Monday, January 2, 2023

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 1162: THE COUNTDOWN!!!

Face the world with pride.

That's good advice at any time. It's certainly a sentiment to embrace as we enter another new year. I mean, we all have some miles on us. Our paths involve turns to navigate, debris to circumvent, ground to cover. It ain't easy. We move ahead with whatever level of determination and pride we can muster.

That's our intent, anyway. Each week, Dana and I play a bunch of songs that drive us, songs we think people ought to hear. Every playlist is a reflection of that continuing effort to face the world with pride.

"Face The World With Pride" is also the title of a song recorded by the Smithereens in 1993, a track which remained unreleased for decades. But our pal Rich Firestone heard it way back when, loved it, and wished others could also hear it and love it. Rich thought it sounded like a hit.

Rich was correct. 

The song was finally released to the public in 2022, on an archival Smithereens set called The Lost Album. Rich directed everyone with ears to listen to the song, and play it often. Hey! WE have ears! So we played it, and we played it a lot. A hit record. "Face The World With Pride" was This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio's # 1 most-played track in 2022.

Years come and years go. Some years are better than others. The magic of music is its ability to help us get through. You can say the same of love, of friendship, of art, and of belief. It certainly applies to the songs that enrich our lives. Music. Radio is made for music. Music is made for radio.

On This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, we end each year with a look back at our most-played songs over the course of the preceding twelve months. The mighty Fritz Van Leaven makes the countdown possible, minding our countdown stats, telling us what we have to play and in what order. As I look at the countdown Fritz compiled for us, I see song titles that reflect the uncertainty and the resilience of our chosen soundtrack: This year's gonna be our year; All the love is here; Every single day; Ya gotta get up; Life goes on; Season of loss; Something's gonna happen; Make something happen.

Face the world with pride.

With this week's show, TIRnRR begins its 25th year as The Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin' Planet. The Dana & Carl radio collaborations go back even further, hitting a 31st anniversary this month. We'll face what we have to face. We'll summon all the pride we can claim. Face the world with pride? Sounds like a plan, man. This is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on Sunday nights in Syracuse for this past year.

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TIRnRR # 1162: 1/1/2023 THE COUNTDOWN!!!


