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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, April 10, 2017

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 868: The All-Vinyl Edition

Since Dana needed the night off this week, I decided to bag the idea of doing a regular This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, and steal an idea from our pals at The Wax Museum with Ronnie Dark over on WVOA-FM. Yep, this is our first All-Vinyl Edition, with an irresistible selection of 45s and LP tracks from what's left of my own vinyl collection. We opened with a Kinks B-side that has never been issued on CD, and played an assortment of delights, some of which are readily available on compact disc, some of which are difficult to find on compact disc, and some of which have never been available in that format at all.

I don't listen to vinyl all that often. The convenience of CDs and mp3s makes them my default choice when listening to music. But listening to LPs and 45s is a more active listening experience. Removing an album from its sleeve--especially a gatefold sleeve--is an inherently different process than prying a CD out of a fragile jewel case, or clicking your clickables for a digital audio file. Setting needle to platter is familiar and comforting in ways that just punching PLAY can't match. When Side One is finished, you have to get up and turn the record over. I mean, presuming you ever stopped dancing long enough to even sit down in the first place. CDs and mp3s are passive listening experiences, and there's nothing really wrong with that; vinyl requires you to participate. It was fun to participate this week. I think I should participate more often.

And only ONE skip, through the whole show!

We'll let the playlist speak for itself. This is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like ON VINYL on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

Godspeed, Dana! Hope to see you on the radio next week.

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TIRnRR # 868: The All-Vinyl Edition 4/9/17

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Sire, End Of The Century)
THE BAT BOYS: Batman (Theme) (Design, Batman)
THE KINKS: Prince Of The Punks (Arista, single)
THE WHO: The Punk Meets The Godfather (MCA, Quadrophenia)
HOLLY & JOEY: I Got You Babe (Virgin, single)
RICHARD BARONE & JAMES MASTRO: I've Got A Secret (Passport, Nuts And Bolts)
THE MOSQUITOS: I Know A Secret (Valhalla, That Was Then, This Is Now!)
SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES: The Tears Of A Clown (Motown, VA: 25 # 1 Hits From 25 Years)
PERCY FAITH & HIS ORCHESTRA: Little Bells And Big Bells (Columbia, Passport To Romance)
THE RASPBERRIES: Go All The Way (Capitol, Raspberries' Best)
THE RASPBERRIES: Tonight (Capitol, Raspberries' Best)
THE RASPBERRIES: Ecstasy (Capitol, Raspberries' Best)
THE RASPBERRIES: I Wanna Be With You (Capitol, Raspberries' Best)
THE FLASHCUBES: No Promise (Backstreet, Anthology)
THE BEATLES: Penny Lane (Capitol, Rarities)
THE WONDERS: That Thing You Do! (Epic, single)
HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS: Whipped Cream (A & M, Whipped Cream & Other Delights)
THE KINGS: This Beat Goes On/Switchin' (Extreme, single)
THE MONKEES: A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You (Colgems, single)
DAVID JOHANSEN & ROBIN JOHNSON: Flowers In The City (RSO, VA: Times Square OST)
STEVIE WONDER: I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever) (Tamla, Talking Book)
THE JAM: I Need You (For Someone) (Polydor, single)
THE RUTLES: Number One (Warner Brothers, The Rutles)
JOHNNY & THE HURRICANES: The Beatnik Fly (Warwick, single)
BUDDY HOLLY: Peggy Sue (Coral, single)
THE SPINNERS: I'll Be Around (Adam VIII, VA: 20 Solid Gold Hits)
X: True Love (Elektra, More Fun In The New World)
ANDY WILLIAMS: Moon River (Columbia, Moon River And Other Great Movie Themes)
JAMES BROWN: Honky Tonk Pt. 1 (K-Tel, VA: 22 Explosive Hits)
SNEAKERS: Things We Said Today (Bearsville, single)
PAUL McCARTNEY: Singalong Junk (Apple, McCartney)
THE ROMANTICS: Little White Lies (Spider, single)
COLOR ME GONE: Lose Control (A & M, Color Me Gone)
PRINCE: When You Were Mine (Warner Brothers, Dirty Mind)
THE FLESHTONES: Way Down South (Emergo, Fleshtones Vs. Reality)
ROY LONEY & THE PHANTOM MOVERS: Steppin' Around (Norton, The Scientific Bombs Away!)
ROCKPILE: Teacher Teacher (Columbia, Seconds Of Pleasure)
THE ROLLING STONES: Not Fade Away (London, Big Hits [Hight Tide & Green Grass])
AL HIRT: Green Hornet (RCA, The Horn Meets "The Hornet")
THE BEATLES: Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (Capitol, The Beatles)
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS: (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding (Columbia, Armed Forces)
BARON DAEMON & THE VAMPIRES: The Transylvania Twist (WNYS-TV, single)
THE ROYAL GUARDSMEN: Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron (Laurie, Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron)
KISS: Calling Dr. Love (Casablanca, Rock And Roll Over)
THE SEX PISTOLS: Pretty Vacant (Warner Brothers, Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols)
THE VENTURES: Walk--Don't Run (Tridex, Greatest Hits)
THE KNACK: Good Girls Don't (Capitol, single)
THE CICHLIDS: Did You Ever (Bold, Be True To Your School)
SHOES: Okay (Bomp!, single)
CHUCK BERRY: Johnny B. Goode (Chess, Chuck Berry's Golden Decade)
BADFINGER: Icicles (Apple, Ass)
THE SMALL FACES: Lazy Sunday (Sire, VA: History Of British Rock, Volume II)
THE RUBINOOS: Rock And Roll Is Dead (Beserkley, The Rubinoos)
DAVID BOWIE: Suffragette City (RCA, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars)
THE ANIMALS: It's My Life (Abkco, Best Of The Animals)
THE DAVE CLARK FIVE: Don't You Realize (Epic, Having A Wild Weekend)
PARTHENON HUXLEY: Double Our Numbers (Columbia, Sunny Nights)
N/A: Morocco Mole (HBR, Secret Squirrel And Morocco Mole In: Super Spy)
THE SMITHEREENS: Only A Memory (Enigma, single)
THE MONKEES: Peter Percival Patterson's Pet Pig Porky (Colgems, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.)
THE MONKEES: Pleasant Vally Sunday (Colgems, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.)
THE RAMONES: Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (Sire, Rocket To Russia)
THE KINKS: You Really Got Me (Sire, VA: History Of British Rock)
JON & THE NIGHTRIDERS: Geronimo (Enigma, Charge Of The Nightriders)