Let’s rock while the rockin’s good

Posted: September 16, 2011 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with The Commissioner #24 (15.09.11)

Well, I hope you’ve had a good a week and that you’re relaxed and content as I bid you a hearty welcome to this week’s musical escapade, especially if you’ve ventured here of your own free will. We always ensure that we’ve got a place for everyone on our trips, so we can all enjoy our communal cruise across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres. For those with time on their hands and those with nothing better to do than tune into internet radio, this is the moment to go Cruising with The Commissioner (but check the small print of your insurance first).

We’ve put in a good few miles on the road this week with some visits to friends and relatives, which brought its joys, including the opportunity to catch up on some long forgotton music collections. These were (surprisingly) consistently excellent selections and there will be plenty of gems from these appearing in the Cruising with The Commissioner playlists this week and in the weeks to come.  

Well, we decided to start our cruise this week with Thurston Harris and took the suggestion of our good pal Pete Hall (who I think is somewhere in New Mexico) to play Little Willie John’s ‘Let’s Rock While The Rockin’s Good’. With that, the mood was upon us and the spirits were clearly with us . . . . . because the gremlins were kept at bay and our passage through this week’s playlist seems to go without incident.

Well, last week we played ‘Easier Said Than Done’ by The Essex and it seemed to be well received by the Cruising Crew, so we looked out something else by them, and we discovered that the Essex were all US Marines when they first found fame in 1963 with ” Easier Said Than Done”, and their follow up single, “A Walkin’ Miracle”, became a Top 20 hit too, so we put that in the playlist.

If you’re a regular listener to Cruising with the Commissioner, you’ll know that we enjoy some rough-house sax tracks and this week we picked Sil Austin’s ‘Shufflin’ Home’. Now, we’ve heard Sil before on the show before and he made this welcome return, although we were far from ready to go ‘Shufflin’ Home’ at that point.

As aficionados of Bob Dylan will know, in 1973 he started writing a song in the Billy The Kid sessions that was titled ‘Rock Me Mama’, but he never finished it. Many years later, the Old Crow Medicine Show developed the chorus part and the chord progression to create a new song called ‘Wagon Wheel’. We took the opportunity to include a version of that song by a local band called Silver. I know they were gigging this Thursday night, so I expect they will be catching up with Cruising with The Commissioner here, on the website. If you catch them live, you’ll appreciate their enthusiasm and breadth of music, which is an encouragement to all aspiring musicians. Perhaps we’ll see if we can find some more good stuff from them like this.

The week was positively marked by a number of events . . . . . the return of The Majestic with a ‘Three From Me’ slot brought much excitement at Cruise Control and there was a great deal of anticipation about the music that would feature in The Majestic’s selection. We have learnt to brace ourselves for such revelations, because the choices are always excellent and frequently obscure, as well. So, a double bonus !!!

Cruising for fun
From The Bottom Of My Heart – Thurston Harris
Let’s Rock While The Rockin’s Good – Little Willie John
A Walkin’ Miracle – The Essex
Shufflin’ Home – Sil Austin
Rock Me Mama / Wagon Wheels – Silver
She’ll Be Gone – Betty O’Brien
Heavy Makes You Happy – The Staple Singers
It’s All Over Now Baby Blue – Chris Farlowe
You Can’t Sit Down – Phil Upchurch Combo

Three From Me . . . . with The Majestic
Unsatisfied – Lou Johnson
Nobody – The Invincibles
Can’t Find No Happiness – Barbara Brown

Cruising way out there . . . . .
Quicksand – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Both Ends Against The Middle – Jackie Moore
Giving It Up For Your Love – Delbert McClinton
Making My Daydream Real – We The People
Mischievous Ways- Albert Washington
Organ Grave – Greasy Gravy
Don’t Start Cryin’ Now – Slim Harpo
Ain’t Got You – Billy Boy Arnold
Let the Children Play – Santana

Cruising the highway
Never Let Me Go – Eddie Holland & The Larks
Soul Galore – Jackie Wilson
Go Home Girl – Gary US Bonds & Frank Black
Pink Cadillac – Paul Bascomb
Saturday In The Park – Chicago
Possum Belly Overalls – June Bateman with Noble Thin Man Watts and his Band
Hey Girl – Lucky Carmichael
Envy (In My Eyes) – The Orlons

Memory Lane . . . . . with The Commissioner
My Bruvva Sylvest – Johnny Silvo & Dave Moses

Cruising for home
Starry Eyes – Roky Erikson
Don’t Change Your Pretty Ways – Hank Ballard
Strange Things Are Happening – Piney Brown
Red Hot Mama – Mike Sanchez

Amongst the travels this week, there was a rendezvous with DJ Leyton Rock, DJ Max Quirk and DJ Wheeliebag for an evening of fine music, fun and frolics at the launch of DJ Wheeliebag’s new club night . . . . which was a hoot! He is always entertaining and nobody went home without a smile afterwards. We listened carefully to his playlist (as one should) and picked out some notable tracks to follow up in the weeks to come and we started with June Bateman (with Noble Thin Man Watts and his Band) and their ‘Possum Belly Overalls’, which we’ve played before when DJ Wheeliebag was doing ‘Three From Me’.

The chatroom chatter and the email traffic during the show signalled that the playlist was ‘hitting the spot’, particularly Mike Sanchez, Roky Erikson, Eddie Holland & The Larks, Gary US Bonds & Frank Black and We The People. The Cruisettes got especially excited about Santana’s track and their latin dance moves became more exotic (and dangerous) as the rhythms continued. In contrast, they raised an eyebrow or two at the Memory Lane choice, but ‘hey’, we take our pleasures where we find them!

The time ran out too soon and we were packing up too quickly for the liking of The Cruisettes, who had got into their groove fairly early on. But, whether you listen live or on our website, it’s always fun to have your company. If you’ve enjoyed this week’s cruise, there’s a chance that you might be enticed you back again next week for another musical adventure, when once again we’ll go Cruising with The Commissioner.

In the meantime, don’t miss the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM, where they’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse and play you music that you’ll never forget.

So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . have fun!

  1. The Vikster says:

    Ahhh, now I shall be singing all afternoon. Regrettably (for those in my immediate vicinity) it’s “My Bruvva Sylvest”… all together now “Takes all the Army and the NaaaAAAAaaaavy…!”

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