Monday, August 8, 2022

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 1141

 

Listen: we're still exhausted from all the activity prepping our new compilation CD This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5 for its hoped-for September release on Kool Kat Musik (mastered by the great Kurt Reil at his House Of Vibes studio). Of course, that doesn't mean we lacked the vim and the vigor required to deliver The Best Three Hours Of Radio On the Whole Friggin' Planet--that occurs naturally--but we don't have sufficient energy left over to shout at you about it. The playlist is gonna have to speak for itself.

As it does. Listen. 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, on the web at http://sparksyracuse.org/, and via the TuneIn Radio and Radio Garden apps as Westcott Radio.

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/

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TIRnRR # 1141: 8/7/2022
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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GEORGE HARRISON: Cheer Down (Warner Brothers, Best Of Dark Horse 1976-1989)
NOLAN PORTER: Work It Out In The Morning (ABC, Nolan)
NICHELLE NICHOLS: Why Don't You Do Right? (Real Gone Music, VA: Honeybeat)
TRANSLATOR: Everywhere That I'm Not (415/Columbia, Everywhere That We Were)
GLADHANDS: Forget All About It (Big Deal, La Di Da)
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STEVENSON & COMPANY: Talking Down To Me (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5)
THE FINKERS: Last Thing On My Mind (Futureman, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 1)
BARRY HOLDSHIP: It's Only Make Believe (Pop Garden Radio, VA: Sing Me A Song)
IGGY POP: Eggs On Plate (Arista, Party)
THE JAM: Start! (Polydor, Direction Reaction Creation)
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THE CLICK BEETLES: Modern Girl (Vandalay, Emerald Green)
THE JAYHAWKS: She Walks In So Many Ways (Rounder, Mockingbird Time)
THE KENNEDYS: Catch The Wind (The Kennedys LLC, Soul & Inspiration: Nuggets From The Live Stream Archive)
KELLEY RYAN: The Church Of Laundry (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5)
THE FLASHCUBES WITH THE SPONGETONES: Have You Ever Been Torn Apart (Big Stir, single)
THE KINKS: Misty Water (Universal, The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society)
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ROOFTOP SCREAMERS (FEATURING TIM SMITH): The Great Unknown (single)
SPIREA X: Jet Pilot (Cherry Red, VA: C91)
THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Twist And Shout (Varese Sarabande, Shake It Up, Baby)
LES HANDCLAPS: Trop Tard (Handclaps, Sessions: Brooklyn)
SQUIRE: The Life (Tangerine, Big Smashes)
LULU: Love Loves To Love Love (Demon, Gold)
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THE STRAWBERRY ZOTS: And You Drive Your Pretty Car (RCA, Cars, Flowers, Telephones)
WIRE: Mannequin (Pinkflag, Pink Flag)
THE GRIP WEEDS: I'm Free (Jem, VA: Jem Records Celebrates Pete Townshend)
WET LEG: Chaise Longue (Domino, Wet Leg)
THE SUPREMES: The Happening (Motown, DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES: The Ultimate Collection)
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Sweet Jane (Polydor, Peel Slowly And See)
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JIM BASNIGHT: Blue Moon Heart (Powerpopaholic, Pop Top)
FABULOUS: There's A Riot Going On (Cherry Red, VA: C91)
MAURICE WILLIAMS & THE ZODIACS: Stay (RCA, VA: Dirty Dancing OST)
UTOPIA: I Just Want To Touch You (Rhino, Deface The Music)
THE KNICKERBOCKERS: Lies (Rhino, VA: Nuggets)
THE UNDERTONES: Thrill Me (Sanctuary, Get What You Need)
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KISS: Shout It Out Loud (Mercury, Destroyer)
TODD RUNDGREN: Couldn't I Just Tell You (Rhino, Something/Anything?)
JOHNNY THUNDERS & THE HEARTBREAKERS: I Love You (Jungle, L.A.M.F.)
VIC GODARD & THE SUBWAY SECT: Johnny Thunders (Motion, Twenty Odd Years)
THE TURTLES: It Ain't Me Babe (Sundazed, It Ain't Me Babe)
THE ZOMBIES: Is This The Dream (Big Beat, Zombie Heaven)
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RICHARD TURGEON: Better With You (Kool Kat Musik, Rough Around The Edges)
THE PRIMITIVES: She Don't Need You (Castle, Buzz Buzz Buzz)
THE BEACH BOYS: Don't Back Down (Capitol, Little Deuce Coupe/All Summer Long)
THE CRICKLE: Place In My Heart (ROIR, VA: Garage Sale)
CONWAY TWITTY: I Vibrate (Mercury, The Best Of Conway Twitty Volume 1: Rockin' Years)
THE MUFFS: Blow Your Mind (Honest Don's, Alert Today Alive Tomorrow)
DAVE COPE & THE SASS: Julee (Kool Kat Musik, Julee)
GENE CLARK & THE GOSDIN BROTHERS: Keep On Pushin' (Columbia, Gene Clark With The Gosdin Brothers)
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AMY RIGBY: Tom Petty Karaoke (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5)
THEE HEADCOATEES: Teenage Kicks (Sympathy For The Record Industry, Punk Girls)
THE LADYBUGS: It's The Last Time (Del-Fi, VA: Del-Fi Girl Groups: Gee Baby Gee)
MARY LOU LORD: Right On Till Dawn (Rubric, Speeding Motorcycle)
THE MONKEES: Whatever's Right (Rhino, Good Times!)
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY: You Ain't No Big Thing (Vinyl Japan, Laugh It Up!)
THE RAMONES: Rockaway Beach (Rhino, Rocket To Russia)
THE FIRST CLASS: Beach Baby (Varese Sarabande, VA: The Voice Of Tony Burrows)
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ALTERED IMAGES: Happy Birthday (Epic, I Could Be Happy: The Best Of Altered Images)
THE BEATLES: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (Apple, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Tonight On THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO

You want rockin' pop sounds? We GOT rockin' pop sounds! New, old, and in-between rockin' pop sounds! New music from THE LEGAL MATTERS, THE CLICK BEETLES, THE KENNEDYSROOFTOP SCREAMERS, and IRENE PEÑA, recent Fave Raves from THE GRIP WEEDS, RICHARD TURGEON, BARRY HOLDSHIP, THE FLASHCUBES WITH THE SPONGETONES, WET LEG, and DAVE COPE AND THE SASS, the latest archival single from JIM BASNIGHT, recognized classics AND vintage buried treasures from THE ISLEY BROTHERS, THE RAMONES, TODD RUNDGREN, GEORGE HARRISON, THE SUPREMES, CONWAY TWITTY, THE VELVET UUNDERGROUND, THE MUFFS, and more. We will, of course, also treat you to three tracks from 2022's greatest gift to rockin' pop music, THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO, VOLUME 5. Looking for sounds? You've come to the right place. Sunday night, 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse at SPARK! WSPJ 103.3 and 93.7 FM, on the web at http://sparksyracuse.org/, and via the TuneIn Radio and Radio Garden apps as Westcott Radio,

Saturday, August 6, 2022

POP-A-LOOZA: A BEATLES Birthday For DANA BONN

Each week, the pop culture website Pop-A-Looza shares some posts from my vast 'n' captivating Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do) archives. In honor of Dana Bonn's birthday today, the latest shared post is A BEATLES Birthday For Dana Bonn.

While I can't compete with the Beatles, I did also do this short video commemorating Dana's birthday in 2020. But never mind all that! The real news about Dana's August birthday is that it's almost time for this years edition of DANA'S FUNKY SOUL PIT! Soon. Definitely soon. Meanwhile, you can see a list of all of the songs played in the first ten years of DANA'S FUNKY SOUL PIT, and then get set for the imminent return of sweat.

But first: THE BEATLES! Happy Birthday, Dana! There's something Fab in 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.

I'm on Twitter @CafarelliCarl

Friday, August 5, 2022

THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO, VOLUME 5 Status Report

 

We've been very hard at work prepping our forthcoming compilation CD This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5. We seem to be on track for a September release from our friends at Kool Kat Musik, but, as we all know, even a fast track can run into speed bumps. Still, things look pretty good right now.

Now, we kinda need to take a step back and breathe for a moment. This has been a gratifying process, and we can't wait for you to hear the result, but we also need to pause for a sweet second before turning our attention to restarting our hype machine.

