This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio # 1010

It was the kind of a day where there just isn’t much to say.

Hearing the news of Kobe Bryant’s death was a shock, a gasp-out-loud moment. It was made even worse as we learned that eight more people also perished in the helicopter crash that ended the life of this basketball legend, and that Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna was among the casualties.

I can’t even. It doesn’t matter if you were a fan. You’re a human being. You have to feel. You have to. If we can’t feel, we are all lost.

We play songs on the radio. It’s what we do, and it’s all we can offer. Our show is a bubble, a pleasant diversion, nothing more, nothing less. It was the kind of a day where there just isn’t much to say. Hold on to the people you love. Just hold on, as long as you can. I don’t want to be glib. I just want to wish you well, and play you some music. Hold on.

Hold on. 

This is what rock ‘n’ roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio with Dana & Carl airs Sunday nights from 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse at SPARK! WSPJ 103.3 and 93.7 FM, and on the web at You can read about our history here. TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS are always welcome.

TIRnRR # 1010: 1/26/2020

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)

JILL OLSON: My Best Yesterday (Sound Asleep, VA: Hit The Hay Vol. 11)

LES HANDCLAPS: Je Pense Encore O Toi (Handclaps, Sessions: Brooklyn)

THE ISLEY BROTHERS: You Walk Your Way (T Neck, 3 + 3)

JEFF BECK GROUP: Plynth (Water Down The Drain) (Ace, VA: John Savage’s 1969-1971)

MIDNIGHT OIL: The Dead Heart (Columbia, Diesel And Dust)

MOTT THE HOOPLE: Rock And Roll Queen (Columbia, The Ballad Of Mott)

THE RARE BREED: Beg, Borrow And Steal (Collectables, The Super K Collection)

THE RARE BREED: Beg, Borrow And Steal (Rhino, VA: Nuggets)

THE ROLLING STONES: Get Off Of My Cloud (Abkco, Big Hits [High Tide & Green Grass])

THE KINKS: King Kong (Reprise, The Kink Kronikles)

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

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Sweet Jane (Cotillion, Loaded)

AL STEWART: The Beltway (Kool Kat Musik, VA: For The Record–A Tribute To John Wicks)

THE GO-BETWEENS: Bye Bye Pride (Big Time, Tallulah)

ROSANNE CASH: Pink Bedroom (Rhythm & Romance)

THE MONKEES: You Told Me (Rhino, Headquarters)

THE MUFFS: On My Own (Omnivore, No Holiday)

LES HANDCLAPS: Trop Tard (Handclaps, Sessions: Brooklyn)

ROB MARTINEZ: All I Ever Wanted (Karma Frog, Maybe Miss America)

JETHRO TULL: The Witch’s Promise (Ace, VA: John Savage’s 1969-1971)

SIBLING RIVALRY: See My Way (Alternative Tentacles, In A Family Way)

DETROIT FEATURING MITCH RYDER: Rock ‘N Roll (Ace, VA: John Savage’s 1969-1971)

CHUCK BERRY: I’m Talking About You (MCA, The Anthology)

SHOES: The Things You Do (Numero, Pre-Tense)

THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Who’ll Be My Keeper (7T’s, Elevator)

SWEET: Action (RCA, Action)

THE 5TH DIMENSION: Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures) (Arista, The Ultimate 5th Dimension)

MATTHEW SWEET & SUSANNA HOFFS: Different Drum (Shout Factory, Under The Covers Vol. 1)

RONNIE SPECTOR & THE E STREET BAND: Say Goodbye To Hollywood (Sony, VA: Cleveland International Records 1977-1983)

DAVID BOWIE: In The Heat Of The Morning (Virgin, Bowie At The Beeb)

THE WEEKLINGS: In The Moment (Jem, 3)

SQUEEZE: Annie Get Your Gun (A & M, Singles–45’s And Under)

THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL: Summer In The City (Buddha, Greatest Hits)

THE WHO: Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand [U. S. single mono mix] (MCA, The Who Sell Out)

ANTON BARBEAU: Jingle Jangle (Big Stir, Kenny Vs. Thrust)

MARY LOU LORD: Right On ‘Till Dawn (Rubric, Speeding Motorcycle)

EYTAN MIRSKY: Share If You Agree (Sound Asleep, VA: Hit The Hay Vol. 11)

DAVE DAVIES: Creeping Jean (Pye, single)

CAROLYNE MAS: In The Rain (Savage Juliet, Beyond Jupiter)

THE BEATLES: Rain (Capitol, single)

DEAN LANDEW: After Work (

THE PRETENDERS: Cuban Slide (Rhino, Pretenders)

THE CLICK BEETLES: If Not Now Then When (Kool Kat Musik [CD]/Futureman [download], VA: Waterloo Sunset–Benefit For This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio)

THE MUFFS: On And On (Reprise, Blonder And Blonder)

THE ANIMALS: It’s My Life (Abkco, Retrospective)

PERE UBU: The Modern Dance (Soul Jazz, VA: Punk 45 Vol. 1)

THE RAMONES: I Wanna Be Sedated (Rhino, Road To Ruin)

ROBERT GORDON: Someday Someway (Razor & Tie, Red Hot)

LES HANDCLAPS: Surfin’ Barista (Handclaps, Sessions: Brooklyn)

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