60. TIGER BOMB: Rave On Again (Dionysus, single)
59. THE WALKER BRIGADE: Shake Shimmy (Big Stir, If Only)
58. LET'S ACTIVE: In Little Ways (Collectors' Choice Music, Big Plans For Everybody)
57. MICKY DOLENZ: Some Of Shelly's Blues (7a, Dolenz Sings Nesmith--The EP)
56. THE CLICK BEETLES: Modern Girl (Vandalay, Emerald Green)
55. GARY FRENAY: Just Like Me [Kurt Reil master for This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5]
54. LAURIE BIAGINI: Do What You Gotta Do (n/a, Stranger In The Mirror)
52. THE GRIP WEEDS: I'm Free (Jem, VA: Jem Records Celebrates Pete Townshend)
51. THE FLASHCUBES: I Can't Explain (Northside, Flashcubes On Fire)
50. THE PALEY BROTHERS & RAMONES: Come On Let's Go (Big Beat, VA: Come On Let's Go!)
49. CAROLYNE MAS: In The Rain [Kurt Reil master for This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5]
48. THE JAYHAWKS: She Walks In So Many Ways (Rounder, Mockingbird Time)
47. THE KINKS: I Took My Baby Home (Sanctuary, The Anthology 1964-1071)
46. THE SHANG HI LOS: Sway Little Player (Rum Bar, Kick It Like A Wicked Bad Habit)
45. JOSIE & THE PUSSYCATS: Three Small Words (Play-Tone, VA: Josie & the Pussycats OST
44. THE FLASHCUBES: Christi Girl [Live At The Firebarn, May 26 1979] (Big Stir, single)
43. EYTAN MIRSKY: This Year's Gonna Be Our Year (Kurt Reil master for This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5]
41. BALLZY TOMORROW: Out There [Kurt Reil master for This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5]
40. THE HANDCUFFS: I Cry For You (Pravda, Burn The Rails)
39. THE COWSILLS: Ya Gotta Get Up! (Omnivore, Rhythm Of The World)
38. THE ZOMBIES: What More Can I Do (Big Beat, Zombie Heaven)
37. IN DEED: Peace & Quiet [Kurt Reil master for This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5]
36. TALL POPPY SYNDROME: Come Some Christmas Eve (Or Halloween) [Kurt Reil master for This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5]
35. THE CLICK BEETLES: If Not Now Then When? (Vandalay, Pop Fossil)
34. KID GULLIVER: Forget About Him [Kurt Reil master for This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5]
33. THE SLAPBACKS: Make Something Happen (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
32. THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Got To Have You Back (Motown, Greatest Hits & Rare Classics)
31. THE FLASHCUBES FEATURING RANDY KLAWON: Get The Message (Big Stir, single)
30. SCOTTY GRAND, JACOB YOFFEE & ROAHN HYLTON: All I Know [The Wonder Years Theme] (single)
29. HOOVER & MARTINEZ: What The Heart Wants [Kurt Reil master for This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5]
28. THE CYNZ: Narrow Hips (Jem, single)
27. DAVE COPE & THE SASS: Julee (Kool Kat Musik, Julee)
26. DEADLIGHTS: Pretend To Pretend [Kurt Reil master for This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5]
25. LIBRARIANS WITH HICKEYS: I Better Get Home (Big Stir, Handclaps & Tambourines)
24. THE CHELSEA CURVE: Jamie C'mon (Red On Red, All The Things)
23. LAURIE BIAGINI: Hey Mr. DJ [Kurt Reil master for This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5]
22. AMY RIGBY: Tom Petty Karaoke [Kurt Reil master for This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5]
21. VERDELLE SMITH: Life Goes On (Columbia, single)
20. MAD MONSTER PARTY: No Matter What I Do (n/a, Mad Monster Party)
19. THE JAM: But I'm Different Now (Polydor, Direction Reaction Creation)
18. THE RAMONES: Judy Is A Punk (Rhino, Ramones)
17. THE FLASHCUBES FEATURING SHOES: Tomorrow Night (Big Stir, single)
16. TAMAR BERK: Real Bad Day (n/a, Start At The End)
15. BARRY HOLDSHIP: It's Only Make Believe (Pop Garden Radio, VA: Sing Me A Song)
14. MIKE BROWNING: All The Love Is Here (Kool Kat Musik, VA: Pop Aid)
13. RONNIE SPECTOR: Something's Gonna Happen (Bad Girl Sounds, Something's Gonna Happen)
12. IRENE PEÑA: In This Room [Kurt Reil master for This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5]
11. ALLAN KAPLON: Every Single Day (n/a, Notes On A Napkin)
10. WENDI DUNLAP: Season Of Loss (Futureman, Looking For Buildings)
9. THE FLASHCUBES WITH THE SPONGETONES: Have You Ever Been Torn Apart? (Big Stir, single)
8. POP CO-OP: I Just Love To Watch Her Dance (Futureman, Suspension)
7. POP CO-OP: Extra Beat In My Heart [Kurt Reil master for This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5]
6. THE GRIP WEEDS: Lady Friend (Jem, DiG)
5. EYTAN MIRSKY: Watching From The Balcony (M-Squared, Lord, Have Mirsky!)
4. KELLEY RYAN: The Church Of Laundry [Kurt Reil master for This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5]
3. PERILOUS: Rock & Roll Kiss [Kurt Reil master for This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5]
2. THE BABLERS: You Are The One For Me (Big Stir, single)


1. THE SMITHEREENS: Face The World With Pride (Sunset Blvd, The Lost Album)


THE FLASHCUBES: Make Something Happen (Northside, Forever)

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