This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio # 1047
Nearly twenty-two years into this silly notion of The Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin’ Planet, and I still think we live up to our own clueless hype.
It shouldn’t be true. We should be tired of this by now, just going through the motions, desperately scratching to maintain an illusion of relevance. Furthermore, being forced to program the show via remote in this time of quarantine ought to have been the killing stroke to our delusion of rock ‘n’ roll adequacy.
But it wasn’t. Honest to God, I look at each week’s playlist and exclaim, We did THAT?! Holy mother of Alan Freed, that’s…pretty good! Even locked out of the studio, assembling the show from our separate and secure locations, TIRnRR keeps a-boppin’, undaunted, unafraid. Some might add “unaware” and “oblivious” to that litany, but we don’t mind. We’re doing the radio show we’ve always wanted to do, the radio show we’ve always wanted to hear. Clueless? Yes, absolutely. It’s okay; we know what we’re doing even if we don’t understand what we’re doing. We’re playing records on the radio. That remains its own best reward. It renews itself. It redeems itself. It makes me proud, and it makes me smile. Playing records on the radio. I can’t wait to see what we play next week.
But first: this week! And this is what rock ‘n’ roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.
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Now: on with the show!
TIRnRR # 1047: 10/18/2020
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)–GALLOWS BIRDS: So Unhappy For You (Rum Bar, Quaranteenage Kicks)X-RAY SPEX: The Day The World Turned Day-Glo (Caroline, Germfree Adolescents)LIQUOR GIANTS: Things I’d Like To Say (Futureman, Something Special For The Kids)THE REPLACEMENTS: Another Girl, Another Planet (Reprise, All For Nothing/Nothing For All)THE SUPREMES: Up The Ladder To The Roof (Motown, VA: Hitsville USA)AMY RIGBY: Stop Showing Up In My Dreams (Koch, The Sugar Tree)–MIKE BROWNING: We’re Hangin’ Out (n/a, Never Too Late)HARMONIC DIRT: Maybe (harmonicdirt.com, Anthracite)THE ZOMBIES: This Will Be Our Year (Big Beat, Zombie Heaven)LOVE: Alone Again Or (Rhino, Love Story 1966-1972)THE SHANG HI LOS: Sway Little Player (Rum Bar, VA: Rocktober)THE YARDBIRDS: Glimpses (Rhino, VA: Psychedelia: A 50 Year Trip)–THE DOWNBEAT 5: Dum Dum Ditty (Abbey Lounge, Victory Motel)THE GOLD NEEDLES: Billy Liar (Jem, single)THE MYNAH BIRDS: It’s My Time (Ace, VA: You Heard Them Here First)THE BROTHERS STEVE: We Got The Hits (Big Stir, # 1)BRYAN ADAMS: Lonely Nights (A & M, You Want It You Got It)DEAN LANDEW: After Work (deanlandew.bandcamp.com)–THE MIDNIGHT CALLERS: 41 Miles To Roscoe (Jem, Red Letter Glow)THE FLAMIN’ GROOVIES: I’ll Cry Alone (Grown Up Wrong!, Between The Lines)MARYKATE O’NEIL: I’m Ready For My Luck To Turn Around (71, 1-800-Bankrupt)THE MnMs: I’m Tired (Burger, Melts In Your Ears 1980-1981)STEVIE WONDER: Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours (Motown, The Definitive Collection)THE JAM: Absolute Beginners (Polydor, Direction Reaction Creation)–DAVID BROOKINGS: Red Letter Day (davidbrookings.net, Anthology: Demos, Alternate Takes And More)THE TWEEDS: I Need That Record (Big Beat, VA: Come On Let’s Go!)VAN HALEN: Dance The Night Away (Warner Brothers, Van Halen II)JOHN LENNON: # 9 Dream (Capitol, The John Lennon Collection)POP CO-OP: Persistence Of Memory (Futureman, Factory Settings)THE KINKS: Shangri-La (Sanctuary, The Anthology 1964-1971)–THE BAR: It’s Just You (The Kids At Our House, The BAR)DIRTY LOOKS: Let Go (Big Beat, VA: Come On Let’s Go!)NEW YORK CITY: I’m Doin’ Fine Now (Rhino, VA: Can You Dig It?)THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP: I’m A Man (Rhino, VA: The British Invasion: The History Of British Rock, Vol. 8)DIME BOX BAND: All Of Nothing (Avebury, Happy)LETTERS TO CLEO: Cruel To Be Kind (Big Beat, VA: Girls Go Power Pop!)–RICK HROMADKA: Searchlight (Sodastar/Kool Kat Musik, Better Days)MATTHEW SWEET & SUSANNA HOFFS: The Kids Are Alright (Shout Factory, Under The Covers, Vol. 1)YOUR FRIEND JEBB: Change Of Seasons (jebbsmusic.bandcamp.com)ICICLE WORKS: Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream) (EMI, VA: Living In Oblivion: The 80’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 5)THE MONKEES: (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone (Rhino, More Of The Monkees)THE BEE GEES: Spicks & Specks (Festival, Brilliant From Birth)–STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND: Poison Chalice (Ace, single)YACHTS: Yachting Types (Rhino, VA: DIY: Starry Eyes)JUSTINE & THE UNCLEAN: Vengeance (Rum Bar, single)THE DIODES: Tired Of Waking Up Tired (Epic, Tired Of Waking Up Tired)FLO & EDDIE: This Could Be The Day (Rhino, The Best Of Flo & Eddie)THE MUFFS: On My Own (Omnivore, No Holiday)BUCK OWENS & HIS BUCKAROOS: Tall Dark Stranger (Rhino, 21 # 1 Hits)THE BEATLES: It’s Only Love (Apple, Help!)THE HOODOO GURUS: Get Out Of Dodge (https://hoodoogurus.lnk.to/good) THE PRETENDERS: Talk Of The Town (Sire, The Singles)THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Rock And Roll Love Letter (Arista, The Definitive Collection)THE RAMONES: She’s The One (Rhino, Road To Ruin)