This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio # 1026

Living after midnight.

Maybe Judas Priest wouldn’t be among the first acts to come to mind when thinking about This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio with Dana & Carl. It’s true that we very rarely play any Judas Priest on the show (though I have been known to seriously crank the Priest’s “Living After Midnight” and [especially] “Heading Out To The Highway” whenever the iPod in my car shuffles in that direction). And an embrace of the phrase “living after midnight” would seem odd for a radio show that packs up and exclaims sayonara when the witching hour tolls.

Nonetheless, it feels right. Living after midnight. I was a night owl for most of my life, staying up as late as I could to write, read, draw, watch TV, listen to the radio, and–as I entered my late teens and beyond–to see bands play, to party and carouse, to prance, dance, and make romance. And still also to write, read, draw, watch TV, and listen to the radio. I would gladly sleep through the morning in exchange for living after midnight.

I don’t stay up as late as I used to. I’m rarely in bed before midnight, but not usually up for much longer after the clock strikes twelve. I’m older now, and that’s fine. My body honors the demands of the physical world. In my head, I’m still living after midnight.

This week’s show included The Donnas‘ struttin’ 2001 cover of Judas Priest’s “Living After Midnight,” as well as new music from The Vapour TrailsDana Countryman, and Tom Curless & the 46 %, the TIRnRR debut of Juniper, an exciting backing-tracks-only cut by The Kinks, another lost 1966 Motown track by The Mynah Birds, and so many more luxurious examples of the both the bright and the dark nocturnal music we hear all day and all of the night. Whatever the time of day, it’s midnight. And we feel alive. This is what rock ‘n’ roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

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TIRnRR # 1026: 5/24/2020

TIRnRR 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)

THE VAPOUR TRAILS: Why Wonder Why (Futureman, Golden Sunshine)

JUNIPER: Boys! Boys! Boys! Boys! Boys! (Confidential Recordings, Boys! Boys! Boys! Boys! Boys!)

THE DAVE CLARK FIVE: Glad All Over (Hollywood, The History Of The Dave Clark Five)

ARETHA FRANKLIN: Spirit In The Dark (Atlantic, The Atlantic Singles Collection 1967-1970)

JIM BASNIGHT: This Is Where I Belong (Big Stir, VA: Big Stir Singles–The Sixth Wave)

THE BEACH BOYS: Don’t Worry Baby (Capitol, Surfer Girl/Shut Down Vol. 2)

THE KINKS: She’s Got Everything [Backing Track Take 2] (Sanctuary, The Anthology 1964-1971)

THE HEARTBREAKERS: Love Comes In Spurts (Cleopatra, Yonkers Demo 1976)

THE MERRY-GO-ROUND: Live (Varese Sarabande, EMITT RHODES: Listen, Listen)

THE JAM: The Dreams Of Children (Polydor, Direction Reaction Creation)

THE JAM: That’s Entertainment! (Polydor, Direction Reaction Creation)

THE EQUALS: Baby Come Back (ICE, First Among Equals)

DANA COUNTRYMAN: Better Let Her Go (Sterling Swan, Come Into My Studio)

DR. FEELGOOD: She Does It Right (EMI, All Through The City)

SLADE: Gudbuy T’ Jane (Polydor, Greatest Hits)

NEW ORDER: Ceremony (Qwest, Substance)

JOY DIVISION: Love Will Tear Us Apart (Factory, Substance)

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

THE MYNAH BIRDS: I’ll Wait Forever (Motown, VA: Motown Unreleased: 1966)

THE BENT BACKED TULIPS: Sweet Young Thing (eggBERT, Looking Through…)

THE MONKEES: The Door Into Summer (Rhino, The Mike & Micky Show)

MYRACLE BRAH: Eight Miles High (Not Lame, VA: Full Circle)

MICHAEL CARPENTER & MICHAEL OLIVER: It Only Hurts When I Breathe (single)

HELLO HELEN: Fall’s Far Away (Futureman, VA: This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio, Volume 1)

TOM CURLESS & THE 46 %: House On Fire (Futureman, Almost Ready For The Future)

THE SPONGETONES: Have You Ever Been Torn Apart? (Black Vinyl, Beat & Torn)

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: Son Of A Preacher Man (Rhino, Dusty In Memphis)

DEVO: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (Rhino, Pioneers Who Got Scalped)

WILD KISSES: Feels So Fine (, Wild Kisses)

EYTAN MIRSKY: Don’t Bother Me (Jealousy, VA: He Was Fab)

WILLIE WISELY: Cut Your Groove (Kool Kat Musik, Face The Sun)

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

JOEY RAMONE: What A Wonderful World (Sanctuary, Don’t Worry About Me)

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

RICH FIRESTONE: If The Sun Doesn’t Shine (, THE TM COLLECTIVE: Green Thoughts)

THE JOHNNY POPSTAR LUV EXPLOSION: Oh Renee (Futureman, VA: This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio, Volume 1)

POP CO-OP: No Man’s Land (Futureman, Factory Settings)

XTC: Are You Receiving Me? (Rhino, VA: Classic Punk)

THE CORNER LAUGHERS: Everything’ll Be Alright (Futureman, VA: Garden Of Earthly Delights)

THE BEATLES: I’m Looking Through You (Apple, Anthology 2)

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

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Girls In Their Summer Clothes (Columbia, Magic)

THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Saturday Night (Arista, The Definitive Collection)

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

THE BOOKENDS: She’s Got It (Jem, single)

MOTT THE HOOPLE: All The Young Dudes (Columbia, The Ballad Of Mott)

LITTLE RICHARD: Long Tall Sally (Specialty, The Georgia Peach)

BLONDIE: Hanging On The Telephone (Chrysalis, The Platinum Collection)

THE FLAMIN’ GROOVIES: First Plane Home (Grown Up Wrong, Between The Lines)

THE WHO: Substitute (MCA, The Very Best Of The Who)

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

THE BEVIS FROND: He’d Be A Diamond (Rubric, New River Head)

THE DONNAS: Living After Midnight (Lookout!, The Donnas Turn 21)

ROBERT GORDON: Someday, Someway (Razor & Tie, Red Hot 1977-1981)

THE MUFFS: The Best (Omnivore, No Holiday)

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