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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 16, 2017

THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO Flashback: The Hundred HOLLIES Initiative

From January 10, 2010, this was the playlist announcing This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio's epic venture THE HUNDRED HOLLIES INITIATIVE. The Hundred Hollies Initiative was a year-long effort to play one hundred different Hollies tracks on the show, an effort which we made damned sure to accomplish, fearing the dire penalty of failure (as described below). In fact, we played 101 different Hollies tracks, just to be sure! As a bonus for you, the loyal Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do) reader, we're also including the playlist from the previous week's spotlight on The Hollies.


Hello again from Dana & Carl and THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO,  your proud and (plainly) deluded source for The Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin' Planet.  This week, we featured the music of The Rollers, the post-Tartan edition of The Bay City Rollers, which released three very good, underrated rockin' pop albums from 1979-1981 (they also did a fourth, cassette-only release called Burning Rubber, but I've never even seen a copy of that one).  We also threw in a spotlight on The Feelies' debut album, and introduced brand-new music from Maura Kennedy.  Maura will be doing a full-band show at The Living Room in NYC next Tuesday, January 19th, with none other than Tommy Allen of The Flashcubes on drums--huzzah!  Maura will return to The Living Room on February 16th as a solo, but will share the bill with Kelley Ryan, Don Dixon, and Marti Jones.  It's like the TIRnRR All-Stars!  If you're in New York on these dates, you should, like, go to the shows or something.

And, of course, we announced our goofiest gimmick yet:  THE HUNDRED HOLLIES INITIATIVE!  Beginning with our spotlight on The Hollies last week, we have made a solemn vow to play 100 different Hollies tracks on TIRnRR before the end of 2010.  A daunting task?  You betcha!  But The Hollies have a lot of terrific tracks to choose from, so we should be equal to the task.  Besides, the price of failure is too terrible to consider:  if we fail in our effort to play 100 different Hollies tracks this year, our penance will be to play something so horrible, so SICKENING that it offends the mind, the heart and the soul.  I can barely bring myself to type it, but it must be entered into the public record:

If we play less than 100 different Hollies tracks this year, then we've gotta play "Old Time Rock And Roll" by Bob Seger as our punishment.  (Y'know, it's difficult to type while holding one's nose.)  But don't worry!  We won't let you down!  We've played 16 Hollies tracks already, so it's only 84 to go.  You can count on us!  We hope....

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go to Syracuse Community Radio, 826 Euclid Avenue, Syracuse, NY  13210.  Please let us know if you need to be deleted from our weekly greetings.  NEXT WEEK:  Hard to believe!  On Sunday, January 17th it's 50 YEARS OF CARL!  Why, then, do I still get asked for ID when buying beer?  Dana has graciously agreed to let me take over the programming for the week, as we present a three-hour collection of some of the tracks with which I've become obsessed at some point during the first five decades of my mission on your charming little planet here.  50 candles is an awful lot of firepower for one guy to extinguish, so we hope you'll join us next Sunday January 17th for a snarky celebration of 50 YEARS OF CARL!  And this is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

