Monday, August 31, 2020

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 1040




Send more Chuck Berry!

That Saturday Night Live line was inspired by NASA's launch of the Voyager probes in 1977, each containing a gold record meant to introduce extraterrestrials to the sound of Earth and its culture. The disc included a snippet of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode," prompting SNL's writers to suggest that intelligent aliens who heard this could only offer one plausible response: send more Chuck Berry.

That was also the inspiration for my recently-published short story "Guitars Vs. Rayguns," a foul-mouthed, three-chord comedy about a rock 'n' roll bar band playing their music at dives across the galaxies. Hijinks ensue. 

The story drops gratuitous mentions of 27 essential rockin' pop acts. For this week's show, we played all 27 of 'em, offering a glimpse at the sort of material my planet-hopping combo likes to cover. 

I hate to complain. No really, I do. But I tell ya, we just wanna play some rock 'n' roll on every distant planet, and a fight's gotta break out at every gig. Every. Single. Gig. Doesn't matter what planet we're playing. It's like space cowboys figure "Battle of the Bands" has to be literal. I've gone through more drummers than Spinal Tap....

(The story also name-checks Bettie Page, Ronnie Spector, Ursula Andress, P. P. Arnold, Suzi Quatro, Marie Antoinette, Cloris Leachman, and Playboy's Misses February, albeit in a slightly different context than it cites The Ramones and Otis Redding. In space, no one can see you blush.)

To supplement that interstellar soundtrack, we also paid tribute to the late Walter Lure of The Heartbreakers, and played oodles of additional essentials from The Who, The Donnas, Ian Hunter, Joan Armatrading, Bow Wow Wow, and more. 

Send more Chuck Berry? We gotcha taken care of, you lovely aliens, you. This is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night stardate in Syracuse this week.

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl airs Sunday nights from 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse at SPARK! WSPJ 103.3 and 93.7 FM, and on the web at http://sparksyracuse.org/ You can read all about this show's long and weird history here: Boppin' The Whole Friggin' Planet (The History Of THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO). TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS are always welcome.

The many fine This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio compilation albums are still available, each full of that rockin' pop sound you crave. A portion of all sales benefit our perpetually cash-strapped community radio project:


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Volume 3: download
Volume 4: CD or download
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Hey, Carl's writin' a book! The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1) will contain 165 essays about 165 songs, each one of 'em THE greatest record ever made. An infinite number of songs can each be the greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. Updated initial information can be seen here.

