This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio # 1073

Like the SupermanBatman team-ups in old issues of World’s Finest Comics, each edition of This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio with Dana & Carl presents your two favorite heroes in one adventure together. While I am not the world’s greatest detective, and Dana can’t leap tall buildings in a single bound (at least not as far as I’m aware), we do have a radio show. That may not qualify as superheroics, but it does serve the greater good. Plus: pop songs!

And, like the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight, Dana and I work together in our crusade. With rare exception (like the annual Dana’s Funky Soul Pit), each week’s playlist is the result of  two separate forces combined as one. Dana can do a terrific solo show, and I can do a terrific solo show; neither would be quite the same as This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio with Dana & Carl.

I think that specific dynamic helps to create a better radio show. Dana plays some songs I might never think of playing. I play some songs Dana might never think of playing. And, sometimes, one of us plays a song or artist the other one would have played if he’d gotten around to it. The result is seamless and compelling. World’s Finest. The Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin’ Planet.

Justice is served. I’m working on my Batarang skills. Dana’s been practicing the art of lowering his glasses and winking at the reader. We’ve got a radio show. The city is safe. Up, up and away. 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 all about this show’s long and weird history here: Boppin’ The Whole Friggin’ Planet (The History Of THIS IS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RADIO). TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS are always welcome.The many fine This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio compilation albums are still available, each full of that rockin’ pop sound you crave. A portion of all sales benefit our perpetually cash-strapped community radio project:

Volume 1: download
Volume 2: CD or download
Volume 3: download
Volume 4: CD or download
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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 KINKS: I Need You (Sanctuary, The Anthology 1964-1971)

THE HOLLIES: Look Through Any Window (EMI, Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years)

MELANIE WITH THE EDWIN HAWKINS SINGERS: Lay Down (Candles In The Rain) (Buddah, single)

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

CAROLYN FRANKLIN: Chain Reaction (Kent, Sister Soul: The Best Of The RCA Years 1969-1976)

THE WHO: The Good’s Gone (MCA, My Generation)

THE FORTY NINETEENS: It’s The Worst Thing I Could Do (Big Stir, New Roaring Twenties)

BOB FENSTER & THE WINDOWS: You’re Doing It Wrong (Whirled Music, The Whole In The Pieces)

CILLA BLACK: Step Inside Love (Rhino, Her All-Time Greatest Hits)

HOLLY GOLIGHTLY: Box Elder (Damaged Goods, Singles Round-Up)

LARRY COLLINS: See The Hills (RPM, VA: Sharon Sheeley: Songwriter)

THE SMALL FACES: E Too D (Deram, The Anthology 1965-1967)

NIGHTSPELL: Sea Of Thieves (Red On Red, single)

THE BOOMTOWN RATS: She’s So Modern (Universal, Best Of The Boomtown Rats)

THE SPINNERS: My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) (Motown, The Best Of The Spinners)

ATHENSVILLE: Head Start (, Undressing Minds For Show)

EMMYLOU HARRIS: Luxury Liner (Rhino, Luxury Liner)

THE ROLLING STONES: She’s A Rainbow (Abkco, Their Satanic Majesties Request)

YOUR ACADEMY: Better Nature (Kool Kat Musik, Your Academy)

THE TOM ROBINSON BAND: 2-4-6-8 Motorway (Rhino, VA: DIY: Teenage Kicks)

THE DRIFTERS: Sweets For My Sweet (Atlantic, All-Time Greatest Hits & More 1959-1965)

DEVO: Whip It (Rhino, Pioneers Who Got Scalped)

WANDA JACKSON: Honey Bop (Metro Select, First Lady Of Rockabilly)

PUBLIC IMAGE, LTD.: Public Image (Virgin, The Greatest Hits, So Far)

ANDREA GILLIS: Leave The Light On (Red On Red, single)

KID GULLIVER: Boy In A Bubble (Red On Red, single)

POP CO-OP: You Don’t Love Me Anymore (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio, Volume 4)

CROSBY, STILLS & NASH: Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (Atlantic, CSN)

KEVIN ROBERTSON: Love’s Blue Yonder (Big Stir, single)

KELLEY RYAN: The Church Of Laundry (single)

ARETHA FRANKLIN: Save Me (Atlantic, I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You)

LES HANDCLAPS: Sunny City (Handclaps, Ouh Ouh Ah!)

JIM BASNIGHT & THE MOBERLYS: Tonight (Precedent, Seattle – Los Angeles – New York)

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

THE LEGAL MATTERS: Don’t Read Between The Lines (Futureman, Chapter Three)

THE BEATLES: I’m Only Sleeping (Apple, Revolver)

LINDA RONSTADT: How Do I Make You (Rhino, Greatest Hits I & II)

THE JAM: Away From The Numbers (Polydor, Direction Reaction Creation)

SAM COOKE: (Ain’t That) Good News (Abkco, Portrait Of A Legend)

THE LA’S: There She Goes (Rhino, VA: Children Of Nuggets)

THE FALSE POSITIVES: Do It Wrong All Over Again (, single)

THE BYRDS: I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better (Columbia, Mr. Tambourine Man)

THE KENNEDYS: Half Of Us (Jiffyjam, Get It Right)

THE BEACH BOYS: I Can Hear Music (Capitol, Friends & 20/20)

KEN SHARP: Something’s Happening (, Miniatures)

BIG STAR: I’m In Love With A Girl (Ardent, # 1 Record/Radio City)

THE RAMONES: Swallow My Pride (Rhino, Leave Home)

THE CASTAWAYS: Liar, Liar (Rhino, VA: Nuggets)

THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Got To Have You Back (Motown, Greatest Hits & Rare Classics)

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

MAD MONSTER PARTY: No Matter What I Do (n/a, Mad Monster Party)

THE MnM’S: I’m Tired (Burger, Melts In Your Ears 1980-1981)

THE COOLIES: Yeah I Don’t Know (Wicked Cool, Uh Oh…It’s The Coolies)

THE TROGGS: Our Love Will Still Be There (Fontana, Archeology)

THE WHITE STRIPES: We’re Going To Be Friends (Sony, Greatest Hits)

THE MONKEES: You Just May Be The One (Rhino, Headquarters)

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

GAME THEORY: Treat It Like My Own [fan club holiday tape] (Omnivore, Across The Barrier Of Sound: Postscript)

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