Wednesday, July 24, 2024

THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO: Another updated list of featured performers

 

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.

TIRnRR FEATURED PERFORMERS/PERSONALITIES

1.4.5.
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
Eric Carmen
Ducky Carlisle
The Catholic Girls
Alex Chilton
The Dave Clark Five [3 times]
The Clash
Gene Clark/The Byrds
Cocktail Slippers
Paul Collins


Justine Covault
Cotton Mather
The Cowsills
The Creation
David Crosby
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
Devo
The Dickies
Dog Party
Micky Dolenz


Fats Domino
Tommy Dunbar
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
Scott Kempner
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
Lyres
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
Pezband
Wilson Pickett
Gene Pitney
Pop Co-Op
The Poptarts
The Pretenders
Prince
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 Rubinoos
The Runaways
Kelley Ryan/astroPuppees
Screen Test
The Searchers
Bob Seger
The Sex Pistols
Kim Shattuck
The Shocking Blue
Shoes
The Small Faces
The Smithereens [2 times]
Squeeze [2 times]

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

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

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My new book The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1) is now available for order; you can see details here. My 2023 book Gabba Gabba Hey! A Conversation With The Ramones is also still available, courtesy of the good folks at Rare Bird Books

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, streaming at SPARK stream and on the Radio Garden app as WESTCOTT RADIO. Recent shows are archived at Westcott Radio. You can read about our history here.

I'm on Twitter @CafarelliCarl

Tuesday, July 23, 2024

PROFESSIONAL LIAR RETURNS! My short story RAIN-HAT SAM storms into comic book shops this week

Art by Ed Catto

My latest short story will hit comic book stores this Wednesday, July 24, a prose adventure in the back pages of the AHOY Comics book Project Cryptid # 11.


"Rain-Hat Sam" stars a preposterous superhero I created when I was a kid. Our Sam is a (presumably) heroic figure whose magic hat makes it rain, but the magic hat only makes it rain on Rain-Hat Sam. A silly idea, even for a (presumably) creative adolescent.

But damned if I didn't make it work, here in my current capacity as a (presumably) grown-up storyteller. The resulting short story is a love letter to DC Comics superhero books of the 1960s, specifically to the filler strips like Super Turtle and Cap's Hobby Hints that appeared amidst advertising pages placed in between the (presumably) more-important pages of the funnybook's actual story. The events of my little tale are kinda like what might happen if Super Turtle had been called forth to participate in Crisis On Infinite Earths. Ol' Super Turtle wasn't available; the task fell instead to Rain-Hat Sam.

Rain-Hat Sam THEN...
...Rain-Hat Sam NOW!!

And super kudos to artist Ed Catto, who perfectly recreated my long-ago notion of what Rain-Hat Sam looks like, albeit in a considerably better-drawn rendition. Ed did this with no reference materials other than the text itself, yet it precisely matches my vision of Rain-Hat Sam. Thanks, Ed!

If you don't already have a preferred local resource for new comic books, you can use Comic Shop Locator to find a comics retailer near you. I recommend calling ahead to see if the store stocks AHOY's titles; if they don't have Project Cryptid # 11 in stock, most stores can order it for you.

And so we direct you to the adventures of an unlikely superhero called Rain-Hat Sam. My inner child is thrilled. Hell, my outer child is pretty enthused, too. Let justice rain.

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My new book The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1) is now available for order; you can see details here. My 2023 book Gabba Gabba Hey! A Conversation With The Ramones is also still available, courtesy of the good folks at Rare Bird Books

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, streaming at SPARK stream and on the Radio Garden app as WESTCOTT RADIO. Recent shows are archived at Westcott Radio. You can read about our history here.

I'm on Twitter @CafarelliCarl

 

Monday, July 22, 2024

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 1243


As I write this on Saturday afternoon, I'm abuzz in the afterglow of my Friday night in-store appearance at Parthenon Books in Syracuse (on behalf of my book The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1) and the giddy promise of Saturday night's Grip Weeds show at The Lost Horizon. And then, Sunday will bring a day of warring sensations, of love and family mixed with the regret and sting of time passing. Nothing bad, mind you, or at least I hope nothing bad. But...emotions. I tell ya, yin and yang really need to learn to start playing nice, man.

