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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.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

1.4.5. Press Release


If you're in Syracuse this Friday night, your instructions for boppin' appear in the official press release below. You can also read my liner notes to 1.4.5.'s 3 Chords & A Cloud Of Dust and the playlist from this week's This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio spotlight on 1.4.5. And then you can get to Funk 'n Waffles on Friday to witness it all for yourself. See you there!



1.4.5. returns home to Syracuse

On Friday May 25, 1.4.5. returns home to play at Funk ‘n Waffles, their first CNY show in 3 years, and with a four-piece lineup. 1.4.5. blast out a loud sound located in the musical real estate somewhere between Chuck Berry and The Sex Pistols. 1.4.5. will play two sets (10 PM and 12:30 PM).

Also on the bill, 61 Ghosts (from Boston ) and local heroes The Mickie Brown Band. The night will close with a few songs by an all-star outfit of nobodies, The Johnny Thunders Orchestra.

1.4.5. consists of former Flashcube Paul Armstrong (white guitar /vocal), Tom O’Riley (bass, vocal), Bobcat Rawks (black guitar), and Ducky Carlisle (drums), and they played just about every rock club along the East Coast between 1980 and 1988 during which time the band released the Pink Invasion EP, relocated to Boston, and released full length LP Rhythm n' Booze. In 2014, the band reformed to play occasional shows and released full length CD 3 Chords & A Cloud of Dust and regularly play their engaging brand of punk-pop in Boston and New York . For the Funk 'n Waffles show, Judd Williams (who has played in Boston legendary bands The Real Kids and The Lyres) is filling in for Ducky, due to conflicts with his Grammy award-winning record producing career.

61 Ghosts, from Boston, who have been garnering critical acclaim for their recent live shows and recordings, feature guitar-slinger Joe Mazzari. Over the years, Joe has fronted The Daughters and Two Saints (who played with 1.4.5. at The Lost Horizon in 1988). He also recorded and toured with Johnny Thunders of The New York Dolls and The Heartbreakers fame for three years, and appeared on three of Johnny's albums. Joe and the Daughters backed Mr. Thunders at his chaotically memorable show at The Jab in 1983.

Showtime is 10PM.

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