be The Beatles! Bruce believes that the popularity and influence of The Beatles was so vast and pervasive that each and every track the group released in the '60s inspired at least one imitation by another act. These are aren't covers of Beatles songs, but attempts to re-write Beatles songs and pass 'em off as (forgive the expression) Something New--attempts, in effect, to be The Beatles. Nifty concept, right? And it makes for compelling radio.
For Volume 4 of Let's Be The Beatles, Bruce set his sights on the impact of Beatles For Sale, which I regard as the most underrated album in The Beatles' canon. Its American two-for counterparts, Beatles '65 and Beatles VI, were enormously important to me as a young rockin' pop fan, and my affection for them hasn't dimmed a bit over the ensuing decades. In fact, that period of Beatles music starting just before Beatles For Sale (i.e., A Hard Day's Night) through Revolver--mid 1964 through 1966--remains my all-time favorite run of pop music by anyone. So it was a thrill to witness Bruce put a mirror up to Beatles For Sale, and let those reflections sing for themselves. Sort of.
(Plus, it's always a pleasure to see Bruce anyway. We've been fans of his own nonpareil pop music as Mr. Encrypto since the beginning, and his current work as a member of Pop Co-Op has already produced your favorite album of 2017, Four State Solution. Bruce, in the words of The American Beatles: Gabba Gabba, we accept you, we accept you, one of us! We look forward to Bruce's eventual return to Syracuse for more Let's Be The Beatles!)
This week's show will be available for download soon. In the mean time, you can already grab Bruce's most recent previous TIRnRR/Let's Be The Beatles at http://westcottradio.org/archive/rock_n_roll_radio_2017-03-12.mp3, and you can read up on the concept at http://www.silentbugler.com/Lets_Be_The_Beatles/Contents.htm. But for now? Look below! This is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.
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