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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 NewsThe Syracuse New Times, Big Stir magazine, and AHOY Comics.  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, March 26, 2018

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 916

The other day, a friend mentioned that a local weekly radio show plays a bunch of the same tracks each week. I tsk-tsked, but he added, "So does This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio!"

I protested, but had to concede that yeah, we do have favorites we play again and again. I come from a hit radio mentality. My idea of "hits" includes The Ramones and The Charms, but the vision of perfect pop radio that fuels whatever the hell we do on TIRnRR requires some gleeful, enthusiastic repetition. That's how you get hits. Hell, that's how you build a year-end countdown show! Each week, we try to balance the expected and the unexpected, the familiar and the what's-THIS?! to maximum rockin' pop effect. Somehow, this seemingly inept alchemy combusts into The Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin' Planet.

This week's example leaned hard on our featured boxed set, the 2005 girl-group extravaganza One Kiss Can Lead To Another, and knocked the world upside down with tracks from Hey! It's The Pandoras, the BRAND NEW 7-song miracle from The Pandoras. The rest? We trusted our instincts. That bears repeating. This is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl, Sunday nights from 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse on The Spark WSPJ-LP 103.3 and 93.7, and on the web at http://sparksyracuse.org/

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Our new compilation CD This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4 is now available from Kool Kat Musik! 29 tracks of irresistible rockin' pop, starring Pop Co-OpRay PaulCirce Link & Christian NesmithVegas With Randolph Featuring Lannie FlowersThe SlapbacksP. HuxIrene PeñaMichael Oliver & the Sacred Band Featuring Dave MerrittThe RubinoosStepford KnivesThe Grip WeedsPopdudesRonnie DarkThe FlashcubesChris von SneidernThe Bottle Kids1.4.5.The SmithereensPaul Collins' BeatThe Hit SquadThe RulersThe Legal MattersMaura & the Bright LightsLisa Mychols, and Mr. Encrypto & the Cyphers. You gotta have it, so order it here.

TIRnRR # 916: 3/25/18

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
THE PANDORAS: Just A Picture (Burger, Hey! It's The Pandoras)
THE SMALL FACES: Afterglow (Immediate, Ogden's Nut Gone Flake)
THE BOOMTOWN RATS: Looking After No. 1 (Universal, Best Of The Boomtown Rats)
THE TOM ROBINSON BAND: 2-4-6-8 Motorway (Rhino, VA: Classic Punk)
THE FLIRTATIONS: Nothing But A Heartache (Rhino, VA: One Kiss Can Lead To Another)
TELEVISION: Friction (Elektra, Marquee Moon)
ELLIE GREENWICH: Medley: Goodnight Baby/Baby I Love You (Razor & Tie, I Can Hear Music)
THE 5TH DIMENSION: Love's Lines, Angles And Rhymes (Arista, Up-Up And Away)
JOEY RAMONE: What A Wonderful World (Sanctuary, Don't Worry About Me)
JOEY RAMONE & GENERAL JOHNSON: Rockaway Beach (Rhino, VA: Godchildren Of Soul)
LULU: I'll Come Running (Rhino, VA: One Kiss Can Lead To Another)
AMY RIGBY: Dancing With Joey Ramone (Signature Sounds, Little Fugitives)
THE SEARCHERS: Ambulance Chaser (Omnivore, Another Night: The Sire Recordings 1979-1981)
THE KINKS: Sunny Afternoon (Sanctuary, The Ultimate Collection)
CILLA BLACK WITH GEORGE MARTIN'S ORCHESTRA: I've Been Wrong Before (Rhino, VA: One Kiss Can Lead To Another)
LANDSCAPE: Einstein A Go-Go (Cherry Red, From The Tea-rooms Of Mars....)
KISS: Strutter (Mercury, KISS)
POP CO-OP: When Wave Was New (Silent Bugler, Four State Solution)
THE PANDORAS: Dark November (Burger, Hey! It's The Pandoras)
RICHARD HELL & THE VOIDOIDS: Blank Generation (Sire, Blank Generation)
MALLY PAGE: Life And Soul Of The Party (Rhino, VA: One Kiss Can Lead To Another)
TEARS FOR FEARS: Who Killed Tangerine? (Universal, Gold)
JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS: Love Is Pain (Blackheart, I Love Rock 'n' Roll)
THE MONKEES: Me & Magdalena [Version 2] (Rhino, Good Times! [digital version])
DOLLY PARTON: Don't Drop Out (Rhino, VA: One Kiss Can Lead To Another)
REPARATA & THE DELRONS: Captain Of Your Ship (Crimson, VAL The 60s Summer Album)
THE SMITHEREENS: Strangers When We Meet (Capitol, Blown To Smithereens)
THE CASTAWAYS: Liar, Liar (Rhino, VA: Nuggets)
THE RAMONES: Teenage Lobotomy (Rhino, Rocket To Russia)
THE KINGSMEN: Louie Louie (Rhino, VA: Nuggets)
THE CHARMS: Here's To You (Wicked Cool, Strange Magic)
DR. FEELGOOD: I Don't Mind (Rhino, VA: Classic Punk)
THE SPINNERS: Could It Be I'm Falling In Love (Rhino, The Very Best Of The Spinners)
THE FACES: Maggie May [live] (Warner Brothers, Five Guys Walk Into A Bar)
SUSAN LYNNE: Don't Drag No More (Rhino, VA: One Kiss Can Lead To Another)
THE NEW YORK DOLLS: Trash (Mercury, New York Dolls)
BROWNSVILLE STATION: Let Your Yeah Be Yeah (Rhino, Smokin' In The Boy's Room)
THE CLASH: Pressure Drop (Epic, Super Black Market Clash)
BRENDA LEE: Is It True (Rhino, VA: One Kiss Can Lead To Another)
TOMMY GUNN: Love (single)
BROWNSVILLE STATION: Kings Of The Party (Rhino, Smokin' In The Boy's Room)
ORBIS MAX: What's It All About (single)
THE PANDORAS: See If You Can (Burger, Hey! It's The Pandoras)
THE MUFFS: Rock And Roll Girl (Sympathy For The Record Industry, Hamburger)
JACKIE DeSHANNON: Dream Boy (Rhino, VA: One Kiss Can Lead To Another)
THE NERVES: When You Find Out (Alive, One Way Ticket)
THE TOYS: May My Heart Be Cast Into Stone (Rhino, VA: One Kiss Can Lead To Another)
THE MOSQUITOS: Darn Well (ROIR, VA: Garage Sale)
THE SHIRELLES: Boys (Rhino, VA: One Kiss Can Lead To Another)
THE BEATLES: It's Only Love (Apple, Anthology 2)
THE VENTURES: Ram-Bunk-Shush (EMI, Walk--Don't Run)

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