As we acknowledge the necessity of a quick nap, here's the story of TIRnRR # 5's so far:

The album has been mastered by Kurt Reil at his mighty House Of Vibes studio, and it sounds nothing short of magnificent.

The master has been turned over to the CD manufacturer, who has burned the DDP and is waiting for the artwork.

The text for the package has been turned in to Kool Kat's Ray Gianchetti. The text includes liner notes, individual track credits, and acknowledgements. Ray will send all of this to his graphics guy.

And that's enough for now. Below you'll see the current draft version of our direct hype for the CD:

"2022 marks 30 years since THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO hosts Dana & Carl's first radio series We're Your Friends For Now in 1992. As Carl's daughter Meghan Jean Cafarelli says, 'These guys are still at it? Some people never grow up!' And there's no better way to celebrate such bewildering longevity than with a new compilation album: THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO, VOLUME 5

"This is the first full-fledged TIRnRR compilation in five years, and it continues Dana & Carl's dedication to crafting collections that aren't merely a bunch of great tracks thrown together, but which serve as a rewarding listening experience, flowing together with precise intent, track after track. Of this album's 23 music tracks, 18 are either previously unreleased, first time on CD, or long. long out of print and impossible to find. The stellar line-up includes LAURIE BIAGINITHE MAYFLOWERSPERILOUSPOP CO-OPMAURA AND THE BRIGHT LIGHTSHOOVER AND MARTINEZCAROLYNE MASDEADLIGHTSIRENE PEÑACHRIS VON SNEIDERNARIELLE EDENSTEVENSON AND COMPANYJUSTINE AND THE UNCLEANTHE JANGLE BANDKID GULLIVERGARY FRENAYKELLEY RYANTALL POPPY SYNDROMEIN DEEDBALLZY TOMORROWTHE VILLASAMY RIGBY, and EYTAN MIRSKY, all mastered for maximum pop punch by the mighty KURT REIL at his House Of Vibes studio. 

"Hidden within the individual track credits are contributions from Clem Burke of BlondieWreckless EricMarti JonesRobbie RistVince Melouney of the original five-piece Bee GeesMarc JohnsonFernando PerdomoAlec Palao, and members of the Flashcubesthe Spongetonesthe Pandorasthe Kennedysthe Tubesthe Jigsaw SceneJack and the Beanstalk, and more. When Dana & Carl ask their musical friends to come out and play, a righteous rockin' pop party is inevitable."

Well, I'm sold! Hope you are, too. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, you can still catch up on our previous compilations:

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

We really should look into reissuing that long-out-of-print Volume 1 CD some day. And finally: once again, the track listing for This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5:

THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO, VOLUME 5

1. MEGHAN JEAN CAFARELLI: Still At It
2. LAURIE BIAGINI: Hey Mr. DJ
3. THE MAYFLOWERS: Sunflower Girl
4. PERILOUS: Rock & Roll Kiss
5. POP CO-OP: Extra Beat In My Heart
6. MAURA AND THE BRIGHT LIGHTS: Perfect Girl
7. HOOVER AND MARTINEZ: What The Heart Wants
8. CAROLYNE MAS: In The Rain
9. JEFF SHELTON: See On The Radio! [TIRnRR ID]
10. DEADLIGHTS: Pretend To Pretend
11. IRENE PEÑA: In This Room
12. CHRIS VON SNEIDERN: Goodnight Sailor
13. ARIELLE EDEN: Sagittarius
14. STEVENSON AND COMPANY: Talking Down To Me
15. JUSTINE AND THE UNCLEAN: Vengeance
16. THE JANGLE BAND: So Long
17. KID GULLIVER: Forget About Him
18. GARY FRENAY: Just Like Me
19. KELLEY RYAN: The Church Of Laundry
20. VINCE MELOUNEY: A Bee Gee's Benediction [TIRnRR ID]
21. TALL POPPY SYNDROME: Come Some Christmas Eve (Or Halloween)
22. IN DEED: Peace & Quiet
23. BALLZY TOMORROW: Out There
24. THE VILLAS: Someone To Hold On To
25. RICH FIRESTONE: Seltaeb's Revenge [TIRnRR ID]
26. AMY RIGBY: Tom Petty Karaoke
27. EYTAN MIRSKY: This Year's Gonna Be Our Year

This compilation © 2022 Dana Bonn and Carl Cafarelli
Individual tracks © the respective owners
Produced by Dana Bonn and Carl Cafarelli
Mastered by Kurt Reil at House Of Vibes, Highland Park, New Jersey houseofvibes.com
A KOOL KAT MUSIK RELEASE, and proud of it!

