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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 8, 2017

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 871: When Wave Was New

WHEN WAVE WAS NEW! Pop Co-Op's debut record Four State Solution--your favorite album of 2017--includes a song by that very title, a celebration of the odd, quirky time in the late '70s and early '80s when young, distinctively dressed young men and women could stand with a synth at their hands and a song in their hearts. We loved the song, of course, and Dana wanted to pay proper tribute by dedicating this week's show exclusively to Pop Co-Op's "When Wave Was New" and the songs that inspired it. The result is the most MTV fun you can have without Martha Quinn. (Though, if Ms. Quinn ever wanted to join in, we would eagerly make room for her in our cramped little studio. Swoon....)

NEXT WEEK: We pay tribute to the fab book Play On! Power Pop Heroes, Volume 4 by our pal Ken Sharp, with an hour of music from the great pop artists interviewed in this latest volume. We'll also have more from our next magnum opus, This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4. And this is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week...when wave was new!

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TIRnRR # 871: 5/7/17

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
POP CO-OP: When Wave Was New (Silent Bugler, Four State Solution)
KRAFTWERK: Robots (Capitol, The Man Machine)
NEW ORDER: Blue Monday (Factory, single)
DEPECHE MODE: Just Can't Get Enough (Mute, Speak & Spell)
THE DICKIES: Eep Opp Ork (Restless, Killer Klowns From Outer Space)
DEVO: Whip It (Warner Brothers, Freedom Of Choice)
MODERN ENGLISH: I Melt With You (Sire, After The Snow)
MEN WITHOUT HATS: Safety Dance (Backstreet, Rhythm Of Youth)
THE BANGLES: Hero Takes A Fall (Columbia, All Over The Place)
THE VAPORS: Turning Japanese (United Artists, New Clear Days)
ORCHESTRAL MANOUEVRES IN THE DARK: Enola Gay (Dindisc, Organization)
TEARS FOR FEARS: Mad World (Mercury, The Hurting)
TALKING HEADS: Psycho Killer (Sire, Talking Heads '77)
NENA: 99 Luftballoons (Epic, Nena)
A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS: I Ran (Jive, A Flock Of Seagulls)
THE POLICE: De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da (A & M, Zenyatta Mondatta)
TRIO: Da Da Da I Don't Love You, You Don't Love Me Aha Aha Aha (Mercury, Trio)
THE B-52'S: Rock Lobster (Warner Brothers, single)
THE PRETENDERS: Talk Of The Town (Sire, The Singles)
THE BOOMTOWN RATS: I Don't Like Mondays (Columbia, The Fine Art Of Surfacing)
THE BUGGLES: Video Killed The Radio Star (Island, The Age Of Plastic)
THOMAS DOLBY: She Blinded Me With Science (EMI, The Golden Age Of Wireless)
THE FIXX: Red Skies (MCA, Shuttered Room)
THE CALL: The Walls Came Down (Mercury, Modern Romans)
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS: Pump It Up (Columbia, This Year's Model)
ICEHOUSE: We Can Get Together (Warner Brothers, Icehouse)
ADAM AND THE ANTS: Beat My Guest (CBS, Kings Of The Wild Frontier)
ROCKPILE: Teacher Teacher (Columbia, Seconds Of Pleasure)
TONI BASIL: Mickey (Chrysalis, Word Of Mouth)
VIOLENT FEMMES: Blister In The Sun (Slash, Violent Femmes)
SPLIT ENZ: Six Months In A Leaky Boat (A & M, Time And Tide)
THE ATTRACTIONS: Mad About The Wrong Boy (F-Beat, Mad About The Wrong Boy)
SQUEEZE: Another Nail In My Heart (A & M, Argybargy)
THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS: Love My Way (CBS, Forever Now)
XTC: Life Begins At The Hop (Virgin, Drums And Wires)
THE CARS: Let's Go (Elektra, Candy-O)
GARY NUMAN: Cars (Beggars Banquet, The Pleasure Principle)
THE CLASH: Train In Vain (Epic, London Calling)
BLONDIE: One Way Or Another (Chrysalis, Parallel Lines)
THE ENGLISH BEAT: Save It For Later (IRS, Special Beat Service)
THE dB'S: Ask For Jill (IRS, Repercussion)
THE KNACK: My Sharona (Capitol, Get The Knack)
MEN AT WORK: Be Good Johnny (Epic, Business As Usual)
THE BONGOS: In The Congo (PVC, Drums Along The Hudson)
U2: I Will Follow (Island, Boy)
PRINCE: When Doves Cry (Warner Brothers, Purple Rain)
QUEEN & DAVID BOWIE: Under Pressure (Elektra, single)
POP CO-OP: When Wave Was New [backing tracks only]