Let the little girl dance . . . .

Posted: June 17, 2011 in Hear This . . . . !

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!

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