Archive for June, 2011

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Killer Diller with The Commissioner (28-06-11)

For those who tuned in to Wireless FM this Tuesday night (28 June 2011) for the regular Killer Diller show and expecting to hear the dulcet tones of its resident host, Johnny Alpha, they would have been surprised to find it being hosted by The Commissioner. The signature tune was the same and the format was familiar, but the commentary may have caused a few to check whether they had time-warped into Thursday night’s Cruising with The Commissioner. Well, Johnny Alpha was off on a tour of Europe and asked fellow Wireless FM DJs to cover his Killer Diller show during his break.

So, the first up to provide this Killer Diller filler was The Commissioner, aiming, as far as possible, to follow the familiar style of Johnny Alpha . . . . although no one does it better that JA himself. Anyway, the playlist included many tracks that have, or might, appear on Killer Diller, plus a few that were indulgences for The Commissioner.

The music quickly ate up the time and, too soon, it was the witching hour and all over. For the connoisseurs or the curious, here’s the playlist:

Bell Bottoms – Elliott Chavers
The Well’s Gone Dry – Dorothy Williams
So Fine – The Santells
Goo Goo Muck – Ronnie Cook & The Gaylads
Sock It To ‘Em JB – Sandy Nelson
Telstar – The Lunatics
In A Persian Market – The Federals
Daddy Cool – The Rays
One Mint Julep – The Clovers
Down In Mexico – The Coasters
You’re Wishing I Was Someone Else – The Whatt Four
That’s What I Want – Candlelight
He’s Not There Anymore – The Chymes
Rockin’ The Joint – Esquerita
Sapphire – Big Danny Oliver
Lights Out – Jerry Byrne
Boy From New York City – The Ad Libs
Smokey Places – The Corsairs
Dance Joanne – The Four Epics
The McCoy – The Ventures
Twitchy – Rene Hall Orchestra (ft. Willie Joe)
Sand Storm – Johnny & The Hurricanes
Do You St Tropez – Brigette Bardot
Oi Che Non Vivo – Pino Donaggio
Le Plus Difficile – Jacques Dutronc
You Don’t Love Me – Willie Cobb
Too Far Gone To Turn Around – Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland
Talkin’ Woman – Lowell Fulson
Let’s Do The Funky Boogaloo (Part 2) – Barry Jones
Oh Pee Day – Funky Lloyd Price Orchestra
Uptight – Billy Preston
Catch That Teardrop – The 5 Royals
Wild Child – The Sapphires
Just Because Of You – Rocky Roberts & The Airdales

Now, you can’t say that isn’t a good selection (please take that as an instruction, rather than a consultation) and you will have to endure a period of eager anticipation until you discover who is providing the Killer Diller filler next week.

In the meantime, have fun!

List to the show here . . . .

Cruising with the Commissioner #12 (23-06-11)

Well, there’s been plenty for cruising this week, with all the attendant joys and frustrations of the road, but also the welcome opportunities for catching up with past and present items from the Cruising music library. The miles have rolled by, accompanied by an incredible soundtrack, some of which will, no doubt, pop up on the playlists for Cruising with The Commissioner over the weeks ahead.

Despite the frenetic travelling schedule, there was still time for some excellent socialising with good friends of Cruising with The Commissioner, including DJ Leyton Rocks (who’s back from his visit to the Cannes Film Festival and planning various celluloid sensations with an extended international contact list). His enthusiasm is infectious and he has some great music for us, when he returns to the show soon. Another welcome encounter was with DJ Captain Scarlet (back from another mission to save the world from the threat of boring music). Always entertaining and eager to return with another ‘Three From Me’ soon, so watch for that too!

One of the highlights of the week was a visit to Blues On The Farm, which is now a much-awaited feature on the Cruising Crew’s calendar. The wise staging of the event in an enormous marquee ensured that the changeable weather was not a deterrent for the faithful who turned up in their thousands for this, the 20th year, of this music fest set in the charming environs of Chichester. The artists on the bill and the well-stocked CD tent provided plenty of inspiration for Cruising with The Commissioner, as you will hear in due course.

This week’s ‘Three From Me’ saw the very welcome return of The Vikster, who treated us previously to some fine 50’ and 60’s rock and soul. This time around it was some later rocking blues, and some softer items.