TIRnRR # 1040: 8/30/2020


Songs played by the fictional band in "Guitars Vs. Rayguns" are listed in bold

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
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CHUCK BERRY: Johnny B. Goode (MCA, The Anthology)
THE GREAT SOCIETY: Someone To Love (Sundazed, Born To Be Burned)
PRINCE: When You Were Mine (Warner Brothers, The Hits/The B-Sides)
THE ROLLING STONES: Factory Girl (Abkco, Beggars Banquet)
THE GRIP WEEDS: Strange Bird (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE EASYBEATS: Friday On My Mind (Retroactive, Gonna Have A Good Time)
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JOHNNY THUNDERS & THE HEARTBREAKERS: One Track Mind (Jungle, L.A.M.F.)
THE DEAD BOYS: Sonic Reducer (Sire, Young, Loud And Snotty)
DAVID BOWIE: Suffragette City (Virgin, Best Of Bowie)
IGGY POP: It's My Life (Cleopatra, Psychphonic Medicine)
THE SUPREMES: You Keep Me Hangin' On (Motown, DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES: The Ultimate Collection)
HOLY HOLY: The Man Who Sold The World (Maniac Squat, single)
--
POP CO-OP: No Man's Land (Futureman, Factory Settings)
THE MOODY BLUES: Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon) (Deram, Days Of Future Passed)
LARRY WILLIAMS: She Said Yeah (Brownsville, Larry Williams Said Yeah!)
RICK SPRINGFIELD: The Man That Never Was (Roswell, VA: Sound City: Real To Reel)
THE CRICKETS: T Shirt (CBS, T-Shirt)
PAUL McCARTNEY: Cut Me Some Slack (Roswell, VA: Sound City: Real To Reel)
--
THE ISLEY BROTHERS: It's Your Thing (Epic, The Essential Isley Brothers)
MICK RONSON: Growing Up And I'm Fine (RCA, Slaughter On 10th Avenue)
THE RAMONES: Judy Is A Punk (Rhino, Ramones)
IAN HUNTER: Dandy (Proper, Fingers Crossed)
ARETHA FRANKLIN: Respect (Atlantic, The Atlantic Singles Collection 1967-1970)
CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG: Deja Vu (Atlantic, Deja Vu)
--
THE BEATLES: I Saw Her Standing There (Capitol, Meet The Beatles)
THE DONNAS: Dancing With Myself (Rykodisc, VA: Mean Girls OST)
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: I Only Want To Be With You (Mercury, The Very Best Of Dusty Springfield)
THE WHO: Substitute (MCA, The Very Best Of The Who)
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Wouldn't You Like It (Arista, The Definitive Collection)
THE ENGLISH BEAT: Mirror In The Bathroom (G-Feet, Keep The Beat)
--
THE FLASHCUBES: When We Close Our Eyes (Northside, Brilliant)
CHARLIE ROBBINS: Heart Says Go (Blue Wave, VA: History Of Syracuse Music, Volume 14)
LITTLE RICHARD: The Girl Can't Help It (Specialty, The Georgia Peach)
BOW WOW WOW: I Want Candy (Sony, VA: Pure...Alternative 80s)
THE EVERLY BROTHERS: Gone, Gone, Gone (Warner Brothers, Walk Right Back)
DR. FEELGOOD: I Don't Mind (Rhino, VA: Classic Punk)
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SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES: The Tears Of A Clown (Motown, VA: Hitsville USA)
JOAN ARMATRADING: Me Myself I (A & M, Greatest Hits)
THE SMALL FACES: What'cha Gonna Do About It (Deram, The Decca Anthology 1965-1967)
THE MUFFS: On My Own (Omnivore, No Holiday)
RICK JAMES: Super Freak (Motown, Icon)
MARY LOU LORD: Driven Away (Rubric, Speeding Motorcycle)
--
THE KINKS: You Still Want Me (Sanctuary, The Anthology 1964-1971)
THE ROMANTICS: What I Like About You (Nemperor, The Romantics)
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE: Everyday People (Epic, Greatest Hits)
THE CURE: Friday I'm In Love (Polydor, Greatest Hits)

BIG STAR: I'm In Love With A Girl (Ardent, # 1 Record/Radio City)
SUGAR: If I Can't Change Your Mind [solo acoustic mix] (Rykodisc, single)
SAM & DAVE: Soul Man (Atlantic, VA: The Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1959-1968)
THE JAM: All Around The World (Polydor, Direction Reaction Creation)
OTIS REDDING: Pounds And Hundreds [LBS + 100s] (Rhino, Otis!)
MAKIN' TIME: Feels Like It's Love (RPM, Rhythm!)
KISS: Shout It Loud (Mercury, The Very Best Of KISS)
THE STRANGLERS: No More Heroes (A & M, Peaches)
THE SEX PISTOLS: C'mon Everybody (Warner Brothers, The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle)

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Tonight On THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO



GUITARS VS. RAYGUNS! From Chuck Berry to Pop Co-Op, we'll hear some of the essential rock 'n' roll classics that drive interstellar audiences wild in galaxies far, far away. Yep, it's the soundtrack to my foul-mouthed sci-fi rock 'n' roll short story "Guitars Vs. Rayguns," interspersed with a plethora of irresistibles programmed by Dana, and a fond farewell to the late Walter Lure of The Heartbreakers. Phasers on stun. Amps at 11.Time to boldly go where only space-farin' bar bands have gone before. Sunday night, 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse at SPARK! WSPJ 103.3 and 93.7 FMhttp://sparksyracuse.org/ Scotty, beam us directly to the dancefloor.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

POP-A-LOOZA: The Secret Six



Each week, the pop culture website Pop-A-Looza shares some posts from my vast 'n' captivating Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do) archives. The latest shared post is my recent look back at my first-ever freelance writing sale: a history of the 1960s DC Comics series The Secret Six.

I originally wrote and sold that piece to Amazing Heroes in 1984, the first of a few things I wrote for AH, and the first of a bunch of things I placed with magazines over the next few decades. My second Amazing Heroes sale was a speculation about a combined DC and Marvel Comics universe; I'll be reprising that piece as a near-future blog post. I've already shared "Who's...WHO?!," my Amazing Heroes A-Z romp through 26 forgotten DC Comics characters. I've also written a reminiscence of my brief time as an Amazing Heroes freelancer, as well as "Money For Words," an overview of my professional freelance writing career (such as it was). That last piece was written in 2017, at a time when I had ceased doing professional freelancing; I have since returned to doing occasional work (and gratefully cashing those checks). 

