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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.

Friday, June 9, 2017


Our CD has a code number
It's PURR 2061
Our CD has a mast'ring date
It's June, Day Twenty-One
We're working under moon and sun
To get this whole damned thing all done
And Kool Kat Musik is the one
'Cause summer music should be fun

And that's no bologna.

(Great. Now I'm hungry.)

We can take one artist off our redacted list, as This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4 welcomes The Hit Squad to its already-stellar lineup. The Hit Squad was an early '80s combo that included bassist Tommy O'Reilly and guitarist Derek Knott (both former members of Syracuse new wave Fave Raves The Most), along with drummer Tim Carr and singer/keyboardist Nancy O. "Best Of Me" was written by Tommy, and was once intended to be The Most's second single, but that wasn't to be. The Hit Squad's killer version was recorded in 1980, and it makes its CD debut on TIRnRR#4.

We're gathering the last pieces 'n' bits all together. There's still one more local artist we haven't revealed, though I betcha most of our listeners have figured out who he is. Don't be scared; it's only vinyl. Well, it's a CD, but it's the thought that counts. Here's your updated information on the pop compilation you're dyin' to hear:

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4
Produced by Dana Bonn and Carl Cafarelli
Due Summer 2017 from Kool Kat Musik
PURR 2061

1.4.5.: Your Own World [first CD release of OOP original LP version]
THE BOTTLE KIDS: Let Me In On This Action [new track]
PAUL COLLINS BEAT: She Doesn't Want To Hang Around With You
[redacted]: [redacted] [first national CD release of OOP track]
THE GRIP WEEDS: Strange Bird [new remix of original German single version]
THE HIT SQUAD: Best Of Me [previously unreleased]
THE LEGAL MATTERS: Don't Look Back [first CD release]
CIRCE LINK & CHRISTIAN NESMITH: I'm On Your Side [first mass market CD release]
MAURA & THE BRIGHT LIGHTS: Maybe Someday [new track]
MR. ENCRYPTO & THE CYPHERS: Home On The Radio [previously unreleased]
LISA MYCHOLS: Almost Didn't Happen [new track]
P. HUX: Better Than Good
RAY PAUL: I Need Your Love Tonight [new track]
IRENE PENA: Must've Been Good
POP CO-OP: You Don't Love Me Anymore [new track]
POPDUDES: She Is Funny (In That Way) [first CD release]
THE RUBINOOS: Nowheresville [first US CD release]
THE RULERS: I Want My Ramones Records Back [first CD release]
THE SLAPBACKS: Make Something Happen [new track, first-ever Flashcubes cover]
THE SMITHEREENS: Got Me A Girl [first mass market CD release of rare early track]
STEPFORD KNIVES: Her Reputation [new track]
VEGAS WITH RANDOLPH Featuring LANNIE FLOWERS: "The Weekend's Coming" [new track]

Summer's coming! So is This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4.

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