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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 9, 2017


I don't have digital copies of many This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio playlists prior to late November of 2010, the point when I started posting them on Facebook. I just found a small cache of slightly older ones, going back about a year before that, and I'll be sharing a few of them here for the benefit of those who came to TIRnRR at a later date. This is the oldest surviving digital file, covering two weeks' worth of playlists from November 2009, spotlighting my top 10 KISS songs one week, then Del-Fi Records the next (along with the TIRnRR debut of Jamie & Steve). Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio rides again!

Hello again from THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO with Dana & Carl, your alleged source for The Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin' Planet.  Between watching basketball and reading the latest Sara Paretsky novel, a whompin' stompin' TWO WEEKS' worth o' playlists have stacked up here, so we better get to 'em.  Last week's show served up a countdown of the all-time Top Ten Best KISS Tracks, a salute to local DJ Dave Frisina on the 30th anniversary of his fab Soundcheck radio show, plus new music from The Deserters, D. Rogers, and The Len Price 3This week included our first spin of wonderful Spongetones side project Jamie & Steve, and we cast our dim widdle TIRnRR Spotlight on Del-Fi Records and its imprints, in memory of the late Del-Fi guy Bob Keane, accomplished with a mix of classic Del-Fi sides by Ritchie Valens, The Bobby Filler Four, and Little Caesar & the Romans (among many others), and latter-day DF2K tracks from Cloud Eleven, Outrageous Cherry, and Kari Wuhrer.

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TIRnRR # 508:  11/29/09

THE RAMONES:  "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" (Rhino, End OF The CEntury)
SCREEN TEST:  "Anytime" (Starstream, VA:  Soundcheck)
PETE YORN & SCARLETT JOHANSSON:  "Relator" (Atco, Break Up)
KISS:  "I Was Made For Lovin' You" (Mercury, Dynasty)
THE DESERTERS:  "Take It As It Comes" (Popboomerang, Pale Morning)
THE MOPTOPS:  "Inside" (Velodome, Inside)
GEORGE HARRISON:  "What Is LIfe" (Apple, All Things Must Pass)
THE LEN PRICE 3:  "The Girl Who Became A Machine" (Wicked Cool, Pictures)
THE PRETENDERS:  "Message Of Love" (Sire, The Singles)
KISS:  "Beth" (Mercury, Destroyer)
TODD RUNDGREN:  "I Saw The Light" (Rhino, Something/Anything?)
THE SMALL FACES:  "You Need Loving" (Deram, The Anthology 1965-1967)
THE WHO:  "Young Man Blues" (MCA, Live At Leeds)
DOLLY PARTON:  "Don't Drop Out" (Rhino, VA:  One Kiss Can Lead To Another)
THE PIXIES:  "Here Comes Your Man" (4AD, Pixies)
