Dancing in the street . . . .

Posted: May 13, 2011 in Hear This . . . . !

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

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!

  1. the shake! says:

    It was a classic show Commissioner.
    Love those simian 45’s!

  2. mumbles says:

    Always good when i can tune in The commissioner,.

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