As long as I’m moving . . . .

Posted: May 27, 2011 in Hear This . . . . !

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!

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