(And, since I started this whole thing writing about The Secret Six, it's fitting that I also wrote an appreciation of The Secret Six's creator, the late E. Nelson Bridwell, when he was given a posthumous Bill Finger Award For Excellence In Comic Book Writing in 2019.)

But for now, we must answer THE CALL OF THE MOCKINGBIRD! My first-ever freelance writing sale was a history of a DC comic book called The Secret Six, and that's the latest Boppin' Pop-A-Looza.






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This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl airs Sunday nights from 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse at SPARK! WSPJ 103.3 and 93.7 FM, and on the web at http://sparksyracuse.org/ You can read about our history here.

The many fine This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio compilation albums are still available, each full of that rockin' pop sound you crave. A portion of all sales benefit our perpetually cash-strapped community radio project:

Volume 1: download
Volume 2: CD or download
Volume 3: download
Volume 4: CD or download
Waterloo Sunset--Benefit For This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio:  CD or download

Carl's writin' a book! The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1) will contain 165 essays about 165 tracks, each one of 'em THE greatest record ever made. An infinite number of records can each be the greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. Updated initial information can be seen here: THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE! (Volume 1).

Friday, August 28, 2020

THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO: Guitars Vs. Rayguns



My vulgar sci-fi rock 'n' roll comedy short story "Guitars Vs. Rayguns" was published on Wednesday, a rock 'em-sock 'em prose bonus in the pages of the AHOY Comics funnybook Billionaire Island # 5. If you'd like to buy your very own copy of this hilarious three-chord laugh-riot, you can use Comic Shop Locator to find the comic book retailer nearest you. Further details were posted here.



So, what does this nonsense have to do with This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio? Well! "Guitars Vs. Rayguns" contains gratuitous name-checks of 27 righteous rockin' pop acts, from Chuck Berry to Pop Co-Op. On Sunday night's show, we're going to play selections by as many of those 27 acts as we can, offering a sneak peek at a few of the tunes my space-faring rock 'n' roll bar band likes to cover in between random raygun blasts. Do not expect to hear "Freebird."

Slappin' together 26 to 27 songs only accounts for about half of a three-hour show, so Dana has filled the space in between with another fantastic assortment of cool, mingling freely with shots of my intergalactic combo's preferred crowd-pleasers. Set your controls for the heart of Sunday night, August 30th, from 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse at SPARK! WSPJ 103.3 and 93.7 FMhttp://sparksyracuse.org/

(And if you think this is overkill on behalf of some silly thing I wrote, just wait until my Greatest Record Ever Made! book is published. Nothing succeeds like excess!)



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This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl airs Sunday nights from 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse at SPARK! WSPJ 103.3 and 93.7 FM, and on the web at http://sparksyracuse.org/ You can read about our history here.

The many fine This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio compilation albums are still available, each full of that rockin' pop sound you crave. A portion of all sales benefit our perpetually cash-strapped community radio project:

Volume 1: download
Volume 2: CD or download
Volume 3: download
Volume 4: CD or download
Waterloo Sunset--Benefit For This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio:  CD or download

Carl's writin' a book! The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1) will contain 155 essays about 155 tracks, each one of 'em THE greatest record ever made. An infinite number of records can each be the greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. Updated initial information can be seen here: THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE! (Volume 1).

Thursday, August 27, 2020

THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE! (VOLUME 1): The Table Of Contents



It's time.

An infinite number of songs can each be THE greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. That's the central idea of my book The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1), which is designed as a collective celebration of 165 of those infinite songs. It is not an attempt to create a comprehensive list of the best songs ever; in fact, it deliberately omits a few of my own top Fave Raves. Instead, it's a heartfelt appreciation of a few selected tunes, all played loud 'n' proud. There are a lot more great songs out there, each one awaiting its turn.

Our favorite records don't live in isolation; each one has a story to tell. The stories are not objective; why would anyone ever want to be objective about pop music? No. This is personal. It should be personal. And these are the stories I intend to tell in The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1):



