Archive for May, 2011

Listen to this week’s show here:

Cruising with The Commissioner #8 (26-05-11)

Well, I am (mildly) embarrassed to admit that I enjoyed this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner, but fortunately the feedback suggests that I was not alone and the playlist found favour with a wider audience too. That and the sunshine have certainly created a warm feeling this here at Cruise Control and will encourage even more fervent rummaging in the Cruising library to find other gems. These ventures into the dark corners of the library always seem to re-unite me with many old (sorry – ‘long-time’) friends, causing much joy and no little celebration. So, this week’s show was partly a ‘happy returns’ party and an opportunity to share them in your good company.

In preparing for Cruising with The Commissioner this week, the turntables here in the Grand Duchy of Bexleyheath have been graced with some new 45s, the new album from Mick Clarke “The Rambunctious Blues Experiment’, albums by The Beau Brummels, The Easybeats, Lavern Baker and a great collection of Decca originals, ‘The Girl’s Scene’ (which was recommended by Wireless FM DJ Max Quirk). Doubtless, some of these will appear in the Cruising playlists shortly.

There has been much ‘behind the scenes’ activity at Cruise Control to get Mick Clarke (Killing Floor) on the show and it paid off this week. Mick brought along some tracks for one of our occasional ‘Talk To Me’ sessions and offered us an intriguing glimpse of the UK blues scene, his  adventures with Killing Floor and beyond. We certainly hope that he will return on a future occasion to continue his stories.

The chatroom chatter this week included some chat about the Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour with Joe Cocker (and many, many others) and some up-coming musical events and technical matters. It also drifted into speculation about the exotic apparel that The Commissioner may be sporting for various tracks on the show. It just demonstrates what creative minds can do when they congregate.  Whether you listen live or catch up through the MP3 version on the website, why not give us some feedback. You may have noticed that we repositioned the audio link in the postings, as a direct result of your feedback about ease of use and we know how easy you like it now!

Captain Scarlet’s ‘Three From Me’ from last week, certainly fulfilled the anticipation for the Cruising Crew and we will try to persuade the Captain to return, when he has a well-deserved rest break from saving the world. In the ‘Three From Me’ slot this week we were pleased to welcome The Vikster, who brought along some stories of parental playlists and musical car journeys. It sounded like we only heard the start of that story and so I have a feeling that The Vikster will be another welcome guest who will be back again soon.

The Cruisettes always look forward to finding The Shake lurking in those shadowy turns along our Cruising route and he demonstrates some very stylist lurking too! So, as we were cruising and enjoying the scenery, The Cruisettes were only mildly surprised when The Shake stepped out of the shadows and beckoned us seductively (as he does) to take another trip with him down Memory Lane. This week saw another of his meanderings and a further endorsement for the rewards of allowing him to do some relaxed ruminating in the vinyl vault. This time, he took us ‘Down in Bermuda’ and very pleasant it was too, although it was a deal more difficult to get The Cruising Crew back on track to finish our cruise.

For the keen archivists or those with a casual curiosity, here’s the playlist for this week’s show:

Cruising for fun . . . .
Big 10 inch – Bull Moose Jackson
As Long As I’m Moving – Ruth Brown
That’s Why – Jackie Wilson
I Don’t Know – Freddie King
I Feel Good All Over – Bettye Lavette
Mean It Baby – Carl Hall
Do The Funky Boogaloo – Barry Jones
This Is How A Heart Breaks – Joe McBride
Lie To Me – Joe Cocker

Three from me . . . . The Vikster
Green Door – Jim Lowe
Red Sails In the Sunset – Fats Domino
Working In a Coalmine – Lee Dorsey

Cruising some more . . . .
Nothing I Can Do – Al Hill & The Love Butlers
Harlem Nocturne – Earl Bostic
In The Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
I Fell Apart – Drizabone Soul Family
Soulville – Dinah Washington
Think It Over – Harvey Dozen Avenue
Ooh Baby – Deon Jackson

Talk To Me . . . . Mick Clarke
Cheap – Mick Clarke
Calm Down – Killing Floor
Backseat Blues – Mick Clarke

Cruising even more . . . . .
Thirteen Women – Bill Haley & His Comets
Tippety Top – The Rays

Memory Lane . . . . with The Shake
Down In Bermuda – Jonathan Richmond & The Modern Lovers

