Saturday, October 31, 2020

POP-A-LOOZA! This Mask, This Candy Bar

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 a look back at my Halloween costumes over the years, "This Mask, This Candy Bar."

I don't think that we will be opening our doors for trick-or-treaters this year. In this time of pandemic, the chance of exposure seems too great a risk for the kids, for the kids' parents, and for we the middle-aged candygivers. We hope for a return to normalcy soon. In the mean time, it does not feel safe to participate in the usual Halloween rituals. I've gone over it again and again in my mind, but I can't justify tempting the potential of a dire consequence, all trick and no treat. It ain't worth it.

Sweet times will return, not soon enough, but eventually. For ghosts and ghouls, witches, vampires, princesses, superheroes, and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers alike. For now, I reminisce about the disguises I wore when I was a young beggar, demanding Milky Ways from neighbors and strangers. "This Mask, This Candy Bar" is the latest Boppin' Pop-A-Looza.

My current costume, and my plan to implement a return to normalcy

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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

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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, October 30, 2020

BOPPIN's Monthly Day Off

Once a month, Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do) takes a brief break from its ill-advised commitment to daily public posts, and does a little something only for its paid subscribers. November's private post for patrons is another unpublished chapter from my forthcoming book The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1), this time celebrating the splendor of "Tomorrow Night" by Shoes. An infinite number of songs can each be THE greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. Today, THIS is THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE!

Regular daily public posting will resume tomorrow night..um, tomorrow. You can become a patron of Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do) for just $2 a month: Fund me, baby!

Thursday, October 29, 2020

MY WEEKLY VIDEO BLOG: THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE! # 3: Baron Daemon and the Vampires, "The Transylvania Twist"

An infinite number of songs can each be THE greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. I like that idea so much, I'm writing a book about it. And what's a book without accompanying video hype?

My weekly series of Greatest Record Ever Made! video rants continues with this celebration of "The TransylvaniaTwist," a 1964 single by Baron Daemon and the Vampires. You haven't heard it...?! Tsk. Listen to it here. And then check out my current ramblin' and ravin' about it:


Spooky! I could pass for a vampire if I could just get a little tan first.

This video was done in one take, but enthusiasm carries the day more often than mistakes ruin it. Baron Daemon was our local TV vampire when I was a little kid growing up in Syracuse in the early to mid '60s, and I was absolutely one of the Baron's Bloody Buddies. That enthusiasm is immortal, just like vampires ought to be. Especially campy, corny, schtick-loving bloodsuckers like Baron Daemon, who preyed on unsuspecting scenery like a bat outta Vaudeville. Grab ahold of your baby and hold her tight!

NEXT WEEK: Chuck Berry takes us to "The Promised Land!" If you dig these rants, please subscribe to my YouTube channel and tell your fiends. Sure, tell your friends, too. Trick or treat? My bloody buddies, I believe you deserve both.

THIS WEEK'S VIDEO: Baron Daemon and the Vampires, "The TransylvaniaTwist"

GREM! # 2: Badfinger, "Baby Blue"

GREM! # 3: The Ramones, "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?"

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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).

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

POP-A-LOOZA! Baron Daemon and the Vampires, "The Transylvania Twist"

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 Greatest Record Ever Made! celebration of the 1964 single "The Transylvania Twist" by Baron Daemon and the Vampires.

This will, of course, be a chapter in my eventual book The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1), a book dedicated to the gimmick that an infinite number of songs can each be THE greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. "The Transylvania Twist" will also be the subject of my next weekly GREM! video on YouTube, third in a series of short dissertations about songs I discuss in my book. Previous entries dealt with The Ramones' "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" and Badfinger's "Baby Blue." After this week's visit with the Baron's little ditty, next week's video will move to Mr. Chuck Berry's "Promised Land." Each week's video usually posts on Wednesday evening. Hey, that's tonight! And I gotta record a radio show today...?! Jeez, I better get workin'.

I'll probably mention this in the video, but it's worth mentioning here (especially since the videos aren't scripted, and I forget stuff): if you were a kid in Syracuse in the '60s, Baron Daemon was as big as The Beatles. He was our beloved local TV vampire, corny and endearing, and he made a record that absolutely rocks. Someone asked me if it was a good idea for my book to devote a chapter to something that was just a regional hit, not as well known to potential book buyers outside of Central New York. 

Yes. It's not only a good idea, it's a necessary idea.

