Tuesday, October 31, 2017

THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE: "The Transylvania Twist"

I wanted to do something special for this 700th edition of Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do). When I realized that it would fall on Halloween, I knew exactly what I wanted it to be.

An infinite number of rockin' pop records can be the greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. Today, on Halloween, for Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do) # 700, this is THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE!



BARON DAEMON & THE VAMPIRES: "Transylvania Twist"

The Slayer slipped quietly into the darkened television studio, unnoticed, unseen. Her stealthy entry would have been accomplished with ease even without her own supernatural abilities. The place seemed to have been abandoned. It seemed...like it wasn't really there, at least not anymore. Its presence on the physical plane was out of sync, out of time. A faint odor of charred wood suggested it had burned, long ago. But she was there now, her blond hair glistening in a dim spotlight. It was Halloween night. She wished she were back home in California, not shivering in some place that wasn't there, stuck somehow on the wrong coast, at the wrong dreary, dismal time. The chills she felt were not born of fear--she was The Slayer after all, The Chosen One--but a result of this unfamiliar environment. Outside, falling leaves mixed with a threat of falling snow. Damn!, The Slayer thought to herself, It's cold in Syracuse!

A rustle in the shadows caught her senses, and she gripped the stake, ever at the ready. He appeared before her: an aging man in dated formal attire and black cape, a long-ago Hollywood fantasy of a vampire. He spoke in what was supposed to be an accent tinged with Transylvanian origin; she suspected it came instead from right here in Syracuse. He did not seem threatening. He seemed...friendly.



"Ah, you're here!" The stranger greeted The Slayer. "Velcome, velcome! I am Baron Daemon, and I bid you velcome. I'm so glad you could come, Buff..."

The Slayer cut him short. "No names." She approached him slowly. "This is not an official visit. But how about you make with the 'splainey, and maybe I won't have to make with the stabby?"

The Baron chuckled. "Of course! Of course! I'm such a gimble-brain sometimes. But velcome to Syracuse, and velcome to my humble abode...."

"'Humble' ain't the half of it, mister. What's a TV studio doing in the basement of an empty shopping mall?"

"Ah, it vasn't alvays an empty shopping mall. It used to be a shopping center! A shopping town! Ha-ha-ha-haaa...!"

The Slayer thought that was supposed to be a joke, but she really, really didn't care whether or not she got the reference. "Just let me hear this record, okay? Let's get this over with already."

"Of course, of course." The Baron chuckled again. He chuckled more than any other vampire The Slayer had ever met, and she'd met many of them. Usually briefly. That's what the stake's for, after all. "My apologies, Buff...er, young lady. I'm an old, old vampire. Sometimes I vant to spin tales. I don't alvays get to things right off the bat. Bat! Get it? Ha-ha-ha-haaa..!"

The Slayer rolled her eyes, and resisted the temptation to stake the Baron right then and there. But the aging vampire settled in, and handed her an old 45 to examine.  The Slayer turned it over in her hands, taking in the blood-red label, the "WNYS-TV" logo, and the songs on each side. "Ghost Guitars" on the flip. The A-side was what she'd come for. The Slayer was in Syracuse to hear "The Transylvania Twist" by Baron Daemon & the Vampires.



"This is it, then?," The Slayer asked. "This is the mystic talisman?"

"Ha-ha-ha-haaa! Have a listen and see vhat you think." 

The Baron clapped his hands. A spotlight fell on a jukebox, previously unseen and ignored. No, not a jukebox--a cool spookbox! It lit up eerily, and the music began to play.

Guitar. Drums. Vocals. Magic.

Grab a hold of your baby, and hold her tight
'Cause Baron Daemon is flying tonight
If you see a weird shadow
Or hear a strange sound 
Scream your little heads off
The Baron's around!




As The Slayer and The Baron listen, we pause now for these important messages:



Product. It was only supposed to be product, promotion. It was just publicity for a childrens' TV program.

Mike Price had been with Syracuse's Channel 9 from the beginning. He was already on staff when WNYS first began broadcasting in 1962. If Channel 9 needed a vampire to host its cheesy Saturday night horror movies, Price would be that vampire. He donned black cape and Dracula makeup, affected a Bela Lugosi voice, and he capered and wisecracked his way into the hearts of Central New York viewers as Baron Daemon. 

The Baron's success was immediate and overflowing, prompting an expansion of his role. The Baron added afternoon kids' show host to his resume, and made personal appearances before crowds of giddy, adoring fans. In 1963, the national success of a novelty hit called "Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett (with its throwaway line of Dracula muttering Vhatever happened to my Transylvania Tvist?) inspired visions of a copycat record, sung by The Baron. Product. Promotion.

However prosaic the motivation, however simple its goals, the talent involved made it transcendent.

The instrumental backing was provided by Sam & the Twisters, a popular local rock 'n' roll group who'd recently released a fabulous single called "Fooba Wooba John;" the music for "The Transylvania Twist" would be virtually the same as "Fooba Wooba John." The Bigtree Sisters chipped in exquisite girl-group vocals, and Mike Price's Baron was right up front, chewing the scenery like a bat outta Vaudeville. The record was released in 1964, and it was a smash hit in the ol' home town. To this day, it remains the biggest-selling local record in Syracuse history.

But it was only a hit in Syracuse. When it sold through in the 315 area code, its mission was accomplished. There was interest in the record in other markets, far from Central New York, but why would WNYS-TV be interested in spending money to move the record to Cleveland, or Detroit, or (theoretically) Sunnydale, where no one would ever tune into Baron Daemon's Buddies on Colorful Channel 9? Product. Promotion. "The Transylvania Twist" had already served its purpose.