 Cruising for home . . . . .
Talkin’ Woman – Lowell Fulsom
House On the Corner – Don Covay
Have Mercy Baby – The Dominoes
Do The Bug With Me – Billy Bland
This Old Heart Of Mine – The Isley Brothers
Wild Wild Child – The Sapphires
Shindig City – Dorothy Parker
Rock Rock Rock – Richard Berry & The Pharoahs
Whole Lotta Woman – Marvin Rainwater
Leaving Here – Eddie Holland
Saturday Night – Roy Brown

Our good pal, DJ Leyton Rocks, returned looking suave, relaxed and elegantly dressed in designer shades and an Armani suit, fresh from his sojourn in Cannes. He’s clearly enjoyed rubbing shoulders with the elite at the film festival and he’s still catching up on film-related activities, so we will have to wait a little longer his next ‘DJLR detour’.

As always, I am grateful to Wireless FM for another opportunity to play my choice of music and, if you enjoy this selection, I hope you’ll join me next Thursday for another festival of rock, soul and real RnB, when once again we’ll go Cruising with The Commissioner.

If you can’t wait till then, I recommend you take a listen to the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM, where they’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse and play music you’ll never forget.

Until the next time we meet, have fun!

Down the Road Apiece

Posted: May 19, 2011 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen to this week’s show here: Cruising with The Commissioner #7 (Complete)

As you can see, in response to your feedback, we’ve put the audio link to the show up front . . . . you’re listening and we’re listening too!

Well, no one can say it hasn’t been ‘lively here in the Grand Duchy of Bexleyheath during the past week. The visitor’s lounge has seen its fair share of familiar faces calling by and most welcome they have been too. In between these ‘encounters’, the long-term project to bring some semblance of order to Cruise Control has moved decisively beyond the ‘tipping point’ and slid in a vaguely supervised manner towards its goal. Although this may be a never-ending project, I am reminded that sometimes ‘it is better to travel hopefully than to arrive’. So, I’ll aim to keep pace with at least one hand on the steering wheel and ever hopeful that things stay on course.

As new music keeps arriving for the Cruising library, so we continue our rummaging in the dark recesses to see what flotsam and jetsam has accumulated there and to pursue some ‘displacement management’ by finding them new homes elsewhere. Many items have been traded through the web and we are pleased that some ‘special interest’ items have been adopted by fellow Wireless FM DJ, Max Quirk, and we might hear some of these on Max’s Magic Circles on Wireless FM on Tuesday nights from 9 – 10:30pm (GMT).

The chatroom chatter and the texts that came in during last week’s Cruising with The Commissioner were much appreciated here. As always, once a show gets started, even I settled in to enjoy the music (even though I know what’s coming up next) and the occasional visit from the Cruisettes, bearing a profusion of provender and refreshments, also helps to set the mood right.

The postponement of the long awaited unveiling of Captain Scarlet’s ‘Three From Me’ from last week, only heightened the anticipation for the Cruising Crew and, kind as they were about my little trip down Memory Lane last week, they clearly hanker after more tales from The Shake. Well, I think their enthusiasm has been well and truly indulged this week, because The Shake joined us for this week’s cruise down Memory Lane and it proved to be an excellent diversion, in the company of The Only Ones.

This week’s festival of rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm & blues set out on its quest to bring the connoisseurs (such as you) some more fine and groovy sounds. Whether you listen live or catch up through the MP3 version on the website, why not give us some feedback. You never know, it might help to keep things heading in the right direction or set them on course for new vistas and adventures. Fear not, the Cruisettes have The Samaritans number handy for any particularly ‘forthright’ comments!

In preparing for Cruising with The Commissioner this week, the turntables here in the Grand Duchy of Bexleyheath have been graced with an eclectic mix of musical dignitaries, including Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed, Jerry Lee Lewis, Juicy Lucy, Steve Windwood, Mike Sanchez, The Virtues, The Mark IV, Wanda Jackson and The Clovers. Some got onto this week’s playlist and others will appear later. Last week DJ Leyton Rocks delivered a stunning set, but this week’s playlist had more from The Commissioner than usual, because DJ Leyton Rocks was in Cannes, rubbing shoulders with the elite at the film festival. We’ll be eager to hear his exploits when he returns, no doubt, dressed in designer shades and an Armani suit.