The playlist is filled with items that have been stacking up in ‘pending’ pile and finally got their turn. Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed and Coco Montoya made their re-appearances and got the show off to a lively start. It was a joy to find a slot for Sanne Salomonsen and her exceptional track ‘Where Blue Begins’. This is a superb track and a frequent visitor to the turntables at Cruise Control. ‘Back Seat ’38 Dodge’ from Opus 1 is a very collectable piece of vinyl that once graced the Cruising library and has been recently replaced with a CD version. (No debates please on whether that is ‘progress’, ‘unworthy’ or otherwise).

Since mid-summer crept up on us (in disguise) this week, it seemed timely to put together a summer selection for this show. Opening up with The Artaris’ version of Don Henley’s ‘The Boys Of Summer’ and rolling on through some warm and summery sounds that got fairly recent in a couple of places. Well, here’s the full playlist for the connoisseurs and the curious:

Cruising down the highway . . . .

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

Back In A Cadillac – Coco Montoya

Barefootin’ – The Laurels

Thank You Baby For Loving Me – Soul Brothers Six

Crazy Baby – The Coasters

Who’s That Guy – The Kolettes

Where Blue Begins – Sanne Salomonsen

Back Seat ’38 Dodge – Opus 1

Well Alright! – Little Richard

Three From Me . . . . . with The Vikster

Bones – Joanne Shaw Taylor

Cotton Eye Joe – Nina Simone

A Man Of Constant Sorrow – Bob Dylan

Cruising on into summer . . . .

The Boys Of Summer – the Ataris

Sunshine Day – Jethro Tull

Dancin’ In the Moonlight – King Harvest

Sunshine Superman – Mariano & The Unbelievables

Pata Pata – Miriam Makeba

Summer In the City – Joe Cocker

Summer Lady – Santana

All Summer Long – Kid Rock

Almost Summer – Celebration

Sunshine Girl – Parade

Dancing In the Street – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

Memory Lane . . . . with The Commissioner

KLIF Radio DJ Russ ‘The Weird Beard’ Knight presenting

I Need Your Lovin’ – Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford

Cruising beyond the blue horizon . . . .

Could This Be Magic – The Dubs

My Cutie Pie – The Five Bells

Let’s Do the Funky Boogaloo (Part 2) – Barry Jones

Every Woman I Know (Crazy ‘Bout An Automobile) – Billy ‘The Kid’ Emerson

Neckbones and Gumbo – 24 Pesos

Don’t You Just Know It – Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & The Clowns

Rock My Plimsoul – Jeff Beck (ft Rod Stewart)

I Don’t Want To Go Home – Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes

Further On Up The Road – Lonnie Mack

That’s What You’re Doing To Me – The Dominos

Try to catch Emperor Rosko’s Saturday show on Forest Radio and, if you’re a soul fan,  you should listen in to Larry Grogan’s Friday night Funky16 Corners show on Viva Radio. But on Tuesday nights, there is nowhere better than Wireless FM where you can listen to the Tuesday Night Mafia from 6pm to midnight (GMT).

If you enjoyed this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner playlist, then you can only marvel at our fortitude and endurance after all the travelling this week and the tolerance of Wireless FM in repeatedly allowing me these opportunities to play my choice of music. Hopefully, 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.

Until the next time we meet, have fun!

Listen to this week’s show here:

Cruising with The Commissioner #11 (16-06-11)

Well folks, no one can say it hasn’t been an eventful week here in the Grand Duchy of Bexleyheath. The days have been full of commitments and there has been hardly time to attend to the ever-important task of sampling the new sounds that jolly Steve, the postman, has brought to Cruise Control, or the often surprisingly fruitful task of rummaging in the archives for lost (or just mislaid) musical treasures. But, one way and another we ensured a quality playlist this week for Cruising with The Commissioner.

The Crusiettes have failed to spirit me away from the siren call of the second hand record boxes that seductively inhabit the proliferation of charity shops in the vicinity. The Cruisettes believe some mystic force has been unleashed and they have even cast suspicion on fellow Wireless FM DJ, Max Quirk, as the source of this influence. Of course, this may be fuelled by stories of a clandestine field-trip to Southend, which demonstrated beyond doubt that whilst many items of rare and collectable vinyl could be found there, not one white PVC handbag was visible at any point in time. It was the arms full of records that gave it away on our return, so it proves a good ‘wind-up’ here. But, Max is due a big ‘thank you’ for overseeing the broadcast of Cruising with The Commissioner this week and wrestling with lost web connection and the odd technical quirk (sorry, no pun intended . . . . this time).

