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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 22, 2017

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 873


Something special for the kids!

Both Dana and I had out of town plans this week, but no worries--Rich Firestone to the rescue! I've known Rich and his lovely wife Kathy for more than twenty-five years, ever since we met online on Prodigy oh, those many years ago. For the first ever TIRnRR with neither Dana nor Carl, there's no one we could trust with deputy stewardship of our vast Friggin' Planet empire more'n we can trust Rich Firestone. (And thanks also to the intrepid Mark Hughson for pushin' the big red GO at the appropriate time for listeners to tune in and hear This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Rich Firestone.)

Take it away, Reechie!

Well, THAT was different! This was my third time around as your humble guest host on This Is Rock 'N' Roll Radio, The biggest, most regrettable difference was that this time around, I was unable to travel to Syracuse, sit in the studio between Dana & Carl and bring the show to you live. Maybe, hopefully, next time! The good news in that was that it allowed me to record the show in my home studio, play around a bit with some sound effects and editing, and program a show that came in as close to exactly three hours as I could get. Rather than playing a bunch of featured artists and theme sets, as I'd done in the past, this time I decided to just play as many different artists and songs as I could fit in to three hours, including a set programmed by the person who makes this all possible, my wife Kathy Frodis. Even with all that, we ran out of time before I ran out of songs, so there's plenty more to play for you the next time around. My thanks to Dana & Carl for trusting me with the keys to the car. I tried to leave some gas in the tank when I brought it home. Next week, they'll be back in the saddle with their own “Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin' Planet”, and I'll be listening with you all, as usual. Halloween 2017 marks twenty years since the end of my radio career, and I'm grateful to them for letting me pretend to be “that guy” again for a few hours. I hope you heard something you liked, and enjoyed the ride. This show was for Debbie, Gail and Betty.

A job well-done, Reechie! A job well-done!

NEXT WEEK: Dana's back! I'm not! Well, I'll be there on the sidelines, but my half of the show will be taken over by someone much smarter than me: my daughter Meghan, fresh from the conclusion of her Summa cum Laude college career. It's the long-awaited return of The Meghan & Dana Show! 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 (and occasionally Reechie) streams on Sunday nights from 9 to Midnight Eastern, exclusively at www.westcottradio.org

TIRnRR # 873: 5/21/17

Intro:
NRBQ: Bonanza (Red Rooster, All Hopped Up
)
THE BEATLES: And Your Bird Can Sing (Parlophone, Revolver
)

Set 1:
THE MOVE: Message From The Country (Harvest, Message From The Country
)
JANE WIEDLIN: Icicle (A & M, Kissproof World
)
SQUEEZE: I'm At Home Tonight (A & M, Sweets From A Stranger)

JEFF BECK: Hi Ho Silver Lining (Columbia UK, 45)
WONDERMINTS: Cellophane (Neosite Japan, Cellophane EP)

THE RATIONALS: Look What You're Doing (To Me Baby) (Big Beat, Think Rational
)

Set 2: Harry's Request
THE WHO: Dogs (Track, Direct Hits
)
THE BEN VAUGHN QUINTET: Tape A Nickel To The Tone Arm (Many Moods, Pièce de Résistance
)
ALEX CHILTON: Lies (Ardent, A Man Called Destruction)
NRBQ: Rain At The Drive-In (Bearsville, Grooves In Orbit
)
LES PAUL & MARY FORD: How High The Moon (Capitol, The Best Of The Capitol Masters
)
THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL: Respoken (Kama Sutra, What's Up, Tiger Lily?
)

Set 3:
THE BEACH BOYS: Let The Wind Blow (Capitol, Wild Honey
)
TODD RUNDGREN: The Night The Carousel Burnt Down (Bearsville, Something/Anything?
)
NANCY SINATRA & LEE HAZLEWOOD: Some Velvet Morning (Reprise, Nancy & Lee
)
THE SMITHEREENS: Spellbound (Enigma/Capitol, Green Thoughts
)
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS: Tokyo Storm Warning (Columbia, Blood & Chocolate
)

Set 4: The Frodis Room
MEN AT WORK: It's A Mistake (Columbia, Cargo
)
SUZANNE VEGA [with JOE JACKSON]: Left Of Center (A & M, VA: Pretty In Pink”
 OST)
THE SWANKY MODES: Ordinary Man (Polygram, VA: Tapeheads OST
)
MUDCRUTCH: Orphan Of The Storm (Reprise, Mudcrutch
)
DANNY WILSON: Mary's Prayer (Virgin, Meet Danny Wilson
)
MOJO NIXON & SKID ROPER: Elvis Is Everywhere (Enigma, Bo-Day-Shus
)

Set 5:
WARREN ZEVON: Detox Mansion (Virgin, Sentimental Hygene
)
THE SMALL FACES: What'Cha Gonna Do About It? [BBC Version] (Polydor, The Decca Years 1965-1967
)
NEIL INNES: Montana Cafe (Polydor, Innes Book Of Records)

XTC: I'm The Man Who Murdered Love (Cooking Vinyl, Wasp Star
)
THE ANDERSON COUNCIL: Partridge (Sinclair, The Fall Parade
)
THE KINKS: Sitting In My Hotel (RCA, Everybody's In Showbiz
)

Set 6:
GENE CLARK: Elevator Operator (Columbia, Gene Clark With The Gosdin Brothers
)
THE ROOSTERS: One Of These Days (Ace, VA: 1966: The Year The Decade Exploded
)
JONATHAN RICHMAN: You Can Have A Cell Phone, That's Okay, But Not Me (Vapor, 45)
THE GRIP WEEDS: The Inner Light (Jem, How I Won The War
)
SONIC'S RENDEZVOUS BAND: Electrophonic Tonic (Easy Action, Sonic's Rendezvous Band
)
THE EASYBEATS: Who'll Be The One You Love (Varese Sarabande, Good Friday
)

Set 7:
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: The Ties That Bind (Columbia, The River
)
THE WALKER BROTHERS: After The Lights Go Out (Smash, The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore
)
THE BOBBY FULLER FOUR: Don't Ever Let Me Know (Del-Fi/Rhino, The Best Of The Bobby Fuller Four
)
HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS: A Taste Of Honey (A & M, Whipped Cream & Other Delights
)
THE TURTLES: Me About You (White Whale, Happy Together
)
THE ZOMBIES: She Does Everything For Me (Big Beat, Zombie Heaven
)


Set 8:
PAUL McCARTNEY & ELVIS COSTELLO: Playboy To A Man (Capitol, PAUL McCARTNEY: Flowers In The Dirt Deluxe
)
THE SPINNERS: They Just Can't Stop it (Games People Play) (Atlantic, The Best Of The Spinners
)
THE MONKEES: Auntie's Municipal Court [Nesmith Vocal Mix] (Rhino Handmade, The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees Deluxe
)
POP CO-OP: Lila (Silent Bugler, Four State Solution
)
SHOCKING BLUE: Rock In The Sea (Red Bullet, Greatest Hits
)
BADFINGER: Carry On 'Till Tomorrow (Apple, Magic Christian Music
)
JULIE LONDON: Round Midnight (Liberty, Around Midnight
)
FLEETWOOD MAC: That's All For Everyone (Warner Brothers, Tusk
)
RAY HENRY & HIS ORCHESTRA: Diamond Ring Polka (Dana, 45)