This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio # 948

Sometimes we plan these shows, and sometimes we wing it in the studio. I had specific goals for this week’s TIRnRR, and I’ve been plotting the playlist for about a month. Some bad news changed that plan. I no longer want to do the show I planned to do.

But I still want to do a show. I want to play music. I want to have a good time. I want to celebrate, because life should be full of love and celebration. I arrive at the studio with a case full of CDs selected for a show I’ll never do. I’ll adapt them for whatever happens next. That’s what life often asks us to do: to make up our story as we go along. This is what rock ‘n’ roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

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TIRnRR # 948: 11/4/18

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)

THE MONKEES: As We Go Along (Rhino, 50)

THE BEATLES: I’m Happy Just To Dance With You (Capitol, single)

DAVID BOWIE: “Heroes” (Virgin, Best Of Bowie)

MERRY CLAYTON: Gimme Shelter (Columbia, VA: 20 Feet From Stardom)

BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD: Bluebird (Warner Special Products, VA: Heavy Metal)

GRETCHEN’S WHEEL: Plans (Futureman, Black Box Theory)

THE SUNCHARMS: Film Soundtrack (Slumberland, single)

ELVIS PRESLEY: That’s All Right (RCA, The Sun Sessions)

THE NERVES: When You Find Out (Alive, One Way Ticket)

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE: Hot Fun In The Summertime (Epic, Greatest Hits)

TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS: Hanky Panky (Rhino, Anthology)

THE TEARJERKERS: Syracuse Summer (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio, Volume 3)

TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS: American Girl (MCA, Greatest Hits)

VEGAS WITH RANDOLPH: She’s An Intellectual (Caged Giant, Legs & Luggage)

MARVIN GAYE: Let’s Get It On (Motown, Gold)

WILKERSON: Let It Go Tonight (SpyderPop, single)

BIG STAR: Watch The Sun Rise [single version] (Stax, The Best Of Big Star)

DEAN LANDEW: After Work (

DAVE EDMUNDS: Me And The Boys (CMG, Here Comes The Weekend)

THE MONKEES: Opening Ceremony (Rhino, Head)

THE MONKEES: Porpoise Song (Theme From Head) (Rhino, Head)

THE DUKES OF STRATOSPHEAR: What In The World??… [demo] (Ape House, 25 O’Clock)

THE GRIP WEEDS: Vibrations (Jem, Trip Around The Sun)

THE ASSOCIATION: Along Comes Mary (Rhino, Just The Right Sound)

THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Rock And Roll Love Letter (Arista, The Definitive Collection)

SWEET: Fox On The Run (EMI, The Best Of Sweet)

THE BOB SEGER SYSTEM: 2 + 2 = ? (Capitol, single)

THE FACES: Ooh La La (Warner Brothers, Ooh La La)

THE BOOKENDS: Laugh Or Cry (Otto Raw, Far Away But Around)

THE BANGLES: Want You (Omnivore, Ladies And Gentlemen…The Bangles!)

COCKTAIL SLIPPERS: St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (Wicked Cool, Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre)

THE WHO: Under My Thumb (MCA, Odds And Sods)

MICKEY & SYLVIA: Love Is Strange (Time-Life, VA: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Era: 1956)

CHER: All I Really Want To Do (EMI, VA: Girl Crazy!)

CHAMPAGNE: Smile (Rock Indiana, Ready, Steady, Go!)

WARREN ZEVON: Poor Poor Pitiful Me (Rhino, Genius)

THE RAIDERS: Song Seller (Columbia, PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: The Legend Of Paul Revere)

XTC: Respectable Street (Virgin, Upsy Daisy Assortment)

HAPPY HATE ME NOTS: This Is The Wrong World (Feel, The Good That’s Been Done…)

T. REX: Ride A White Swan (Crimson, The Very Best Of T. Rex)

THE GO-GO’S: The Whole World Lost Its Head (Edsel, Talk Show)

WRECKLESS ERIC: Whole Wide World (Stiff, Wreckless Eric)

COTTON MATHER: Better Than A Hit (Star Apple Kingdom, Wild Kingdom)

THE ONLY ONES: Another Girl, Another Planet (Rhino, VA: DIY: Teenage Kicks)

THE KINKS: Better Things (Sanctuary, The Ultimate Collection)

THE UNDERTONES: Teenage Kicks (Rykodisc, Undertones)

EYTAN MIRSKY: This Year’s Gonna Be Our Year (M-Squared, Year Of The Mouse)

THE OUTLETS: Knock Me Down (Rhino, VA: DIY: Mass Ave)

KISS: Shout It Out Loud (Mercury, The Very Best Of KISS)

LYRES: Help You, Ann (Rhino, VA: DIY: Mass Ave)

BILL DOGGETT: Honky Tonk (Part 2) (Time-Life, VA: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Era: 1956)

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