Well, we were very pleased to seize the opportunity to catch our friend, Mark, who was paying his inaugural visit to the Grand Duchy, and tempt him to make his selection for this week’s ‘Three From Me’ slot. He slipped in front of the mic and introduced his trio of treats with consummate ease. You can check out his choices, which included the first plays of Opeth and Ben Folds Five on Cruising with The Commissioner.

During our cruise, we slowed down (but didn’t quite stop) to pick up The Shake for his trip down Memory Lane. I think the Cruisettes pander to him and this encourages him to turn up in ever more odd places on route and somehow we missed him altogether last week. Still, he had a cracker of a tune this week and a good story to go with it.

Well, here’s this week’s playlist to confirm the aural gems that glittered and glistened during the show and as a reference point for those fell asleep during the show and want to check what they’ve missed:

Love Roller Coaster – Big Joe Turner

Hey Hey Baby – Otis Redding

Roll With The Punches – Carol Fran

Let The Little Girl Dance – Billy Bland

Long Nights Of Summer – Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera

Tomorrow Comes – Edie Brickell

Cerveza – Cherry Wainer

Weekend – Rockin’ Red Price

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow – William Bell

Lightin’ Up – Ty Karim

I’m Your Witchdoctor – John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers

Three From Me – Mark

Hope Leaves – Opeth

Destitute Illusions – Jamiroque

Evaporated – Ben Folds Five

Cruising some more . . . .

Hang My Head & Cry – The Big Guys

The Girl Has Got It Together – Bobby Doyle

You Can’t Sit Down – Phil Upchurch Combo

Girls All Over The World – The Big Town Playboys

Memory Lane . . . . with the Shake

Eight Miles High – The Byrds

Cruising further on up the road . . . .

Back In A Cadillac – Coco Montoya

Fried Neckbones & Home Fries – Santana

It Takes Two – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Some Kinda Wonderful – Soul Brothers Six

Whole Lotta Shakin’ In My Heart – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

Nothing Shakin’ – Eddie Fontaine

Do The Bug With Me – Billy Bland

Mellow Moonlight – Roy Docker

You’d Better Find Yourself Another Fool – LaVern Baker

You Don’t Know What You Mean To me – Sam & Dave

Yum Yum – Joe Tex

My Love Is Your Love – The Isley Brothers

Baby Baby – Arthur Alexander

Addicted To the Phone – Elio Pace

Sugar Sugar – The Cadillacs

King Kong – Big T. Tyler

If you’re a blues fan, try to catch Paul Jones’ weekly show on BBC Radio 2 and for funk and soul fanatics, take a listen to Larry Grogan’s Funky16 Corners show on Viva Radio. On Tuesday nights, there is nowhere better than Wireless FM where you can listen to the Tuesday Night Mafia from 6pm to midnight (GMT).

If you enjoyed this week’s Cruising playlist, then you can only marvel at out multi-tasking capacity and the tolerance of Wireless FM in allowing me another opportunity to play my choice of music. Hopefully, 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.

Until the next time we meet, have fun!

Listen to this week’s show here:

Cruising with The Commissioner #10 (09-06-11)

Well, it’s been another hectic week here, with much traveling and a no little testing of our organizing ability. Fortunately, there was time enough for some very enjoyable socializing and some very fruitful rummaging in the record shops for outstanding and long lost tracks that might extend our future playlists on Cruising with the Commissioner.

Our thanks to those who have joined us in the Wireless FM chatroom during the shows and given us feedback on the website ( It is always good to know how it is received, what tracks attracted particular attention and the odd clue about what might get included in future playlists. So, please feel free to make use of the chatroom and the website to give us your feedback on Cruising with the Commissioner.

Our ‘Three From Me’ this week featured seasoned session rock guitarist and band-leader, Phil Tyler, who brought an armful of classic rock albums with him and was visibly happy with his choices once he was in front of the microphone. The Cruisettes persuaded Phil to play some live rock guitar while he was in Cruise Control and he shook the walls. We should have left the mic on, because it was cracking stuff! Phil offered to come back sometime and we’ll be sure to take him up on that offer.

There hasn’t been much time for relaxing with the turntables this week, which was frustrating since there was a good selection of tunes that arrived to be added to the Cruising library and a few were featured in this week’s show. Such was my enthusiasm to play ‘Black Roses’ that I introduced it as ‘Clearlight’ instead of  ‘Clearwater’ , but I put the blame fairly and squarely on Mr Merlot, who paid an early visit to Cruise Control and certainly left his mark!

