Boot ‘Em Up . . . . .

Posted: August 12, 2011 in Hear This . . . . !

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Cruising with The Commissioner #19 (11.08.11)

Well, there’s been a lot of action down at Cruise Control since last week’s show. It was time to face up to that daunting of tasks, putting away all the music that has been casually piled in the corner after the last few sessions of Cruising with The Commissioner. The combined efforts of our musical postman and our recent sorties to the music emporiums around the Grand Duchy have resulted in the ‘pending’ box filling to overflowing. So, this week’s show was filled with gems from that box . . . . and it contained some great stuff.

One little gem that was discovered in a cheap box on a market stall was an original single of that classic by Santo & Johnny, ‘Sleepwalk’. The real excitement was discovering the track on the flip side, which is a riotous, rocking little number called ‘All Night Diner’. So, it deserved a spin on this week’s show and that’s just what it got! The Buckingham’s ‘Mercy Mercy Mercy’ came from the same cheap box and joined Irma Thomas’s ‘I Can’t Help Myself’ as another recent addition to the vinyl vault. Irma’s track stands up well alongside the better know versions of the song.

The Cruisettes were indulged a bit during last week’s Cruising with The Commissioner with tracks from Junior Walker, the Nimmo Brothers and Sherman Robertson, but they really let go when we played the trio of big band calypso tracks . . . . all those exotic rhythms and sensual dancing . . . . and, as if that weren’t enough . . . we are still savouring the delights of last week’s ‘Talk To Me’ session with Amigo. His guided tour of George Barnes’ musical career has inspired a number of other potential projects and musical themes. So, look out for future ‘Talk To Me’ sessions. He mentioned a surf rock track by George called ‘Spooky’ and, after some rummaging around, we found that in a dark corner. So, it got included in this week’s playlist.

We were excited to have the welcome return of DJ Wheelie Bag to Cruising with The Commissioner. Those who have witnessed first hand one of DJ Wheelie Bag’s shows will know that he is always highly entertaining and a true enthusiast for a very broad range of music. So, it is always unpredictable, but never disappointing to catch him ‘in full flow’, which is what we did this week with his ‘Three From Me’. This time he shared with us a few jazz bits that he bought in the Athens Flea Market, which he unreservedly recommends “for all crazy vinyl collectors and listeners to Cruising with The Commissioner”.

Cruising for fun . . . .
Ring A Ling – Johnny Otis
Yes Sir – The Cues
All Night Diner – Santo & Johnny
Aunt Dora’s Love Soul Shack – Arthur Conley
Talking ‘Bout My Baby – Dottie & Millie
I Can’t Help Myself – Irma Thomas
Playgirl’s Love – The Five Stairsteps
Save The World – Thelma Houston
I Know Your Love Has Gone Away – The Drapers
That’s All Right – Freddie King
Madison Blues – Elmore James

Three From Me – DJ Wheeliebag
Tokyo Boogie Woogie – Shizuko Kasagi & The Tokyo Orchestra
Later – Ella Fitzgerald
In The Mood – The Bulawayo Sweet Rhythms Band

Cruising for the sun . . . .
Reservations – Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy – The Buckinghams
Penalty Of Love – The Velvetones
Shake A Hand – Little Richard
Limbo . . . . how low can you go?
Let’s Limbo – Eddie Bo
Limbo Rock – The Champs
Let’s Limbo Some More – Chubby Checker
Soul Limbo – Booker T & The MGs

Cruising further on down the road . . . .
Tell Me Why – The Mavericks
Beautiful Trouble – Jon Amor
Gimme Dat Harp Boy – Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
Kidney Stew – Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vincent
You Went Back On Your Word Little Girl – Clyde McPhatter

Memory Lane . . . . with The Shake
Foggy Notion – The Velvet Underground

Cruising for home . . . .
Spooky – George Barnes
Vaquero – The Fireballs
Texas – Edgar Winter
Drive My Car – The Gary Toms Empire
She Shot A Hole In My Heart – Clifford Curry
Big Time Operator – Charlie Rich
Voodoo Voodoo – Lavern Baker
Boot ‘Em Up – The Du Droppers
She Walked Right Out – Diz & The Doormen
Tell Me Who – Big Maybelle

Our trip down memory lane this week was closely supervised by The Shake. His suave and debonair manner and his stories are always something that the Cruisettes look forward to on our musical journey. This week they were treated to a tale of early radio interest by The Shake and his encounter with 60’s ‘alternative rock’ . . . . and he didn’t miss the opportunity to promote his Tuesday night Out Of Sight show on Wireless FM for more of the same. (Naturally, we have claimed reciprocal promotional rights for Cruising with The Commissioner on his show.)

Well, there were some very positive comments in the chatroom during the show about the tracks by The Drapers, Simon Dupree, Elmore James, George Barnes and Captain Beefheart . . . . and even an email from one of the Cruising Crew to celebrate the “overdue” airing of ‘Soul Limbo’. But, we ran out of time before we got through all we had for the show this week, so there is still a pile of little gems in the ‘pending tray’ for next week’s show. We’ll follow up on the original of Shake A Hand and see what else jumps onto the playlist as we start putting together the show for next week and, at the request of The Spongeman, we’ll go looking for ‘Hawaiian Boogie’ by Elmore James. In the meantime, our grateful thanks go the DJ Wheeliebag and The Shake for their contributions, as well as to Wireless FM for allowing me to indulge my personal choice of music here each week. I only play the tracks that I enjoy, so it is fascinating to hear feedback from those that catch the show live or on the website and appear to enjoy the playlist selections. If you are one of those, I hope you’ll join me for the next festival of rock, soul and real RnB, when once again we’ll go Cruising with The Commissioner.

In the meantime, why not 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 go Cruising together, have fun!

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