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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 three 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.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO Flashback: The Isley Brothers

Much of my time this week is taken up by pre-recording tracks for this coming Sunday's all-vinyl edition of This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, plotting the liner notes for the forthcoming CD This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4, and scheming about hype for The Flashcubes' 40th anniversary show on September 1st (with The Ohms, The Trend, Maura & the Bright Lights, and your hosts, Dana & Carl). Doesn't leave a lot of spare seconds for blogging, but please enjoy this TIRnRR playlist from June 14th, 2015, spotlighting our Featured Act, THE ISLEY BROTHERS!

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Every Sunday night on This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Dana and I enter the studio with one dead certain conviction: that this will be another irresistible example of The Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin' Planet. We furthermore believe that each week's show stands a a good chance of being among the best we've ever done, and our success ratio with that belief is pretty damn good.

But we also know that each week we will fail in one aspect:  in a mere three hours, we will not have time to play all of the songs we want to play. That failure is especially true when we have a theme show or a featured artist, and it was certainly true with this week's show and our Featured Artist, The Isley Brothers. MAN, were there ever a lot more Isley Brothers records that we wanted to play! But we did what we could, mixing Isley Brothers greats with new music from The Jangle Band (with Australian pop god Joe Algieri), new music from Smile Factory (with ol' TIRnRR pal Keith Klingensmith), new music from Clockwork Flowers, and a bunch of other superb tracks that combine to honor our promise of The Best Three yadda yadda Friggin' Planet. We commemorated the 50th anniversary of the release of Beatles VI, and we played several won-won-wonderful records by The Beach Boys, the latter choices influenced by the new Brian Wilson biopic Love And Mercy, a film which we just adored. And we played THE ISLEY BROTHERS. We wanted to play more. We failed. But, to paraphrase Little Steven: we failed GLORIOUSLY. And this is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

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TIRnRR # 781:  6/14/15

THE RAMONES:  "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" (Rhino, End Of The Century)
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THE ISLEY BROTHERS:  "Listen To The Music" (T-Neck, 3 + 3)
JOE COCKER:  "Delta Lady" (A & M, Icon)
THE SPONGETONES:  "(My Girl) Maryanne" (Loaded Goat, Always Carry On)
THE BEACH BOYS:  "Good Vibrations [45 version]" (Capitol, Good Vibrations)
STEVE STOECKEL & HIS THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO ALL-STARS:  "Malaprop Girl" (unreleased)
PAUL WESTERBERG:  "Knockin On Mine" (Sire, 14 Songs)
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THE JANGLE BAND:  "This Soul Is Not For Sale" (joealgeri.bandcamp.com)
CAPTAIN GROOVY & HIS BUBBLEGUM ARMY:  "Captain Groovy & His Bubblegum Army" (Varese Sarabande, VA:  25 All-Time Greatest Bubblegum Hits)
THE ISLEY BROTHERS:  "Nobody But Me" (Varese Sarabande, Shake It Up, Baby!)
THE SWING CATS:  "Little Sister" (Legacy, Special Tribute To Elvis)
HONEYCHAIN:  "This Year's Girl" (Spyderpop, VA:  Beyond Belief)
THE BEACH BOYS:  "Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Capitol, Pet Sounds)
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SMILE FACTORY:  "There She Is" (Futureman, Man In a Minute)
THE PRETENDERS:  "Talk Of The Town" (Sire, The Singles)
THE ISLEY BROTHERS:  "Why When Love Is Gone" (Motown, Greatest Hits And Rare Classics)
ABBA VS. PETE SHELLEY:  "Does The Homo Sapien Know"
BLUE ASH:  "Abracadabra (Have You Seen Her?)" (Collectors' Choice Music, No More, No Less)
WARREN ZEVON:  "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" (Rhino, Genius)
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THE BEATLES:  "Every Little Thing" (Capitol, Beatles VI)
THE BEACH BOYS:  "Sloop John B" (Capitol, Pet Sounds)
THE KINKS:  "Waterloo Sunset" (Essential, Something Else)
THE SMALL FACES:  "Tin Soldier" (Charly, Greatest Hits)
THE ISLEY BROTHERS:  "Summer Breeze" (Sony, VA:  A Tribute To Black Entertainers)
THE ROLLING STONES:  "Happy" (Universal, Forty Licks)
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CLOCKWORK FLOWERS:  "Upside Down" (single)
THE WHO:  "The Kids Are Alright" (MCA, My Generation)
THE ISLEY BROTHERS:  "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" (T-Neck, Brother, Brother, Brother)
MATTHEW SWEET:  "The Tide Is High" (Bulletproof, VA:  How To Eat Fried Worms OST)
TAMMY & THE LORDS OF MISRULE:  "What Baby Wants" (Her Highness Porcupinus, King Maker)
DAVID BOWIE:  "Hang On To Yourself" (Virgin, Bowie At The Beeb)
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GARY FRENAY:  "We Could Be Brothers" (Northside, File Under Pop Vocal)
MAURA KENNEDY:  "Coyotes" (Varese Sarabande, Villanelle)
THE ISLEY BROTHERS:  "Fight The Power Pt. 1 & 2" (T-Neck, The Heat Is On)
THE BEACH BOYS:  "God Only Knows" (Capitol, Pet Sounds)
THE BEACH BOYS:  "That's Why God Made The Radio" (Capitol, That's Why God Made The Radio)
THE BEACH BOYS:  "I Can Hear Music" (Capitol, Friends & 20/20)
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THE GRIP WEEDS:  "Rainbow Quartz" (Jem, How I Won The War)
THE LOVED ONES:  "You Know" (Hightone, Better Do Right)
THE RAMONES:  "Swallow My Pride" (Rhino, Leave Home)
THE PRETENDERS:  "Kid" (Sire, Pretenders)
THE ISLEY BROTHERS:  "A Weakspot In My Heart" (Motown, VA:  A Cellarful Of Motown!)
JOE COCKER:  "High Time We Went" (A & M, Icon)
THE ISLEY BROTHERS:  "That Lady (Part 1)" (Rhino, VA:  Can You Dig It?)
ASTROPUPPEES:  "Over Her Head" (Manatee, Little Chick Tsunami)
THE ISLEY BROTHERS:  "Shout (Parts 1 & 2)" (Varese Sarabande, Shake It Up, Baby)
THE BEACH BOYS:  "Darlin'" (Capitol, Smiley Smile & Wild Honey)
THE ISLEY BROTHERS:  "It's Your Thing" (Motown, Greatest Hits And Rare Classics)
JOE COCKER:  "Woman To Woman" (A & M, Icon)
THE ISLEY BROTHERS:  "Twist And Shout" (Motown , Greatest Hits And Rare Classics)
THE BANGLES:  "Going Down To Liverpool" (Columbia, All Over The Place)
THE ISLEY BROTHERS:  "Got To Have You Back" (Motown, Greatest Hits And Rare Classics)
THE BEACH BOYS:  "Caroline, No" (Capitol, Pet Sounds)
THE BEACH BOYS:  "Pet Sounds" (Capitol, Pet Sounds)