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TIRnRR # 514:  1/10/10

THE RAMONES:  "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" (Rhino, End Of The Century)
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MAURA KENNEDY:  "Summer Coulda Lasted Forever" (www.maurakennedy.com, Parade Of Echoes)
THE PRETENDERS:  "Back On The Chain Gang" (Warner Brothers, The Isle Of View)
VENUS & THE RAZORBLADES:  "Finer Things In Life" (See For Miles, Songs From The Sunshine Jungle)
THE FEELIES:  "Fa Ce-La" (Bar/None, Crazy Rhythms)
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS:  "Stoned Houses # 1/Elevator" (7T's, Elevator)
THE RAMONES:  "She's The One" (Rhino, Road To Ruin)
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THE BAY CITY ROLLERS:  "Doors, Bars, Metal" (7T's, Ricochet)
ORANGE JUICE:  "Blue Boy" (Domino, The Glasgow School)
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS:  "Let Me!" (Sundazed, Alias Pink Puzz)
THE FEELIES:  "Original Love" 
(Bar/None, Crazy Rhythms)
THE COWSILLS:  "She Said To Me" (Robin, Global)
WEK617:  "Big Man" (Tarmac, No One)
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THE HOLLIES:  "Dolphin Days" (www.hollies.co.uk, Then, Now, Always)
THE HOLLIES:  "Have You Ever Loved Somebody" (Sundazed, Evolution)
PETE YORN & SCARLETT JOHANSSON:  "Relator" (Atco, Break Up)
THE FEELIES:  "Everybody's Got Something To Hide (Except For Me And My Monkey)" 
(Bar/None, Crazy Rhythms)
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS:  "God Save Rock And Roll" (7T's, Voxx)
CAROLYN MARK & NQ ARBUCKLE:  "Canada Day Off/Toronto" (Mint, Let's Just Stay Here)
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THE BAY CITY ROLLERS:  "Roxy Lady" (7T's, Ricochet)
SARAKULA:  "Caught In The Middle" (www.sarakula.com, City Heart)
THE MONKEES:  "Dyin' Of A Broken Heart" (Rhino, Justus)
THE FEELIES:  "The Boy With Perpetual Nervousness" 
(Bar/None, Crazy Rhythms)
THE CATHOLIC GIRLS:  "Someone New" (Renaissance, Catholic Girls)
THE JUBILEE HUMMING BIRDS (FEAT. REV. AL BANKS):  "Will The Lord Be With Me" (OXFORD AMERICAN, VA:  11th Edition Southern Music)
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THE PARTIES:  "Cryin' Shame" (Rainbow Quartz, Cryin' Shame)
KELLEY RYAN:  "That's All" (Manatee, Twist)
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS:  "Playing In A Rock And Roll Band" (7T's, Elevator)
THE FEELIES:  "Loveless Love" 
(Bar/None, Crazy Rhythms)
THE SELECTER:  "On My Radio" (Chrysalis, VA:  The 2 Tone Collection)
"MISSISSIPPI" CHARLES BEVEL:  "Don't Lie To Me" 
(OXFORD AMERICAN, VA:  11th Edition Southern Music)
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THE BARRACUDAS:  "Summer Fun" (Voxx, Drop Out With The Barracudas)
ALEX CHILTON:  "Free Again [original mix]" (Big Beat, VA:  Thank You Friends)
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS:  "85" (7T's, Voxx)
THE FEELIES:  "Raised Eyebrows" (Bar/None, Crazy Rhythms)
WEDNESDAY WEEK:  "Why" (Enigma, What We Had)
LINDA MARTELL:  "Color Him Father" 
(OXFORD AMERICAN, VA:  11th Edition Southern Music)
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THE BAY CITY ROLLERS:  "Who'll Be My Keeper" (7T's, Elevator)
THE FEELIES:  "Moscow Nights" 
(Bar/None, Crazy Rhythms)
THE HOLLIES:  "I Am A Rock" (EMI, Hollies/Would You Believe?)
THE FEELIES:  "Forces At Work" 
(Bar/None, Crazy Rhythms)
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS:  "I Was Eleven" (7T's, Elevator)
THE FEELIES:  "Crazy Rhythms" 
(Bar/None, Crazy Rhythms)
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS:  "Turn On The Radio" (7T's, Elevator)
THE LOLAS:  "Sticker" (JAM, VA:  This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 1)
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS:  "Ricochet" (7T's, Ricochet)


For kicks, here's the playlist from the previous week's show with The Hollies as Featured Act. This was kind of the unannounced soft opening for THE HUNDRED HOLLIES INITIATIVE.

Another week, another bracing shot of The Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin' Planet, courtesy of THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO with Dana & Carl.  This week, we cast TIRnRR's dim widdle spotlight on the music of The Hollies, the music of X-RAY SPEX, and the music contained in the current Oxford American compilation CD.  Eclectic?  Nope--it's ALL pop music!  We also featured brand-new music from everyone's favorite astroPuppee, Kelley Ryan (new album Twist due in February) and from the awesome entity known as The Parties (fab new 5-song EP Cryin' Shame, and you know it's gotta be a Rainbow Quartz release).  We supplemented our Hollies spotlight with Hollies covers by The Searchers and The Everly Brothers (the latter backed by our Hollies themselves), plus a solo track from Hollies lead singer Allan Clarke (coverin' Badfinger, just like Kari Wuhrer!).   And we vowed to play lots--no, really, LOTS and LOTS--more Hollies tracks in 2010.

TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS go to Syracuse Community Radio, 826 Euclid Avenue, Syracuse, NY  13210.  Please let us know if you need to be deleted from our weekly greetings.  NEXT WEEK:  new music from Maura KennedyIN TWO WEEKS:  on January 17th, it's...um, 50 YEARS OF CARL?  I demand a recount!  And this is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

