Wednesday, May 31, 2023

GABBA GABBA HEY! A summary of THIS IS ROCK 'n' ROLL RADIO's Ramones programming in April and May

The publication of my new book Gabba Gabba Hey! A Conversation With The Ramones made me want to thread some Ramones-specific programming within each of our This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio playlists in April and May. This culminated in our May 28th special edition GABBA GABBA HEY! A Celebration Of The Ramones. This is how we built up to that special in the eight weeks that preceded it.


Over the course of five Sunday nights in April, we programmed my # 1 favorite track from each of the Ramones' fourteen studio albums, plus my favorite non-LP Ramones track and my favorite Ramones soundtrack entry. The fifth Sunday dealt with my favorites from the four offical live albums the Ramones released during their career. Four Ramones tracks per week. Here's how that plan played out:


IN THE PARK (Subterranean Jungle)

I WANNA LIVE (Halfway To Sanity)
TOURING (Mondo Bizarro)

7 AND 7 IS (Acid Eaters)
I DON'T WANT TO GROW UP (¡Adios Amigos!)
BABYSITTER (non-LP track [in the US])
COME ON LET'S GO [Paley Brothers and Ramones] (soundtrack entry)


I DON'T WANT TO GROW UP (Greatest Hits Live)
R.A.M.O.N.E.S. [We're Outta Here)


For the three Sunday nights prior to Memorial Day weekend, we did a salute to THE RAMONES AT THE MOVIES

[all heard in the film Rock 'n' Roll High School]

DO YOU WANNA DANCE? (as heard in Rock 'n' Roll High School)
ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL (as heard in Rock 'n' Roll High School)
I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES (as heard in Car 54, Where Are You?)

ROCKAWAY BEACH (as heard in That Summer!)
I WANNA BE SEDATED (as heard in Times Square)
BLITZKRIEG BOP (as heard in National Lampoon's Vacation)
CHOP SUEY (as heard in Get Crazy)
[NOTE: we didn't get to the Ramones' title theme for the film Pet Sematary]

And that brings us to May 28GABBA GABBA HEY! A Celebration Of The Ramones. Read all about that here.


IN-PERSON EVENT! On June 29, I will be making an in-store appearance at GENERATION RECORDS, 210 Thompson Street in NYC on behalf of my  new book GABBA GABBA HEY! A CONVERSATION WITH THE RAMONES. The book contains my 1994 interviews with Joey, Johnny, Marky, and C.J., which were cited by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as essential reading. I'll be at Generation to chat with fellow Ramones fans, talk about the book, the interviews, and how the music of the Ramones impacted my life. If you are in the New York area on June 29th, I would love to see you at Generation Records. Hey-ho, let's GO! 

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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO: Featured Performers and Personalities (another updated list)

This is a (presumably) complete list of all groups, singers, musicians, and/or pop wunderkind that have ever been a Featured Performer or Personality on THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO with Dana & Carl. When we have a Featured Performer, that performer is played at least once per set in that week's show, which generally means a minimum of eight or nine tracks in a three-hour show (and often more than that). Our first Featured Performer was the Kinks, who remain the only act to ever take over an entire episode of TIRnRR; in fact, we have now done TWO all-Kinks shows. This list will continue to expand as we program more Featured Performers and Personalities on future shows.


Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
The Animals
The Archies
Paul Armstrong
Burt Bacharach and Hal David
The Bandwagon/Johnny Johnson and the Bandwagon
The Bangles
Syd Barrett/Pink Floyd
Jim Basnight
The Bay City Rollers [2 times]
The Beach Boys
The Beatles [3 times]
Jeff Beck
Chuck Berry
The Bevis Frond
Big Star
Simone Berk
Hal Blaine
Joe Bompczyk
David Bowie
The Buzzcocks
Glen Campbell
The Catholic Girls
Alex Chilton
The Dave Clark Five [3 times]
The Clash
Gene Clark/The Byrds
Cocktail Slippers
Paul Collins
Cotton Mather
The Cowsills
The Creation
David Crosby
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
The Dickies
Dog Party
Micky Dolenz

