Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Participation Atrophy (contains no spoilers, and very little Avengers content anyway)



Game Of Thrones. The Super Bowl. The Oscars. The GRAMMYs. The Walking Dead. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony. The Avengers: Endgame.

All of the above are events that have excited large groups of folks in recent memory. And whenever a bunch of people are enthusiastic about something, there is an inevitable backlash from others who don't share that enthusiasm.

"This is me not caring about NCAA March Madness." "This is me not caring about Bohemian Rhapsody." "This is me not caring about Doctor Who." Yeah, like that. The memes aren't intrinsically grating, I guess, though I get tired of them pretty quickly. And it's good that we don't all see things the same way. Lord knows there've been tons of pop cultural manias that haven't appealed to me, from wrestling to reality TV to some (not all) of the events listed above. And I've also been guilty of snarky dismissals of such things (particularly regarding the music of Bob Seger, whose popular hits I abhor, a situation which blinded me for far too long to the rockin' splendor of some of his '60s and early '70s sides. Seger's "2 + 2 = ?" is The Greatest Record Ever Made.)



So, having kinda learned my lesson, I try not to do that as much, or at least I try to prevent my natural smartass persona from taking over completely. Why? Because, honestly, it just seems rude.

On his blog News From ME, writer Mark Evanier has begun a series he's calling "A Cranky, Rambling Rant." Part 1 discusses Mark's long-standing lack of interest in Star Trek (in spite of friends insisting for decades that he has to love Star Trek, he has to!), and Part 2 discusses his fondness of the film It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (in spite of punters insisting he'd have to be batshit crazy to enjoy something as utterly lacking in redeeming quality as [shudder]...that). 



Evanier is not guilty of the offenses I complain about; he's on the receiving end of people insisting that he needs to agree with them on their likes and dislikes.

I saw the new Avengers movie on Friday, and I absolutely loved it. I also love DC Comics, Marvel Comics, The RamonesThe Monkees, Syracuse University basketball and football, and various other TV shows, films, musical acts, books, comic books, plays, and foods. I like KISS. I hope that someday I'll have an opportunity to see Hamilton on stage. I watch The Tony Awards, speed through The GRAMMYs, and I'm unlikely to ever watch another Oscars telecast. I'll watch the Super Bowl when The Buffalo Bills participate, which probably ain't happening anytime soon. I watch The Voice. I like what I like, and I often tell folks about what I like right here on this blog, a forum dedicated exclusively to my opinion. We can disagree on specifics, but we should remain polite. We can joke about our differences, and we can bust stones mutually. That's fair, and it can be a characteristic of friendly banter, of friendship.

We can (and should) voice opinions; nothing wrong with that. My forthcoming short story "Guitars Vs Rayguns"--a story which everyone will adore without reservation or exception--includes a throwaway line dissing a popular TV show and its utter worthlessness, but it's a joke, and it's funny! I think there's a difference between expressing preferences (especially via silly riffing) and a recent online exchange I read about the Gotham TV series: 1) Nobody likes Gotham, right? We can all agree that it's awful; 2) I kinda like Gotham, it's entertaining and fun; 3) Sorry that you like garbage. 

That's not being cool, or edgy, or hip, or discerning; that's just being an asshole.

Opinions are fine. Likes and dislikes are what make us...us. But neither you nor I can force a viewpoint on the other. We can attempt to persuade. We shouldn't be dicks about it.



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Monday, April 29, 2019

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 972



It's another Sunday, a few hours before showtime tonight on This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio. The CD case is loaded with possibilities. As I write this, I have no idea what tracks will appear on the playlist below. I'll play something from the new Ray Paul anthology, and something from a recent collection of 1967-1971 sides by The Clingers. I think I'll throw in a couple of classic tracks I heard in recent major motion pictures. Dana's promising us new music from Librarians With Hickeys. The playlist will take care of itself. Possibilities. Noise. Music. Gonna have a good time. This is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