Was Mike Price disappointed? Possibly; everyone knew that "The Transylvania Twist" could have been a national breakout. Possibly not; Mike Price was an employee, and he'd punched the clock and delivered for his bosses. That's the job he was paid to do.

Possibly. 

In 1967, the WNYS-TV studio, housed since the channel's inception in the basement of the Shoppingtown shopping center in the Syracuse suburb of DeWitt, was consumed by a fire. The Baron's sets and wardrobe also fell victim to the flames. Mike Price chose to retire The Baron, the corny old vampire's fate sealed in a funeral pyre. Price continued to work for Channel 9 for decades thereafter, finally retiring in 2008. He generally resisted requests to reprise the role of Baron Daemon. He relented in the early '90s, and again a handful of times after that. The Syracuse Music Awards Hall Of Fame convinced The Baron to rise from the grave as one of its inaugural inductees in 1993. It was a magic night, as Baron Daemon returned, in full costume with full schtick intact, a phoenix reborn from the conflagration that consumed Channel 9 nearly a quarter century before. He took the stage at Syracuse's Landmark Theater, with Sam & the Twisters again by his side, and bellowed the hit that should have been, the hit we all knew it really was:

Grab a hold of your baby, and hold her tight
'Cause Baron Daemon is lurking tonight!




I was in that audience, transfixed anew as I'd been as a child, when I used to faithfully wriggle into my official "I'm A Real Cool Ghoul" Baron Daemon sweatshirt and watch The Baron's antics each afternoon in between Flash Gordon serials and Astro Boy cartoons. Stay close to your baby, don't leave her alone; the joy of Baron Daemon is meant for her, and for you, and for everyone. Product? No. It was a gift to all of us, to The Baron's Bloody Buddies, and it was The Greatest Record Ever Made.

And now, we return to our story, already in progress:

The Slayer felt the music wash over her, a Baptism unlike any other. She closed her eyes. She could see Sam & the Twisters, with The Bigtree Sisters singing along. She could see the very notes spring visibly into the air from Sam Amato's guitar. And she could clearly see The Baron himself, younger, more spry, mugging and frugging and hamming it up, a vision alternately in black and white and unliving color. A feeling gripped her soul. It wasn't a feeling of dread, no skinprick of horror, no warning sign of danger ahead. It was different. It was welcome. It was...

...Joy!

Pure joy, unaffected and unashamed, without filter, without a burden of self-doubt. Joy

The record ended. She would have loved to hear it again, and again, but the jukebox--cool spookbox!--disappeared into the shadows. Nonetheless, The Slayer already had what she'd been looking for.

She spoke. "I understand now." The Slayer looked at The Baron, her expression softer than before, a glow of unexpected gratitude lighting the spark within her eyes. "I know why my friends wanted me to come here. This record. It's like a weapon against the darkness..."

"Not a veapon," The Baron corrected her. "A charm."

"Yes! Exactly! It's a charm, a channeling of innocence and wonder, of childhood hopes translated into something stronger, even young adulthood--the teen years--forged into something irresistible, unstoppable." A single tear escaped The Slayer's eye. "It's...it's just joy!"

The Baron was pleased. "I trust you have vhat you came for, then."

The Slayer nodded. "Yes. This can help my friends and me back home. We can use this to protect everyone from the Hellmouth. I, uh...noticed you have a Hellmouth here in Syracuse, too."

"Yes, yes. It used to be covered by oil tanks, but some gimble-brain built another shopping mall on top of it. Don't vorry--ve're used to it. I'm happy I could help you, young lady."

The Slayer wrapped her arms around The Baron, and placed one small kiss upon his balding pate. "Call me Buffy." With that, The Slayer took her leave. 

The Baron blushed. For the first time in his long afterlife, Baron Daemon was speechless.

He settled into a comfortable chair, and poured himself a drink. The Baron sipped the bright red liquid from his ornate silver chalice. He reflected upon his life and his adventures, all the people he'd touched, all the young hearts he'd thrilled and fulfilled. The Baron smiled in silence. It had been a good life; it remained so. The Baron was proud. The Baron was satisfied.

The Baron's reverie was interrupted by the sudden appearance of a brightly-garbed caped crusader, bursting into the studio even as it began to fade again into the long night of memory. 

"Baron!," the intruder cried. "We haven't a moment to lose! I have to get you back to Gotham City right away!"

"Buzz off, Bruce," the Baron snapped. "I'm the only Batman around here!"

Yeah yeah, that's right
He's loose tonight
Yeah yeah, that's right
What a sight!

With eternal thanks to The Baron, from one of his buddies.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For the definitive story of "The Transylvania Twist" by Baron Daemon & the Vampires, I urge you to read M. C. Antil's 2011 piece about The Best Halloween Song You Never Heard. It should be required reading for all fans of pop music.

"The Transylvania Twist" written by Mike Riposo and Hovey Larrison

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Monday, October 30, 2017

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 895

The disciples meet the master
This hamster-wheel of mortality we've ran of late now claims Fats Domino. Fats Domino's 1949 record "The Fat Man" is one of a handful of worthy releases experts point to as maybe the first rock 'n' roll record. There's little agreement about this, of course, and that's fine; as long as fans keep playing Fats, and Amos Milburn, and Jackie Brentson, and all others who helped create this music we love, the music will live forever, even though none of us will. Where did rock 'n' roll start? It started everywhere. Fats Domino was there to help bring it to life.