KISS:  "Christine Sixteen" (Mercury, Love Gun)
D. ROGERS:  "Poison Pen" (Popboomerang, Sparks On The Tarmac)
THE BABYS:  "Isn't It Time" (Chrysalis, The Babys Anthology)
NICK LOWE:  "Cruel To Be Kind" (Yep Roc, Quiet Please...)
THE NATIVES:  "Tell Me A Story" (Starstream, VA:  Soundcheck)
MAGAZINE:  "A Song From Under The Floorboards" (Rhino, VA:  Left Of The Dial)
KISS:  "See You In Your Dreams" (Mercury, Rock And Roll Over)
ANNY CELSI:  "Sally Go 'Round The Roses" (Ragazza, Tangle-Free World)
DOLENZ, JONES, BOYCE & HART:  "I Remember The Feeling" (Varese Sarabande, VA:  The Songs Of Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart)
THE FLYING MACHINE:  "Smile A Little Smile For Me" (Varese Sarabande, VA:  25 All-Time Greatest Bubblegum Hits)
KISS:  "I Love It Loud" (Mercury, Creatures Of The Night)
NEIL YOUNG:  "Cinnamon Girl" (Reprise, Decade)
THE LEONARDS:  "The Worst Thing I Could Do" (myspace.com/theleonards1, Garage Sale)
EDISON LIGHTHOUSE:  "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)"  (Varese Sarabande, VA:  25 All-Time Greatest Bubblegum Hits)
KISS:  "Mr. Speed" (Mercury, Rock And Roll Over)
WHITE PLAINS:  "My Baby Loves Lovin'" (Varese Sarabande, VA:  25 All-Time Greatest Bubblegum Hits)
1.4.5.:  "Let's Groove" (Starstream, VA:  Soundcheck)
THE JAM:  "Beat Surrender" (Polydor, Direction Reaction Creation)
KISS:  "Detroit Rock City" (Mercury, The Very Best Of KISS)
DEVO:  "Freedom Of Choice" (Rhino, Pioneers Who Got Scalped)
PETEY LIGHTNING & THE PIRATES:  "Crazy Girl" (myspace.com/peteylightningandthepirates, Big Hit)
BLONDIE:  "Union City Blue" (Chrysalis, Eat To The Beat)
KISS:  "Calling Dr. Love" (Mercury, Rock And Roll Over)
VIOLENT FEMMES:  "Blister In The Sun" (Rhino, VA:  Left Of The Dial)
THE MINDBENDERS:  "It's Getting Harder All The Time" (Retroactive, VA:  To Sir, With Love OST)
PINK FLOYD:  "See Emily Play" (Capitol, Relics)
KISS:  "Rock And Roll All Nite" (Mercury, Dressed To Kill)
THE MOSQUITOS:  "Darn Well" (ROIR, VA:  Garage SAle)
KISS:  "Shout It Out Loud" (Mercury, Destroyer)
THE CRICKLE:  "Place In My Heart" (ROIR, VA:  Garage Sale)
SEX CLARK FIVE:  "Can't Shake Loose" (Beehive Rebellion, Strum & Drum!)
JOY DIVISION:  "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (Rhino, VA:  Left Of The Dial)
THE PIPETTES:  "It Hurts To See You Dance So Well" (Cherry Tree, We Are The Pipettes)
THE LA'S:  "Son Of A Gun" (Universal, BBC In Session)
DELETED WAVEFORM GATHERINGS:  "This House" (Rainbow Quartz, Ghost, She Said)
THE BYRDS:  "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better" (Columbia, The Essential Byrds)
SAHARA HOTNIGHTS:  "Down And Out" (Jet Set, Jennie Bomb)
NIRVANA:  "The Man Who Sold The World" (Geffen, Nirvana)
THE VENTURES:  "Satisfaction" (www.amazon.com)

