Monday, January 16, 2023

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 1164

This is the house we used to live in, this is the place we used to know.

My childhood home was a place I call 308, a Cape Cod in Syracuse's Northern suburbs. It was built in the early '50s, and its only owners have been members of my family. My aunt and uncle originally secured 308 on behalf of my mom and dad, who purchased it in short order. My sister bought 308 when my dad died in 2012. My sister lives in England, and she kept the house for our mom. Mom continued to live there until it became impossible for her to do so anymore; she moved to a nursing facility in 2017. My daughter and her boyfriend (now fiancé) lived at 308 for a few years before buying their own house last year. 

Mom passed at the end of 2021. There is no longer any good reason to hold on to 308.

And so we've emptied 308 of its accumulated artifacts. My siblings and I have kept a few scattered mementos; the rest has been assigned as either donations or discards, and relocated accordingly. There is still a bit more that needs to be done, but very soon a new family--someone I have never met--will take our keys and make 308 their home. 308 will still be there. 

It will no longer be ours.

I wanna begin this week's show with a note of passage, a farewell to a place that meant the world to me. It's a house in North Syracuse, a house I call 308. It was my parents' house, the house where I (in theory) grew up, and it remained a part of my life for all the decades since. I helped look after 308 throughout all the transitions this mortal life brings. And now, there's one last transition, as for the first time since it was built more than 70 years ago, 308 will be owned by someone other than my family. 

And that's okay. It's time. And it is finally time for me to say goodbye, and thank you, to 308, the house we used to live in. 

And the Smithereens sing their mournful farewell, "House We Used To Live In." 

This week's opening was one of the relatively few times I've felt a need to write out a script rather than speak off the cuff. Transitions can sting, even when they're a good thing, even when they're a necessary thing. I'll keep my memories of 308 for as long as I retain memories. 

But it's time to let go of the rest of it. 

Here's to the house I used to live in. Here's to 308. And here's to whatever comes next. This is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on another Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

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TIRnRR # 1164: 1/15/2023
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 SMITHEREENS: House We Used To Live In (Capitol, Blown To Smithereens)
CHRIS SPEDDING: The Pose (Demon, VA: 100 Hits Punk & New Wave)
JONI MITCHELL: Chelsea Morning (Reprise, Hits)
JOSIE COTTON: Everything Is Oh Yeah (Cleopatra, Everything Is Oh Yeah)
WENDI DUNLAP: God Only Knows (n/a, O-o-h Child [...And Other COVID Covers])
WEDNESDAY WEEK: All That Again (Enigma, What We Had)
MIKE BROWNING: Blood Of Oblivion (single)
THE SAINTS: This Perfect Day (Amsterdamned, Eternally Yours)
CLIFF HILLIS: Good Morning And Goodnight (single)
FUN BOY THREE: The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylum) (Chrysalis, The Best Of Fun Boy Three)
THE RAMONES: Go Mental (Rhino, Road To Ruin)
THE SPECIALS: Friday Night, Saturday Morning (Demon, VA: 100 Hits Punk & New Wave)
EYTAN MIRSKY: If I Could Only Draw (single)
CLOCKWORK FLOWERS: The Truth (Beneath The Mask) (n/a, Assorted Gemstones)
THE COOKIES: Wounded (Warner Brothers, VA: 60's Girl Groups)
ULTRAVOX: Sleepwalk (Demon, VA: 100 Hits Punk & New Wave)
JUNIPER: I've Gotta Boy (Confidential, She Steals Candy)
THE RUTS: Staring At The Rude Boys (Demon, VA: 100 Hits Punk & New Wave)
JUNIPER: See You Tonight (Confidential, She Steals Candy)
DEXY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS: There There My Dear (EMI, Searching For The Young Soul Rebels)
DURAN DURAN: Hungry Like The Wolf (EMI, Greatest)
ROBERT GORDON WITH LINK WRAY: Flyin' Saucers Rock 'n' Roll (Private Stock, Robert Gordon With Link Wray)
CISSY HOUSTON: It Never Really Ended (Private Stock, Cissy Houston)
BEATA KARDA: Csuda Jó Fej (Ace, VA: She Came From Hungary)
STEPHEN LAWRENSON: Here & Now (Kool Kat Musik, Chants Of A Lifetime)
THE CYNICS: Girl, You're On My Mind (Get Hip, Rock 'N' Roll)
PEGGY LEE: Fever (Capitol, Ultimate Peggy Lee)
HOT HOT HEAT: Talk To Me, Dance With Me (Sub Pop, Make Up The Breakdown)
VELVET ATTACK: Drinkin' Water Prayin' Wine (Soundflat, Visions From Inner Space)
THE ALLAH LAS: Could Be You (Mexican Summer, Calico Review)
MAPLE MARS: Anchors Aweigh (Big Stir, single)
THE TRAMMPS: Disco Inferno [single edit] (Rhino, Rhino Hi-Five)
THE ASSOCIATION: Blistered (Collectors' Choice Music, And Then...Along Comes The Association)
JELLYFISH: Baby's Coming Back (Charisma, Bellybutton)
BEN VAUGHN: Dark Glasses (Bar/None, Mono USA)
The Greatest Record Ever Made!
THE DIXIE CUPS: Iko Iko (Varese Sarabande, The Complete Red Bird Recordings)
ANN PEEBLES: Doctor Love Power (Fat Possum, Tellin' It)
POP CO-OP: In Love With Nonsense (Futureman, Suspension)
NORMA TANEGA: You're Dead (Anthology, I'm The Sky: Studio And Demo Recordings, 1964-1971)
THE MONKEES: Early Morning Blues And Greens [alternate vocals] (Rhino, Headquarters [Deluxe Boxed Set])
LAURIE & THE SIGHS: Face To Face (Wounded Bird, Laurie and the Sighs)
THE PLUS 4: Resolution (Happy New Year) (single)
THE ENGLISH BEAT: She's Going (IRS, Special Beat Service)
THE KINKS: When You Were A Child (MCA, Think Visual)
THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Your Old Lady (Jasmine, Just One Mo' Time)
JENNY DEE & THE DEELINQUENTS: Getaway (DeeVeeUs, Electric Candyland)
THEE HEADCOATEES: Teenage Kicks (Sympathy For The Record Industry, Punk Girls)
THE MUFFS: Where Only I Could Go (Omnivore, Happy Birthday To Me)
RANDY KLAWON & JIM BONFANTI: Marlo Maybe (single)
THE BANGLES: Going Down To Liverpool (Columbia, All Over The Place)
BILLY J. KRAMER & THE DAKOTAS: I'll Be On My Way (EMI, The Best Of Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas)
THE BEAT: Rock N Roll Girl (Wagon Wheel, The Beat)
THE CYNZ: Tell That Girl To Shut Up (Jem, single)
BLONDIE: Hanging On The Telephone (Chrysalis, The Platinum Collection)
ABBA: Dancing Queen (Polydor, Gold)
THE BEATLES: Good Day Sunshine [2022 mix] (Apple, Revolver)
THE RAMONES: I Don't Want To Grow Up (Radioactive, ¡Adios Amigos!)
THE RAMONES: Blitzkrieg Bop (Rhino, Ramones)

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