Monday, June 20, 2022

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 1134


We've often mentioned the meaninglessness of the calendar in pop music. We welcome the opportunities to play new music every week. But we insist that the new stuff sounds best when mixed with the old stuff, and the old stuff sounds best mixed with new stuff. Chuck Berry is timeless. The Beatles, the Bangles, the Ramones, Stevie Wonder, Linda Ronstadt, the Kinks, Taj Mahal, the razzafrazzin' Partridge Family, whatever--all great pop music is right now, regardless of its release date in the 1950s or in the 21st century or the week after next. We're listening to it all in the moment. The moment matters, if not more than its prologue, then at least enough to revel in its giddy immediacy.

We can't replace the memories of where and when and how (and with whom) we discovered past favorites. We can reinforce them, and enhance them in new surroundings. It's what we do as pop fans. Say it with us one more time: every favorite record began as something you'd never heard before. Hell, there are still great old records you haven't heard yet, and great new music being made every day. More favorites are out there, waiting for their turn at the dance. 

Let 'em in, and let 'em mingle. The dance party's just getting started. 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 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)

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TIRnRR # 1134: 6/19/2022
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)
THE HANDCUFFS: I Cry For You (Pravda, Burn The Rails)
MATTHEW SWEET & SUSANNA HOFFS: Care Of Cell 44 (Shout Factory, Under The Covers Vol. 1)
TIGER BOMB: Rave On Again (Dionysus, single)
THE FLIES: I'm Not Your Stepping Stone [demo version] (Cherry Red, VA: A Slight Disturbance In My Mind)
CHUCK BERRY: I'm Talking About You (MCA, The Anthology)
ANY TROUBLE: Playing Bogart (Stiff, Where Are All The Nice Girls?)
SUPER 8: Where's The Sunshine (n/a, Universal Journey)
THE MONKEES: The Door Into Summer (Rhino, Pisces, aquarius, Capricorn & Jones. Ltd.)
POP CO-OP: Air Heart (Futureman, Suspension)
THE GOLD NEEDLES: Billy Liar (Jem, What's Tomorrow Ever Done For You?)
NOLAN PORTER: If I Could Only Be Sure (ABC, Nolan)
THE CLASH: Train In Vain (Epic, Clash On Broadway)
MAPLE MARS: Gliding (Big Stir, single)
BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY: Sarah Smiles (Cherry Red, VA: Harmony In My Head)
THE BANDWAGON: Breakin' Down The Walls Of Heartache (Kent, Breakin' Down The Walls Of Heartache)
CHRIS STAMEY & THE dB'S: (I Thought) You Wanted To Know (Rhino, VA: DIY: Shake It Up!)
GARY FRENAY: Just Like Me (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5)
CONTINENTAL DRIFTERS: The Rain Song (Razor & Tie, Vermillion)
BALLZY TOMORROW: Out There (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5)
THE CRETONES: Cost Of Love (Varese Sarabande, Thin Red Line)
LINDA RONSTADT: How Do I Make You (Rhino, Greatest Hits Volumes I & II)
COTTON MATHER: My Before And After (Star Apple Kingdom, Kontiki)
STEVIE WONDER: Higher Ground (Motown, The Definitive Collection)
CROWDED HOUSE: Don't Dream It's Over (Capitol, Crowded House)
LAURIE BIAGINI: In The Here And Now (n/a, Stranger In The Mirror)
BUZZED MEG: Love's Made A Fool Of You (# 9, VA: Our Favorite Texan: Bobby Fuller Four-Ever!)
THE TAMS: I've Been Hurt (Acrobat, Be Young Be Foolish Be Happy)
SUN DRAGON: So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star (Cherry Red, VA: Looking At The Pictures In The Sky)
ROBIN LANE: All I'll Ever Need (Red On Red, single)
LES HANDCLAPS: Let's Go To The Beach (Handclaps, Sessions: Brooklyn)
JESSE BRYSON: Come Back (Big Stir, single)
THE WHAT FOUR: I'm Gonna Destroy That Boy (Ace, VA: Destroy That Boy!)
IN DEED: Don't Kill The Babe (Big Stir, single)
MARY LOU LORD: Driven Away (Rubric, Speeding Motorcycle)
THE CARS: Let's Go (Rhino, Just What I Needed)
DAVID BOWIE: Queen Bitch (Virgin, Bowie At The Beeb)
THE KINKS: Waterloo Sunset (Sanctuary, The Ultimate Collection)
LET'S ACTIVE: In Little Ways (Collectors' Choice Music, Big Plans For Everybody)
EYTAN MIRSKY: Watching From The Balcony (M-Squared, Lord, Have Mirsky!)
THE BANGLES: Hero Takes A Fall (Columbia, All Over The Place)
LARRY WILLIAMS: She Said Yeah! (Jasmine, Rock, Soul And Roll)
DAVE EDMUNDS: Girls Talk (Rhino, The Dave Edmunds Anthology [1968-1990])
THE CHELSEA CURVE: Do All The Things (Red On Red, All The Things)
BIG STAR: ST 100/6 (Ardent, # 1 Record/Radio City)
THE ARMOIRES: Yellow River (Big Stir, Incognito)
THE MnM'S: Knock Knock Knock (Burger, Melts In Your Ears 1980-1981)
THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY: Singing My Song (Razor & Tie, The Partridge Family Album)
THE UNDERTONES: Wrong Way (Rykodisc, The Undertones)
THE DARLING BUDS: She's Not Crying (Columbia Pop Said...)
THE RAMONES: Judy Is A Punk (Rhino, Ramones)
THE FLASHCUBES WITH THE SPONGETONES: Have You Ever Been Torn Apart? (Big Stir, single)
SWEET: Fox On The Run (Capitol, The Best Of Sweet)
TAJ MAHAL: Six Days On The Road (Columbia, The Best Of Taj Mahal)
R.E.M.: So. Central Rain (IRS, Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage)
THE PARTIES: Catastrophic Storm (Rainbow Quartz, Coast Garde)
THE BEATLES: Two Of Us (Apple, Let It Be...Naked)
DAVE COPE & THE SASS: Julee (Kool Kat Musik, Julee)
JULEE CRUISE: Rockin' Back Inside My Heart (Warner Brothers, Floating Into The Night)
ANGELO BADALAMENTI: Twin Peaks Main Theme [edit] (Rhino, VA: Twin Peaks [Music From The Limited Event Series])
THE FLASHCUBES: Rawhide (Northside, Flashcubes On Fire)

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