TIRnRR # 509:  12/6/09

JAMIE & STEVE:  "Emily's Ghost" (Loaded Goat, English Afterthoughts)
ORANGE JUICE:  "Blue Boy" (Domino, The Glasgow School)
THE BOBBY FULLER FOUR:  "Another Sad And Lonely Night" (Del-Fi, Never To Be Forgotten) 
ACE FREHLEY:  "Fox On The Run" (www.classicrockmagazine.com, VA:  Classic Rock Songbook Vol. 2)
THE LADYBUGS:  "It's The Last Time" (Del-Fi, VA:  Del-Fi Girl Groups)
THE BEATLES:  "Thank You, Girl" (Capitol, The Beatles' Second Album)
CLOUD ELEVEN:  "Things Will Work Out Fine" (Del-Fi, VA:  Delphonic Sounds Today!)
THE DUKES OF STRATOSPHEAR:  "Vanishing Girl" (Rhino, VA:  Children Of Nuggets)
CROWDED HOUSE:  "It's Only Natural" (Capitol, Recurring Dream)
THE HUMBUGS:  "Calico Eyes" (Oddvious, On The Up Side)
THE ADDRISI BROTHERS:  "Cherrystone" (Del-Fi, Cherrystone)
THE PRETENDERS:  "Brass In Pocket" (Sire, The Singles)
THE AMERICAN FOUR [featuring ARTHUR LEE]:  "Luci Baines" (Del-Fi single)
LOVE: "My Little Red Book" (Rhino, Love Story)
BONNIE HAYES & THE WILD COMBO:  "Shelly's Boyfriend" (Slash, Good Clean Fun)
DAVID BOWIE:  "Black Country Rock" (Rykodisc, Sound + Vision)
BARRY WHITE:  "All In The Run Of A Day" (Del-Fi, Boss Soul)
WRECKLESS ERIC:  "Reconnez Cherie" (Stiff, Wreckless Eric)
KARI WUHRER:  "There's A Drug" (Del-Fi, Shiny)
PETE YORN & SCARLETT JOHANSSON:  "Relator" (Atco, Break Up)
MANDY MOORE:  "I Could Break Your Heart Any Day Of The Week" (Storefront, Amanda Leigh)
THE DREAM SYNDICATE:  "Tell Me When It's Over" (Rhino, VA:  Left Of The Dial)
RITCHIE VALENS:  "Donna" (Del-Fi, Come On, Let's Go!)
BIG STAR:  "I'm In Love With A Girl" (Ardent, # 1 Record/Radio City)
BABY RAY & THE FERNS:  "The World's Greatest Sinner" (Del-Fi, FRANK ZAPPA:  Cucamonga)
CAROLYN MARK & NQ ARBUCKLE:  "Canada Day Off/Toronto" (Mint, Let's Just Stay Here)
HERMAN'S HERMITS:  "I'm Into Something Good [rare stereo mix]"
THE BEATLES:  "Eight Days A Week" (Apple, 1)
SINGLE BULLET THEORY:  "My Lovin' Baby" (Del-Fi, VA:  Delphonic Sounds Today!)
THE RAMONES:  "Needles And Pins" (Rhino, Road To Ruin)
OUTRAGEOUS CHERRY:  "Georgie Don't You Know" (Del-Fi, Out There In The Dark)
TOMORROW:  "My White Bicycle" (Rhino, VA:  Nuggets II)
SCOTT McCARL:  "In Love Without A Girl" (Titan, Play On...)
NIRVANA:  "About A Girl" (Geffen, Nirvana)
THE BOBBY FULLER FOUR:  "Let Her Dance" (Del-Fi, Never To Be Forgotten)
THE B-52's:  "Planet Claire" (Sire, The B-52's)
DESDA:  "Splish Splash Twist" (Del-Fi, VA:  Del-Fi Girl Groups)
THE SMALL FACES:  "Get Yourself Together" (Snapper, The Definitive Collection)
THE EVERYDAY THINGS:  "She Likes It Like That" (Not Lame, Lighten Up, Francis!)
THE IDEA:  "The Only Reason" (Del-Fi, VA:  International Pop Overthrow Vol. 2)
THE OHIO EXPRESS:  "Had To Be Me" (Cameo, Beg, Borrow & Steal)
CLOUD ELEVEN:  "Tokyo Aquarium" (Del-Fi, Cloud Eleven)
THE FEELIES:  "Fa Ce-La" (Rhino, VA:  Left Of The Dial)
LITTLE CAESAR & THE ROMANS:  "Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You)" (Del-Fi, Toga!  Toga!  Toga!)
THE dB's:  "Amplifier" (Rhino, VA:  Left Of The Dial)
THE LIVELY ONES:  "Surf Rider" (Del-Fi, Surf Rider)
GREGG YETI & THE BEST LIGHTS:  "My Narcoleptic Sara" (Eskimo Kiss, Heart Palpitations Of The Rich And Famous)
CHAN ROMERO:  "Hippy Hippy Shake" (Del-Fi, VA:  Del-Fi Record Hop)
THE SONICS:  "Psycho" (Rhino, VA:  Nuggets)
BRENDA HOLLOWAY:  "Every Little Bit Hurts" (Del-Fi, VA:  Del-Fi Girl Groups)
P.P. ARNOLD:  "The First Cut Is The Deepest" (Rhino, VA:  One KIss Can Lead To Another)
RITCHIE VALENS:  "La Bamba" (Del-Fi, Come On. Let's Go!)
THE ARGONAUTS:  "Ten Feet Tall" (Hard Soul, VA:  Sugarlumps)
THE BOBBY FULLER FOUR:  "I Fought The Law" (Del-Fi, Never To Be Forgotten)
THE HOLLIES:  "Look Through Any Window" (EMI, 30th Anniversary Collection)
VERRILL KEANE:  "An Afternoon Affair" (Del-Fi, An Afternoon Affair)

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