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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.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 887




With an opportunity to take my lovely wife Brenda to see the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire in concert, I decided to skip this week's Best Three Hours yadda yadda Friggin' Planet to groove in Boogie Wonderland instead. EWF was incredibly tight, and it was a fantastic show. But it looks like I missed a likewise-fantastic edition of TIRnRR, as Dana pulled out all the stops to assemble perfect radio. Armed with Flashcubes Forever, the new limited-release 40th anniversary two-disc celebration of Syracuse's own power pop powerhouse The Flashcubes, and with our own irresistible new compilation This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4, Mr. Bonn could do no wrong. I'm looking forward to hearing this one on playback.

Live music's a good idea, too. Howzabout some live Flashcubes? The Flashcubes' 40th Anniversary Show is this Friday, September 1st, at Funk 'n Waffles in Syracuse. This show will sell out, possibly before Friday. It's The Flashcubes, with special guests The Trend and Maura & the Bright Lights, and your hosts Dana & Carl. To avoid the life-long regret of missing this show, get your tickets now: https://funknwaffles.ticketfly.com/event/1530581-flashcubes-trend-ohms-syracu. 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 streams Sunday night from 9 to Midnight Eastern, exclusively at www.westcottradio.org

Our new compilation CD This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4 is now shipping from Kool Kat Musik. Many TIRnRR fans are already enjoying this CD; why should you be left out? Buy it at http://shop.koolkatmusik.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KKM&Category_Code=PO

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TIRnRR # 887: 8/27/17

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
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THE FLASHCUBES: Forever (Northside, Flashcubes Forever)
THE SLAPBACKS: Make Something Happen (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE NERVES: Walking Out On Love (Alive, One Way Ticket)
THE BANGLES: How Is The Air Up There? (Omnivore, Ladies And Gentlemen, The Bangles!)
SHOES: Tomorrow Night (Black Vinyl, Best)
BRINSLEY SCHWARZ: (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding (EMI, Surrender To The Rhythm)
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THE FLASHCUBES: Make Something Happen (Northside, Flashcubes Forever)
RAY PAUL: I Need Your Love Tonight (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE TEARJERKERS: Syracuse Summer (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 3)
THE RECORDS: Starry Eyes (Virgin, Smashes, Crashes & Near-Misses)
THE REAL KIDS: All Kindsa Girls (Red Star, The Real Kids)
DM3: 1 x 2 x Devastated (JAM, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 1)
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THE FLASHCUBES: Boogie City (Northside, Flashcubes Forever)
THE GRIP WEEDS: Strange Bird (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
HUSKER DU: Eight Miles High (SST, single)
JUPITER AFFECT: Druscilla I Dig Your Scene (eggBERT, Instructions For The Two Ways Of Becoming Alice)
THE BENT BACKED TULIPS: Sweet Young Thing (eggBERT, Looking Through...)
THE MONKEES: You Told Me (Rhino, Headquarters)
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THE FLASHCUBES: Hey Miss Betty (Northside, Flashcubes Forever)
CHRIS VON SNEIDERN: Insomniac Summer (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE TREND: Electric Chair (Hate, Batman Live At Budokan)
THE NATIVES: Tell Me A Story (Delso, single)
THE DEAD DUCKS: No Direction (unreleased)
THE HIT SQUAD: Best Of Me (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
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THE FLASHCUBES: Nothing Really Matters When You're Young (Northside, Flashcubes Forever)
THE SMITHEREENS: Got Me A Girl (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE COWSILLS: She Said To Me (JAM, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 2)
THE JAM: David Watts (Polydor, Direction Reaction Creation)
THE KINKS: You Really Got Me (Essential, Kinks)
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY: Time Will Tell (Damaged Goods, Truly She Is None Other)
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THE FLASHCUBES: Wouldn't You Like It (Northside, Flashcubes Forever)
MAURA & THE BRIGHT LIGHTS: Maybe Someday (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
ROY WOOD'S HELICOPTERS: Green Glass Windows (Disky, ROY WOOD & WIZZARD: The Best Of)
HINDU LOVE GODS: Raspberry Beret (Rhino, WARREN ZEVON: Genius)
THE NAZZ: Open My Eyes (Rhino, VA: Nuggets)
PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES: C30 C60 C90 Go! (MDR, All Medicated Geniuses)
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THE FLASHCUBES: It's You Tonight (Northside, Flashcubes Forever)
PAUL COLLINS' BEAT: She Doesn't Want To Hang Around With You (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE ADVERTS: One Chord Wonders (The Devils Own Jukebox, Crossing The Red Sea)
THE RAMONES: She's The One (Rhino, Road To Ruin)
RICHARD HELL & THE VOIDOIDS: Love Comes In Spurts (Sire, Blank Generation)
BLONDIE: Hanging On The Telephone (Chrysalis, The Platinum Collection)
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THE FLASHCUBES: Do Anything You Wanna Do (Northside, Flashcubes Forever)
POP CO-OP: You Don't Love Me Anymore (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE FLASHCUBES: Natalie (Northside, Flashcubes Forever)
VEGAS WITH RANDOLPH FEATURING LANNIE FLOWERS: The Weekend's Coming (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE FLASHCUBES: Christi Girl (Northside, Flashcubes Forever)
CIRCE LINK & CHRISTIAN NESMITH: I'm On Your Side (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE FLASHCUBES: Hello Suzie (Northside, Flashcubes Forever)
THE RUBINOOS: Nowheresville (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE FLASHCUBES: Do Anything You Wanna Do (Northside, Flashcubes Forever)
MAN CHAU PO ORC HESTRA: For A Few Dollars More (Thrift Store, VA: Teen Dance Music From China And Malaysia)