This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio # 984

Awright! It’s the intergalactic debut of TIR’N’RR Allstars’ new cover of The Greatest Record Ever Made, The Kinks‘ classic “Waterloo Sunset.” Our 2019 edition of the Allstars includes Steve StoeckelBruce GordonJoel Tinnel, Stacy CarsonEytan MirskyTeresa CowlesIrene PeñaKeith KlingensmithDan Pavelich, and Rich Firestone, and although they embrace nonviolence as the power pop way, rest assured that our Allstars can beat the tar outta your Allstars.

This new version of “Waterloo Sunset” will cause joy and merriment in all pop fans possessed of a pulse, and proceeds from its sale will directly benefit SPARK! Syracuse, the home of This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio. But it’s NOT a single release! It’s the lead-off number from a new 12-track (plus a bonus!) TIRnRR benefit compilation, available RIGHT NOW from the good folk at Futureman Records. In addition to the titular tune, Waterloo Sunset–Benefit For This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio includes previously-unreleased tracks from The Click BeetlesEytan MirskyPop Co-OpIrene PeñaMichael Slawter (covering The Posies), and The Anderson Council (covering XTC), a new remix of “Infinite Soul” by The Grip Weeds, and familiar TIRnRR Fave Raves by Vegas With RandolphGretchen’s WheelThe Armoires, and Pacific Soul Ltd. Oh, and that mystery bonus track? It’s exquisite. You need this. You’re buying it from Futureman. And we played all of it on this week’s show. Waterloo Sunset‘s fine. Real fine!

We also found time for new music from Dean Landewsparkle*jets u.k., and Dime Box Band, the long-overdue TIRnRR debut of The Cherry Bluestorms, and the boppin’ ‘n’ swayin’ delights detailed below. We’ve got a radio show. Thanks to our friends, our fans, and our supporters, we’ll still here, more than twenty years on, for nearly one thousand shows. Thanks to the TIR’N’RR Allstars for surprising us with all of…this. This. We are big, big fans of THIS. And this is what rock ‘n’ roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

Waterloo Sunset–Benefit For This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio is now available for download from our friends at Futureman Records. All proceeds benefit WSPJ Spark Syracuse.

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Hey, Carl’s writin’ a book! The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1) will contain 100 essays (and then some) about 100 tracks, plus two bonus instrumentals, each one of ’em THE greatest record ever made. An infinite number of songs can each be the greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. Updated initial information can be seen here:

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-OpRay PaulCirce Link & Christian NesmithVegas With Randolph Featuring Lannie FlowersThe SlapbacksP. HuxIrene PeñaMichael Oliver & the Sacred Band Featuring Dave MerrittThe RubinoosStepford KnivesThe Grip WeedsPopdudesRonnie DarkThe FlashcubesChris von SneidernThe Bottle Kids1.4.5.The SmithereensPaul Collins’ BeatThe Hit SquadThe RulersThe Legal MattersMaura & the Bright LightsLisa 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 # 984: 7/21/19

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)

TIR’N’RR ALLSTARS: Waterloo Sunset (Futureman, VA: Waterloo Sunset–Benefit For This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio)

IRENE PEÑA: Own Sweet Time (Futureman, VA: Waterloo Sunset–Benefit For This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio)

THE CLICK BEETLES: If Not Now Then When (Futureman, VA: Waterloo Sunset–Benefit For This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio)

EYTAN MIRSKY: Flakes (Futureman, VA: Waterloo Sunset–Benefit For This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio)

THE ANDERSON COUNCIL: Are You Receiving Me (Futureman, VA: Waterloo Sunset–Benefit For This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio)

MICHAEL SLAWTER: Any Other Way (Futureman, VA: Waterloo Sunset–Benefit For This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio)

THE GRIP WEEDS: Infinite Soul [2019 remix] (Futureman, VA: Waterloo Sunset–Benefit For This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio)

POP CO-OP: Ten Times Today (Futureman, VA: Waterloo Sunset–Benefit For This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio)

DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS: Burn It Down (Warner Brothers, Searching For The Young Soul Rebels)

RICHARD X. HEYMAN: Everything Must Go (Turn-Up, Pop Circles)

ALTERED IMAGES: Happy Birthday (Sony, VA: New Wave Hits Of The 70’s & 80’s)

MARSHALL CRENSHAW: Whenever You’re On My Mind (Rhino, This Is Easy)

THE BEATLES: Birthday (Apple, The Beatles)

THE CHERRY BLUESTORMS: Seven League Boots (Roundhouse, Whirligig!)

SPARKLE*JETS U.K.: Ballad Of El Goodo (Big Stir, single)

PETER & GORDON: True Love Ways (Rhino, VA: The British Invasion Vol. 3)

IRENE PEÑA: Must’ve Been Good (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio, Volume 4)

PACIFIC SOUL LTD.: We Go High (Futureman, VA: Waterloo Sunset–Benefit For This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio)

THE BEATLES: When I’m 64 (Apple, Yellow Submarine Songtrack)

TIR’N’RR ALLSTARS: [super secret bonus track] (Futureman, VA: Waterloo Sunset–Benefit For This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio)

MR. ENCRYPTO: The Last Time [a cappella] (JAM, VA: This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio, Volume 2)

THE COWSILLS: Cross That Line (Robin, Global)

ASTROPUPPEES: Over Her Head (Manatee, Little Chick Tsunami)

ROXY MUSIC: More Than This (Reprise, Avalon)

ASTROPUPPEES: Little Chick Tsunami (Manatee, Little Chick Tsunami)


STATUS QUO WITH THE BEACH BOYS: Fun Fun Fun (PolyGram, single)

VEGAS WITH RANDOLPH: She’s An Intellectual (Futureman, VA: Waterloo Sunset–Benefit For This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio)

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

JIM BASNIGHT: Living The Way I Want (Precedent, Not Changing)

DIME BOX BAND: All Of Nothing (Avebury, Happy)

THE BANGLES: Hero Takes A Fall (Music Club, Manic Monday)

THE ARMOIRES: Responsible (Reuptake) (Futureman, VA: Waterloo Sunset–Benefit For This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio)

SPARKLE*JETS U.K.: You And Your Sister (Big Stir, single)

P. P. ARNOLD: The First Cut Is The Deepest (Immediate, The First Cut)

BIG STAR: Feel (Ardent, # 1 Record/Radio City)

GRETCHEN’S WHEEL: Plans (Futureman, VA: Waterloo Sunset–Benefit For This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio

XTC: Respectable Street (Virgin, Upsy Daisy Assortment)

THE BROTHERS STEVE: We Got The Hits (n/a, # 1)


ANNY CELSI: Sideways Rain (Ragazza, Kaleidoscope Heart: 12 Golden Hits)

THE BEACH BOYS: Sloop John B (Capitol, Pet Sounds)

THE RAMONES: I Believe In Miracles (Rhino, Loud, Fast Ramones)

BLONDIE: One Way Or Another (Chrysalis, The Platinum Collection)

THE KINKS: Death Of A Clown (Sanctuary, The Ultimate Collection)

THE BEATLES: Nowhere Man (Apple, Yellow Submarine Songtrack)

MFSB: TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) (Legacy, End Of Phase 1)

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