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Hey, Carl's writin' a book! The Greatest Record Ever Made will contain 100 essays (and then some) on 100 tracks, plus one bonus instrumental, each one of 'em THE greatest record ever made. An infinite number of records can be the greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. Updated initial information can be seen here: https://carlcafarelli.blogspot.com/2019/04/the-greatest-record-ever-made-booking.html

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 at https://tinyurl.com/ycnly8oz Digital download version (minus The Smithereens' track) now available at https://tinyurl.com/ycauy9xt

TIRnRR # 972: 4/28/19

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio FRESH SPINS! (tracks we think we ain't played before) are listed in bold

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
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THE KINKS: Supersonic Rocket Ship (Sanctuary, The Ultimate Collection)
DAVID BOWIE: Moonage Daydream (Virgin, Bowie At The Beeb)
THE MORNING LINE: Nostradamus (Kool Kat Musik, North)
CLOCKWORK FLOWERS: Luminous Spinning Discs (theclockworkflowers.com, Colours Vol 4: Green)
PRINCE: When You Were Mine (Warner Brothers, The Hits/The B-Sides)
THE BANGLES: The Real World (Omnivore, Ladies And Gentlemen...The Bangles!)
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THE CLINGERS: Gonna Have A Good Time (Area 251, 1967-1971)
JOSIE & THE PUSSYCATS: You've Come A Long Way Baby (Rhino Handmade, Stop, Look, & Listen!)
THE RAMONES: I Don't Want To Grow Up (Radioactive, Adios Amigos!)
THE GREAT! SOCIETY: Somebody To Love (Sundazed, Born To Be Burned)
THE CLINGERS: Everything's Alright (Area 251, 1967-1971)
AMY RIGBY: Dancing With Joey Ramone (Signature Sounds, Little Fugitive)
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THE STEMS: Never Be Friends (Mushroom, At First Sight Violets Are Blue)
THE WAG: Coat Of Arms (thewagband.com, We Carry On)
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE: Everybody Is A Star (Epic, Greatest Hits)
LIBRARIANS WITH HICKEYS: Until There Was You (librarianswithhickeys.wordpress.com, single)
SEAN HUTTON: So We Became Alive (seanhuttonmusic.com, The Legend Of April Country)
LIBRARIANS WITH HICKEYS: And Then She's Gone (librarianswithhickeys.wordpress.com, single)
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STEPHEN LAWRENSON: Once Upon A Time (Kool Kat Musik, single)
THE SLAPBACKS: Make Something Happen (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
RAY PAUL: Love Me (Kool Kat Musik, Bloody Rubbish)
THE HOLLIES: Carrie Anne (Epic, Epic Anthology)
SHOES: Tomorrow Night (Black Vinyl, Best)
THE NERVES: When You Find Out (Alive, One Way Ticket)
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RAY PAUL: I Need Your Love Tonight (Kool Kat Musik, Bloody Rubbish)
THE SMITHEREENS: Got Me A Girl (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE MONKEES: Words (Rhino, 50)
GIL-SCOTT HERON: Lady Day And John Coltrane (BGP, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised)
JIM BASNIGHT: Best Lover In The World (Precedent, Not Changing)
THE BYRDS: You Won't Have To Cry (Sundazed, The Preflyte Sessions)
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SAMMY AMBROSE: This Diamond Ring (Ace, VA: You Heard It Here First!)
THE LITTLE DARLINGS: Little Bit O' Soul (Ace, VA: You Heard It Here First!)
SPANDAU BALLET: To Cut A Long Story (Rhino, The Story)
GARY NUMAN & TUBEWAY ARMY: Are "Friends" Electric? (Beggars Banquet, Replicas)
T BONE BURNETT: Jellico Coal Man (Columbia, VA: Johnny Cash: Forever Words)
THE MONOCHROME SET: He's Frank (Slight Return) (Music Brokers, VA: The Psychedelic Rock Box)
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RICHIE PARSONS: Beverly (Lawless, Black Throated Blue)
WARREN ZEVON: Werewolves Of London (Rhino, Genius)
THE SHIRELLES: Thank You, Baby (Varese Sarabande, 25 All-Time Greatest Hits)
CROCHETED DONUT RING: Two Little Ladies (Azalea & Rhododendeon) (Music Brokers, VA: The Psychedelic Rock Box)
THE O'JAYS: Put Your Hands Together (Epic, Love Train)
THE GO-BETWEENS: Streets Of Your Town (Capitol, 16 Lovers Lane)
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DAVID BROOKINGS & THE AVERAGE LOOKINGS: I Grow Up Fast (www.davidbrookings.net, Scorpio Monologue)
HARMONIC DIRT: Maybe (harmonicdirt.com, Anthracite)
THE DAVE CLARK FIVE: Glad All Over (Hollywood, The History Of The Dave Clark Five)
THE OHIO EXPRESS: Yummy, Yummy, Yummy (Varese Sarabande, VA: 25 All-Time Greatest Bubblegum Hits)
THE RASPBERRIES: Go All The Way (RPM, Power Pop Volume One)
BIG STAR: September Gurls (Ardent, # 1 Record/Radio City)
LESLIE PEREIRA & THE LAZY HEROES: Fly Like A Bird (Big Stir, Fight For Now)
THE TREND: Electric Chair (Hate, Batman Live At Budokan)
DANNY ELFMAN: The Batman Theme (Watertower, VA: The Music Of DC Comics)