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, on the web at http://sparksyracuse.org/, and on the TuneIn Radio and Radio Garden apps as Westcott Radio.


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Thursday, August 4, 2022

10 SONGS: 8/4/2022

10 Songs is a weekly list of ten songs that happen to be on my mind at the moment. The lists are usually dominated by songs played on the previous Sunday 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 # 1140.

RICHARD TURGEON: Better With You

There is a possibility that pop fans could take Richard Turgeon for granted. Richard is so consistently good at what he does, and he's sufficiently prolific that less attentive ears might be at risk of missing some (or all) of his engaging pop gems.

TIRnRR does not take Richard Turgeon's work for granted, but nor do I think we play his stuff anywhere near as often as we should. We will remedy that, and there's no finer place to start than with Rough Around The Edges, Richard's latest shot o' peerlessness on the ever-reliable Kool Kat Musik label. We opened this week's show with "Better With You," and danced around with giddy abandon. And an earnest intent to play more Richard. Things go better with Richard Turgeon. And he's back on TIRnRR again next week.

THE FLASHCUBES: Christi Girl [Live At The Firebarn, May 26 1979]

THE FLASHCUBES! Syracuse's own power pop powerhouse! Their current Big Stir Records single, recorded LIVE at the Firebarn in 1979! It's a HIT! 

As it oughtta be. Consider this another reminder that I've been right about the Flashcubes for nearly 45 years. What took the rest of you so long?

MADONNA: Dear Jessie

This week's playlist commentary went into some detail about the seeming incongruity of TIRnRR programming a track by Madonna, and the twin importance of digging what we dig while remaining open to the potential relevance of fresh discoveries living beyond our chosen parameters.

For all that, I guess it's also worth reiterating that I never really disliked Madonna, either. If I'm a little surprised to realize that I love her 1989 track "Dear Jessie" as much as I do, I must remember that it's not the only Madonna track I've ever enjoyed. I mentioned my initial interest in "Borderline" as it was first climbing the charts in '84; I recall seeing the video in between sets at a Buffalo nightclub--an alt-rock hangout, mind you--and thinking it somehow reminiscent of Freda Payne. I can't articulate why the song brought Payne's "Band Of Gold" to my mind, but it was, then and now, a compliment.

I did not care for Like A Virgin, neither the album nor its singles, especially not its title track. HEY! Not my cuppa. I was okay with the subsequent (non-album) "Into The Groove," and I may even like it better now. When I was working in record retail in the '80s (a tale told within my lengthy reminiscence The Road To GOLDMINE), a customer once tried to return the 12" single of "Into The Groove" because, instead of being bouncy 'n' chirpy Madonna, it sounded like Tears For Fears or some other mopey-boy British act. The customer was, of course, playing the 45 at 33 1/3. The customer is always right? That has not always been my experience.

"Borderline." "Into The Groove." "True Blue." "Open Your Heart." "Like A Prayer." "Express Yourself." Each of these is a decent radio-ready pop record, if not specifically within the Beatles-Motown-Ramones axis that remain my raison d'être. I used to have a Madonna Express Yourself t-shirt, which I think I snagged as a free promo somewhere, and which I confess I wore primarily because the image of Madonna on the shirt was (ironically?) not wearing a shirt.


But we don't look at pop records; we listen to them. When this week's playlist was published, singer-songwriter Dean Landew emailed us to compliment the sheer variety of our Madonna-led set--Madonna, Elvis Costello, the Coasters, Nick Lowe, Shoes, Sweet--adding that "Ray Of Light" was his favorite Madonna song. Another good choice, Dean. I was in an auto parts store on Wednesday, and "Cherish" came on the sound system. I didn't properly appreciate the track's pure pop appeal in '89, but its '80s version of the girl group sound was fresh and pleasing to these ears in this newfangled 21st century. And Madonna deserves rock 'n' roll props for asking the Stooges to perform on her behalf when she was inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

I tell ya: we may not play Madonna very often, and we're probably not going to play her all that much in the future, either. Still, when we do decide to play Madonna again, we already know she fits our format just fine.  And "Dear Jessie" fits it perfectly.