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TIRnRR # 513:  1/3/10

THE RAMONES:  "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" (Rhino, End Of The Century)
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KELLEY RYAN:  "Key To My Heart" (Manatee, Twist)
TWIGS:  "Trouble Me Too" (Endearing, Epicure)
THE HOLLIES:  "Post Card" (Sundazed, Dear Eloise/King Midas In Reverse)
X-RAY SPEX:  "The Day The World Turned Dayglo" (Virgin, Germfree Adolescents)
COCKTAIL SLIPPERS:  "You Do Run" (Wicked Cool, Saint Valentine's Day Massacre)
BILLY LEE RILEY & THE LITTLE GREEN MEN:  "Baby Please Don't Go" (OXFORD AMERICAN, VA:  11th Edition Southern Music)
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THE HOLLIES:  "I Can't Let Go" (EMI, 30th Anniversary Collection)
THE PRETENDERS:  "Talk Of The Town" (Sire, The Singles)
KARI WUHRER:  "Come And Get It" (Del-Fi, Shiny)
X-RAY SPEX:  "Obsessed With You" 
(Virgin, Germfree Adolescents)
THE LYRES [with STIV BATORS]:  "Here's A Heart" (Matador, A Promise Is A Promise)
LITTLE BOB & THE LOLLIPOPS:  "Nobody But You" 
(OXFORD AMERICAN, VA:  11th Edition Southern Music)
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THE PARTIES:  "Cryin' Shame" (Rainbow Quartz, Cryin' Shame)
TINKER JACK:  "Systematic" (www.tinkerjack.com, Tinker Jack)
THE HOLLIES:  "Just One Look" 
(EMI, 30th Anniversary Collection)
X-RAY SPEX:  "Genetic Engineering" (Virgin, Germfree Adolescents)
THE SEARCHERS:  "Have You Ever Loved Somebody" (Sequel, 30th Anniversary Collection)
BARBARA LYNN:  "You Can't Buy My Love" 
(OXFORD AMERICAN, VA:  11th Edition Southern Music)
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THE EVERLY BROTHERS:  "So Lonely" (Collectors' Choice Music, Two Yanks In England)
THE TREMELOES:  "Here Comes My Baby" (Rhino, The Best Of The Tremeloes)
THE HOLLIES:  "Stop In The Name Of Love" (Atlantic, What Goes Around)
X-RAY SPEX:  "I Live Off You" 
(Virgin, Germfree Adolescents)
ALLAN CLARKE:  "Baby Blue" (Elektra, Legendary Heroes)
THE ESQUIRES:  "Sadie's Ways" 
(OXFORD AMERICAN, VA:  11th Edition Southern Music)
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THE HOLLIES:  "Stewball" (EMI, The Hollies/Would You Believe?)
PETE YORN & SCARLETT JOHANSSEN:  "Relator" (Atco, Break Up)
FRANK ZAPPA & THE MOTHERS:  "Happy Together" (Zappa, Fillmore East:  June 1971)
X-RAY SPEX:  "Germfree Adolescents" 
(Virgin, Germfree Adolescents)
LOU ANN BARTON:  "Brand New Lover" (American Beat, Old Enough)
KENNI HUSKEY:  "Wild Man Tamer" 
(OXFORD AMERICAN, VA:  11th Edition Southern Music)
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THE RELEASE PARTY:  "Done By Mirrors" (Perfect Pop, Pop 10)
THE DEAD MILKMEN:  "Punk Rock Girl" (Rhino, VA:  Left Of The Dial)
THE HOLLIES:  "Carrie-Anne" (Sundazed, Evolution)
X-RAY SPEX:  "Let's Submerge" (Virgin, Germfree Adolescents)
THE BANGLES:  "IN YOUR ROOM" (Columbia, Everything)
THE FEMININE COMPLEX:  "Run That Thru Your Mind" 
(OXFORD AMERICAN, VA:  11th Edition Southern Music)
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KELLEY RYAN:  "About A Girl" (Manatee, Twist)
THE BEATLES:  "Two Of Us" (Apple, Anthology 3)
THE HOLLIES:  "King Midas In Reverse" (Sundazed, Dear Eloise/King Midas In Reverse)
X-RAY SPEX:  "I Am A Poseur" 
(Virgin, Germfree Adolescents)
THE DICKIES:  "Rosemary" (Triple X, Stukas Over Disneyland)
JEANETTE (BABY) WASHINGTON:  "Move On" 
(OXFORD AMERICAN, VA:  11th Edition Southern Music)
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THE HOLLIES:  "Look Through Any Window" (EMI, 30th Anniversary Collection)
THE dB's:  "Amplifier" (Rhino, Like This)
JAMIE & STEVE:  "Emily's Ghost" (Loaded Goat, English Afterthoughts)
X-RAY SPEX:  "Identity" (Virgin, Germfree Adolescents)
PETEY LIGHTNING & THE PIRATES:  "Abigail" (myspace.com/peteylightningandthepirates, Big Hit)
BOBBY BROWN & THE CURIOS:  "I Viborate" 
(OXFORD AMERICAN, VA:  11th Edition Southern Music)
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THE HOLLIES:  "Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress" (EMI, 30th Anniversary Collection)
X-RAY SPEX:  "Art-I-Ficial" (Virgin, Germfree Adolescents)
THE HOLLIES:  "I'm Alive" 
(EMI, 30th Anniversary Collection)
X-RAY SPEX:  "Warrior In Woolworths" (Virgin, Germfree Adolescents)
THE HOLLIES:  "When Your Light's Turned On" (Sundazed, Evolution)
X-RAY SPEX:  "I Can't Do Anything" 
(Virgin, Germfree Adolescents)
THE HOLLIES:  "On A Carousel" 
(EMI, 30th Anniversary Collection)
X-RAY SPEX:  "I Am A Cliche" (Virgin, Germfree Adolescents)
THE HOLLIES:  "Bus Stop" 
(EMI, 30th Anniversary Collection)
X-RAY SPEX:  "Oh Bondage, Up Yours!" (Virgin, Germfree Adolescents)
CRANIUM PIE:  "Baby You're A Rich Man" (Fruits De Mer, VA:  Most Of Fruits De Mer 2008-2009)

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