On the Wireless FM Killer Diller show, Johnny Alpha played Heart by the Liverpool Five, which inspired a search through the library for their excellent album and we chose one of the many nuggets that was an RCA Victor single of theirs to include in the playlist this week. This one was called ‘She’s (Got Plenty Of Love)’ and it is a song originally recorded by The Peeps in 1965.

Anyway, here’s the playlist for this week’s show:

Corrina Corrina – Jerry Lee Lewis

Well, I’ll Be John Brown – Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & The Clowns

Who Do You Love – Juicy Lucy

Michael (The Lover) – Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band

Mickey’s Monkey – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

Ain’t That Peculiar – Fanny

I’m A Fool I Must Love You – The Falcons

Let’s Have A Party – Wanda Jackson

Needles & Pins – The Clovers

Keep On Running – The Spencer Davis Group

Three from me . . . . DJ Captain Scarlet

Transfusion – Nervous Norvus

Do Wah Diddy Diddy – Manfred Mann

John I’m Only Dancing – David Bowie

Cruising some more . . . . .

Pretty Legs – Mike Sanchez

Choc Ice – The Stags

She’s (Got Plenty Of Love) – Liverpool Five

The Real Thing – Tina Britt

I Can’t Turn You Loose – The Memphis Horns 

Memory Lane . . . . with The Shake

You’ve Got To Pay – The Only Ones

Cruising even more . . . . .

Can I Get a Witness – Calvin Scott

Memphis Soul Stew – King Curtis & The Kingpins

Can’t Stop Looking For My Baby – Fantastic Four

Down the Road A Piece -Merrill E Moore

I Don’t Know – Willie Mabon

More, More, More of Your Love – Bob Brady & the Conchords

Can’t Do Without You – Dusty Wilson

My Baby Ain’t No Plaything – Willie Jones

While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Jeff Healey

Walk In My Shadow – Joe Bonamassa

Roadrunner – Jnr. Walker & The Allstars

Headline News – Edwin Starr

Take My Love With You – Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed & The Trueloves

Saved – LaVern Baker

Come On Over To My Place – The Drifters

That’s When Tears Start – The Blossoms

Shout Shout – Ernie Maresca

Well, sadly this week we said farewell to one of the great American session guitarists and band-leaders, Cornell Dupree. He played on some 2,500 recordings with some of the greats in soul and RnB, including James Brown, BB King, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway and many others.

The story goes, that he was inspired to take up the guitar after seeing Johnny Guitar Watson and moved from Texas to New York in 1961 to join King Curtis’s band, the Kingpins. They opened for the Beatles at Shea Stadium in ’65  and played on King Curtis’s1967 hit ‘Memphis Soul Stew’ . . . where Cornell Dupree was responsible for adding the “four level tablespoons of boiling Memphis guitar” and we played that in the show in tribute.

As always, I am grateful to Wireless FM for another opportunity to play my choice of music and, if you enjoy this selection, I hope you’ll join me next Thursday for another festival of rock, soul and real RnB, when once again we’ll go Cruising with The Commissioner. 

If you can’t wait till then, I recommend you take a listen to the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM, where they’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse and play music you’ll never forget.

Until the next time we meet, have fun!

Listen to this week’s show here: Cruising with The Commissioner #6

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Well, since our last cruise we have been taking advantage of some good weather, some good company and a few opportunities to get out and about and pick up some excellent additions to The Commissioner’s cruising library.  There has been real joy at re-discovering some long forgotten vinyl gems on the shelves this week, but there has been a bit of two-way traffic, because it is still surprising to rummage in the archives and discover duplicates. Whilst this may be an endorsement of the original choice, space limitations dictate that we then need to find a good home for these treasures. As part of this process, this week, fellow Wireless FM,DJ, Spongeman, offered to adopt Derek & The Dominos (especially as he is a Duane Allman fan) and we are grateful for his kindness and the wonderful world of The Spongelab to which he provides weekly guided tours from 6 to 7:30pm (GMT) on Wireless FM.

Attempts at some ‘Cruise Control’ this week have been frequently distracted by the unexpected, as well as the routine. However, in preparing for Cruising with The Commissioner this week, the turntables here in the Grand Duchy of Bexleyheath have been graced with an eclectic mix of musical dignitaries, including Louis Jordan, The Sapphires, The Montanas, Dobie Gray, The Contours, Major Lance, Memphis Slim, The 5 Royales, and The Velvetiers. Some got onto this week’s playlist and others will appear later.