TABLE OF CONTENTS

FOREWORD
DISCLAIMERS AND DECLARATIONS (A User's Guide To The Greatest Record Ever Made!)
A Fistful Of 45s
OVERTURE THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?
BADFINGER: Baby Blue
CHUCK BERRY: Promised Land
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: I Only Want To Be With You
THE SEX PISTOLS: God Save The Queen
ELVIS PRESLEY: Heartbreak Hotel
WILLIE MAE "BIG MAMA" THORNTON: Hound Dog
PATTI SMITH: Gloria
LITTLE RICHARD: The Girl Can't Help It
NEIL DIAMOND: Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show
CRAZY ELEPHANT: Gimme Gimme Good Lovin' 
WILSON PICKETT: In The Midnight Hour
THE HOLLIES: I Can't Let Go
THE ROMANTICS: What I Like About You
LOVE: 7 And 7 Is
TRANSLATOR: Everywhere That I'm Not
LESLEY GORE: You Don't Own Me
THE SHANGRI-LAS: Leader Of The Pack
THE SHIRELLES: Will You Love Me Tomorrow
THE RAMONES: Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
AMY RIGBY: Dancing With Joey Ramone
PINK FLOYD: Wish You Were Here
GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS: Midnight Train To Georgia
THE BOBBY FULLER FOUR: I Fought The Law
MERLE HAGGARD: Mama Tried
THE TEMPTATIONS: Papa Was A Rollin' Stone
BUDDY HOLLY: Peggy Sue/Everyday
JOHNNY NASH: I Can See Clearly Now
SUZI QUATRO: I May Be Too Young
ALICE COOPER: School's Out
THE RARE BREED/THE OHIO EXPRESS: Beg, Borrow And Steal
OTIS REDDING: (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
ARETHA FRANKLIN: Respect
THE MONKEES: Porpoise Song (Theme From Head)
PRINCE: When You Were Mine
THE 13th FLOOR ELEVATORS: You're Gonna Miss Me
THE ROLLING STONES: Get Off Of My Cloud
PAUL REVERE AND THE RAIDERS: Just Like Me
BOB DYLAN: Like A Rolling Stone
THE KINGSMEN: Louie, Louie
BARON DAEMON AND THE VAMPIRES: The Transylvania Twist
NELSON RIDDLE: The Batman Theme
THE CREATION: Making Time
THE WHO: I Can't Explain
TODD RUNDGREN: Couldn't I Just Tell You
SHOES: Tomorrow Night
THE FLASHCUBES: No Promise
SMOKEY ROBINSON AND THE MIRACLES: The Tears Of A Clown
JUDAS PRIEST: Heading Out To The Highway
ABBA: Dancing Queen
THE NEW YORK DOLLS: Personality Crisis
MILLIE SMALL: My Boy Lollipop
THE EASYBEATS: Friday On My Mind
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Girls In Their Summer Clothes
THE RONETTES: Be My Baby
KISS: Shout It Out Loud
THE LEFT BANKE: Walk Away, Renee
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Rock And Roll Love Letter
THE KNICKERBOCKERS: Lies
THE WONDERS: That Thing You Do!
THE GO-GO'S: We Got The Beat
THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL: Summer In The City
INTERLUDE The Tottenham Sound Of...The Beatles?!
THE DAVE CLARK FIVE: Any Way You Want It
JAMES BROWN: Please, Please, Please
THE MARVELETTES: I'll Keep Holding On
GRAND FUNK: We're An American Band
TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS: Pressure Drop
THE ONLY ONES: Another Girl, Another Planet
HEART: Kick It Out
DEEP PURPLE: Highway Star
THE FIRST CLASS: Beach Baby
THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Summer Breeze
THE RUBINOOS: I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
THE PANDORAS: It's About Time
P. P. ARNOLD: The First Cut Is The Deepest
THE BEVIS FROND: He'd Be A Diamond
BIG STAR: September Gurls
SAMMY AMBROSE: This Diamond Ring
PAUL COLLINS: Walking Out On Love
LINDA RONSTADT: You're No Good
DONNA SUMMER: I Feel Love
ENTR'ACTE THE BEATLES: Yesterday
THE DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET: Take Five
RAY CHARLES: Hit The Road Jack
THE MUFFS: Saying Goodbye
MARVIN GAYE: I Heard It Through The Grapevine
THE FLAMIN' GROOVIES: Shake Some Action
THE CARPENTERS: Only Yesterday
MATERIAL ISSUE: Kim The Waitress
THE JACKSON FIVE: I'll Be There
SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE: Everybody Is A Star
THE DANDY WARHOLS: We Used To Be Friends
EMITT RHODES: Fresh As A Daisy
THE BANGLES: Live
THE SEARCHERS: Hearts In Her Eyes
THE MYNAH BIRDS: I Got You (In My Soul)
RICK JAMES: Super Freak (Part 1)
THE FLIRTATIONS: Nothing But A Heartache
THE SPINNERS: I'll Be Around
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS: American Girl
THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY: I Woke Up In Love This Morning
LED ZEPPELIN: Communication Breakdown
THE BANDWAGON: Breakin' Down The Walls Of Heartache
DON HENLEY: The Boys Of Summer
BEN E. KING: Stand By Me
GENE PITNEY: Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa
RUFUS: Tell Me Something Good
THE SPONGETONES: (My Girl) Maryanne
THE TRAMMPS: Disco Inferno
HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUE NOTES: Don't Leave Me This Way
GRANDMASTER AND MELLE MEL: White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: I'll Be Your Mirror
THE BYRDS: I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
DEL SHANNON: Runaway
THE EVERLY BROTHERS: Gone, Gone, Gone
THE COCKTAIL SLIPPERS: St. Valentine's Day Massacre
FREDDIE AND THE DREAMERS: Do The Freddie
SAM AND DAVE: Soul Man
BIG BROTHER AND THE HOLDING COMPANY: Piece Of My Heart
ARTHUR CONLEY: Sweet Soul Music
T. REX: 20th Century Boy
THE RUNAWAYS: Cherry Bomb
AMERICA: Sister Golden Hair
THE KINKS: Waterloo Sunset 
THE KINKS: You Really Got Me
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY: Time Will Tell
THE BUZZCOCKS: Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
THE SMITHEREENS: Behind The Wall Of Sleep
THE COWSILLS: She Said To Me
ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ATTRACTIONS: (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding?
THE FOUR TOPS: Reach Out I'll Be There
INTERLUDE Old Time Rock 'n' Roll
THE BOB SEGER SYSTEM: 2 + 2 = ?
THE JIVE FIVE: What Time Is It
LULU: To Sir, With Love [Museum Outings Montage]
FREDA PAYNE: Band Of Gold
EARTH, WIND AND FIRE WITH THE EMOTIONS: Boogie Wonderland
THE CONTOURS: Do You Love Me
BLONDIE: (I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear
THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS: All For Swinging You Around
WHAM!: Freedom
THE SUPREMES: You Keep Me Hangin' On 
THE BEACH BOYS: God Only Knows
JOAN ARMATRADING: Me Myself I
NICK LOWE: So It Goes
THE SELECTER: On My Radio
MANNIX: Highway Lines
THE DRIFTERS: On Broadway
FIRST AID KIT: America
THE MC5: Kick Out The Jams
THE FIVE STAIRSTEPS: O-o-h Child
SOLOMON BURKE: Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
CHEAP TRICK Surrender
THE JAM: That's Entertainment!
DAVID BOWIE: Life On Mars?
THE O'JAYS: Put Your Hands Together
THE GRATEFUL DEAD: Uncle John's Band
THE PRETENDERS: Back On The Chain Gang
EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS: Do Anything You Wanna Do
STEVIE WONDER: I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)
MARYKATE O'NEIL: I'm Ready For My Luck To Turn Around
EYTAN MIRSKY: This Year's Gonna Be Our Year
THE JAYHAWKS: I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
An Infinite Number
INTERLUDE Underrating The Beatles
ENCORE! THE BEATLES: Rain
ENCORE!! THE T-BONES: No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)
Cruisin' Music
CODA THE RAMONES: Blitzkrieg Bop
AFTERWORD