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Tonight On THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO



If there's another radio show out there giving you new archival music from both The Clingers and Ray Paul...well, that sounds like a pretty good radio show. You should listen to them, too. But listen to us FIRST! We'll even throw in a track by The Kinks, as heard in a recent popular movie. Assemble here: Sunday night, 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse at SPARK! WSPJ-LP 103.3 and 93.7 FM, and on the web at http://sparksyracuse.org/

Saturday, April 27, 2019

THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE: Booking A Hot 100



As I stumble forth with my long-simmering scheme to write a book celebrating my notion of The Greatest Record Ever Made, I've tentatively settled on a list of 100 records I want to discuss in the book. Yeah, the list will surely change again, 'cuz that's what I do. As noted previously, this is not a list of the 100 greatest records ever made, but a list of 100 records I choose to discuss individually in this format, each one The Greatest Record Ever Made (because there can be an infinite number of THE greatest, as long as they take turns.).

For those who'd like an additional sneak peek inside the book, I will be posting the James Brown chapter privately to my paid patrons on May 1st. For $2 a month, patrons of Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do) receive a private post each month, and that post is not shared publicly until at least another month thereafter; this James Brown chapter will not be offered publicly until the book's finally published. You can read it by signing up as a patron here by April 30th.



The 100? Glad you asked! Here's the current draft for the Table Of Contents for The Greatest Record Ever Made:

TABLE OF CONTENTS

FOREWORD
DISCLAIMERS AND DECLARATIONS (A User's Guide To The Greatest Record Ever Made)
OVERTURE: A Fistful Of 45s
1. BADFINGER: Baby Blue
2. CHUCK BERRY: Promised Land
3. DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: I Only Want To Be With You
4. THE SEX PISTOLS: God Save The Queen
5. PATTI SMITH: Gloria
6. ELVIS PRESLEY: Heartbreak Hotel
7. LITTLE RICHARD: The Girl Can't Help It
8. WILSON PICKETT: In The Midnight Hour
9. THE HOLLIES: I Can't Let Go
10. THE SHIRELLES: Will You Love Me Tomorrow
11. BUDDY HOLLY: Peggy Sue/Everyday
12. GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: Midnight Train To Georgia
13. THE RARE BREED: Beg, Borrow And Steal
14. CRAZY ELEPHANT: Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'
15. THE FLIRTATIONS: Nothing But A Heartache
16. THE ROLLING STONES: Happy
17. PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: Kicks
18. ARETHA FRANKLIN: Respect 
19. THE MONKEES: Porpoise Song (Theme From Head)
20. KISS: Shout It Out Loud
21. THE NEW YORK DOLLS: Personality Crisis
22. THE CASTAWAYS: Liar, Liar
23. THE EASYBEATS: Friday On My Mind
24. TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS: American Girl
25. SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES: The Tears Of A Clown
26. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Girls In Their Summer Clothes
27. TRANSLATOR: Everywhere That I'm Not
28. DAVID BOWIE: Life On Mars?
29. THE SUPREMES: Stop! In The Name Of Love
30. THE LEFT BANKE: Walk Away, Renee
31. THE COWSILLS: She Said To Me
32. MARVIN GAYE: I Heard It Through The Grapevine
33. THE BOX TOPS: The Letter
34. BIG STAR: September Gurls
35. PRINCE: When You Were Mine
36. THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Rock And Roll Love Letter
37. THE KNICKERBOCKERS: Lies
INTERLUDE: The Tottenham Sound Of...The Beatles?!
38. THE DAVE CLARK FIVE: Any Way You Want It
39. JAMES BROWN: Please, Please, Please
40. GRAND FUNK: We're An American Band
INTERLUDE: Old Time Rock & Roll
41. THE BOB SEGER SYSTEM: 2 + 2 = ?
42. THE JIVE FIVE: What Time Is It?
43. THE RUBINOOS: I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
44. THE RONETTES: Be My Baby
45. THE STEMS: Never Be Friends
46. THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: I'll Be Your Mirror
47. STEVIE WONDER: I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)
48. THE CREATION: Making Time
49. THE FIRST CLASS: Beach Baby
50. THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Summer Breeze
51. THE MC5: Kick Out The Jams
52. ALICE COOPER: School's Out
53. BARON DAEMON & THE VAMPIRES: The Transylvania Twist
54. SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE: Everybody Is A Star
INTERLUDE: I Dream Of Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, Tommy (and occasionally Marky, Richie, CJ, and/or new recruits)
55. THE RAMONES: Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
56. LED ZEPPELIN: Communication Breakdown
57. BEN E. KING: Stand By Me
58. THE ANIMALS: It's My Life
59. OTIS REDDING: (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
60. THE GO-GO'S: We Got The Beat
61. THE COCKTAIL SLIPPERS: St. Valentine's Day Massacre
62. GENE PITNEY: Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa
63. THE WHO: I Can't Explain
64. DEEP PURPLE: Hush
65. FREDDIE & THE DREAMERS: Do The Freddie
66. THE DRIFTERS: On Broadway
67. SAM & DAVE: Soul Man
68. SHOES: Tomorrow Night
69. THE RASPBERRIES: I Wanna Be With You
70. THE FLASHCUBES: No Promise
71. THE KINKS: You Really Got Me
72. THE KINKS: Waterloo Sunset
73. THE JAM: In The City
74. JOHNNY NASH: I Can See Clearly Now
75. THE FOUR TOPS: Reach Out I'll Be There
76. ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS: (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding
77. THE O'JAYS: Love Train
78. PAUL COLLINS: Walking Out On Love
79. MANNIX: Highway Lines
80. T. REX: 20th Century Boy
81. THE SMITHEREENS: Behind The Wall Of Sleep
82. THE RECORDS: Starry Eyes
83. THE SEARCHERS: Hearts In Her Eyes
84. THE FLAMIN' GROOVIES: Shake Some Action
85. MATERIAL ISSUE: Kim The Waitress
86. FREDA PAYNE: Band Of Gold
87. LULU: To Sir, With Love
88. THE PLIMSOULS: A Million Miles Away
89. THE BEVIS FROND: He'd Be A Diamond
90.  P. P. ARNOLD: The First Cut Is The Deepest
91. THE BEACH BOYS: God Only Knows
92. THE SELECTER: On My Radio
93. THE VOGUES: Five O'Clock World
94. CHEAP TRICK Surrender
95. SOLOMON BURKE: Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
96. EDDIE & THE HOT RODS: Do Anything You Wanna Do
97. THE GRATEFUL DEAD: Uncle John's Band
98. EYTAN MIRSKY: This Year's Gonna Be Our Year
99. THE JAYHAWKS: I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
LAST CALL: An Infinite Number
INTERLUDE: Underrating The Beatles
100. THE BEATLES: Rain
CLOSING TIME! THE T-BONES: No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)
CODA: Cruisin' Music
AFTERWORD     