Undoubtedly, there have been some memorable duos down the years, but it is unlikely that any have enjoyed their joint adventures as much as DJ Leyton Rocks and The Commissioner. So, it’s always great to have DJ Leyton Rocks along for the Cruise and this week he brought some exceptional rocking tracks for us. We always enjoy his company and are particularly grateful to him for recommending Swami Sound System, where we heard ‘Feelin’ Right On A Saturday Night’ by The Velvetiers which is included in our Cruising playlist this week.

When I was in Memphis last year, I visited the Blues Foundation HQ and got a private tour of their impressive blues museum. I was reminded of their kindness this week when they announced the winners of their 32nd annual blues awards. A multiple winner this year was Buddy Guy and we featured him on this week’s show. We were pleased to hear from the Foundation that the significant flooding around Memphis has not reached the Blues Foundation’s HQ and they continue to thrive.

This week would have been Robert Johnson’s 100th birthday and somewhere Eric Burdon was celebrating a notable birthday too. So, we marked the occasions appropriately with a new version of Johnson’s ‘Red Hot’from Hugh Lawrie and a reprise of The Animals version of ‘Mess Around’.

With much encouragement from the prospect of an early ‘summer in the city’, the Cruisettes have definitely been in fine form, as evidenced by their enthusiastic dancing to the soul and Latin rock numbers on last week’s playlist. They were in good company with The Shake in monkeying around to Reggie Powell’s ‘Let’s Do The Ape’. So, we planned a little dance party for this week’s Cruise, with some familiar and lesser-known contributions to “make your back crack and your liver quiver”, as The Emperor Rosko would say. (You’ll have to excuse me there, but I retain a soft spot for a few of the ‘grand masters of the ether’ like Wolfman Jack, The Emperor Rosko, Russ ‘Weird Beard’ Knight and Mike Raven and just once in a while I hear something that makes me think ‘yes, they’d have appreciated that’ . . . . I hope there might be a few in this week’s playlist!)

Anyway, here’s the playlist for this week’s show:

Cruising . . . .
Reet Petite – Jackie Wilson
Justine – The Righteous Brothers
Sixty Minute Man – Billy Ward & the Dominoes
I Love You Baby – Cindy Scott
Groovin’ At The Go Go – The Four Larks
The Girl’s Got It – Billy Preston
Cold Wave – The Daisies
Why Do Kids Grow Up – Randy & The Rainbows
Only In America – Jay & The Americans
I Got My Eye On You – Killing Floor
I Put A Spell On You – Buddy Guy & Carlos Santana
I Want To Hold Your Hand – Al Green
Good Day Sunshine – Roy Redman
Eleanor Rigby – Aretha Franklin

The DJ Leyton Rocks . . . .detour
Medway Wheelers – Wild Billy Childish & The Buff Medways
Wild Wild Women – Johnny Carroll & The Hot Rocks
Loud Mouth Annie – August Dupont and Warren Myles
Mary Lou – Young Jessie
Double Eagle Rock – The Champs

Cruising some more . . . . .
Red Hot – Hugh Laurie
Mess Around – The Animals
What’s Your Name – Doug Sahm
Fortune Teller – Tony Jackson
Take Me To The River – Syl Johnson
Downstairs – Plas Johnson
Charity Ball – Fanny
Not Going To Cry – The 5 Royales
One Night – Etta James
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me – Mel Carter
Sorry Robbie – Bert Weedon
Soul Serenade – Beau Dollar & The Coins
Feelin’ Right On A Saturday Night – The Velvetiers
Michael (The Lover) – The Mad Lads
Hoochie Koo – Larry Williams & Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson
Twistin’ With Linda – The Isley Brothers
Pony Time – Chubby Checker
Shimmy Shimmy – Bobby Freeman
The President Twist – Lula Reed & Freddy King
Deadline – Zoot Money

Due to a late ‘techy’ problem, we had to defer DJ Captain Scarlet’s ‘Three from me’, but we will include it next week and it is well worth waiting for.

If you listen in to the show live on Thursday nights, why not join in the Wireless FM chatroom chatter and let’s have some live feedback, or send some comments through the website and give The Cruisettes something new to talk about.

As always, I am grateful to Wireless FM for another opportunity to play my choice of music and, if you enjoy this selection, I hope you’ll join me next Thursday for another festival of rock, soul and real RnB, when once again we’ll go Cruising with The Commissioner.

