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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.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

That 40th Anniversary Flashcubes Show Last Night

That was awesome. I'm waaay too tired to say much more right now. I'll presumably get to some kind of detailed report after I've rested for, say, a month and a half or so. In the mean time, here are the set lists from one great night of rock 'n' roll in Syracuse.

September 1st 2017 at Funk 'N Waffles in Syracuse


Never Let Me Go [Dress Code]
Something's Really Wrong [Dress Code]
Glad She's Gone [The Pop Tarts]
Chain Letter [The Ohms]
Summer Coulda Lasted Forever
Syracuse Summer [The Tearjerkers]
Maybe Someday
The KKK Took My Baby Away [The Ramones, dedicated by Maura to Joe Arpaio]


Toy Section
Office Friendly
Cretin Hop [The Ramones]
Don't Talk To Her She's Just The Maid
Peer Pressure
Zink Tabletz
Hot House
Mommy Is A Jilt
Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight [Earl Vince & the Valiants/Fleetwood Mac]
Quarantine Queen
Crash The Bash

[These set lists are approximated from a combination of the printed set lists and my memory of how it changed in the heat of action]

Set 1

It's You Tonight
When We Close Our Eyes
You Only Get One Life
Boogie City
Christi Girl
Hello Suzie [The Move]
She's Leaving
No Promise
Got No Mind

Set 2

Hold Me Tight [The Beatles]
On The Run
Damaged Beyond Repair
Social Mobility
No More Lonely Nights
I Don't Want To Be A Human Being
Sold Your Heart
Wait Till Next Week
Muscle Beach
Angry Young Man


     Welcome To The Working Class
     Blitzkrieg Bop [The Ramones]
     Heart Of The City [Rockpile]
     I Wanna Be Sedated [The Ramones]
     Walking Out On Love [Paul Collins]
     Welcome To The Working Class

Corrections welcomed. Time for my nap!

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