While we’re Cruising and playing the radio, we kept a look out for The Shake, because The Cruisettes always look forward to his saunter down Memory Lane, but somehow we missed him this week . . . . we surmised that he was escorted away again by the authorities for loitering, but he turned up in the chatroom later, so the restraining order must have elapsed! Still this offered an opportunity for The Commissioner to take a casual cruise down Memory Lane and to feature the late Les Paul (who’s birthday it would have been on the day of the show). Somewhere at Cruise Control there’s a photo of the occasion that they both met at the Iridium Club in New York some years ago and perhaps we’ll go searching for it.

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

Do The Bop – Arthur Lee Maye & The Crowns

Girls Are Out To Get You – The Fascinations

She’s Got A Way – James Hunter

Twistin’ Pneumonia – The Genies

Baby Do The Philly Dog – The Olympics

As Long As I Know He’s Mine – The Marvelettes

Can’t Look Back – Coco Montoya

Crosscut Saw – Albert King

Blue Jean Shuffle – Plas Johnson

Fast Freight – Arvee Allans (aka Richie Valens)

Strange Brew – Michael Udelson & Pat Kobas

Three From Me . . . . with Phil Tyler

Highway Star – Deep Purple

Drifting – Jimi Hendrix

You Don’t Remember, I’ll Never Forget – Yngwie Malmsteen

High Blood Pressure – Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & The Clowns

The Girl’s Alright With Me – The Temptations

Irresistible You – Bobby Darin

Under Assistant West Coast Promo Man – The Rolling Stones

You’re On My Mind – The Birds

Chicken Pox – Booker T & The MGs


Honey Don’t – Carl Perkins

Rock Around The Clock – Sunny Dae & The Knights

Cut It Out – Joe Tex

Whispering – Les Paul

Black Roses – Clearwater

Peanuts – Little Joe & The Thrillers

River Deep Mountain High – Bobby Doyle

Shadow Of A Memory – Minnie Jones & The Minuettes

Baby, What Has Happened To Our Love – The Ringleaders

Don’t Mess Up a Good Thing – Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure

Drive My Car – The Gary Toms Empire

Turn It On – Don Covay

Copy Cat – The Cadillacs

Have Love Will Travel – Richard Berry and the Pharaohs

Hard Times – Noble Watts

Let’s Rock ‘N’ Roll – The Cadets

Now, amongst the gems this week was a version of The Cream’s, Strange Brew, by Michael Udelson & Pat Kobas, which has been much played, of late, at Cruise Control. Another was from the late Bobby Doyle from Houston Texas with his excellent version of River Deep Mountain High, which was the B side of his 1968 Warner Brothers single of Dylan’s ‘Blowing In The Wind’. The Bobby Doyle Trio is notable for once featuring Kenny Rogers (yes, THAT Kenny Rogers) on bass and back up vocals. Sadly, greater success eluded Bobby, but he has left a worthy legacy. The Four Seasons version of the Doo Wop classic, ‘Peanuts’, has long been enjoyed at Cruise Control and so it was great to find the version by Little Joe & The Thrillers.

If you’re free on Tuesday nights, I recommend that you take a listen to the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM, with The Spongeman, The Shake, Max Quirk and Johnny Alpha. If you enjoy Cruising with The Commissioner then I think you’ll enjoy their greater poise and professionalism as they make you an offer you can’t refuse and play music you’ll never forget.

If you enjoyed this week’s playlist, then I’ll not inquire about your assessment of the DJing. However, I am grateful to Wireless FM for another opportunity to play my choice of music and, hopefully, 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.

Until the next time we meet, have fun!

Listen to this week’s show here:

Cruising with The Commissioner #9 (02-06-11)

Well, I hope that this week has been good to you. It has been hectic here, with a deal of traveling, new places, new contacts and, fortunately a fair amount of time for some very enjoyable socializing. It was even possible to cram in some gigs, which provided a few inspired moments and some more rummaging for tracks that you might enjoy too on Cruising with the Commissioner.