We also lost George Young this week. Though not household names in America, George and his songwriting partner Harry Vanda, both of whom were members of Australian pop gods The Easybeats in the '60s, crafted a body of irresistible rockin' pop. Vanda and Young songs were recorded by their own groups The Easybeats, Grapefruit, MoondanceFlash And The Pan, and Marcus Hook Roll Band, by George's brothers' band AC/DC, and by the likes of The Bay City Rollers, The Raiders, The Saints, Suzi Quatro, David Bowie, and many others. On this week's show, we played some Fats Domino, we played some Vanda and Young, and we played some of that rock 'n' roll we love. Come on, fellow hamsters--we've got a lot of running left to do. Even when it's not easy, the music makes it a littler easier. This is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

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TIRnRR # 895" 10/29/17 [Vanda & Young songs in bold]

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
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FATS DOMINO: The Fat Man (EMI, VA: Crescent City Soul)
SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS: I Put A Spell On You (KRB, I Put A Spell On You)
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Yesterday's Hero (Arista, The Definitive Collection)
THE PRIMITIVES: Crash (BMG, Lovely)
THE GRIP WEEDS: Strange Bird (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE EASYBEATS: Good Times (Albert, Absolute Anthology)
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DAVID BOWIE: Friday On My Mind (Rykodisc, Pinups)
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS: Oliver's Army (Rykodisc, Armed Forces)
FATS DOMINO: Lady Madonna (Reprise, single)
THE BEATLES: A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues (Apple, Live At The BBC)
DANA COUNTRYMAN: Perfect Sunny Day (Sterling Swan, The Joy Of Pop)
LOU REED: Perfect Day (RCA, The Essential Lou Reed)
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BARON DAEMON & THE VAMPIRES: The Transylvania Twist (WSEN, VA: The Syracuse History Of Rock-N-Roll)
DAVE EDMUNDS: Creature From The Black Lagoon (Rhino, The Dave Edmunds Anthology)
THE SKELETONS: St. Louis (Alias, Waiting)
THE NERVES: When You Find Out (Alive, One Way Ticket)
FATS DOMINO: I'm Walkin' (EMI, VA: Crescent City Soul)
WARREN ZEVON: Werewolves Of London (Rhino, Genius)
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MARCUS HOOK ROLL BAND: Natural Man (Albert, VA: Albert Archives)
SQUEEZE: Cool For Cats (A & M, The Squeeze Story)
FATS DOMINO: Goin' Home (EMI, VA: Crescent City Soul)
THE BEATLES: All You Need Is Love (Apple, 1)
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE: Everybody Is A Star (Epic, Greatest Hits)
THE FLASHCUBES: You Only Get One Life (Northside, Flashcubes Forever)
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THE SPEEDLIGHTS: Blame It On The Stereo (Jigsaw, Night Driver)
MAURA & THE BRIGHT LIGHTS: Maybe Someday (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
SUZI QUATRO: Evie (EMI, The Essential Suzi Quatro)
JIMMY PAGE & ROBERT PLANT: My Bucket's Got A Hole In It (Sire, VA: Good Rockin' Tonight)
FATS DOMINO: I'm In Love Again (EMI, VA: Crescent City Soul)
THE WHO: Daddy Rolling Stone (MCA, My Generation)
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FLASH AND THE PAN: Hey St. Peter (Renaissance, Flash And The Pan)
RAY PAUL: I Need Your Love Tonight (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
AC/DC: Can I Sit Next To You Girl (Atlantic, High Voltage)
FATS DOMINO: Blue Monday (EMI, VA: Crescent City Soul)
THE RAIDERS: Come In You'll Get Pneumonia (Columbia, Indian Reservation)
THE EASYBEATS: She's So Fine (Albert, Absolute Anthology)
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FATS DOMINO: Ain't That A Shame (EMI, VA: Crescent City Soul)
THE RAMONES: She's The One (Rhino, Road To Ruin)
THE CLINGERS: Gonna Have A Good Time (Columbia, single)
THE WHO: I Can't Explain (MCA, My Generation)
THE TRAGICALLY HIP: New Orleans Is Sinking (U-Music, Yer Favourites)
BIG STAR: Watch The Sun Rise [single version] (Stax, The Best Of Big Star)
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GRAPEFRUIT: Sha Sha (Deram, single)
THE SLAPBACKS: Make Something Happen (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
FATS DOMINO: Walking To New Orleans (EMI, VA: Crescent City Soul)
MR. ENCRYPTO & THE CYPHERS: Home On The Radio (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE SAINTS: Music Goes Round My Head (TVT, Prodigal Son)
THE EASYBEATS: Sorry (Albert, Ultimate Anthology)
MOONDANCE: Lazy River (A & M, single)
THE KINKS: Come On Now (Essential, Kinda Kinks)
CHEEK: Do You Have A Soul (Bomp!, VA: Experiments In Destiny)
THE HIT SQUAD: Best Of Me (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
FATS DOMINO: Blueberry Hill (Capitol, Walkin' To New Orleans)
THE EASYBEATS: Friday On My Mind (Albert, Absolute Anthology)
THE EASYBEATS: My Old Man's A Groovy Old Man (Repertoire, Volume 3)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Tonight On THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO



Expect to hear the music of The Easybeats, plus a few songs written by the group's songwriters Harry Vanda and the late George Young but recorded by others. Before any of that, though, we open with Fats Domino. Sunday night, 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse at 93.7 and 103.3 WSPJ-LP Spark Syracuse, and on the web at www.westcottradio.org.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Video Thrills The Radio...Guy ("Radio Star" might be overstatin' my status a bit....)




I've always enjoyed watching television. Always. I never developed a successfully-realized self-image of a hipper Enlightened One that eschewed the tube. There were times when I thought my taste in cathrode-ray absorption was inherently superior to that of the mass of Dynasty or Dukes Of Hazzard fans, but even that view was flawed. Hell, I watched The Fall Guy (starring Lee Majors and the simply stunning Heather Thomas), and loved it; I wasn't in a position to cast aspersions on folks wondering who shot JR.

