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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, May 1, 2017

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 870


Welcome back to another exciting example of The Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin' Planet, This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl. This week, we cast our dim widdle spotlight on the music of Cotton Mather, a long-time TIRnRR Fave Rave. How long? We first played Cotton Mather on our fourth show, January 17th, 1999, and we've played 'em ever since. For this week's extravaganza, we mixed some of the best of Cotton Mather in with the other varied delights detailed below, and just felt all smug 'n' superior (much like the original Cotton Mather, though presumably not like the cuddly 'n' engaging Cotton Mather band), while still retaining a chip on our shoulder and a song in our hearts. We even found a '60s classic by The Kinks that we somehow never got around to playing before. Pop music! Pop music is its own reward. And this is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

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TIRnRR # 870: 4/30/17

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
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CIRCE LINK: Yellow Dress (circelink.com, Enchanted Objects & Ordinary Things)
QUILT: Searching For (Mexican Summer, Plaza)
THE SEARCHERS: Desdemona (Taragon, Second Take)
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: I'm Not Your Stepping Stone (Sundazed, Midnight Ride)
COTTON MATHER: Better Than A Hit (Star Apple Kingdom, Wild Kingdom)
THE MORELLS: Let's Dance On (Hightone, Think About It)
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COTTON MATHER: Homefront Cameo (Star Apple Kingdom, Kontiki)
THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE: Going To Hell (Cleopatra, VA: Psych Box)
THE GRATEFUL DEAD: Beat It On Down The Line (Rhino, Grateful Dead)
DION: Drip Drop (Columbia, The Essential Dion)
TEXAS TORNADOS: Adios Mexico (Reprise, Texas Tornados)
DAVE EDMUNDS: Queen Of Hearts (Swan Song, Repeat When Necessary)
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THE KINKS: People Take Pictures Of Each Other (Universal, The Village Green Preservation Society)
CREAM: I Feel Free (Polydor, The Very Best Of Cream)
COTTON MATHER: I'll Be Gone (Euclid, single)
SAINT PHILLIP'S ESCALATOR: Turn On Get Out (n/a, The Derelict Sound)
IGGY & THE STOOGES: I Got A Right! (Virgin, IGGY POP: A Million In Prizes)
THE PENETRATORS: Teenage Lifestyle (Swami, Basement Anthology)
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COTTON MATHER WITH NICOLE ATKINS: Call Me The Witch (Star Apple Kingdom, Cotton Mather With Nicole Atkins)
EMY JACKSON & BLUE COMETS: Namida No Go Go (Big Beat, VA: Nippon Girls 2)
THE FLESHTONES: For A Smile (Yep Roc, Wheel Of Talent)
POP CO-OP: When Wave Was New (Silent Bugler, Four State Solution)
EARLE MANKEY: Mau Mau (Frigidisc, Earle Mankey)
SPLIT ENZ: Six Months In A Leaky Boat (A & M, History Never Repeats)
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THE RAMONES: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (Rhino, Rocket To Russia)
BIG STAR: Thirteen (Rykodisc, Big Star Story)
COTTON MATHER: Ivanhoe (Elm, Cotton Is King)
THE FLASHCUBES: Do Anything You Wanna Do (Northside, Brilliant)
SCREEN TEST: Fresh As A Daisy (unreleased)
THE BEATLES: I Should Have Known Better (United Artists, A Hard Day's Night)
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COTTON MATHER: Asterisk Man (n/a, Crafty Flower Arranger)
THE SEE SEE: Big Bad Storm (Cleopatra, VA: Psych Box)
P.P. ARNOLD: The First Cut Is The Deepest (Sanctuary, The First Cut)
MICHAEL NESMITH: Different Drum (Rhino, Infinite Tuesday)
THE SPINNERS: I'll Be There (Rhino, The Very Best Of The Spinners)
RACHEL SWEET: B.A.B.Y. (Rhino, Fool Around)
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VEGAS WITH RANDOLPH: Women In Airports (vegaswithrandolph.bandcamp.com)
COTTON MATHER: Panama Slides (Rainbow Quartz, The Big Picture)
CHUCK BERRY: Promised Land (MCA, The Anthology)
LANNIE FLOWERS: Kiss A Memory (SpyderPop, single)
THE MONKEES: Terrifying (Rhino, Good Times! [digital version])
THE SMALL FACES: (Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me (Varese Sarabande, There Are But Four Small Faces)
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COTTON MATHER: The Book Of Too Late Changes (Star Apple Kingdom, Death Of The Cool)
THE LEGAL MATTERS: Short Term Memory (Omnivore, Conrad)
COTTON MATHER: Lost My Motto [Millennium Chrome Version] (Rainbow Quartz, Hotel Baltimore)
COTTON MATHER: Innocent Street [acoustic] (Star Apple Kingdom, Kontiki)
COTTON MATHER: Candy Lilac (Star Apple Kingdom, Death Of The Cool)
COTTON MATHER: Payday (Elm, Cotton Is King)
COTTON MATHER: Camp Hill Rail Operator (Star Apple Kingdom, Kontiki)
COTTON MATHER: The Cotton Mather Pledge (Star Apple Kingdom, Wild Kingdom)
COTTON MATHER: Last Of The Mohicans (Rainbow Quartz, The Big Picture)
COTTON MATHER: My Before And After (Star Apple Kingdom, Kontiki)
COTTON MATHER: John Wayne Jung [music for film short] (Rainbow Quartz, Hotel Baltimore)