Fats Domino
The Dukes of Stratosphear
The Easybeats
The English Beat
The Equals
The Everly Brothers
The Flamin' Groovies
The Flashcubes [9 times]
The Fleshtones
Gary Frenay
The Bobby Fuller Four
Game Theory
Go Home Productions
The Go-Go's
Lesley Gore
Rachael Gordon
The Grip Weeds [2 times]
George Harrison [3 times]
Herman's Hermits
John Hiatt
The Hollies
Buddy Holly
The Hoodoo Gurus
Parthenon Huxley/P. Hux
In Deed
The Isley Brothers
Joe Jackson [2 times]
The Jam
Jefferson Airplane [2 times]
The Jellybricks
Joan Jett
Davy Jones
Tommy Keene
The Kinks [3 times]
KISS [3 times]
The Knack [2 times]
The Knickerbockers
Arthur Lee/Love [2 times]
John Lennon [5 times]
Circe Link
Roy Loney and the Phantom Movers
Nick Lowe
Mad Monster Party
The Marlowes
Adam Marsland/Cockeyed Ghost
Norm Mattice [1.4.5./The Richards/Dress Code]
Paul McCartney [4 times]
The Monkees [8 times]
Michael Nesmith [2 times]
The Pandoras
The Partridge Family
Irene Peña
The Pengwins
Wilson Pickett
Gene Pitney
Pop Co-Op
The Poptarts
The Pretenders
Suzi Quatro
C. J. Ramone
Joey Ramone
Johnny Ramone
Marky Ramone
The Ramones [2 times]
The Raspberries
Lou Reed/The Velvet Underground

Paul Revere and the Raiders
The Rolling Stones
The Romantics
The RubinoosThe Runaways
Kelley Ryan/astroPuppees
Screen Test
The Searchers
Bob Seger
The Sex Pistols
Kim Shattuck
The Shocking Blue
The Small Faces
The Smithereens [2 times]
Squeeze [2 times]

Ronnie Spector
The Spinners
The Spongetones
Ringo Starr
Gary Stewart
Steve Stoeckel
Johnny Thunders
Peter Tork
The Tragically Hip
The Trend
The Turtles
The Dwight Twilley Band
Fritz Van Leaven
Vegas With Randolph
Chris von Sneidern

Mary Weiss/The Shangri-Las
Lou Whitney/The Skeletons/The Morells
The Who
John Wicks/The Records [2 times]
X-Ray Spex [2 times]
The Zombies [2 times]

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Carl's new book Gabba Gabba Hey! A Conversation With The Ramones is now available, courtesy of the good folks at Rare Bird Books. Gabba Gabba YAY!!

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 about our history here.

I'm on Twitter @CafarelliCarl

Monday, May 29, 2023

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 1183: GABBA GABBA HEY! A Celebration Of THE RAMONES

My book Gabba Gabba Hey! A Conversation With The Ramones was published earlier this month. To promote it, I did a local TV talk show appearance, a live music book release party, an in-store appearance at Parthenon Books in Syracuse, and an in-store at a Barnes & Noble. All have been great fun, and the events even moved a few books. A real cool time!

Late next month, I'm heading to New York City for a Thursday, June 29th in-store at Generation Records, 210 Thompson Street at 6:30 pm. Generation Records is about a ten-minute walk from the former site of CBGB's--this calls for a pilgrimage! I hope some of my New York area friends can join me at Generation for this particular shindig. 

(And if you have a pulpit or soapbox you'd like me to annex for the purpose of spreading the Gospel of Gabba Gabba Hey!, I do, in fact, wanna walk around with you. Contact me.)

Here on This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, we've been featuring the Ramones on each of our weekly shows throughout April and May. That culminates now with GABBA GABBA HEY! A Celebration of the Ramones, a three-hour collection of music by the Ramones themselves, whether together as a group, as solos, or in other rockin' pop incarnations (like Marky Ramone's first group Dust, Johnny Ramone covering King Elvis I with Lemmy, Danny B. Harvey, and Slim Jim Phantom, or Joey teaming up with his brother Mickey Leigh as Sibling Rivalrly), plus the Ramones collaborating with other artists, acts that inspired the Ramones, other acts covering the Ramones, and songs about the Ramones. I hope this all serves as a humble, heartfelt, and effective tribute to this great rock 'n' roll group that has meant so, so much to me.

Hey-ho, let's go. Do you remember rock 'n' roll radio? One-two-three-FAH! Chewin' out a rhythm on my bubblegum. Come on, let's go. New York City really has it all. 