"Stunning?" Ah, ya make me blush, Carl!
There was a time when I wandered away from TV for a bit. I didn't watch much when I was in college, and didn't own a working set throughout most of the first few years after graduation in 1980. We briefly owned a TV at our apartment in the early '80s, long enough for me to catch The Ramones and Cherie and Marie Currie on Sha Na Na, and Peter Tork on Late Night With David Letterman. When that little TV went the way of all flesh tones, we couldn't afford to replace or repair, so we did without for a couple of years.

As a kid, my first favorite TV shows included anything that showed Popeye cartoons, plus a kids game show called Shenanigans (with host Stubby Kaye), and local kids shows starring Baron Daemon, Salty Sam, Denny Sullivan, and the whole cast of Channel 5's The Magic Toy Shop. There were sitcoms like The Beverly Hillbillies, The Munsters, The Lucy Show, Get Smart, F Troop, Bewitched, and Gilligan's Island, variety shows like The Ed Sullivan Show and my beloved Jackie Gleason Show, even an animated sitcom called The Flintstones. I didn't care much about Westerns, but still saw the occasional rerun of  The Cisco Kid. The only adventure shows I remember watching much before I was six were reruns of The Adventures Of Superman, the Astro Boy cartoons and old Flash Gordon serial chapters that Baron Daemon screened during his show, and my Wednesday night rendezvous with Lost In Space. In 1966, though, the new twice-a-week Batman show turned me into a superhero fan for life. That was also the year that Star Trek, The Monkees, and The Green Hornet debuted, so '66 looms large in my televised legend.



In the late '60s and through the '70s, I had a lot of favorite shows at different times. The Good Guys. He And She. Frankenstein, Jr. & the Impossibles. Roger Ramjet. The Guns Of Will Sonnett. The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Pat Paulsen's Half A Comedy Hour. The Ugliest Girl In Town. The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family. Love American Style, which seemed intriguingly titillating to adolescent li'l me. DragnetAll In The Family. Bridget Loves Bernie. The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The Carol Burnett Show. The Bob Newhart Show. Sanford And SonThe Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. Hec Ramsey. McCloud. Columbo. McMillan & Wife. M*A*S*H. The Six Million Dollar ManHappy Days. TomaBaretta. Doctor In The House. Ellery QueenWelcome Back, KotterNBC's Saturday Night. Reruns of The Big Valley and The Lone Ranger, and brand-new musical programs like Supersonic, Midnight Special, ABC In Concert, and Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, late-night laughs with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, discussion with Tom Snyder on Tomorrow.

By my senior year in high school, I'd developed sufficient snootiness to pooh-pooh the vast wasteland offered by the appropriately-named Boob Tube. My friend Mary Saur and I participated in a cable TV discussion show on the subject of modern television; she longed for the simpler entertainment offered by '50s classics like I Love Lucy, while I wished for more intelligent (shut up) shows like, um...Star Trek. Mary was likely sincere. I was a poseur.

Candid shot of me with Mary Saur in high school
Re-united with a TV set in the mid '80s, I watched TaxiCheers, The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere, Quantum Leap, The Wonder Years. The '90s brought Twin PeaksFriends, and Batman: The Animated Series, plus I started watching The Simpsons. A new century brought Smallville, Gilmore Girls, The West Wing, and Mad Men.

The cast of The Good Place
Today's random reminiscence of TV shows past and present is inspired by a current comedy series called The Good Place. The show stars Kristin Bell and Ted Danson, it's now in its second season, and it is just unbelievably good. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't seen it yet; for now, suffice it to say that it's about a recently-deceased woman named Eleanor who finds herself in Heaven, but realizes she didn't live a life worth Sainthood, so she must be there by cosmic mistake. Hijinks ensue! The writing is dizzying in its audacity and accomplishment, almost like a live-action Simpsons, loaded with sight gags and mile-a-minute throwaways, and the twists and turns in its ongoing storyline are impossible to predict. Each week, I'm in awe of the sheer craft and wonder that creates The Good Place.

Aside from The Good Place, I generally favor comic-book shows: The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, DC's Legends Of Tomorrow, Gotham, Marvel's Inhumans, and the Marvel Comics series on Netflix. I've bailed on Riverdale, but I'm looking forward to the forthcoming Black Lightning. I also watch The Voice and Jeopardy! with my wife and daughter.



What are my all-time favorite TV series? Batman was certainly the most important to me, and although my tastes have changed enough that I rarely want to watch Batman reruns, I'll always have affection for it. The Monkees is probably my # 1. Both Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Veronica Mars were series I never saw when they were current, but which I fell in love with via binge-watching. Same goes for Firefly. Mad Men and Gilmore Girls should be up there, along with The Dick Van Dyke Show, Shindig!, St. Elsewhere, The Green Hornet, probably Star Trek, maybe Frasier, certainly The Honeymooners, definitely The Adventures Of Superman, and both of David Letterman's late-night shows. I need to re-visit Zorro and The Guns Of Will Sonnett. Many others too, I'm sure (The Andy Griffith Show, Batman: The Animated Series, Police Squad), but those are the ones that come to mind. I wouldn't be surprised if The Good Place winds up on my all-time list, as well.

I've never seen The Sopranos, nor have I seen Game Of Thrones, nor Veep, nor Lost. Maybe someday, when the TV's on. Don't touch that dial.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Fake THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO Playlist: Hey, I Did That Song Too! # 4



One more fake This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio playlist, the final (for now) entry in the Hey, I Did That Song Too! series. These have been fun to do, and I may return to the concept at some point in the future. Hope you've enjoyed 'em, as well.