I wouldn't want to write a book like this if I couldn't include a Baron Daemon alongside Stevie Wonder, a Flashcubes alongside Elvis Presley, a Marykate O'Neil, Eytan Mirsky, Johnny Johnson and the Bandwagon, and Sammy Ambrose alongside Aretha Franklin, The Kinks, Prince, and Dusty Springfield. Every favorite record begins as a record you haven't heard yet. Every favorite performer begins as an act you don't know. Every love story begins with a first kiss.

If this is your first kiss of Baron Daemon, be careful; he bites. But you will fall in love. "The Transylvania Twist" by Baron Daemon and the Vampires is 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).


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

10 SONGS: 10/27/2020

10 Songs is a weekly list of ten songs that happen to be on my mind at the moment. Given my intention to usually write these on Mondays, the lists are often dominated by songs played on the previous night's edition of This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl. The idea was inspired by Don Valentine of the essential blog I Don't Hear A Single.

This week's edition of 10 Songs draws exclusively from the playlist for This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 1048.

THE FLESHTONES: American Beat '84

A national treasure! I think I first heard The Fleshtones in the very early '80s, either via the live version of "Shadowline" on the 2-LP soundtrack of the film Urgh! A Music War, or via an MTV airing of "R-I-G-H-T-S." I had the Urgh! record, and the 1981 Roman Gods record became my first dedicated Fleshtones purchase. The Roman Gods track "Let's See The Sun" was my go-to 'Tones tune in short order. Super-Rock!

Within just a few years, though, the supremacy of "Let's See The Sun" was abruptly usurped by "American Beat '84." WBNY-FM in Buffalo hooked me on the track, and its appearance in an early scene in the Tom Hanks slob comedy Bachelor Party sealed the deal. I bought the 12" single at a used record store on Buffalo's Hertel Avenue, and it remains one of my all-time favorites.

ROBERT GORDON: Someday, Someway

I think Robert Gordon's rock-solid rendition of "Someday, Someway" was released prior to the song's author Marshall Crenshaw's version, but I definitely heard MC's version first. Both are great.

JOEY MOLLAND: Rainy Day Man

In last week's edition of my Greatest Record Ever Made! video series, I talked about how much Badfinger's "Baby Blue" meant to me. You can see the video here, you can read about it here, and you can read my GREM! book chapter about the song here

That's prologue. Now, Badfinger's beloved guitarist Joey Molland has a brand-new album out, Be True To Yourself. Working with producer Mark Hudson and such stalwarts as Micky Dolenz and Julian Lennon, Molland retains the essential These guys sound like The Beatles! promise that made me a Badfinger fan when I was in middle school. "Rainy Day Man" is an awesome single, ready-made for radio, a beguiling tease for a must-have album.

IRENE PEÑA: It Must Be Summer

Hey, congratulations to America's Sweetheart Irene Peña, as she assumes benevolent stewardship of Big Stir Records' essential digital singles series. The story of TIRnRR's blissful history as Peñamaniacs was told here, and we're delighted that the Big Stir singles will continue in such capable hands. To celebrate, we figured we'd serve up a repeat spin of Ms. Peña's own recent Big Stir single, her irresistible cover of Fountains Of Wayne's "It Must Be Summer." It must be Big Stir. Huzzah, Irene!

THE O'JAYS: Love Train

A message from The O'Jays. The message never goes out of style (which is good), and the need to repeat it never fades away (which is unfortunate). Get on board.

THE ROLLERS: Who'll Be My Keeper

Both this week's playlist and the CD reissue of the 1979 album Elevator credit this track to The Bay City Rollers, but the original LP and its little-heard follow-ups shortened the group's name to just The Rollers. I wrote about Elevator here, and elsewhere I also wrote this:

I adored The Bay City Rollers--"Rock 'n' Roll Love Letter,""Yesterday's Hero," and a superb album track called "Wouldn't You Like It" are sublime power pop nuggets that transcend the perceived limitations of teeny-bop pop--but this post-mania LP is the only full Rollers album that ever grabbed me. By this time, lead singer Les McKeown had split (replaced by Duncan Faure, late of the group Rabbitt), and the group had shortened its name and released this album as a desperate bid for a new audience. Desperate or not, it sounds fine, especially the fab "Who'll Be My Keeper."