Is this the book's final set list? Given how often the Table of Contents has changed while I've been tweaking my plans over the last year and a half, it's possible (and some would say likely) that I'll continue to adjust and amend things until the book's on its way to the printer. So: I dunno. BUT! This is the Table of Contents that will appear with the book proposal that prospective publishers see. The intent, at least, is for this to be the final word.

It's time.



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You can support this blog by becoming a patron on Patreon: Fund me, baby! 

Hey! If you buy from Amazon, consider making your purchases through links at Pop-A-Looza. A portion of your purchase there will go to support Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do). Thinking Amazon? Think Pop-A-Looza.

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl airs Sunday nights from 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse at SPARK! WSPJ 103.3 and 93.7 FM, and on the web at http://sparksyracuse.org/ You can read about our history here.

The many fine This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio compilation albums are still available, each full of that rockin' pop sound you crave. A portion of all sales benefit our perpetually cash-strapped community radio project:

Volume 1: download
Volume 2: CD or download
Volume 3: download
Volume 4: CD or download
Waterloo Sunset--Benefit For This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio:  CD or download

Carl's writin' a book! The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1) will contain 155 essays about 155 tracks, each one of 'em THE greatest record ever made. An infinite number of records can each be the greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. Updated initial information can be seen here: THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE! (Volume 1).