But Sunday evening will conclude its conflicted self with This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio. The show will open with three songs for Brenda, offered on the 40th anniversary of vows declared and foundations built. It will include music from the Rubinoos, as well as some additional tracks featuring Rubinoos guitarist Tommy Dunbar, playing with the Half Cubes, Duncan Faure, Vox Pop, Ken Sharp, Marty Rudnick, Scott McCarl, Kyle Vincent, and Suzy and Los Quattro (plus Spitballs if Tommy happened to play on their version of "Let Her Dance"). That's all in anticipation of the Rubinoos' show at Abilene in Rochester on Friday, July 26th. I've been a Rubinoos fan since I was 17 years old, and I've never seen them in person. I hope circumstances will allow me to remedy that situation on Friday.

Meanwhile, I stand here on Saturday, typing away while wondering what the next day will bring. Yin? Yang? We are destined for both, each and every one of us. We hope to embrace the good, pray we can survive the bad, and muddle ahead with whatever we have.

The music moves with us. Always has, always will, for as long as there's moving left to do. For all of you moving right now in what seems to me the far-future world of Monday: This is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

Happy Anniversary, Brenda. I'm up for forty more years if you are. The yin and yang can find their own soundtrack.

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, streaming at SPARK stream, and on the Radio Garden app as WESTCOTT RADIO. Recent shows are archived at Westcott Radio

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TIRnRR # 1243: 7/21/2024
TIRnRR FRESH SPINS! Tracks we think we ain't played before are listed in bold.

THE MAVERICKS: True Love Ways (MCA, VA: Not Fade Away [Remembering Buddy Holly])
THE HALF CUBES: The Girl (Big Stir, single)
RAY DAVIES, ALEX CHILTON AND THE 88: 'Till The End Of The Day (Universal, RAY DAVIES: See My Friends)
BIG STAR: Don't Lie To Me (Rhino, Keep Your Eye On The Sky)
RAY DAVIES AND THE 88: David Watts (Universal, RAY DAVIES: See My Friends)
--
GENE CLARK: Full Circle Song (Sundazed, Roadmaster)
THE ARMOIRES: Here Comes The Song (Big Stir, single)
FRANZ FERDINAND: Feel The Love Go (Domino, Always Ascending)
KISS: Calling Dr. Love (Mercury, Rock And Roll Over)
SHOUT OUT LOUDS: Hurry Up Let's Go (Bud Fox Recordings, Howl Howl Gaff Gaff)
--
CADDY: In A Heartbeat (Kool Kat Musik, Caddy)
THE BEE GEES: In My Own Time (Reprise, The Studio Albums 1967-1968)
DUNCAN FAURE: Where Is The Music (Get Go!, Pronounced "Four-Uh")
OSSIE LAYNE SHOW: Midnight Hour (Edsel, VA: Eddie Piller Presents British Mod Sounds Of The 1960s)
THE SHIRTS: Move On Groove On (Glass Onyun, single)
LETTERS TO CLEO: Mellie's Coming Over (Giant, Aurora Gory Alice)
--
GLENN ERB: I Never Said Goodbye (Martini Time Music, Category Four)
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: What Goes On (Polydor, Peel Slowly And See)
THE SELECTER: On My Radio (EMI, Greatest Hits)
THE CHURCH: The Unguarded Moment (Rhino, VA: Children Of Nuggets)
VOX POP: Ink & Paper (Sandbox, Vox Pop)
THE VASELINES: Molly's Lips (Sub Pop, Enter The Vaselines)
--
DEADLIGHTS: For Free (single)
THE ENGLISH BEAT: Save It For Later (Shout Factory, Keep The Beat: The Very Best Of The English Beat)
THE RUBINOOS: Watching The Sun Go Down (Yep Roc, From Home)
THE TOP SIX: I'm A Man (Edsel, VA: Eddie Piller Presents British Mod Sounds Of The 1960s)
THE LEONARDS: The Worst Thing I Could Do (Rock Ranch, Garage Sale)
BEN VAUGHN: The Man Who Has Everything (Enigma, Dressed In Black)
--
JOE GRUSHECKY AND THE HOUSEROCKERS: If These Hills Could Talk (Omnivore, Can't Outrun A Memory)
THE BLACK KEYS: Eagle Birds (Nonesuch, Let's Rock)
EAGLES: The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks (Asylum, The Long Run)
TODD RUNDGREN: Couldn't I Just Tell You (Rhino, Something/Anything?)
KEN SHARP: In My Dreams Tonight (Jetfighter, 1301 Highland Avenue)
MARSHALL CRENSHAW: Cynical Girl (Rhino, This Is Easy: The Best Of Marshall Crenshaw)
--
The Greatest Record Ever Made!
THE RUBINOOS: Wouldn't It Be Nice (Castle, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About The Rubinoos But Were Afraid To Ask!)
THE BEACH BOYS: Good Vibrations (Capitol, Smiley Smile/Wild Honey)
THE RAMONES: Rockaway Beach (Rhino, Rocket To Russia)
LOS LOBOS: Don't Worry Baby (Rhino, Just Another Band From East L.A.)
THE SHANG HI LOS: Morganatic Panic (Rum Bar, single)
THE CARS: My Best Friend's Girl (Rhino, Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology)
--
KEVIN ROBERTSON: Fortune Teller Lied (Futureman, The Call Of The Sea)
THE RUTLES: Ouch! (Rhino, The Rutles)
sparkle*jets u.k.: One Two Tango (Big Stir, Box Of Letters)
THE MILKSHAKES: I Want'cha For My Little Girl (Damaged Goods, Talkin' Bout...Milkshakes!/After School Sessions)
MARTY RUDNICK: Some Summer (Sandbox, More Songs About Cars And Girls)
THE PRIMITIVES: Don't Want Anything To Change (Cherry Red, Lovely, Expanded Edition)
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SCOTT McCARL: In Love Without A Girl (Titan, Play On)
THE MOBERLYS: Leave The Past Behind (Power Popaholic, JIM BASNIGHT: Early Years)
KYLE VINCENT: The Day The World Changed (Songtree, Wow & Flutter)
VOX POP: Must Be A Word (Sandpop, Vox Pop)
THE RUBINOOS: I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Castle, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About The Rubinoos But Were Afraid To Ask!)
THE GRIP WEEDS: Lady Friend [vocals only mix] (Ground Up, A Deeper Dig)
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SUZY AND LOS QUATTRO: Fox On The Run (Wild Punk, Play On With The Rubinoos)