There is some fabulous stuff to be found in this brief chapter of The Bay City Rollers' career, '79 to about '82 or so. I've still never heard the rare cassette-only release Burning Rubber, but both Voxx and Ricochet include a few stellar tracks, particularly "85," "God Save Rock And Roll," "Roxy Lady," and "Doors, Bars, Metal."

EVIE SANDS: Don't Look Back Don't Look Down

Singer. Songwriter. Producer. Musician. Evie Sands has been making records for more than five decades, but her music first came to my ears because of her association with SoCal musician (and expatriate Central New Yorker) Adam Marsland. In the first decade of our current sparkly century. Sands played guitar and sang as a member of Adam Marsland's Chaos Band, and I saw her when the AMCB did a club show in Syracuse circa...2005, maybe? They were on a bill with local combo Beauty Scene Outlaws, and it was the first night I ever heard BSO's song "Carl Cafarelli," about some crazy guy who later tried to maintain a daily blog. Weirdo. It was also the night I annoyed AMCB bassist Teresa Cowles by asking her if she played regularly in any bands back in L.A.; Yeah, I was just on stage here with my Danelectro bass, she replied, the you moron! unstated but clearly implied. Oops.

(In my defense, I did know who she was, but mistakenly believed she was just filling in on tour for Severo, whom I thought was the band's regular bassist; I didn't realize Severo had joined The Smithereens, and Cowles was now the AMCB's permanent four-string wizard. With my faux pas corrected, Teresa Cowles allowed me to live. I'm grateful for that.)

I didn't really speak with Evie Sands, but I bought some CDs of her old recordings, including her original '60s versions of songs like "I Can't Let Go" and "Angel Of The Morning." Evie Sands was the first artist to record and release those tunes, before they became hits for The Hollies and Merrilee Rush, respectively. Now, Evie has a brand-new album called Get Of Your Own Way, which was just released in Europe and is officially due out in the States in January. I joined the Kickstarter for that project, and the magnificent end result has been well worth the long wait. We'll be hearing another track from Get Out Of Your Own Way on next week's show.

THE TROGGS: I Can't Control Myself

Well, it's certainly been a minute or two since I've written an entry in The Everlasting First, my A-Z series of reminiscences about how I first encountered various musical acts and fictional characters. The most recent full entries were S Is For THE SEX PISTOLS in November of 2018 and S Is For THE SHADOW in August of 2019. T Is For TARZAN is waaaaay overdue, and that further delays its eventual successor, T Is For THE TROGGS. Wild Thing, you make my heart sing. But in the mean time, this week's show programmed a spin of my favorite Troggs track, "I Can't Control Myself." I had the 1966 Atco Records 45, albeit a little over a decade after the fact, intrigued by its then-scandalous description of a girl whose slacks were low and her hips were showin', ba-ba-bop-a-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba. Oh, no? Oh,YES!

WAR: Low Rider

As much as I loved War's big hit "Why Can't We Be Friends?" when I was 15 in 1975, it was the only War song that mattered to me at the time. War's earlier AM radio smash "The Cisco Kid" hadn't connected with me in '73, nor did I have much use for "Low Rider," the follow-up to "Why Can't We Be Friends?" I didn't really succumb to "Low Rider" until the early '90s, when a fantastic Syracuse group called L'il Georgie and the Shufflin' Hungarians used to include it in their raucous 'n' funky live sets. Then I got it, and suddenly found myself the willing slave to its Latin-derived rhythm and cobra-like groove. The Hungarians did a great cover, but nothing can match the original.

The whims and alchemy that combine to create each weekly TIRnRR playlist somehow led me to wanna program "Low Rider" this week. I don't think we ever played it on any previous show, and I didn't actually own a copy of the song. But ya can't argue with a DJ's whims--it's unhealthy and rude--so I purchased a two-CD War anthology just so I could play "Low Rider." The rest of the set sounds pretty damned good, too, so War will likely continue on future shows. My teenage self was such a clueless little pisser.

KIM WILDE: Kids In America

On This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, we tend to play The Muffs' willfully snarky and messy cover of "Kids In America" more often than we play the original 1981 version by British singer Kim Wilde. We love both versions. I recall that Kim Wilde's eponymous debut LP was once a fave on my turntable--mostly for "Kids In America," of course, but I remember playing and digging the album as a whole, or at least some of its tracks. I'm curious to re-investigate that sound, to see if it still holds up for me almost forty years later. But my copy of that album is long, long gone, a victim of one of the many periodic purges my vinyl collection has endured over the years. I'm not a kid anymore.