I don't want to grow up. Once again: the Ramones weren't gonna do it. We don't have to do it either.

This is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on another Sunday night in Syracuse this week. 

Take it, C.J.! Dee Dee would approve.

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TIRnRR # 1183: 5/28/2023: GABBA GABBA HEY! A Celebration of THE RAMONES

THE RAMONES: Blitzkrieg Bop (Radioactive, Greatest Hits Live!)
JOHNNY RAMONE: We wanted to be a bubblegum group (Rare Bird Books, Gabba Gabba Hey! A Conversation With The Ramones)
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Saturday Night (Arista, The Definitive Collection)
KISS: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Columbia, VA: We're A Happy Family)
LEMMY, JOHNNY RAMONE, DANNY B. HARVEY & SLIM JIM PHANTOM: Good Rockin' Tonight (Rock-A-Billy, VA: Stray Cats Ball--No Dogs Allowed)
JOEY RAMONE: What Did I Do To Deserve You? (BMG, ...Ya Know?)
HAYLEY & THE CRUSHERS: Suzie Is A Headbanger (Rum Bar, Fun Sized)
THE BEATLES: I Saw Her Standing There (Capitol, Meet The Beatles!)
THE RAMONES [WITH PETE TOWNSHEND]: Substitute (Radioactive, Acid Eaters)
THE PRETENDERS: Something To Believe In (Columbia, VA: We're A Happy Family)
JOEY RAMONE: A reworked version of "Rockaway Beach" (Rare Bird Books, Gabba Gabba Hey! A Conversation With The Ramone)
GENERAL JOHNSON & JOEY RAMONE: Rockaway Beach (Rhino, VA: Godchildren Of Soul)
DEE DEE RAMONE: Come On Now (Conspiracy Music, Greatest & Latest)
THE RULERS: I Want My Ramones Records Back (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE RAMONES [WITH DEBBIE HARRY]: Go Lil Camaro Go (Sire, Brain Drain)
DEBORAH HARRY [WITH JOEY RAMONE]: Standing In My Way (n/a, DEBORAH HARRY: Debravation [Producer's Cut])
C.J. RAMONE: Postcard From Heaven (Fat Wreck Chords, The Holy Spell...)
LISA MARIE PRESLEY: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (Capitol, Now What)
DUST: All In All (Legacy, Hard Attack/Dust)
HUNTINGTONS: I Wanna Be A Ramone (Tooth & Nail, Plastic Surgery)
THE PALEY BROTHERS & RAMONES: Come On Let's Go (Big Beat, VA: Come On Let's Go!)
DAVE FRISINA: Rock 'n' Roll High School radio spot
THE FLASHCUBES: I Just Want To Have Something To Do (Northside, Forever)
JOHNNY RAMONE: The torture of making Rock 'n' Roll High School (Rare Bird Books, Gabba Gabba Hey! A Conversation With The Ramone)
P. J. SOLES: Rock 'n' Roll High School (Sire, VA: Rock 'n' Roll High School OST)
C.J. RAMONE: Last Chance To Dance (Fat Wreck Chords, Last Chance To Dance)
HOLLY & JOEY: I Got You Babe (Virgin, single)
THE RAMONES: Poison Heart (Radioactive, Mondo Bizarro)
THE MYSTICS: Doreen Is Never Boring (Ambient Sound, Crazy For You)
U2: The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) (Island, Songs Of Innocence)
LUGLESS BOOTH: I Blame His Brother (Futureman, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 1)
SIBLING RIVALRY: See My Way (Alternative Tentacles, In A Family Way)
RONNIE SPECTOR: She Talks To Rainbows (Kill Rock Stars, She Talks To Rainbows)
PURRBOX: Starstruck (LoveFest, PurrBox)
MIRIAM: Questioningly (Norton, Nobody's Baby)
JOSIE COTTON: Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (Cleopatra, Everything Is Oh Yeah)
THE RAMONES [WITH TRACI LORDS]: Somebody To Love (Radioactive, Acid Eaters)
THE DOORS: Take It As It Comes (Rhino, VA: Where The Action Is!)
JOEY RAMONE [WITH JOAN JETT]: 21st Century Girl (BMG, ...Ya Know?)
The Greatest Record Ever Made!
THE RAMONES: I Wanna Be Sedated [Ramones-On-45 Mega-Mix!] (Sire, single)
THE NUTLEY BRASS: I Wanna Be Sedated (Sanctuary, The Ramones Songbook)
THE RAMONETURES: Glad To See You Go (Blood Red, Ramonetures)
THE SIMPSONS [THE RAMONES WITH HARRY SHEARER]: Happy Birthday, Mr. Burns (Rhino, Go Simpsonic With The Simpsons)
WEIRD AL YANKOVIC: Beat On The Brat (Demented Punk, VA: Dr. Demento Covered In Punk)
THE RATTLERS: On The Beach (Alternative Tentacles, SIBLING RIVALRY: In A Family Way)
TEENAGE HEAD WITH MARKY RAMONE: Top Down (Sonic Unyon, Teenage Head With Marky Ramone)
SHONEN KNIFE: Psychotherapy (Good Charamel, Osaka Ramones)
JOEY RAMONE: Mr. Punchy (Sanctuary, Don't Worry About Me)
WALTER LURE & THE RAMONES: Street Fighting Man (MOJO, VA: 1-2-3-4!)
C. J. RAMONE: One More Chance (Fat Wreck Chords, Last Chance To Dance)
GREEN DAY: Outsider (Columbia, VA: We're A Happy Family)
JOEY RAMONE: What A Wonderful World (Sanctuary, Don't Worry About Me)
AMY RIGBY: Dancing With Joey Ramone (Signature Sounds, Little Fugitive)
BORIS THE SPRINKLER: Kill The Ramones (Junk, VA: Goin' After Pussy)
ROCKAWAY BITCH: Commando (Cretin. Rockaway Bitch)
EDDIE VEDDER: I Believe In Miracles (Columbia, VA: We're A Happy Family)
JOEY RAMONE: When you're doin' it, it's great (Rare Bird Books, Gabba Gabba Hey! A Conversation With The Ramone)
THE RAMONES: I Don't Want To Grow Up (Radioactive, ¡Adios Amigos!)
THE RAMONES [with EDDIE VEDDER]: Any Way You Want It (Radioactive, We're Outta Here!)