IN DEED: Peace & Quiet
IRENE PEÑA: In This Room
PERILOUS: Rock & Roll Kiss


Three tracks from our forthcoming compilation album This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5, which we hope to have available Septemberish from our friends at Kool Kat Musik. Liner notes are done, credits and acknowledgments are complete, and all in the hands of the label. Even better, the album itself has been mastered by the mighty Kurt Reil at his House Of Vibes studio; I have been listening to it with willful and delighted obsession for more than a week, and I'm very nearly humbled by the notion that Dana and I helped bring this brilliant set to let.

Nearly. Nearly humbled. Let's not get crazy.

This week's shindig served up the incredible TIRnRR # 5 contributions from In Deed, Irene Peña, and Perilous. We'll spin three more of the album's tracks next week. I know we're biased, and we have a right to be, but man alive, this is a really, really good album.

CRAZY ELEPHANT: Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'



THE TEST PRESSINGS: Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)


Edison Lighthouse's "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) has been a frequent fixture on TIRnRR playlists for decades. This week, we're pleased to present a brand new salute to Rosemary's traveling heart cultivation, courtesy of the Test Pressings. The Test Pressings are our pals Robbie Rist, Karen Bassett, and John M. Borack, and they are indeed rightful heirs to the Edison Lighthouse legacy on this teaser track from We All Shine On: Celebrating The Music Of 1970, a joint release by the combined forces of Big Stir and SpyderPop Records. The album looks to be an absolutely killer embrace of the legacy of 1970, the year I really started listening to AM radio with deliberate intent. We will, of course, hear more from We All Shine On next week. If we're all gonna shine on, be assured that Dana and Carl are going to do their part.

THE GRIP WEEDS: I'm Free


We mentioned Kurt Reil's studio wizardry a few paragraphs North of here, raving about his work in mastering This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5. Kurt's also the idol o' millions as drummer and vocalist with his incomparable combo the Grip Weeds. The Grip Weeds' latest triumph is this explosive cover of the Who's "I'm Free," as heard on the forthcoming tribute album Jem Records Celebrates Pete Townshend. The rockin' Weeds (whose recent all-covers album DiG has been a TIRnRR Fave Rave) wouldn't be content to merely ape the original recording of "I'm Free," but instead add the oomph you'd expect from talents who truly get the idea and appeal of the 'Ooo. Ooo! The Grip Weeds even dive a bit deeper into Tommy territory, while retaining the incendiary explosiveness that made the Who power pop progenitors. We are gonna take it. Gladly!

THE BABLERS: You Are The One For Me


It's a HIT! And it's ALSO on Big Stir Records. Dana's favorite single of 2022 so far. Bablermania starts HERE!


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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.

I'm on Twitter @CafarelliCarl

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

POP-A-LOOZA! My All-Time Top 20 Favorite TV Shows


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 celebrates the magic of cathode-ray (and LCD) catharsis, with a list of my all-time Top 20 favorite TV shows.

I'm not at all ashamed to say that I love TV. The love isn't indiscriminate--I despise most reality shows and all right-wing punditry, and I've generally lost interest in sitcoms--yet it is a love proud to speak its name. I haven't written many blog pieces about TV, but I have written a few:

Video Thrills The Radio...Guy

Quarantine Screen

Veronica Mars

Superheroes On TV

Adam West

The Green Hornet

The Powerpuff Girls

The CW's Crisis On Infinite Earths

Riverdale, Part 1

Riverdale, Part 2

Nancy Drew

Rock 'n' Roll On TV

Mark Evanier Presents Rock 'n' Roll On The Lucy Show

The Monkees

Jeopardy!