Kids in America. When the record came out in the summer of '81, I was 21 years old, already a year out of college, living with my girlfriend in a one-bedroom apartment. I was still a kid, emotionally and chronologically, though I was trying hard to pretend otherwise. 

I voted for the first time the preceding November. I wish I could say that I voted to re-elect Jimmy Carter, a fine man whom I did not appreciate until it was far too late. I can at least say that I did not vote for Reagan--God, no--but I wish that I hadn't wasted my vote on third-party candidate John Anderson. I was a kid. I didn't know any better...but I should have.

Forty years later, I can't necessarily claim that I've learned all that much. But I keep trying. I married the girlfriend. We voted on Sunday. We hope all the other kids in America will do the same. 

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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).

Monday, October 26, 2020

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 1048

Given that public records insist that I'm in my sixties, it should be no surprise that I'm not interested in much current popular music. I'm not the target audience, and that's fine. My parents weren't the target audience for The Beatles or The Ramones; I was. With the notable exception of Hamilton (a work which I think is just extraordinary), I'm generally not into the sounds that connect with a large contemporary audience in 2020. That stuff is not meant for me, and it would be silly to pretend it is. It would be equally silly to insist that the music scene should be frozen, fixed in time, preserved as if in amber at some point in the past, when I was younger and, y'know, prettier. Times change. Times should change. 

That does not mean I've stopped seeking out new music. Never. Hell, I was still a teenager in the '70s when I learned that there was more to music--more to rock 'n' roll, more to pop, more to everything--than just what I could hear on Top 40 radio. That's still true. Always will be. This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio aims to be part of that "more," an essential supplement to your ongoing soundtrack, new and old.

This week, the pursuit of more includes fantastic new music from a pair of pop veterans, Get Out Of Your Own Way by the divine singer-songwriter-musician Evie Sands, and Be True To Yourself by beloved former Badfinger guitarist Joey Molland. We congratulate our pal Irene Peña as she assumes her new calling as Grand Poobah of Big Stir Records' fabulous digital singles series, and we combine the new and the old with a spin of The Gold Needles singin' a smashing smash-together of two John Lennon tunes, from the recent all-star sampler Jem Records Celebrates John Lennon. From recent faves by The Midnight Callers, The BAR, The On And OnsGallows Birds, and The Shang Hi Los to classics by Chuck Berry, The Monkees, The O'Jays, The Bangles, and War, we renew our faith that more is its own reward. Your calendar does not apply to us. 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 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:

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

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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. My
 weekly video series The Greatest Record Ever Made! on YouTube has posted my rants about The Ramones' "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" and Badfinger's "Baby Blue."

Now: on with the show!

