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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, September 4, 2017

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 888

Still fighting a lingering sense of sheer exhaustion after Friday night's epic 40th anniversary live celebration of the splendor of The Flashcubes, we nonetheless mustered the will to slap together another fine example of The Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Friggin' Planet. And it wasn't really all that hard to do. New music from Somerdale, The Forty Nineteens, Coke Belda, Gordy Garris, Stag, and The Doughboys, plus a great new tribute album called Not The Knack, and we were off and stumbling...but still stumbling across the finish line before anyone else. Time for our nap!

For well-rested music-fans throughout Central New York, this coming Saturday night September 9th will offer an opportunity to see The Go Rounds in concert at Nelson Odeon (http://nelsonodeon.com/calendar/go-rounds/). To celebrate, we served up the long-overdue TIRnRR debut of The Go Rounds, and ordered everyone to go to the show. Meanwhile, this is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

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TIRnRR # 888: 9/3/17

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
THE FLASHCUBES: You Only Get One Life (Northside, Flashcubes Forever)
THE SLAPBACKS: Make Something Happen (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE COWSILLS: The Milk Song (American Dairy Association, single)
THE PRETENDERS: Talk Of The Town (Sire, The Singles)
THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION: Absolutely Free (Verve, We're Only In It For The Money)
THE ENGLISH BEAT: Save It For Later (IRS, Special Beat Service)
THE GO ROUNDS: How (n/a, I Promise I Won't Get Hurt)
THE BANGS: Call On Me (Omnivore, THE BANGLES: Ladies And Gentlemen...The Bangles!)
BLAKE JONES & THE TRIKE SHOP: Foresteire Gardens (Whispermaphone, The Underground Garden)
THE REVILLOS: Motorbike Beat (Rhino, VA: Children Of Nuggets)
COKE BELDA: I've Gotta Get A Message To You (Kool Kat Musik, 3 [Gs]--A Tribute To The Bee Gees)
THE NASHVILLE RAMBLERS: The Trains (Rhino, VA: Children Of Nuggets)
SOMERDALE: Say It Again (Jem, Maggie Says It Again)
THE CHESTERFIELD KINGS: She Told Me Lies (Rhino, VA: Children Of Nuggets)
EARTH, WIND & FIRE: Sing A Song (Columbia, The Eternal Dance)
THE DUKES OF STRATOSPHEAR: Vanishing Girl (Rhino, VA: Children Of Nuggets)
THE SLAPBACKS: That's What The Little Girls Do (Zero Hour, VA: Not The Knack)
THE SPONGETONES: She Goes Out With Everybody (Rhino, VA; Children Of Nuggets)
THE KLANK: It's You (Zero Hour, VA: Not The Knack)
DR. FEELGOOD: She Does It Right (Parlophone, Down By The Jetty)
THE BIGGER LOVERS: So It Goes (Groove Disques, VA: The Stiff Generation)
NICK LOWE: Heart Of The City (Yep Roc, Quiet Please...)
STEELY DAN: Rikki Don't Lose That Number (Geffen, The Definitive Collection)
THE NERVES: Hanging On The Telephone (Alive, One Way Ticket)
THE FORTY NINETEENS: The Longer I Wait (Kool Kat Musik, Good Fortune)
WARREN ZEVON: Poor Poor Pitiful Me (Rhino, Genius)
THE RAMONES: I Want You Around (Rhino, Road To Ruin)
ROCKPILE: Heart (Columbia, Seconds Of Pleasure)
JOSE ESTRAGOS: On Time (Power Popaholic, VA: Power Popaholic Fest Original Soundtrack Vol. 6)
ELVIS PRESLEY: Baby Let's Play House ( RCA, 20 Essential Greats)
STAG: Rosemarie (themightystag.com, Midtown Sizzler)
SHAUN CASSIDY: Hey Deanie (Curb, Greatest Hits)
P. HUX: Better Than Good (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE RASPBERRIES: I Wanna Be With You (RPM, Power Pop Volume One)
THE FLASHCUBES: No Promise [4-track] (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE WONDERS: That Thing You Do! (Play-Tone, VA: That Thing You Do! OST)
THE DOUGHBOYS: She Rocks My Soul (Ram, Front Street Rebels)
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS: (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding (Rykodisc, Armed Forces)
ORBIS MAX: Things We Said Today (single)
THE BEATLES: Nowhere Man (Capitol, single)
GORDY GARRIS: Space (n/a, Never Give Up)
THE MONKEES: Sweet Young Thing (Rhino, The Monkees)
THE KINKS: Sleepwalker (Velvel, Sleepwalker)
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE: Better Things (Rykodisc, VA: This Is Where I Belong)
CIRCE LINK & CHRISTIAN NESMITH: I'm On Your Side (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE BENT BACKED TULIPS: I Think (eggBERT, Looking Through...)
THE FLASHCUBES: When We Close Our Eyes (Northside, Brilliant)
DERRICK ANDERSON: Waiting For You (Omnivore, A World Of My Own)
THE FLASHCUBES: Forever (Northside, Flashcubes Forever)
THE HIT SQUAD: Best Of Me (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE FLASHCUBES: Sold Your Heart (Northside, Brilliant)
MAURA & THE BRIGHT LIGHTS: Maybe Someday (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE FLASHCUBES: Got No Mind (Northside, Bright Lights)