MTV's Remote Control

Another Updated List Of TV Series I've Seen From Start To Finish

My long-threatened book The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1) has at various times included a few songs that were used as theme songs for TV series. Chapters about "The Batman Theme" and "The Green Hornet Theme" are not part of the book's current plan, but the Dandy Warhols' "We Used To Be Friends" (which was the theme for Veronica Mars) remains in some of my blueprints, and "The Transylvania Twist" (performed by Syracuse's own beloved 1960s TV vampire Baron Daemon) is included in all potential versions of the GREM! book. The Baron Daemon chapter is one of the most popular pieces ever to appear on this blog, and it's certainly one of my favorites.,

And I'm all about favorites! A list of my all-time top 20 favorite TV shows serves as the latest Boppin' Pop-A-Looza.

If you like what you see here on Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do), please consider supporting this blog by becoming a patron on Patreonor by visiting CC's Tip Jar. Additional products and projects are listed here.

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.

I'm on Twitter @CafarelliCarl

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO, VOLUME 5: A first look at the liner notes

Our forthcoming compilation CD This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5 is boppin' its determined way toward (we hope) a September release on the mighty Kool Kat Musik label. Kurt Reil has completed the album's master at his übercool House Of Vibes studio, it sounds freakin' AMAZING, and we're looking forward to bringing it to you soon.

In the mean time, here are the liner notes for This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5.


These guys are still at it? Some people never grow up!
Meghan Jean Cafarelli (age 27)

Man. Has it really been over thirty years? Thirty years of Dana and Carl shows?

The record says yeah, yeah, yeah! Although we didn't sign on as This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio until December 27th of 1998, our roots do indeed stretch all the way back to our first series We're Your Friends For Now in 1992. We're Your Friends For Now only lasted from January to June of '92 before the station itself collapsed, but it was an embryonic version of whatever the hell it is we do on TIRnRR. I play a record. Dana plays a record. Back and forth. 

Our first spin on We're Your Friends For Now was "Why Do You Treat Me Like A Tramp?" by Gashead. Over the following weeks into ensuing decades, the Dana and Carl show evolved from We're Your Friends For Now to Radio Peace to We're Your Mates For Now to This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio. The Beatles and the Flashcubes. The Ramones and Carla Thomas, the Go-Go's and the Monkees. The Kinks and the Kinks. CHUCK BERRY! And Freddie and the Dreamers. Hundreds of artists. Thousands of spins. It all started on January 15th, 1992, with the pilot episode of We're Your Friends For Now

So, yes: Three decades of sight gags on the radio, of neck-snappin' segues, of The Forgotten Original! and The Greatest Record Ever Made!, of Featured Performers, Fave Raves, banter, and music, music, music.

There hasn't been much banter the last couple of years. When the world shut down in 2020, the palatial SPARK Syracuse studio shut down with it. Our final in-person TIRnRR to date aired on 3/15/2020. 

We still wanted to do a radio show.

After one week off trying to figure stuff out, we came back with a special Zoom show on March 29th, celebrating the release of Pop Co-Op's then-new album Factory Settings. On April 5th of 2020, inspired by a conversation with Michael McCartney of The Time Machine in Maui, This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio returned, a loud and clueless phoenix arisen from the ashes. 

Remote programming! Dana and I settle the playlist: back and forth, like always, but now via telephone conversation. We assemble the tracks, I record patter, and Dana turns it into a radio show. We still build The Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin' Planet. Only our process of building it has changed.

We keep building it, every week, for as long as we're able. In late 2021, Kool Kat Musik CEO Ray Gianchetti told us it was time for another TIRnRR compilation. Out went the call, and some of our amazing friends stepped up with stellar, stellar tracks for your rockin' pop compilation-listenin' pleasure. Kurt Reil mastered it at his House Of Vibes studio, and the result is amazing.

A good compilation album gathers a bunch of great individual songs. great compilation album tells a story, however slight, its flow implying a meaning beyond the sum of its parts. The listener can perceive a thread, a connection from song to song, even when each song was created by a different artist. 