TIRnRR # 1048: 10/25/2020
TIRnRR 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 ON AND ONS: 9 Days (theonandons.bandcamp.com, Menacing Smile)
LES HANDCLAPS: Je Pense Encore À Toi (Handclaps, Sessions: Brooklyn)
THE MARVELETTES: Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead (Motown, The Definitive Collection)
BASH & POP: Anything Can Happen (Fat Possum, Anything Could Happen)
TREVOR LAKE: Never Thought I'd See The Day (Wow Beat!, Bunker Stew)
THE WHO: Substitute (MCA, The Ultimate Collection)
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EVIE SANDS: Don't Look Back Don't Look Down (R-Spot, Get Out Of Your Own Way)
MARY LOU LORD: Right On 'Till Dawn (Rubric, Speeding Motorcycle)
THE DOORS: Soul Kitchen (Rhino, The Future Starts Here)
KIM WESTON: Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While) (Motown, VA: Hitsville USA)
THE MIDNIGHT CALLERS: 41 Miles To Roscoe (Jem, Red Letter Glow)
ASTROPUPPEES: She Can't Say No (Hightone, You Win The Bride)
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JOEY MOLLAND: Rainy Day Man (Omnivore, Be True To Yourself)
THE BEATLES: Rain (Apple, Past Masters)
BADFINGER: Baby Blue (Apple, Straight Up)
KIM WILDE: Kids In America (EMI, Kim Wilde)
THE FLESHTONES: American Beat '84 (Raven, It's Super Rock Time!)
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Rock And Roll (Polydor, Peel Slowly And See)
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IRENE PEÑA: It Must Be Summer (Big Stir, single)
THE MONKEES: The Door Into Summer (Rhino, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.)
NICK FRATER: California Waits (Big Stir, single)
WRECKLESS ERIC & AMY RIGBY: Do You Remember That (Southern Domestic, A Working Museum)
THE O'JAYS: Love Train (Epic, Love Train)
ROBERT GORDON: Someday, Someway (Razor & Tie, Red Hot 1977-1981)
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GALLOWS BIRDS: So Unhappy For You (Rum Bar, Quaranteenage Kicks)
20/20: Nuclear Boy (Real Gone Music, 20/20-Look Out!)
THE BAR: It's Just You (The Kids At Our House, The BAR)
THE JAM: Town Called Malice (Polydor, Direction Reaction Creation)
CHUCK BERRY: Don't You Lie To Me (MCA, The Anthology)
THE GOLD NEEDLES: Cold Turkey/Hey Bulldog (Jem, VA: Jem Records Celebrates John Lennon)
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THE TROGGS: I Can't Control Myself (Fontana, Archeology)
THE ROMANTICS: She's Got Everything (Nemperor, The Romantics)
THE MYNAH BIRDS: It's My Time (Ace, VA: You Heard Them Here First)
JOHN LENNON: Whatever Gets You Thru The Night (Capitol, The John Lennon Collection)
STEVIE NICKS WITH TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS: Stop Draggin' My Heart Around (MCA, TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS: Anthology)
BIG STAR: September Gurls (Ardent, # 1 Record/Radio City)
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WAR: Low Rider (Hip-O, Icon 2: The Hits & More)
THE ENGLISH BEAT: Mirror In The Bathroom (Shout Factory, Keep The Beat)
BILL BERRY: 1-800-Colonoscopy (Kool Kat Musik, VA: For The Record--A Tribute To John Wicks)
THE KINKS: Misty Water (Universal, The Village Green Preservation Society)
THE EQUALS: Baby Come Back (Sequel, First Among Equals)
HÜSKER DÜ: Could You Be The One? (Rhino, VA: Never Mind The Mainstream...The Best Of MTV's 120 Minutes Vol. 2)
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THE HOODOO GURUS: Get Out Of Dodge (https://hoodoogurus.lnk.to/good)
THE BROTHERS STEVE: We Got The Hits (Big Stir, # 1)
SAM & DAVE: Soul Man (Atlantic, VA: The Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1959-1968)
THE BANGLES: Going Down To Liverpool (Columbia, All Over The Place)
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Who'll Be My Keeper (7T's, Elevator)
THE EASYBEATS: Friday On My Mind (Retroactive, Gonna Have A Good Time)
THE SHANG HI LOS: Sway Little Player (Rum Bar, VA: Rocktober)
THE BEACH BOYS: Darlin' (Capitol, Smiley Smile & Wild Honey)
THE GO-GO'S: Our Lips Are Sealed (IRS, Beauty And The Beat)
THE RAMONES: I Just Want To Have Something To Do (Rhino, Road To Ruin)
THE BEVIS FROND: I Can't Get Into Your Scene (Rubric, Bevis Through The Looking Glass)

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Tonight On THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL

Get Out Of Your Own Way is the title of a fab new album from the great and powerful Evie Sands. We'll have a track from that tonight, as well as more new music from Joey Molland, The Gold Needles, and Nick Frater, all programmed alongside our prerequisite regimen of invigorating invigmoration, courtesy of everyone from Chuck Berry to The Velvet Underground to The Shang Hi Los. Don't let anything stand in your way! Sunday night, 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse at SPARK! WSPJ 103.3 and 93.7 FMhttp://sparksyracuse.org/

Saturday, October 24, 2020

POP-A-LOOZA! Does PAT BOONE belong in the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME? [spoiler alert: NO!!!!]

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 brief (and emphatically negative) response to the question: Does Pat Boone belong in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame?

No. Of course he doesn't. 

So let's move on and talk about who should be in. Now, the Rock Hall's pathetic history of ignoring and snubbing so many worthy acts over the years deserves all the scorn we can muster. On the other hand, I don't support the notion of just shrugging and accepting the Hall's irrelevance. Rock 'n' roll should honor its own, and Wenner's Folly remains the highest-profile means of doing so.