Sunday, July 21, 2024

Tonight on THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO


With THE RUBINOOS coming to Rochester for a show at Abilene this Friday, July 26th, we celebrate by playing a few tracks from Beserkley's favorite sons, as well as some additional pop gems featuring Rubinoos guitarist Tommy Dunbar. We'll back up our earnest cries of "I WANNA BE YOUR BOYFRIEND!" with fresh wonders from CADDY, GLEN ERB, DEADLIGHTS, JOE GRUSHECKY AND THE HOUSEROCKERS, SPARKLE*JETS U.K., and KEVIN ROBERTSON, plus the prerequisite supergoodies you expect from TIRnRR, starting with THE MAVERICKS, ending with THE GRIP WEEDS, and saturating the in-between airwaves with the likes of THE VILLAS, RAY DAVIES AND THE 88, GENE CLARK, THE ARMOIRES, THE BEE GEES, THE SHIRTS, LETTERS TO CLEO, THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, THE SELECTER, THE BEACH BOYS, THE RAMONES, LOS LOBOS, THE SHANG HI LOS, THE MOBERLYS, FOTOMAKER, and much more. Hey (hey)! You (you)! We wanna be your radio show. Sunday night, 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse at SPARK! WSPJ 103.3 and 93.7 FMhttps://sparksyracuse.org/, streaming on the Radio Garden app as WESTCOTT RADIO. The weekend stops HERE!

Saturday, July 20, 2024

10 SONGS: 7/20/2024

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 # 1242.

THE GRIP WEEDS: All Tomorrow's Parties
1.4.5.: Let's Groove
PERILOUS: Rock 'n' Roll Kiss
THE GRIP WEEDS: We Love You
THE VA VA VOODOOS: She's Got A Mustang
THE GRIP WEEDS: DiG Theme

All tomorrow's parties TODAY. 

These are the four irresistible acts on the bill for an epic evening of live rock 'n' roll TONIGHT--Saturday night, July 20th--at Syracuse's legendary venue The Lost Horizon. That's as super-colossal as a rockin' pop evening gets, and if you're among the TIRnRR faithful within boppin' distance of the 315, you should be at the Lost tonight.

We opened this week's radio rampage with the Grip Weeds' ace cover of the Velvet Underground's "All Tomorrow's Parties," from the group's superb covers album DiG. Later in the show, we circled back for the Grip Weeds' cover of the Rolling Stones' "We Love You" (from the current various-artists tribute album Jem Records Celebrates Jagger & Richards) and the Grip Weeds original "DiG Theme." Speaking of Grip Weeds originals, the group is working on a new album, and we can't wait. Tonight will be my third Grip Weeds live show, and I already know that the Grip Weeds never disappoint.