The biggest ongoing challenge (and reward) in compiling these has been making sure that the resulting playlists would create a compelling listening experience, from start to finish. It's not enough for a track to fit the concept (which calls for a track recorded by an artist who also recorded a version of the song that preceded it); each track's gotta be good, too. Just like on the genuine TIRnRR, if I don't like a track, I ain't a-gonna play it. That doesn't prevent us from using lesser tracks to forge a path to what we want. I mean, The Hollies' cover of "Purple Rain" borders on torture, but the fact that it exists allows us to segue from Prince's fine original version into The Hollies' irresistible "Look Through Any Window." I would listen to this playlist, man, and I would turn it up.

The weekend draws near! That's when we return to real playlists from This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl, so join us Sunday nights from 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse at 93.7 and 103.3 WSPJ-LP Spark Syracuse, and on the web at www.westcottradio.org.



Fake TIRnRR Playlist: Hey, I Did That Song Too! # 4

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?
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KISS: 2000 Man
THE ROLLING STONES: Wild Horses
GRAM PARSONS & EMMYLOU HARRIS: Love Hurts
JOAN JETT: Be My Lover
ALICE COOPER: Pretty Ballerina
THE LEFT BANKE: Walk Away, Renee
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THE FOUR TOPS: Eleanor Rigby
THE BEATLES: Rain
TODD RUNDGREN: Couldn't I Just Tell You
GAME THEORY: You Can't Have Me
BIG STAR: In The Street
CHEAP TRICK: California Man
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THE MOVE: I Can Hear The Grass Grow
THE FLASHCUBES: Boogie City
CHRIS SPEDDING: The Crying Game
DAVE BERRY: This Strange Effect
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY: Time Will Tell
THE KINKS: She's Got Everything
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THE ROMANTICS: Midnight To Six Man
THE PRETTY THINGS: Don't Bring Me Down
DAVID BOWIE: 1984
TINA TURNER: Acid Queen
THE WHO: The Kids Are Alright
THE PLEASERS: My Girlfriend's Back
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MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS: Dancing In The Streets
THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS: California Dreaming
THE BEACH BOYS: Girl Don't Tell Me
THE SMITHEREENS: Slow Down
THE YOUNG RASCALS: Love Is A Beautiful Thing
WILSON PICKETT: Hey Jude
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PAUL McCARTNEY: Don't Get Around Much Anymore
THE STYLISTICS: Cupid
SAM COOKE: Bring It On Home To Me
THE SUPREMES: I Hear A Symphony
THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)
EDDIE HOLLAND: Leaving Here
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THE RATIONALS: Respect
ARETHA FRANKLIN: Spanish Harlem
BEN E. KING: Stand By Me
JOHN LENNON: Gimme Some Truth
GENERATION X: Dancing With Myself
THE DONNAS: Living After Midnight
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JUDAS PRIEST: Diamonds And Rust
FIRST AID KIT: America
SIMON & GARFUNKEL: A Hazy Shade Of Winter
THE BANGLES: Manic Monday
PRINCE: Purple Rain
THE HOLLIES: Look Through Any Window
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MICHAEL CARPENTER: She Don't Care About Time
THE BYRDS: My Back Pages
THE RAMONES: Take It As It Comes
THE DOORS: Soul Kitchen
X: Beyond And Back
THE RAMONETURES: Babysitter



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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fake THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO Playlist: Hey, I Did That Song Too! # 3



Another fake This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio playlist in the Hey, I Did That Song Too! series. I still haven't really cheated, but I've stretched the rules here and there to accommodate tracks I wanted to include. For our purposes, Paul Collins' recordings with The Beat, Paul Collins' Beat, and under his own name are all considered one body of work. The first version of "A Certain Girl" I ever recall hearing was a cover by Warren Zevon, so I followed The Yardbirds' version of the song with "Raspberry Beret" by Hindu Love Gods, which is Zevon fronting R.E.M. (and I say it's fair game, because that "Raspberry Beret" is included on the Zevon best-of set Genius. So there!)

This playlist is phony. But This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl is real, and it's spectacular! You can hear us Sunday nights from 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse at 93.7 and 103.3 WSPJ-LP Spark Syracuse, and on the web at www.westcottradio.org



Fake TIRnRR Playlist: Hey, I Did That Song Too! # 3

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?
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JESSE MALIN: Questioningly
MIRIAM: So Lonely
THE EVERLY BROTHERS: On The Wings Of A Nightingale
THE SPONGETONES: Curiosity
SHOES: Words Of Love
THE BEATLES: Please Mr. Postman
--
THE MARVELETTES: I'll Keep Holding On
THE DETROIT COBRAS: He Did It
THE RONETTES: Baby I Love You
THE RAMONES: Indian Giver
JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS: Summertime Blues
THE WHO: The Kids Are Alright
--
EDDIE & THE HOT RODS: Do Anything You Wanna Do
THE FLASHCUBES: Hello Susie
THE MOVE: Fire Brigade
LIQUOR GIANTS: Love In The City
THE TURTLES: So Goes Love
THE MONKEES: Last Train To Clarksville
--
THE DAVE CLARK FIVE: Glad All Over
SUZI QUATRO: I Wanna Be Your Man
THE ROLLING STONES: Jumpin' Jack Flash
ARETHA FRANKLIN: Chain Of Fools
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: Him Or Me--What's It Gonna Be
THE FLAMIN' GROOVIES: I Want You Bad
--
NRBQ: Me And The Boys
DAVE EDMUNDS: Something About You
THE FOUR TOPS: Standing In The Shadows Of Love
ROD STEWART: Reason To Believe
THE SMALL FACES: I Feel Much Better
MR. ENCRYPTO: Dreams
--
THE KINKS: The Hard Way
THE KNACK: Heartbeat
HERMAN'S HERMITS: No Milk Today
GRAHAM GOULDMAN: For Your Love
THE YARDBIRDS: A Certain Girl
HINDU LOVE GODS: Raspberry Beret [Warren Zevon--close enough!]
--
PRINCE: I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
THE REPLACEMENTS: Bastards Of Young
THE MASTICATORS: I Only Want To Dance With You
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Rock And Roll Love Letter
THE RECORDS: Hearts Will Be Broken
RACHAEL GORDON: Drop By And Stay
--
THE SICK ROSE: Shaking Street
THE MC5: Back In The U.S.A.
CHUCK BERRY: Roll Over Beethoven
THE SMITHEREENS: Thank You, Girl
SCREEN TEST: Hurt So Bad
THE GREG KIHN BAND: For You
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MANFRED MANN: If You Gotta Go, Go Now
THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS: Tried So Hard
YO LA TENGO: You Tore Me Down
PAUL COLLINS' BEAT: Rock And Roll Girl
THE MUFFS: Kids In America
SHEBANG: Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
THE NUTLEY BRASS: I Wanna Be Sedated