Hopeless zealot that I am, I discarded a finished draft of one chapter in favor of a different song for which I haven't written anything yet. I remain my own worst enemy. 58 chapters done (in first draft form), leaving 42 more to finish. The supplemental material--Foreword, Disclaimers And Declarations, Overture: A Fistful Of 45s, the four Interludes, Last Call: An Infinite Number, Closing Time!, Coda: Cruisin' Music, and Afterword--is already done. And it's all gonna be worth it when the work is finally finished.



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Friday, April 26, 2019

SHAZAM! With One Magic Cease-And-Desist



Until very recently, the 1940s and '50s adventures of the original Captain Marvel (aka young Billy Batson, who shouts out the magic word "SHAZAM!" to be transformed into The World's Mightiest Mortal) have been considered by most to be in the public domain. Although DC Comics licensed the character and all related tchotchkes from former rival Fawcett Comics in the '70s (before eventually purchasing all things Shazam! at a later date), the earlier comics material published by Fawcett was long since presumed to have lapsed its copyright protection.

DC Comics disagrees, and the company has sought to re-assert its legal ownership of much of this original Golden Age material. This move comes in the wake of the successful Shazam! movie, and in the midst of DC adding thousands of digital comics to it online DC Universe paid archive and streaming service.

The popular public-domain comics resources  Digital Comics Museum and Comic Book Plus have already complied with DC's wishes in this matter. DCM published a notice on its forum, detailing the specific issues that DC has reclaimed from the public domain:

Captain Marvel Adventures # 3-6, 46-129, 131-141, 143-150
Captain Marvel Junior # 29-34, 36-106, 108-117, 119
Captain Marvel Story Book # 1-2
Fawcett's Funny Animals # 31-79
Hoppy The Marvel Bunny # 1-15
The Marvel Family # 1-3, 5-80, 82-89
Mary Marvel # 1-28
Master Comics # 61-126, 128-132
Whiz Comics # 3-6, 64-98, 105-118, 130-153, 155
Wow Comics # 36-69



Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do) has previously posted some material from these now-protected properties. Although I am way too small-potatoes to draw the wrath of DC Comics Inc., I am also complying with the new copyright assertion. All of the relevant blog posts have been edited to reflect fair use only, with representative sample pages rather than complete stories. This practice will remain in effect for all future editions of my series 100-Page FAKES! and any other comics posts on Boppin'.

I have no issue whatsoever with DC asserting its copyright; as a creator myself (at however low a profile), I firmly believe copyrights should be respected. Intellectual property is not free, and we don't have a right to it just because we think we oughtta have that right.

I do hope this move is an indication that DC intends to actually do something with the Golden Age adventures of Captain Marvel and The Marvel Family. A previously-announced book collection of the lengthy 1940s Captain Marvel Adventures serial The Monster Society Of Evil was cancelled, presumably due to the unfortunate racial stereotypes running rampant throughout the serial. (Interesting to note that serial's final chapter, from CMA # 26, is the only part of the serial for which DC is currently asserting ownership.) It would be a shame for this treasure trove of comics to disappear entirely from the public eye.



But I suspect it may do just that. The Shazam! movie was a success, a sequel has been ordered, and it would not surprise me to learn that DC doesn't want to risk alienating the new audience of kids discovering this new-to-them hero by stirring up the controversy of the vicious Japanese and shuffling African-American caricatures that were part and parcel of the era that gave us Captain Marvel. Hell, I understand the historical context, but I still don't want to propagate that offensive nonsense. Can't really blame DC for preferring not to deal with it.