Sunday, May 28, 2023


Please join us for GABBA GABBA HEY! A CELEBRATION OF THE RAMONES. For our three-hour Blitzkrieg Bop, we'll hear THE RAMONES, both as a group and in solo or extracurricular projects. We'll also spin examples of the Ramones' collaborations with other artists, plus covers of Ramones songs, a few artists that inspired the Ramones, and a sampling of songs about the Ramones. Music from the 1960s, '70s, '80s, '90s, and this I-believe-in-miracles 21st century. Her Majesty's Ramones, a Ronette, a Lizard King, the next Beatles, Syracuse's own power pop powerhouse, the hottest band in the world, and many more of your TIRnRR Fave Raves. And of course: Joey. Johnny. Marky. C.J. Dee Dee. Tommy. Richie. We're even gonna have Joey, Johnny, and Marky themselves introduce some of our selections. They're all here, and you should be, too. Sunday night, 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse at SPARK! WSPJ 103.3 and 93.7 FM, and via the Radio Garden and TuneIn Radio apps as WESTCOTT RADIO. Hey-ho, let's go--the weekend stops HERE!

Saturday, May 27, 2023

TV EYE: Yet Another Updated List OF TV Series I've Seen In Their Entirety

The series finale of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is now in the books, providing a fittingly marvelous send-off for a show I enjoyed from start to finish. And its finish makes a good excuse to update this list.

Above image by Tyrone Biljan, courtesy of

In 2021, I posted a list of TV series that I've seen in their entirety, every episode. This is another update of that list, still missing a number of shows my memory can't retrieve, but adding some recent completions.

I like TV shows. This is an attempt to list every TV series I've ever watched in its entirety, from Season 1 Episode 1 through the blowout finale. It includes mini-series, broadcast series, cable series, and streaming series without discrimination. And it includes some series I saw piecemeal, as long as I'm sure I saw all of the episodes in whatever sequence I got to them. Some I saw on first run, others I watched after the fact. It is a woefully incomplete list--because, y'know, memory--but it's a start. I may come back here to add more series as I remember them.