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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Fake THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO Playlist: Hey, I Did That Song Too! # 2



Hey, I Did That Song Too! I enjoyed doing yesterday's previous fake playlist with this theme, so we're back with another round today. The concept is simple, no matter how complicated it seems when I try to explain it. It begins with This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio's theme song, "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" by The Ramones. We follow that with a different song by KISS, an act that also recorded "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" The KISS version of The Dave Clark Five's "Any Way You Want It" leads into The DC5's "Do You Love Me," which The Heartbreakers also recorded. The Heartbreakers' "I Love You" was covered by The Ramones, who also covered The Beach Boys' "Surfun' USA," and so on. It ends with a closing instrumental of The Marketts playing "California Sun," a song which The Ramones also recorded, and which loops us back to "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?"

Yeah. The explanation's way more complicated than the idea itself. Let's just roll with it.

This is a fake playlist, and we have no intention of ever carrying it out on the show. But you can hear real playlists in action every Sunday night from 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse at 93.7 and 103.3 Spark Syracuse WSPJ-LP, and on the web at www.westcottradio.org The weekend stops HERE!



Fake TIRnRR Playlist: Hey I Did That Song Too! # 2

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?
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KISS: Any Way You Want It
THE DAVE CLARK FIVE: Do You Love Me
THE HEARTBREAKERS: I Love You
THE RAMONES: Surfin' USA
THE BEACH BOYS: God Only Knows
P.P. ARNOLD: The First Cut Is The Deepest
--
CAT STEVENS: Here Comes My Baby
THE TREMELOES: Silence Is Golden
THE FOUR SEASONS: Working My Way Back To You
THE SPINNERS: My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)
DAVID RUFFIN: I Want You Back
GRAHAM PARKER: Back To Schooldays
--
RICK NELSON: Almost Saturday Night
THE SEARCHERS: Since You Broke My Heart
THE EVERLY BROTHERS: Let It Be Me
ELVIS PRESLEY: Little Sister
ROCKPILE: Teacher Teacher
THE KNACK: Oh Tara
--
IRENE PEÑA: She's Putting Me Through Changes
THE ARCHIES: Sugar Sugar
WILSON PICKETT: In The Midnight Hour
THE JAM: David Watts
THE KINKS: Where Have All The Good Times Gone
DAVID BOWIE: The Man Who Sold The World
--
LULU: Shout
THE BEATLES: Every Little Thing
LOU ANN BARTON: Brand New Lover
MARSHALL CRENSHAW: Someday, Someway
ROBERT GORDON: Red Hot
BILLY RILEY & HIS LITTLE GREEN MEN: Flying Saucer Rock 'n' Roll
--
THE FLAMIN' GROOVIES: Shake Some Action
THE FLASHCUBES: All Over The World
THE BEAT: Workin' Too Hard
THE NERVES: Hanging On The Telephone
BLONDIE: I'm Gonna Love You Too
THE HULLABALLOOS: Did You Ever
--
THE CICHLIDS: Ups And Downs
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: Kicks
THE MONKEES: Porpoise Song (Theme From "Head")
WONDERMINTS: You Need Love
THE HOLLIES: I Can't Let Go
THE DICKIES: Nobody But Me
--
THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Baby Don't You Do It
THE WHO: The Last Time
THE ROLLING STONES: Twenty Flight Rock
EDDIE COCHRAN: Somethin' Else
THE SEX PISTOLS: Pretty Vacant
JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS: Light Of Day
--
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND: Night Train
JAMES BROWN & THE FAMOUS FLAMES: I'll Go Crazy
THE MOODY BLUES: Go Now!
WINGS: With A Little Luck
THE MASICATORS: Uncontrollable Urge
DEVO: Secret Agent Man
THE MARKETTS: California Sun



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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Fake THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO Playlist: A Mystery Thread



Today's fake This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio playlist is a Mystery Thread I've kicked around for years, but never completed until now. This is a show we're never going to really do, but it was fun to compile, and I already have a follow-up written with the same thread.

What is the mystery thread here? I think it's pretty obvious, starting with our usual opening theme, continuing through the body of the playlist to the closing instrumental, and looping back from the instrumental to "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?," all the while maintaining the thread. I cheated precisely once, and it wasn't even much of a cheat (a track by Emitt Rhodes' former group The Merry-Go-Round instead of  a Rhodes solo track).

Are you up for the challenge of The Mystery Thread? Have at it! And be sure to tune in for actual editions of This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl on Sunday nights from 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air at 93.7 and 103.3 WSPJ-LP Spark Syracuse, and on the web at www.westcottradio.org. The weekend stops HERE!