Does This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5 have a story to tell? We believe it does. It's an impression, a feel, expressed from Laurie Biagini's appreciation of the cathartic magic of records played by a rockin' pop DJ, through the loving promise of the Mayflowers' "Sunflower Girl," Perilous' "Rock & Roll Kiss," and Pop Co-Op's "Extra Beat In My Heart." It winds through the (unrequited?) yearning of Maura and the Bright Lights' "Perfect Girl," the beguiling warning signs of Hoover and Martinez's "What The Heart Wants," the giddy highs of Carolyne Mas' "In The Rain," and the bargaining of Deadlights' "Pretend To Pretend" and Irene Peña's "In This Room." It weighs the risks and rewards of Chris von Sneidern's "Goodnight Sailor" and Arielle Eden's "Sagittarius." It braves the recriminations, accusations, anger, and acceptance that rage in unequal measure through Stevenson and Company's "Talking Down To Me," Justine and the Unclean's "Vengeance," the Jangle Band's "So Long," and Kid Gulliver's "Forget About Him." The aching regret of Gary Frenay's "Just Like Me" comes too late to save us.

But Kelley Ryan offers redemption, washing away sins and mishaps in "The Church Of Laundry." The weathered rumblings that drive Tall Poppy Syndrome's "Come Some Christmas Eve (Or Halloween)," In Deed's "Peace & Quiet," and Ballzy Tomorrow's "Out There" lead us into a hard-won promised land: "Someone To Hold On To," as sung by the Villas. Amy Rigby's "Tom Petty Karaoke" provides an opportunity to pause, and then keep on swinging, our resilience renewed through love and music.

All through this process, before we'd even decided whether or not there would be a This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5, we always knew that hypothetical album's story had to close with Eytan Mirsky's "This Year's Gonna Be Our Year." Had to. No other choice. It is one of the most uplifting songs I've ever known, an ode to hope and determination that acknowledges the near-certainty of failure...and forges ahead anyway. Hands held. Gaze fixed. Eyes on the prize. This year, man. This year.

This year.

Here's to the promise of this year. Listening to this record, Dana and I are proud of the story we think we hear. We didn't sing or play a note of it; we can't take credit for any of the individual great tracks. But we didn't want a good compilation album; we wanted nothing less than a great compilation album. And here it is.

That's our story. Dig the sounds, and dig the story they tell. Hey Mr. DJ: play me a song.

Carl Cafarelli
August 2022

THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO, VOLUME 5

1. MEGHAN JEAN CAFARELLI: Still At It
2. LAURIE BIAGINI: Hey Mr. DJ
3. THE MAYFLOWERS: Sunflower Girl
4. PERILOUS: Rock & Roll Kiss
5. POP CO-OP: Extra Beat In My Heart
6. MAURA AND THE BRIGHT LIGHTS: Perfect Girl
7. HOOVER AND MARTINEZ: What The Heart Wants
8. CAROLYNE MAS: In The Rain
9. JEFF SHELTON: See On The Radio! [TIRnRR ID]
10. DEADLIGHTS: Pretend To Pretend
11. IRENE PEÑA: In This Room
12. CHRIS VON SNEIDERN: Goodnight Sailor
13. ARIELLE EDEN: Sagittarius
14. STEVENSON AND COMPANY: Talking Down To Me
15. JUSTINE AND THE UNCLEAN: Vengeance
16. THE JANGLE BAND: So Long
17. KID GULLIVER: Forget About Him
18. GARY FRENAY: Just Like Me
19. KELLEY RYAN: The Church Of Laundry
20. VINCE MELOUNEY: A Bee Gee's Benediction [TIRnRR ID]
21. TALL POPPY SYNDROME: Come Some Christmas Eve (Or Halloween)
22. IN DEED: Peace & Quiet
23. BALLZY TOMORROW: Out There
24. THE VILLAS: Someone To Hold On To
25. RICH FIRESTONE: Seltaeb's Revenge [TIRnRR ID]
26. AMY RIGBY: Tom Petty Karaoke
27. EYTAN MIRSKY: This Year's Gonna Be Our Year

This compilation © 2022 Dana Bonn and Carl Cafarelli
Individual tracks © the respective owners
Produced by Dana Bonn and Carl Cafarelli
Mastered by Kurt Reil at House Of Vibes, Highland Park, New Jersey houseofvibes.com
A KOOL KAT MUSIK RELEASE, and proud of it!

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, on the web at http://sparksyracuse.org/, and on the TuneIn Radio and Radio Garden apps as Westcott Radio.


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