This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio # 968

Our webcast and broadcast woes from last week mutated into new webcast woes this week, but we soldiered on because…all right, I’m not exactly sure why we bothered. Oh, right! Pop music! Its own reward. This week’s rewards included new stuff from Eytan Mirsky, The Jellybricks, Popdudes, Lannie Flowers, Terry Draper, The Ex-Teens, Eric Barao, The Beatpunkers, and Kenny (featuring Anton Barbeau), plus TIRnRR debuts by The Somethings, Intensive Care, and The Swodahs (with our ol’ pal Tommy O’Riley). We wished a Happy Birthday to Herb Alpert, and exulted in the glory of all sortsa fine tracks by everyone from The Doors to The Hollies to Gang Of Four to Earth, Wind & Fire. And we saluted the late Ranking Roger with a barrage of great tracks from our Featured Performers, The English Beat. Our petty little problems can make us forget the damned fleeting nature of our brief time in this world. We have music. We have the will to dance, ranking full stop. We just can’t stop it. Twist and crawl, twist and crawl, twist and crawl. The bad stuff? Save it for later. This is what rock ‘n’ roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

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Our new compilation CD This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio, Volume 4 is) now available from Kool Kat Musik! 29 tracks of irresistible rockin’ pop, starring Pop Co-Op, Ray Paul, Circe Link & Christian Nesmith, Vegas With Randolph Featuring Lannie Flowers, The Slapbacks, P. Hux, Irene Peña, Michael Oliver & the Sacred Band Featuring Dave Merritt, The Rubinoos, Stepford Knives, The Grip Weeds, Popdudes, Ronnie Dark, The Flashcubes, Chris von Sneidern, The Bottle Kids, 1.4.5., The Smithereens, Paul Collins’ Beat, The Hit Squad, The Rulers, The Legal Matters, Maura & the Bright Lights, Lisa Mychols, and Mr. Encrypto & the Cyphers. You gotta have it, so order it at Digital download -version (minus The Smithereens’ track) now available -at

TIRnRR # 968: 3/31/19

This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio 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)

EYTAN MIRSKY: Last Home Game Of The Season (M-Squared, If Not Now…Later)

GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR: Discovering Japan (Spectrum, The Very Best Of Graham Parker & The Rumour)

TEXAS TORNADOS: Adios Mexico (Reprise, Texas Tornados)

THE ENGLISH BEAT: Doors Of Your Heart (IRS, Wha’ppen)

THE DOORS: Break On Through (To The Other Side) (Elektra, The Future Starts Here)

THE MONKEES: I Wanna Be Free [fast version] (Rhino, The Monkees)

THE JELLYBRICKS: DOA (Wicked Cool, single)

GENERAL PUBLIC: Tenderness (IRS, single)

POPDUDES: Dream Baby (Big Stir, single)

THE ENGLISH BEAT: Ranking Full Stop (IRS, I Just Can’t Stop It)

THE HOLLIES: Hey Willie (EMI, All The Hits And More)

TOOTS & THE MAYTALS: Funky Kingston (Island, Funky Kingston)

THE SOMETHINGS: Outta Town Friend (, The Somethings)

XTC: Life Begins At The Hop (Virgin, Upsy Daisy Assortment)

THE KINKS: Who’ll Be The Next In Line (Sanctuary, The Ultimate Collection)

THE ENGLISH BEAT: Tears Of A Clown (IRS, I Just Can’t Stop It)

THE GREENBERRY WOODS: Back Seat Driver (Sire, Big Money Item)

THE BANGLES: Mary Street (Omnivore, Ladies And Gentlemen…The Bangles!)

INTENSIVE CARE: Let’s Build A Mall

THE NERVES: One Way Ticket (Alive, One Way Ticket)

NAZARETH: This Flight Tonight (A & M, Classics Volume 16)

THE ENGLISH BEAT: Mirror In The Bathroom (IRS, I Just Can’t Stop It)

T BONE BURNETT: Jellico Coal Man (Columbia, VA: Johnny Cash: Forever Words)

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

LANNIE FLOWERS: Anything But Love (SpyderPop, single)

NEIL YOUNG: Heart Of Gold (Reprise, Decade)

TERRY DRAPER: When I Grow Up (Klaatunes, In My Garden)

THE ENGLISH BEAT: I Confess (IRS, Special Beat Service)

THE EX-TEENS: Good News (For Shut-Ins) (Big Stir, single)

THE CLASH: Train In Vain (Epic, London Calling)

ERIC BARAO: Unhappy Ending (, Obsolete)

THE ENGLISH BEAT: Best Friend (IRS, I Just Can’t Stop It)

JIM BASNIGHT: Best Lover In The World (Precedent, Not Changing)

THE PANDORAS: Hot Generation (ROIR, VA: Garage Sale)

THE SWODAHS: Wake Up Little Suzy (unreleased)

THE CRICKLE: Place In My Heart (ROIR, VA: Garage Sale)

THE BEATPUNKERS: No Reverse (Kool Kat Musik, Those Years Songs)

THE ENGLISH BEAT: What’s Your Best Thing (IRS, Special Beat Service)

HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS: Mexican Road Race (A & M, S.R.O.)

GANG OF FOUR: At Home He’s A Tourist (V2, Return The Gift)

EARTH, WIND & FIRE: Sing A Song (Columbia, The Eternal Dance)

THE ENGLISH BEAT: Whine & Grind/Stand Down Margaret (IRS, I Just Can’t Stop It)

KENNY: My Adelphi Twin (Big Stir, single)

THE DOORS: Hello, I Love You (Elektra, The Future Starts Here)

ROXY MUSIC: More Than This (Warner Brothers, Avalon)

THE ENGLISH BEAT: Can’t Get Used To Losing You (IRS, I Just Can’t Stop It)

THE ZOMBIES: This Will Be Our Year (Big Beat, Zombie Heaven)

THE ENGLISH BEAT: Too Nice To Talk To (IRS, Wha’ppen?)

THE RAMONES: Blitzkrieg Bop (Rhino, Ramones)

THE ENGLISH BEAT: Twist & Crawl (IRS, I Just Can’t Stop It)

THE SELECTER: On My Radio (Chrysalis, VA: The 2-Tone Collection)

THE ENGLISH BEAT: Save It For Later (IRS, Special Beat Service)

HERB ALPERT: Route 101 (A & M, Fandango)

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