Fake TIRnRR Playlist: A Mystery Thread

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?
--
KISS: Then She Kissed Me
THE CRYSTALS: Da Doo Ron Ron
SHAUN CASSIDY: Hey Deanie
ERIC CARMEN: On Broadway
THE DRIFTERS: Sweets For My Sweet
THE SEARCHERS: Hearts In Her Eyes
--
THE RECORDS: Darlin'
THE BEACH BOYS: Good Vibrations
THE TROGGS: I Can Only Give You Everything
THEM: Gloria
THE PATTI SMITH GROUP: So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star
THE BYRDS: Mr. Tambourine Man
--
JOHNNY JOHNSON & THE BANDWAGON: Blame It On The Pony Express
THE RUBINOOS: Cruisin' Music
THE RASPBERRIES: Let's Pretend
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Wouldn't You Like It
THE FLASHCUBES: She
THE MONKEES: (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
--
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: Sometimes
THE FLAMIN' GROOVIES: Get A Shot Of Rhythm & Blues
ARTHUR ALEXANDER: Soldier Of Love
THE BEATLES: Day Tripper
OTIS REDDING: Shake
THE SMALL FACES: All Or Nothing
--
X: Wild Thing
THE RUNAWAYS: Rock And Roll
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: I'll Be Your Mirror
LISA MYCHOLS: The Man With The Golden Gun
LULU: The Boat That I Row
NEIL DIAMOND: Solitary Man
--
CLIFF RICHARD: Blue Turns To Grey
THE ROLLING STONES: Fortune Teller
BENNY SPELLMAN: Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)
THE O'JAYS: Love Train
THE SUPREMES: Stop! In The Name Of Love
THE HOLLIES: Have You Ever Loved Somebody
--
THE EVERLY BROTHERS: Man With Money
THE WHO: Substitute
THE RAMONES: Do You Wanna Dance
DAVE EDMUNDS: Girls Talk
THE KNACK: That's What The Little Girls Do
THE SLAPBACKS: Make Something Happen
--
SCREEN TEST: Fresh As A Daisy
THE MERRY-GO-ROUND: Live [cheating, but close enough]
THE BANGLES: Tear Off Your Own Head
ELVIS COSTELLO: Days
THE KINKS: Waterloo Sunset
DEF LEPPARD: American Girl
--
ROGER McGUINN: If I Needed Someone
THE KINGSMEN: Louie Louie
TOOTS & THE MAYTALS: Pressure Drop
THE CLASH: I Fought The Law
SONNY CURTIS: Love Is All Around
HUSKER DU: Eight Miles High
THE VENTURES: Needles And Pins
(And, as the playlist repeats, it's full circle back to "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?")



Need another clue for you all? Let's tip the playlist over to illustrate how we got to this Mystery Thread:

THE RAMONES: Needles And Pins
--
KISS: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?
THE CRYSTALS: Then He Kissed Me
SHAUN CASSIDY: Da Doo Ron Ron
ERIC CARMEN: Hey Deanie
THE DRIFTERS: On Broadway
THE SEARCHERS: Sweets For My Sweet
--
THE RECORDS: Hearts In Her Eyes
THE BEACH BOYS: Darlin'
THE TROGGS: Good Vibrations
THEM: I Can Only Give You Everything
THE PATTI SMITH GROUP: Gloria
THE BYRDS: So You Want To Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star
--
JOHNNY JOHNSON & THE BANDWAGON: Mr. Tambourine Man
THE RUBINOOS: Blame It On the Pony Express
THE RASPBERRIES: Cruisin' Music
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Let's Pretend
THE FLASHCUBES: Wouldn't You Like It
THE MONKEES: She
--
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: I'm Not Your Stepping Stone
THE FLAMIN' GROOVIES: Sometimes
ARTHUR ALEXANDER: A Shot Of R & B
THE BEATLES: Soldier Of Love
OTIS REDDING: Day Tripper
THE SMALL FACES: Shake
--
X: All Or Nothing
THE RUNAWAYS: Wild Thing
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Rock And Roll
LISA MYHOLS: I'll Be Your Mirror
LULU: The Man With The Golden Gun
NEIL DIAMOND: The Boat That I Row
--
CLIFF RICHARD: Solitary Man
THE ROLLING STONES: Blue Turns To Grey
BENNY SPELLMAN: Fortune Teller
THE O'JAYS: Lipstick Traces
THE SUPREMES: Love Train
THE HOLLIES: Stop! In The Name Of Love
--
THE EVERLY BROTHERS: Have You Ever Loved Somebody
THE WHO: Man With Money
THE RAMONES: Substitute
DAVE EDMUNDS: Do You Wanna Dance
THE KNACK: Girls Talk
THE SLAPBACKS: That's What The Little Girls Do
--
SCREEN TEST: Make Something Happen
EMITT RHODES: Fresh As A Daisy
THE BANGLES: Live
ELVIS COSTELLO: Tear Off Your Own Head (Doll Revolution)
THE KINKS: Days
DEF LEPPARD: Waterloo Sunset
--
ROGER McGUINN: American Girl
THE KINGSMEN: If I Needed Someone
TOOTS & THE MAYTALS: Louie Louie
THE CLASH: Pressure Drop
SONNY CURTIS: I Fought The Law
HUSKER DU: Love Is All Around
THE VENTURES: Eight Miles High

And that's how it was done. (And next time we do this, it'll be under the heading "Hey I Did That Song Too!")

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Monday, October 23, 2017

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 894



I can't claim to have been a big fan of The Tragically Hip, though the reason why was grounded in neither distaste nor indifference; it was unfamiliarity. I knew where the group got its name (from a Michael Nesmith video skit), and I sure thought that was cool. But I hardly ever--if ever--heard their music. I didn't know The Tragically Hip at all. I can't claim to have been a fan.

