This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio # 989: The Eighth Annual DANA’S FUNKY SOUL PIT

Once a year, Dana assumes sole control of the playlist for an amazing annual shindig we call DANA’S FUNKY SOUL PIT! The first one was in the summer of 2012, a year when we were bringin’ in Guest Programmers left ‘n’ right. Amidst all these guests, we figured we should also each do our own show, too. Dana’s choice commenced with a spin of Parliament‘s “Tear The Roof Off The Sucker (Give Up The Funk),” as DANA’S FUNKY SOUL PIT willed itself into its first incarnation on July 1st, 2012. It became a welcome TIRnRR tradition, and the 2019 show is the eighth annual DANA’S FUNKY SOUL PIT. Our listeners look forward to it, Dana looks forward to it, look forward to it, and we’re gonna keep on doing it every year, for as long as there is a TIRnRR.

And now…the soul pit awaits. Take it, Dana!

This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio with Dana & Carl, Sunday nights from 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse on SPARK! WSPJ-LP 103.3 and 93.7 FM, and on the web at

Fans of pop music will want to check out Waterloo Sunset–Benefit For This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio, a new pop compilation benefiting SPARK! Syracuse, the home of This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio with Dana & CarlTIR’N’RR Allstars–Steve StoeckelBruce GordonJoel TinnelStacy CarsonEytan MirskyTeresa CowlesDan PavelichIrene Peña, Keith Klingensmith, and Rich Firestone–offer a fantastic new version of The Kinks’ classic “Waterloo Sunset.” That’s supplemented by eleven more tracks (plus a hidden bonus track), including previously-unreleased gems 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 the digital download from Futureman and/or the CD from Kool Kat Musik.

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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 songs (plus bonus tracks!), 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 most recent compilation CD This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio, Volume 4 is 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 # 989: 8/25/19: The Eighth Annual DANA’S FUNKY SOUL PIT!!


DOCTOR ROSS: Cat Squirrel (Koko Mojo, VA: Combination Boogie)


BO DIDDLEY: You Don’t Love Me (Koko Mojo, VA: Combination Boogie)

THE OHIO UNTOUCHABLES: Love Is Amazing (MOJO, VA: Motor City Soul)

ARTHUR “BIG BOY” CRUDUP: She’s Got No Hair (Koko Mojo, VA: Combination Boogie)

THE MAJESTICS: Hard Times (MOJO, VA: Motor City soul)

MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS: Nowhere To Run (UNCUT, VA: Summer Of Motown)

THE RONETTES: Be My Baby (Sony, Playlist)

KIM WESTON: Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While) (Motown, VA: Hitsville USA)

THE MARVELETTES: Please Mr. Postman (Motown, The Best Of The Marvelettes)

ETTA JAMES: I’d Rather Go Blind (Chess, VA: The Best Of Chess records)

IKE & TINA TURNER: Proud Mary (EMI, VA: Soul Classics Vol. 6)

MUDDY WATERS: Let’s Spend The Night Together (MCA, Electric Mud)

AL GREEN: I Want To Hold Your Hand (The Right Stuff, Green Is Blues)

SYL JOHNSON: Take Me To The River (EMI, VA: Soul Classics Vol. 6)

WEST COAST REVIVAL: Feelin’ Alright (Zealous, VA: Soul Sides Vol. 2: The Covers)

OTIS REDDING: Day Tripper (Atlantic, The King Of Soul)

JAMES BROWN: Cold Sweat (UNCUT, VA: The Original Funk Soul Brothers And Sisters!)

THE OHIO PLAYERS: Love Rollercoaster (Mercury, Gold)

KOOL & THE GANG: Jungle Boogie (20th Century Masters)

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE: Dance To The Music (Epic, Higher!)

EARTH, WIND & FIRE: September (Apace, Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire)

THE TEMPTATIONS: Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today) (Motown, Psychedelic Soul)

EDWIN STARR: Agent Double O Soul (Motown, VA: 25 Hard-To-Find Motown Classics–Volume Three)

THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Summer Breeze (Epic, The Essential Isley Brothers)

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

WILSON PICKETT: Land Of 1000 Dances (Rhino, A Man And A Half)

THE GLADIOLAS: Little Darlin’ (Rhino, VA: The Best Of Excello Records, Vol. 2)

SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: Polly Put The Kettle On (Koko Mojo, VA: Combination Boogie)

SLIM HARPO: Got Love If You Want It (MOJO, VA: The Route To Quadrophenia)

PARLIAMENT: Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker) (Mercury, Funked Up)

CURTIS MAYFIELD: Freddie’s Dead (Uncut, VA: The Original Funk Soul Brothers And Sisters!)

PRINCE: Jungle Love (NPG, Originals)

TOOTS & THE MAYTALS: 54-46 Was My Number (Music Club, The Very Best Of Toots & the Maytals)

RICHIE HAVENS: Freedom (Atlantic, VA: The Best Of Woodstock)

GIL SCOTT-HERON: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Ace, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised…Plus)

RUFUS THOMAS: Do The Funky Chicken (Stax, VA: 50th Anniversary Celebration)

SAM & DAVE: You Don’t Know Like I Know (Stax, VA: 50th Anniversary Celebration)

THE STAPLE SINGERS: Respect Yourself (Stax, VA: 50th Anniversary Celebration)

OTIS & CARLA: Tramp (Stax, VA: 50th Anniversary Celebration)

JEAN KNIGHT: Mr. Big Stuff (Stax, VA: 50th Anniversary Celebration)

LITTLE EVA: The Locomotion (EMI, VA: Girl Crazy!)

THE FIVE DU-TONES: Shake A Tail Feather (MCA, VA: Hairspray OST)

THE AD LIBS: The Boy From New York City (Charly, VA: The Red Bird Story)

THE SHARPEES: Do The 45 (Charly, VA: The Twisted Wheel)

SOLOMON BURKE: Maggie’s Farm (Rhino, The Very Best Of Solomon Burke)

BETTY EVERETT: I’ve Got A Claim On You (Charly, VA: The Scene Club)

PATTI LaBELLE & THE BLUEBELLS: I Sold My Heart To The Junkman (MOJO, VA: Memory Motel)

THE MIRACLES: Going To A Go-Go (Motown, VA: The Classic Years)

THE SUPREMES: You Can’t Hurry Love (Motown, VA: The Classic Years)

BYRON LEE & THE DRAGONAIRES: Express Yourself (Zealous, VA: Soul Sides Vol. 2: The Covers)

BIG AL DOWNING: Georgia Slop (Koko Mojo, VA: Combination Boogie)

BOOKER T & THE MG’S: Green Onions (Stax, VA: 50th Anniversary Celebration)

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