The Adventures Of Superman
Being Erica
Bionic Woman [2007 series]
Birds Of Prey
Black Lightning
The Bob Newhart Show
Bosom Buddies
The Bronx Is Burning
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
The Crazy Ones

Daisy Jones & The Six
The Defenders [Marvel Comics series]
The Dick Van Dyke Show
Ellery Queen
The Event
The Falcon And The Winter Soldier
The Flash [1990-1991 series]
The Flash [2014-2023 series]
Flashforward [2009-2010 series]
Freaks And Geeks
Get Back
Gilligan's Island
Gilmore Girls
Go On

The Good Place, quite possibly my all-time favorite TV series (other than Jeopardy!)

The Good Place
The Green Hornet
High Fidelity
Iron Fist
Jessica Jones
Luke Cage
Mad Men
Marvel's Agent Carter

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Middle Man
The Monkees
Moon Knight
Mrs. America
Ms. Marvel

The Munsters
The Newsroom
No Ordinary Family
Pan Am
Police Squad!
Pushing Daisies
Quantum Leap [1989-1993 series]
The Queen's Gambit
She-Hulk: Attorney At Law
Square Pegs
St. Elsewhere
Star Trek

*The Steven Banks Show
Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip
This Is Us

V [2009-2011 series]
Veronica Mars
The Village
We'll Get By
The West Wing
The Wonder Years [1988-1993 series]
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

If I forgot any series you think I must have seen from start to finish, I welcome attempts to jog my stubborn memory.

There is one series cited with an asterisk: the 1994 PBS comedy series The Steven Banks Show. I saw all of the broadcast episodes, but there were additional episodes completed but never aired. Haven't seen those, so...asterisk. (Previous versions of this list also asterisked NBC's 2017 DC Comics sitcom Powerless, but I have now seen all of its episodes, including the three that were never broadcast. I also found the series' unaired original pilot on YouTube; the pilot was very different from the later pilot and series, and I wish the show had followed its original direction.) 

This list arbitrarily excludes animated shows, only because I didn't want to rack my brain to identify which cartoon series qualified; the cartoon list would include things like The FlintstonesBatman: The Animated Series (and the subsequent related Superman and Justice League series that were part of that B:TAS universe), and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Among live-action shows, Arrested Development and Twin Peaks would have been listed on the basis of their original network TV runs, but both have since been revived, and I haven't seen any of the latter-day episodes. (On the other hand, I have seen the continuations of Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars, and approve of both.)

Current series that will probably make this list some day include Firefly Lane
, Gotham KnightsLokiSuperman and Lois, and the reboots of Quantum Leap and The Wonder Years. I bailed on Batwoman before its cancellation in 2022. Having seen the first season of Dollhouse, I may go back to see its second and final season. 

I own home video copies of just a handful of complete TV series. I have The Monkees on DVD and on Blu-ray, Batman on Blu-ray (and I proposed a Batman-Monkees comic-book mashup here), Shindig! on an unauthorized set of DVD-Rs (and I really need to go back and finish watching those), homemade VHS copies of The Green Hornet, and Police Squad!, and, if we count non-physical media, the 2011-2012 series Pan Am on iTunes. I may write about Pan Am some day; the timing of its original network run coincided with some emotional turmoil in my life, and the idea of jetting off to Europe seemed mighty appealing to me. The pilot episode of Pan Am would serve as part of the climax in the first chapter of a long-gestating memoir I call Spain, a piece which, frankly, I doubt I'll ever getting around to writing. 

There are still a lot of older TV series that should probably be on this list. It's likely that I've seen every episode of 
Get SmartThe Beverly HillbilliesF TroopThe Odd CoupleThe Andy Griffith ShowWKRP In CincinnatiHec RamseySwitchWhen Things Were Rottenand a big ol' bunch of others, but my reasonable doubt is sufficient for me to omit them from this list. There are some other older shows--The Guns Of Will Sonnett, the 1960s Tarzan, Disney's Zorro--I'd like the opportunity to re-visit, but for now, I don't think I've seen all of those episodes.

Yet. But Zorro was been added to Disney +. I watched the pilot episode, and I'm not opposed to watching more....

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.

Carl's new book Gabba Gabba Hey! A Conversation With The Ramones is now available, courtesy of the good folks at Rare Bird Books. Gabba Gabba YAY!!

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 about our history here.

I'm on Twitter @CafarelliCarl