But many of our listeners are indeed fans of The Tragically Hip. This week, the passing of the group's frontman Gord Downie hit them hard, and we grieve right along with them. Music is our common language, our shared bond in all times, good and bad. We needed to play some Tragically Hip for our friends, so we did. I now wish I'd heard the group's eponymous debut upon its release in 1987; I would have liked it then. I do like it now. Listen: any song you ain't heard before is a new song. The old songs are old friends still. We play 'em all. Always. Through smiles and tears alike, the music is there for us every time.

(And if you wish to read an elegant and heartfelt tribute to Gord Downie from a fan, I suggest you read what our pal John Tierney had to say. Godspeed, Gord Downie.)

We also served up some new music that was new to everybody! The latest from Dave Caruso, Dana Countryman, Ed Ryan, and Tommy Gunn, the TIRnRR debut of The Seven & Six (with our longtime Fave Rave Lisa Mychols), and the irresistible new CD from Celsi, Bragg & Maitland. And we featured the music of The Tragically Hip. This is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

(And now a friendly reminder: six weeks until This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 900. As you were.)

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl, Sunday nights from 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air on WSPJ Spark Syracuse 93.7 and 103.3, and on the web at www.westcottradio.org

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TIRnRR # 894: 10/22/17

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
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CELSI, BRAGG & MAITLAND: Heavenly Day (Steel Derrick, The Road To Glasgow)
NEIL DIAMOND: Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show (MCA, The Neil Diamomd Collection)
THE TRAGICALLY HIP: Grace, Too (U-Music, Yer Favourites)
KOOL & THE GANG: Hollywood Swinging (Mercury, 20th Century Masters)
THE BOBBY FULLER FOUR: Never To Be Forgotten (Del-Fi, Never To Be Forgotten)
THE PRETENDERS: Cuban Slide (Rhino, The Pretenders)
--
THE TRAGICALLY HIP: Small Town Bringdown (Universal, The Tragically Hip)
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS: I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down (Rykodisc, Get Happy!!)
THE FLASHCUBES: You Got My Promise (Northside, Flashcubes Forever)
SQUEEZE: Annie, Get Your Gun (A & M, The Squeeze Story)
POPDUDES: She Is Funny (In That Way) (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE MONKEES: She (Rhino, More Of The Monkees)
--
DAVE CARUSO: Listen To This (Aural Contact Productions, Buddha Pesto Manifesto)
DAVE CARUSO: The Girl Who Checks All The Boxes (Aural Contact Productions, Buddha Pesto Manifesto)
THE ROLLING STONES: Memphis, Tennessee (London Calling, The Complete British Radio Broadcasts 1963-1965)
THE TRAGICALLY HIP: Poets (U-Music, Yer Favourites)
THE RAMONES: Substitute (Radioactive, Acid Eaters)
THE DRIFTERS: ON Broadway (Atlantic, All-Time Greatest Hits 1959-1965)
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Here She Comes Now (Polydor, White Light/White Heat)
--
ED RYAN: Rocket Ship (edryan.bandcamp.com, Furious Mind)
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS: American Girl (MCA, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers)
THE RUBINOOS: Nowheresville (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE ROLLING STONES: I Wanna Be Your Man (London Calling, The Complete British Radio Broadcasts 1963-1965)
THE TRAGICALLY HIP: Blow At High Dough (U-Music, Yer Favourites)
TEENAGE FANCLUB: Catholic Education (Matador, A Catholic Education)
--
THE SEVEN & SIX: Monster Shindig (thesevenandsix.bandcamp.com, single)
IRENE PEÑA: Must've Been Good (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE TRAGICALLY HIP: Last American Exit (Universal, The Tragically Hip)
DAVID BOWIE: "Heroes" [single version] (Columbia, Nothing Has Changed)
THE HIT SQUAD: Best Of Me (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE YARDBIRDS: A Certain Girl (Rhino, Ultimate!)
--
TOMMY GUNN: Past My Prime (n/a, Talk Of The Town)
THE WHO: The Kids Are Alright (MCA, My Generation)
HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES: Don't Leave Me This Way (Philadelphia International, single)
THE CREATION: How Does It Feel (Demon, Our Music Is Red--With Purple Flashes)
THE TRAGICALLY HIP: Ahead By A Century (U-Music, Yer Favourites)
CHRIS BELL: You And Your Sister (Omnivore, I Am The Cosmos)
--
DANA COUNTRYMAN: Perfect Sunny Day (Sterling Swan, The Joy Of Pop)
THE MONKEES: Sunny Girlfriend (Rhino, Headquarters)
THE FORTY NINETEENS: The Longer I Wait (Kool Kat Musik, Good Fortune)
THE CLASH: Train In Vain (Epic, The Essential Clash)
THE TRAGICALLY HIP: Fifty-Mission Cap (Geffen, Fully Completely)
THE JAM: Beat Surrender (Polydor, Direction Reaction Creation)
--
THE SPONGETONES: (My Girl) Maryanne (Loaded Goat, Always Carry On)
THE KINKS: You Really Got Me (Essential, Kinks)
THE TRAGICALLY HIP: My Music At Work (U-Music, Yer Favourites)
THE SMALL FACES: Talk To You (Immediate, Small Faces)
P. HUX: Better Than Good (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
STEPFORD KNIVES: Her Reputation (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
CIRCE LINK & CHRISTIAN NESMITH: I'm On Your Side (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
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 FLAMIN' GROOVIES: I'd Rather Spend My Time With You (Sonic Kicks, Fantastic Plastic)