When you dance . . . .

Posted: June 3, 2011 in Hear This . . . . !

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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!

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