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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, June 26, 2017

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 878



Rah rah rah, sis boom bah! This week's exercise in The Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin' Planet occurred one day after my 40-year high school reunion. I had a good time there, so it seemed appropriate to kick things off radio-wise with The MC5's own timeless salute to high school, and we were off and rantin'. We celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Our World broadcast of "All You Need Is Love" by The Beatles, exulted in the splendor of the new Big Star best-of set, and served up brand-new music from The Bookends. We also continued to shill for our own forthcoming compilation CD This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4, including the world radio debut of a new track by the should-be-famous Chris von Sneidern. Who, come to think, may have gone to my high school. Rah rah rah!

NEXT WEEK: LPs and 45s ONLY! Yep, it's our second-ever All-Vinyl Show, adding back all the surface noise you've been missing in your dreary digital life. And this is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

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TIRnRR # 878: 6/25/17

[Tracks from This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4 listed in bold.]

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
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THE MC5: High School (Rhino, The Big Bang!)
JIMI HENDRIX: Hear My Freedom (Experience Hendrix, West Coast Seattle Boy)
THE RAMONES: Rock 'n' Roll High School (Rhino, Loud, Fast Ramones)
THE BEATLES: All You Need Is Love (Apple, 1)
THE MONKEES: Birth Of An Accidental Hipster (Rhino, Good Times!)
BIG STAR: In The Street [single mix] (Stax, The Best Of Big Star)
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CHRIS VON SNEIDERN: Insomniac Summer (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
NICK LOWE: Cruel To Be Kind (Yep Roc, Quiet Please...)
THE CHURCHILLS: Everybody Gets What They Deserve (Abrupt, You Are Here)
GAME THEORY: America [demo] (Omnivore, 2 Steps From The Middle Ages)\
THE KINKS: The Village Green Preservation Society (Universal, The Village Green Preservation Society)
BIG STAR: Thirteen (Stax, The Best Of Big Star)
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THE BOOKENDS: Far Away, But Around (unreleased)
THE LITTLE DARLINGS: Little Bit O' Soul (Ace, VA: You Heard It Here First!)
SPARKS: Tips For Teens (Rhino, Profile)
THE MO-DETTES: White Mice Disco (Cherry Red, The Story So Far)
RAY PAUL: I Need Your Love Tonight (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
CLOCKWORK FLOWERS: Uncle John (single)
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TEEGARDEN & VAN WINKLE: God, Love And Rock & Roll (Ronco, VA: Do It Now)
BLUE SWEDE: Hooked On A Feeling (Mercury, VA: Pure 70s)
CHUCK BERRY: Johnny B. Goode (MCA, The Anthology)
CAST OF THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: Time Warp (Ode, The Rocky Horror Picture Show OST)
THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS: Ana Ng (Rhino, Dial-A-Song)
BARNES & BARNES: Fish Heads (Lumania, single)
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MICHAEL LYNCH: Love To Love (7a, VA: Listen To The Bands)
FREDDIE & THE DREAMERS: I'm Telling You Now (EMI, The Definitive Collection)
LYNSEY MOON & THE SOMETHINGS: Me & Magdalena (7a, VA: Listen To The Bands)
BIG STAR: Don't Lie To Me [single version] (Stax, The Best Of Big Star)
THE CHARACTERS: Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow) (7a, VA: Listen To The Bands)
WRECKLESS ERIC: Reconnez Cherie (Salvo, Hits, Misses, Rags & Tatters)
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THE FLASHCUBES: She (7a, VA: Listen To The Bands)
VAN MORRISON: Midnight Special (Exile, The Authorized Bang Collection)
GARY FRENAY: Moonraker (Curry Cuts, VA: Songs, Bond Songs)
CLAUDE FRANCOIS: Ce Soir Je Vais Boire (Emperor Norton, VA: CQ OST)
FREDA PAYNE: Band Of Gold (Invictus, single)
GLORIA JONES: Tainted Love (Ace, VA: You Heard It Here First!)
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CIRCE LINK: Yellow Dress (circelink.com, Enchanted Objects And Ordinary Things)
THE LOLAS: Sticker (JAM, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 1)
BRENYAMA: Things That You Do (Jem, Euphoria Love)
THE COWSILLS: She Said To Me (JAM, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 2)
MICHAEL CARPENTER: I've Been Loving You (Kool Kat Musik, This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 3)
BIG STAR: O, My Soul [single edit] (Stax, The Best Of Big Star)
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VEGAS WITH RANDOLPH FEATURING LANNIE FLOWERS: The Weekend's Coming (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
BIG STAR: Watch The Sun Rise [single version] (Stax, The Best Of Big Star)
THE SLAPBACKS: Make Something Happen (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
BIG STAR: Back Of A Car (Stax, The Best Of Big Star)
IRENE PENA: Must've Been Good (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
BIG STAR: I'm In Love With A Girl (Stax, The Best Of Big Star)
MICHAEL OLIVER & THE SACRED BAND FEATURING DAVE MERRITT: You Won't Do (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
BIG STAR: Thank You, Friends (Stax, The Best Of Big Star)
CIRCE LINK & CHRISTIAN NESMITH: I'm On Your Side (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
BIG STAR: Feel (Stax, The Best Of Big Star)
THE FLASHCUBES: No Promise [4 track] (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
BIG STAR: September Gurls [single version] (Stax, The Best Of Big Star)
TRANSLATOR: Cry For A Shadow (Columbia, Everywhere That We Were)