This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio # 1076

Y’know, the fact that we bill this little mutant record hop as The Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin’ Planet offers some subtle clue that we tend to be pretty damned sure of ourselves. But man, look at our playlists! The playlists smoke, consistently and unerringly. And where there’s smoke, well, there are DJs who are on fire. In a good way.

And since that playlist speaks for itself, let’s spare a second to speak on behalf of The Spoon, the weekly podcast hosted by Robbie RistChris Jackson, and Thom Bowers. The Men Of The Spoon invited Dana & Carl to join the healthy mayhem of their show last week, and we were honored to participate. See, we feel taller whenever someone notices us. After all, our self-assured dominion only extends for three hours on a Sunday night; beyond that, well, we’re more the shy and reserved type. No, really! It was a gas to have an excuse to expand our manic hegemony for an extra hour this week, courtesy of The Spoon. You can hear the irresistible result at The Spoon Episode 433: We Cook Our Hot Dogs. Humility is an alien concept for us, but we humbly thank Robbie, Chris, and Thom for making us feel popular.

And now, back to US! 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:

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TIRnRR # 1076: 5/9/2021

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)

SLADE: Mama Weer All Crazee Now (Polydor, Greatest Hits)

THE PINK FAIRIES: Between The Lines (Salvo, VA: Born Stiff)

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

LEW LEWIS: Do Just What You Want (Stiff, Save The Wail)

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

KOMEDA: Boogie Woogie/Rock n Roll (Minty Fresh, The Genius Of Komeda)

THE CHELSEA CURVE: All In Time (Red On Red, single)

KELLEY RYAN: The Church Of Laundry (single)

THE BABLERS: I Hope It Wouldn’t Rain Tomorrow (Big Stir, Psychadilly Circus)

THE ENGLISH BEAT: Best Friend (Shout Factory, Keep The Beat)

THE BEACH BOYS: Friends (Capitol, Friends & 20/20)

THE BEATLES: Here Comes The Sun (Apple, Abbey Road)


EYTAN MIRSKY: This Year’s Gonna Be Our Year (M-Squared, Year Of The Mouse)


THE FLASHCUBES: It’s You Tonight (Northside, Bright Lights)

THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Ain’t It Strange (Bell, Rollin’)

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

IKE & TINA TURNER: I Can’t Believe What You Say (Capitol, Her Man…His Woman)

THE LINDA LINDAS: Claudia Kishi (single)

POP CO-OP: Joe Public (The TM Collective, VA: The Rutles: A Tribute)

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE: Better Things (Rykodisc, VA: This Is Where I Belong)

KID GULLIVER: Forget About Him (Red On Red, single)

THE MUFFS: No Action (Sympathy For The Record Industry, Hamburger)

THE EQUALS: I Can See, But You Don’t Know (Ice, First Among Equals)

SQUEEZE: Cool For Cats (A & M, The Squeeze Story)

JOHN HOWARD: 3 Years (Kool Kat Musik, Collected)

THE JAM: Heat Wave (Polydor, Direction Reaction Creation)

MICHAEL NESMITH & THE FIRST NATIONAL BAND: American Airman (RCA, Different Drum: The Lost RCA Recordings)

THE MONKEES: Me & Magdalena [Version 2] (Rhino, Good Times! [digital version])

THE REPUTATIONS: Forever On My Mind (Resurrection, Begging For More)

LULU: The Boat That I Row (Rhino, From Crayons To Perfume)

KISS: Shout It Out Loud (Mercury, Destroyer)

THE HEARTBREAKERS: Born To Lose (Jungle, L.A.M.F.)

HAYLEY & THE CRUSHERS: Jacaranda (Rum Bar, Fun Sized)

THE PRETENDERS: Brass In Pocket (Sire, The Singles)

SAM COOKE: Summertime (Abkco, Portrait Of A Legend)

THE PIXIES: Here Comes Your Man (4AD, Pixies)

JOHNATHAN PUSHKAR: Any Second Now (Jem, Compositions)

MARY LOU LORD: He’d Be A Diamond (Kill Rock Stars, Mary Lou Lord)

SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES: The Tears Of A Clown (Motown, VA: Hitsville USA)

NIKKI & THE CORVETTES: He’s A Mover (Bomp!, Nikki & the Corvettes)

MICKY DOLENZ: Different Drum (7a, Dolenz Sings Nesmith)

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

DARRELL BANKS: Angel Baby (Don’t You Ever Leave Me) (Sepia Tone, Darrell Banks Is Here!)

SUGAR: If I Can’t Change Your Mind (Rykodisc, Copper Blue)

VINCE MELOUNEY: No Good Without You (VM Music, single)

THE BEAT: Rock N Roll Girl (Wagon Wheel, The Beat)

THE LEGAL MATTERS: Light Up The Sky (Futureman, Chapter Three)

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

JOAN ARMATRADING: Eating The Bear (A & M, Walk Under Ladders)

THE BIRD AND THE BEE: Again & Again (Metro Blue, The Bird And The Bee)

THE KINKS: Till The End Of The Day (Sanctuary, The Anthology 1964-1971)

HOLLY GOLIGHTLY: Believe Me # 2 (Damaged Goods, Singles Round-Up)

THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY: Singing My Song (Razor & Tie, The Partridge Family Album)

LES HANDCLAPS: Cacti Are Delicious Fruit (Handclaps, Ouh Ouh Ah!)

THE REVELATIONS: Why When Love Is Gone (Red River Entertainment, The Cost Of Living)

AMY RIGBY: Stop Showing Up In My Dreams (Koch, The Sugar Tree)

THE RAMONES: I Just Want To Have Something To Do (Rhino, Road To Ruin)

THE BANGLES: Hero Takes A Fall (Columbia, All Over The Place)

THE V.I.P.’S: I Believe (Cherry Red, VA: 1978: The Year The UK Turned Day-Glo)

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