A long ride home . . . .

Posted: October 27, 2011 in Hear This . . . . !

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Cruising with The Commissioner #30 (27.10.11)

Well, ‘eventful’ would certainly describe this week, with plenty of visitors coming to Cruise Control, some great gigs and a few little gems being delivered by our musical postman. So, the days have been full and time has definitely not dragged in preparing for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner.

One of the joys of the week was catching a London gig by Canadian group, The Trews, who were over from Nova Scotia on tour. They put on a great show, despite a failing amplifier, and belted out a varied selection from their several albums. Checking out their albums after the gig, showed off their vocals all the better as well as the quality of their song writing. So, choosing a track to showcase their talents was tricky, but we settled on ‘Misery Loves Company’.

This week also brought a long awaited gig from Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes and it was a hoot of an evening in their company. Great style and humour throughout and a packed house was rewarded with plenty of hits and several surprises as well. We included ‘Keep Moving’ from their 2010 album ‘Pills and Ammo’.

For our ‘Three From Me’ slot this week, we welcomed back our good pal Mr T, whose soul selections are always something to look forward to. He came clutching a bunch of tracks from which he couldn’t quite get to select three, but we indulged his request to play a fourth track afterwards. Well, it was well worth it, as you’ll hear.

The Cruisettes exercised a little influence on events this week by re-arranging the tracks in the ‘pending tray’ and picking out a few girl groups, but this meant we didn’t get to some other juicy gems. So, there’s more to include in future playlists, which may keep hope alive for fans of Little Jimmy Osmond. Anyway, here’s what we crammed into this week’s playlist:

Cruising for fun . . . .
One Day Love – Tommy Dodson
Gonna Turn My Voodoo On – Jimmy Elledge
Baby Beat It  – Big Duke & His Orchestra
Baby Don’t Do It – The Casinos
Envy (In My Eyes)  – The Orlons
You’re My Girl  – The Doo-Rights
Nobody But You – Willie Hightower
Drinking Straight Tequila – Chris Cain
It’s Hard But It’s Fair – Bobby Parker

Three From Me . . . . with Mister T
Since You’ve Gone – 100 Proof Aged In Soul
I’m Your Man – Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers
Put Yourself In My Place – The Elgins
Someday – The Tempests

Cruising with friends . . . .
Groovin’ – Manfred Mann
Jitterbug Boogie – Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings
London Is The Place For Me – Edmundo Ros
Misery Loves Company – The Trews
Keep Moving – Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
Your Tender Lips – The Clovers
Long Ride Home – The Soul Children
The Angels Watching – Pookie Hudson & The Spaniels

Cruising further down the road . . . .
Hold It – Leo’s Five
I Say I Love You – Johnny Guitar Watson
Deep In My Heart – The Blossoms
Need Your Loving – The Flirtations
Wild Child – The Sapphires
When Things Get A Little Better – Oscar Boyd
Nothing’s Worse Than Being Alone – The Ad Libs

Memory Lane . . . . .  with the Commissioner
The Vatican Rag – Tom Lehrer

Cruising for home . . . .
The Great Banana Hoax – The Electric Prunes
Madman Running Through The Field – Eric Burdon
Three Alley Cats – Roy Hall
My Baby Left Me – The Rockin Dukes
Can’t You Hear Me Callin’ – Johnny Otis
Nothin’ Shakin’ – Eddie Fontaine
Rocking The Joint – Esquerita

The week included a few birthdays, including one for Manfred Mann and we played ‘Groovin’ from one of his early albums. Somewhere around there was another birthday being celebrated by Bill Wyman this week, so we offered a minor celebration by playing a live recording of Jitterbug Boogie by Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings.

If you’re a regular listener to this show, you’ll know I am partial to big band calypso music. So, the sad news of the passing of veteran band leader Edmundo Ros at nearly 101 caused us to go jumping genres and crossing time zones to play you ‘London Is the place for me’, as an encore from the man.

Once again we took a detour on our cruising journey to venture, perhaps unwisely, down the ‘rue de déjà vu’ that is memory lane. This week’s detour featured Tom Lehrer and one of his topical songs for the weekly TV show ‘That was the week that was’. This was one of several musical commentaries on the news of the day back in the 60s. This one focuses on the attempts of the church to modernise its rituals and music. His ‘Vatican Rag’ always brings a smile to my face and I hope it does for you too.

It is always good to have your company for our musical adventures in rock, soul and ‘real’  rhythm and blues, and if you’ve enjoyed this week’s cruise, perhaps there’s a chance that you might be enticed you back again next week for another opportunity to go Cruising with The Commissioner.

My thanks go also to Wireless FM who allow me the space and freedom to play what I like on the show.  . . . . and if you can’t wait till next Thursday for some more choice music, why not catch 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!

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