One highlight of the week was catching up with a couple of other gigsters, whose company and wide musical interest always make for great encounters, as well as, the occasional exchange of musical ‘finds’. After some relaxed dining at one of our favoured eateries, we went on to a night of stomping Tex Mex music, courtesy of Los Pacaminos. <The place was packed and fully primed for a fun session, with a great setlist and not a little humour throughout. We caught a late night DJ slot featuring some soul and rhythm and blues, so it had some real potential and interest. Sadly, there was little response from the audience, until a couple of party-people suggested a few tracks that got the place buzzing and filled the floor. Which is a prompt for me to encourage you all to make use of the website to give us some feedback on Cruising with the Commissioner.

This week, our long-time ‘soul master’ pal, Mister T, called in for the ‘Three From Me’ slot and charmed the Cruisettes so that they have talked about little else since. Even by his own admission, he has an eclectic taste, but his passion for soul music never fails to impress. He treated us to an extended playlist, with many “have you heard this” moments in preparing his ‘Three From Me’ selection and we can only regard his final choices as the appetizers for a much richer meal later.

In gearing up for Cruising with The Commissioner this week, the turntables here in the Grand Duchy of Bexleyheath have been graced with some new 45s and albums, including “La La La La La” by The Blendells, “She’ll Be Gone” by Betty O’Brian, “Come Tomorrow” by Marie Knight, “Daddy Cool” by The Rays, “Back Seat ’38 Dodge” by Opus 1, “You’ll Never Walk Alone – True Convictions” by the Original Blind Boys of Alabama, “Rock and A Hard Place” by Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges, “Good Good Feelings” by The Falcons and “Hot In Harlem (Vol.10)”, Many of these have arrived at Cruise Control with a visit from our most genial postman, whose customer care, social engagement and keen interest in music make for some animated encounters and provide a very positive face for a oft maligned service. So, our playlist this week provides a celebration of musically inclined postmen everywhere.

On our cruise, there is always the possibility of a seductive enticement from The Shake to accompany him down Memory Lane for an intriguing glimpse into his musical past. This week he revealed that, even as a lad, he was someone of ‘substance’ and surprised us (pleasantly) with a recollection of Rory Gallagher.

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

Cruising . . . .

Ko Ko Joe – The Righteous Brothers

Buzz Buzz Buzz – Doug Sahm

When You Dance – The Turbans

Brand New Girl – Walter Scott

She’ll Be Gone – Betty O’Brian

Paying The Cost To Be The Boss – BB King

Shim Sham Shimmy – Champion Jack Dupree

Twistin’ Postman – The Marvelettes

Talking ‘Bout My Baby – The Impressions

Step In the Right Direction – The Montanas

See Saw – Don Covay

Three from me . . . . with Mister T

You Send Me – Otis Redding

This Magic Moment – Marvin Gaye

I Wish It Would Rain – The Temptations

Cruising again . . . .

La La La La La – The Blendells

Spin No.2 – The Spins

Blue On Green – The Touch

Doin’ The Blah Blah Blah – Charlie Wood

I Got Eyes – Johnny Guitar Watson ||

Memory Lane . . . . . with The Shake

On The Wrong Side Of Time – Taste

Cruising some more . . . . .

I Want To Be Loved – The Hoax

Daddy Cool – The Rays

A Little Too Much – Clarence Frogman Henry

Highway Patrol – Junior Brown

Crazy ‘Bout An Automobile – Ry Cooder

It Had To Be You – Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges

Room In Your Heart – Gladys Knight

Cool Jerk – The Capitols

Too Many Tears – Ike & Tina Turner

Hot Little Mama – Roomful of Blues

She She She Little Sheila – Gene Vincent

Quarter To Three – Gary ‘US’ Bonds

Gonna Fix You Good – Alan Bown

Sweet Baby – Donnie Elbert

Over And Over – Bobby Day

Flippin’ In – The Virtues

I Can’t Take It – Ronnie Taylor

Well, the Cruisettes had some real fun during this week’s show and there was plenty of jumping and gyrating to the music. It is fortunate that their chosen dance spots are sufficiently away from the operational equipment, since their enthusiastic endeavors are always likely to cause some mishap, especially if there’s a loss of co-ordination, and the risk seems to increase proportionally with the proximity of Moet or other favored elixirs. At least they saved some of the elixirs to aid the post-show clearing up.

You may have guessed that I enjoy the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM, with The Spongeman, The Shake, Max Quirk and Johnny Alpha. If you enjoy Cruising with The Commissioner then I think you’ll enjoy them and they’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse and play music you’ll never forget.

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.

Until the next time we meet, have fun!