I've seen 1.4.5. more times than I can count, and I hope to see 'em still another set of more-times-than-I-can-count. My 1.4.5. concert résumé began in 1980 (at The Poor House North in Liverpool, NY) and has continued over a span of decades, with individual flashpoints at the Jab, Squires East, the Lost, some dive on West Genesee Street, some dive on Teal Avenue, Funk 'N Waffles, and other venues obscured in memory by beer and volume. I saw them three times in 2023, at my Ramones book release party at The 443, at the Grip Weeds' last Lost Horizon appearance, and opening for New Math at Abilene in Rochester. The band's line-up varies, always centered on the rock-solid efforts of Flashcubes guitarist Paul Armstrong. PA's work has had an enormous impact on me. Let's GROOVE!

(UPDATE: I’m hearing now that 1.4.5. will not be playing tonight. Guess my more-times-than-I-can-count will continue some other evening,)

Perilous was also on the bill for my Ramones book party and the Grip Weeds' 2023 Lost Horizon gig. They are fabulous, and they let us use their absolute gem "Rock 'n' Roll Kiss" on our compilation album This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 5. The track is also on their album YEAH!!, and if you don't own that one, man, I question your mojo. 

This will be my first time seeing the Va Va Voodoos, but I've known the group's guitarist Jo Agopovich for more than a minute (or many minutes). I was at the debut performance of her old band Distortion more'n forty years ago at The Firebarn, and the group reformed for a performance hosted by Dana and me precisely one decade and one day ago at the Lost. Homecoming. Mustang VOODOO! This oughta be good.

The Grip Weeds. 1.4.5. Perilous. The Va Va Voodoos. The Lost Horizon. TONIGHT!! Get your tickets here

DiG?

sparkle*jets u.k.: Ludlow 6:18
sparkle*jets u.k.: Box Of Letters


The new sparkle*jets u.k. album Box Of Letters is already one of my top favorite 2024 releases, and I went into this week's exercise in playlist-buildin' intent on including another spin of that album's fine title tune. Independently, Dana wanted to play a track from the group's previous album, the 2023 all-covers triumph Best Of Friends. When Dana programmed the Best Of Friends cover of Cockeyed Ghost's "Ludlow 6:18," it was instantly clear that the world needed--needed!--to hear two in a row by sparkle*jets u.k. Obviously.

That's how ya achieve better radio through better radio. And we'll have another track from Box Of Letters on the radio Sunday night. Never be afraid to sparkle, my friends. Never be afraid to sparkle.

THE DANDY WARHOLS: We Used To Be Friends

The Greatest Record Ever Made!

(Dedicated to all of our friends in Neptune, California. Except Patton Oswalt. I'm made at him.)

THE KENNEDYS: Walking Through The Park

Ah, so cool! Here we have the magnificent coffee-house pop combo the Kennedys executing a sublime cover of...

...oops.

We're not supposed to talk about this yet. But we will, when the time is right. When the trime comes, rest assured: We will indeed make something happen.

Well, new things coming from D & C editorial offices.....

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My new book The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1) is now available for order; you can see details here. My 2023 book Gabba Gabba Hey! A Conversation With The Ramones is also still available, courtesy of the good folks at Rare Bird Books

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, streaming at SPARK stream and on the Radio Garden app as WESTCOTT RADIO. Recent shows are archived at Westcott Radio. You can read about our history here.

I'm on Twitter @CafarelliCarl

Friday, July 19, 2024

TONIGHT: THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE! (VOLUME 1) at PARTHENON BOOKS in Syracuse


FRIDAY JULY 19th

At 6:00 this evening I will be making an in-store appearance at PARTHENON BOOKS, 333 South Salina Street in Syracuse, speaking on behalf of my new book The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1). I'll read a chapter or two from the book, chat with interested parties, sign autographs for those so inclined, and probably break out my Baron Daemon impression. 

But don't let THAT scare you away. Come on down to Parthenon! Hope to see you there. 

If you like what you see here on Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do), please consider a visit to CC's Tip Jar

My new book The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1) is now available for order; you can see details here. My 2023 book Gabba Gabba Hey! A Conversation With The Ramones is also still available, courtesy of the good folks at Rare Bird Books

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, streaming at SPARK stream and on the Radio Garden app as WESTCOTT RADIO. Recent shows are archived at Westcott Radio. You can read about our history here.

I'm on Twitter @CafarelliCarl