The Monkees remain my pick for the Hall's most egregious omission to date. In 2016, foolishly confident that the positive buzz of The Monkees' fantastic Good Times! album would finally sweep Micky, Davy, Michael, and Peter into their deserved Hall of Fame recognition, I wrote out the speech I would give if cosmic providence allowed me the opportunity to induct The Monkees. When they didn't get in, I wrote an embittered follow-up, "Cleveland Mocks." I'm still right, and The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is still wrong.

I've returned a few times to this subject of who oughtta be in the Hall. I came up with a hypothetical list of who should be in the Hall if the Hall could only include 100 acts. I concocted a fake This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio playlist of acts that should be added to the Hall; from that list, I think only The Zombies have since been inducted. And last year, I wrote "Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss," stating my belief that the overdue departure of chairman and noted weasel Jann Wenner probably wouldn't improve the Hall's myopic and chuckleheaded determination to exclude a truckload of worthy older acts. 

That said, I do agree that Pat Boone should absolutely not be inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. My rant in that direction is the subject of 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, October 23, 2020

Fake THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO Playlist: A-Sides and B-Sides

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl is simply too large a concept to be neatly contained within a mere three-hour weekly time slot. Hence these occasional fake TIRnRR playlists, detailing shows we're never really going to do...but could.
Had the 45; did NOT have the picture sleeve.

Here's a quick li'l exercise: a phony TIRnRR playlist made up of 45s, both the A-side and B-side. Each of these is a single I owned at some point (and I've retained possession of quite a few of them). SPOILER ALERT: two of the songs in this fabricated playlist will also be on the actual TIRnRR this Sunday night. Join us! We'll make ya flip.

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl--y'know, the real one--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:

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

PS: SEND MONEY!!!! We need tech upgrades like Elvis needs boats. Spark Syracuse is supported by listeners like you. Tax-deductible donations are welcome at 
http://sparksyracuse.org/support/

You can follow Carl's daily blog Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do) at 
https://carlcafarelli.blogspot.com/

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.

Fake TIRnRR Playlist: A-Sides and B-Sides

THE BEATLES: I Want To Hold Your Hand
THE BEATLES: I Saw Her Standing There
ROKY ERICKSON: Don't Slander Me
ROKY ERICKSON: Starry Eyes
THE SEX PISTOLS: Did You No Wrong
THE SEX PISTOLS: God Save The Queen
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THE COASTERS: Charlie Brown
THE COASTERS: Three Cool Cats
THE FLASHCUBES: Hey Miss Betty
THE FLASHCUBES: Boogie City
EDDIE & THE HOT RODS: Do Anything You Wanna Do
EDDIE & THE HOT RODS: Ignore Them (Always Crashing In The Same Bar)
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KIRSTY MacCOLL: Motor On
KIRSTY MacCOLL: They Don't Know
IVORY JOE HUNTER: Since I Met You Baby
IVORY JOE HUNTER: You Can't Stop This Rocking And Rolling
SHAUN CASSIDY: Teen Dream
SHAUN CASSIDY: Do You Believe In Magic
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THE RAMONES: Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
THE RAMONES: I Don't Care
THE TROGGS: Gonna Make You
THE TROGGS: I Can't Control Myself
THE PRETENDERS: Tattooed Love Boys
THE PRETENDERS: Kid
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ARETHA FRANKLIN: Dr. Feelgood
ARETHA FRANKLIN: Respect
JOAN JETT: You Don't Own Me
JOAN JETT: I Love Rock 'n' Roll
JAMES BROWN: Cold Sweat-Part 1
JAMES BROWN: Cold Sweat-Part 2
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THE JAM: In The City
THE JAM: I Need You (For Someone)
BUDDY HOLLY: Everyday
BUDDY HOLLY: Peggy Sue
THE MARVELETTES: The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game
THE MARVELETTES: I Think I Can Change You
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BADFINGER: Baby Blue
BADFINGER: Flying
THE RUTLES: Doubleback Alley
THE RUTLES: I Must Be In Love
THE GO-GO'S: Beatnik Beach
THE GO-GO'S: Vacation
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THE KNACK: Frustrated
THE KNACK: Good Girls Don't
THE TEARJERKERS: Jane
THE TEARJERKERS: Syracuse Summer
THE RUBINOOS: As Long As I'm With You
THE RUBINOOS: I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
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R.E.M.: Radio Free Europe
R.E.M.: Femme Fatale
THE MONKEES: As We Go Along
THE MONKEES: Porpoise Song (Theme From Head)
THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Twist And Shout
THE I.B. SPECIAL INSTRUMENTAL: Spanish Twist