(Tangent: I did not enjoy the Shazam! film anywhere near as much as I wished I would. I went in with appropriate expectations, knowing it wasn't my Captain Marvel, and that he couldn't even be called "Captain Marvel" in the film's marketing, and therefore wouldn't be called "Captain Marvel" in the film itself; that name belongs to Marvel Comics now, and it's been applied to a series of newer heroes by that name. No matter what character came first, neither DC nor Marvel is interested in sharing the name. I knew before buying my ticket that Shazam! was a superhero version of Big, a little too silly for my taste, but I rolled with it and liked it well enough until a particularly violent scene took me out of the moment; the unexpected brutality of that scene didn't jibe with the goofy vibe the film had seemed to embrace up to that point, and I was unable to reconnect with it after that.)



(Irrelevant second tangent: I enjoyed Marvel's recent Captain Marvel with actress Brie Larson a lot more than I enjoyed Shazam! Can't wait to see her return to help The Avengers save the universe in Endgame.)

I support the idea of the hero I knew as Captain Marvel finding a new audience, finding a place in today's pop culture. I still read DC's current Shazam! comic book. I get that times change. I still hope we'll have some kind of access to the classic interpretation, too.





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Thursday, April 25, 2019

THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE: We're Gonna Need A Bigger Book



If an infinite number of records can be THE greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns, why not write a book celebrating a few of that infinite number? That could be cool. I've already written a bunch of such entries over the past few years, so a book talking about, say, 45 of the prospective GREM candidates probably wouldn't even take all that long to concoct.

Right. 

I went from being almost done writing the first draft of my proposed book The Greatest Record Ever Made to being just over half done with it. But the more I thought about this project, the more certain I became that the book needed to be bigger.

At the time of the book's last progress update not even a week ago, I had settled on doing a total of 66 chapters, each chapter devoted to a single song that, in my mind, could be called The Greatest Record Ever Made. This was already quite a few more records than the 45 I'd originally thought of covering in such a book. 45 became 50, 50 became 66. 

It still seemed too short.

I put a lot of mulling and considering into this before finally deciding that a book calling itself The Greatest Record Ever Made needs a hotter number than a mere 66 songs. 

It needs a Hot 100. 

So that's what I'm doing. 100 songs (101 if you split the two-in-one Buddy Holly chapter), plus a closing instrumental. At one recent point, before all this expansion, I was within just five chapters of a complete first draft. Now? 59 down, 41 to go. 

That's a lot of work. But it's fun!

I've made my tentative selections for the 100 songs that will be included, and rest assured those selections will change. The songs span a time frame from 1956 to 2012, with the largest number of tracks coming from the '60s and '70s. I'll probably post that list in a couple of days. Meanwhile, though, it's important to keep sacred these lines from the book's Disclaimers And Declarations section:

"This specific disclaimer is worth highlighting in bold and all-caps: THIS IS NOT INTENDED AS A LIST OF THE 100 GREATEST RECORDS EVER MADE! The chapters in this book cover a number of fave raves, but nowhere near all of my favorites; that's not the goal of The Greatest Record Ever Made. It's not even a list of my all-time Top 100. I mean, not even close. There's no study here of, say, [redacted], no [redacted], no [redacted], no [redacted], and only a passing reference to, lessee, "[redacted]" by [redacted]. Among GREM candidates, I didn't get to [redacted], [redacted], [redacted], [redacted], [redacted], [redacted], and...well, it's a long and worthy list. But I did write about 100 fantastic tracks, and then some. These are the 100+ great records I was moved to put under the GREM spotlight for essay and exultation this time around. Always remember the mantra: an infinite number, as long as they take turns."

For those dying for a sneak peak, the monthly private post for paid patrons in May will be one of the completed, unpublished chapters of the book. If you're interested in seeing this, you can become a patron of this blog for just $2 a month.

More hype to come. One other thing to reveal now: while most acts were strictly limited to one GREM entry only, there was one act that had to have two. Why? Because they're The Kinks. Reason enough, my friends. Reason enough.




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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. A digital download version (minus The Smithereens' track) is also available from Futureman Records.