If you can’t wait till then, I recommend you take a listen to the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM, where they’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse and play music you’ll never forget.

Until the next time we meet, have fun!

Well, there’s been an air of quiet satisfaction pervading the Grand Duchy of Bexleyheath this past week. A tentative start made on tidying The Commissioner’s archives and, barely back from their most recent Cruising escapade, our crazy Cruisettes have drooled over coverage of ‘that event’ in London, whilst others (or a more cynical disposition) have maintained an ecstatic indifference.

Even that hint of tropical utopia that descended upon the Dartford Delta last week seemed to linger long enough to suggest a promising threshold for ‘summer in the city’. Despite the distractions, the preparations for this week’s ‘venture in sound’ have been pursued with an unusual level of enthusiasm. Partly, due to the delivery of some great musical moments by others during the week, including DJ Johnny Alpha, who played ‘Tales of Brave Ulysses’ by Rotary Connection, Larry Grogan, who played ‘Michael’ by the C.O.D.s (covered in the UK by Geno Washington) and The Shake, who is championing The Montanas’ songbook and demonstrating what a great 60’s UK pop band they were. Great stuff!

Our good pal DJ Leyton Rocks was back this week, fresh from his latest film adventuring (the designer clothes and shades were a bit OTT though) and he came back with a blast from his seriously juicy vinyl and digital collection. So, together with The Shake and Max Quirk, Wireless FM was well represented in the Cruising with The Commissioner reception lounge for this week’s cruise. The journeys down Memory Lane with The Shake are becoming eagerly awaited events amongst the Cruising Crew and so we were pleased to welcome him back this week. Also, it was great to have Max Quirk on board for the ‘Three from me’ slot this week. He never fails to surprise us with his impressive knowledge and the gems from his extensive music archives.

The ‘Cinco de Mayo’ festivities coincided with this week’s cruise and we decided to include some hot Latin rock to mark the occasion. Of course, we felt obliged to dress appropriately and there can be few who have seen such elegance as my supersize sombrero, my bold, multi-striped poncho in spicy colours and my maxi size Pancho Villa moustache.

So, here’s the playlist for this week’s show:

Cruising . . . .

You Never Can Tell – Bob Seger

Choo Choo Ch-Boogie – Louis Jordan

Teenage Letter – Big Joe Turner

Don’t Wanna Be A Fool – Luther Vandross

Mean It Baby – Carl Hall

Can’t You See You’re Losing Me – Mary Wells

Catch That Teardrop – The 5 Royals

Nena – Malo

Why Can’t We Live Together – Nawfel

Three from me . . . . with Max Quirk

Giddy Up A-Ding-Dong – Alex Harvey

Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick – Ian Drury & The Blockheads

Take To the Mountains – Richard Barnes

Cruising some more . . . .

Bell Bottoms – Elliott Chavers

Sock It To Em JB – Sandy Nelson

Hold On – The Montanas

Rik-A-Tik – The Fireballs

That’ll Never Do – Otis Rush

Fat & Forty – Memphis Slim

Memory Lane . . . . with The Shake

What Is Wrong With Groovin’ – Letta Mbulu

DJ Leyton Rocks . . . . detour

Die, Die My Darling – The Misfits

Fight Fire With Fire – Metallica

Velocity Girl – Primal Scream

I Wanna Be Your Dog – The Stooges

I’m Sad The Goat Just Died Today – The Frogs

Cruising even more . . . . .

Down To Rio – Gregg Rolie

Baila Mi Cha Cha – Abraxas Pool

Let’s Do The Ape – Reggie Powell

Bamalam – The Du Droppers

It’s The Same Old Song – The 4 Tops

Dancin’ In The Street – Martha & the Vandellas

At Last – Marvin Gaye

Tune Up – Jnr Walker & the Allstars

The Wireless FM chatroom was pretty busy this week and demonstrated the versatility of the visitors in variously, studying, drinking and dancing during our Cruise and all without the use of a safety net. For my part, I remain grateful to Wireless FM for another opportunity to play my choice of music and, if you enjoy this selection, why not join me next Thursday for another festival of rock, soul and real RnB, when once again we’ll go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until next time, have fun!

If you can’t wait till then, I recommend you take a listen to the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM, where they’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse and play music you’ll never forget.

Listen to this week’s show here:  Cruising with The Commissioner #5 (5-5-11)