Archive for November, 2011

Watch your step . . . . .

Posted: November 25, 2011 in Hear This . . . . !

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Cruising with The Commissioner #34 (24.11.11)

Well, I hope you’ve had a groovy week and can relax with us as we set off on this week’s musical adventure, cruising across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres. There’s been a deal of travelling here and a some thoroughly enjoyable encounters with friends and family, which has made it a great time, despite some indifferent weather.

It has been fun pulling together the playlist for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner and we started off in fine style with one of two tracks from Rudy Green.
First up was his first Ember 45 released in 1957 and called “You’re the One For Me” and we followed up with a 45 from 1954 from Clarence Garlow called Route 90 and, if you listen carefully you can hear what may have influenced Chuck Berry’s later hit ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’.

We discovered a copy of The Cookies original of  the Goffin and King song ‘I’m into something good’ which charted for them in 1964 and charted again later that year for Herman’s Hermits too. Our rummaging in the Cruising library also uncovered the classic track from Irma Thomas, ‘It’s raining’, which it certainly has been here in the Grand Duchy just lately. But our spirits have not been dampened, especially because of finding plenty of good stuff to include here.

If you heard last week’s show, you’ll know that we played a track by Doug Sahm and at the time I said there was a version by much celebrated guitarist and singer Mike Bloomfield. Well, we found it and included it in this week’s playlist, not least because there are some Mike Bloomfield fans amongst the Cruising Crew.

Our previous ‘Three From Me’ guest, Richard Mann, played ‘Move It On Over’ by Hank Williams and at the time Richard said there was a rocking version by George Thorogood and The Destroyers. So, we found it, and he was so right, it’s a great track and well worth a play.

Well, our Brit Beat selection left little time for anything from Manuel & His Music Of The Mountains, but here’s what we did get into the playlist:

Cruising for the horizon . . . . . 
You’re The One For Me – Rudy Green
Route 90 – Clarence Garlow
The Gee Gee Walk – Buddy Lucas Orchestra
Sing Me A Love Song – The Glories
I’m Into Something Good – The Cookies
It’s Raining – Irma Thomas
Next Time You See Me – Mike Bloomfield
Move It On Over – George Thorogood & The Destroyers
Three From Me – John Burgess
Absolutely Sweet Marie – Bob Dylan
Don’t Ring Me Up – Protex
Tall Buildings – The Rocking Birds

Cruising with the Brit Beat Set 
Watch Your Step – Adam Faith
Whatcha Gonna Do About It – The Small Faces
Never An Everyday Thing – Granny’s Intentions
Anymore Than I Do – The Attack
Sunshine Help Me – Spooky Tooth
Poor Little Heartbreaker – Timebox
Please Please Me – The Score
King Lonely The Blue – The Emeralds
Um Um Um Um Um Um – Wayne Fontana
My Baby Left Me – Dave Berry 

Cruising with the crew . . . . . 
Take Me Girl I’m Ready – Junior Walker & The Allstars
Gimme Little Sign – Brenton Wood
Cathy’s Clown – The Ideals
Somebody’s Always Trying – Ted Taylor
That’s All – Al Garris
Anything – Bobby Wilson
I Don’t Want To Cry – Ruby Winters
Come On Up To My Room – The Majors

Memory Lane  . . . . with The Commissioner
The Girls Alright With Me – The Temptations

Cruising for home 
Wild Life – Rudy Green
Walk Ginny Walk – Lenny Johnson
Well Alright – Joe Boots & His Band
It’s In His Kiss – Aretha Franklin
Can I Get A Witness – Marvin Gaye
Oh Little Girl – Dee Clark

Our ‘Three From Me’ slot was a long awaited joy, because we welcomed a new guest, John Burgess, who we’ve been hoping for some time we could entice into Cruise Control. As you will hear, John brought some great tracks with him and some stories from his student days and his later times with various bands, including his current band Superbia.

The chatroom chatter gave us some good feedback on our Brit Beat selection this week and the mental imagery of some of the Cruising Crew dancing around imaginery handbags to some of the soul classics . . . . . well, we take our pleasures where we find them!

Previously, we played Roland Kirk’s version of ‘Take Me Girl I’m Ready’ for Dr Dan Reinstein . . . . and our previous ‘Three From Me’ guest, Lil-Sis suggested we played the Motown version by Junior Walker and The Allstars . . . . so we did and threw in Brenton Wood’s ‘Gimme A Little Sign’ too. We even found time for a couple of much sought after pieces of vinyl from Ted Taylor (Somebody’s Always Trying) and The Ideals (Cathy’s Clown). But, after a thoroughly enjoyable cruise, we headed for home in fine style with Dee Clark and ‘Oh Little Girl’ and then, sadly, it was time to put the music away until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner.

As always, we enjoyed your good company and, if you’ve enjoyed this week’s selection, perhaps you might come back again for our next cruise, when we’ll play some more excellent rock, soul and real rhythm and blues. If you can’t wait until then, why not take a listen to the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM, where the Spongman, The Shake, Max Quirk and Johnny Alpha will make you an offer you can’t refuse and play you music you’ll never forget.

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

I can see for miles . . . .

Posted: November 18, 2011 in Hear This . . . . !

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Cruising with The Commissioner #33 (17.11.11)

Well, the events of this week and the preparations for Cruising with The Commissioner will be remembered awhile here at Cruise Control for a number of reasons. Some of our previous guests on the show were in touch, including DJ Captain Scarlet, The Vikster, Mr T and Max Quirk. So, I think we can look forward to some more gems from them in the weeks to come. The comments on last week’s ‘Soulful of Beatles’ set was all good and various members of the Cruising Crew found something in there for them . . . . and suggested themes for future sets. Our musical postman has ensured there’s something new to listen to and we even found time to go to the pre-opening event of another of Jamie Oliver’s restaurants and had a good time . . . . and of course some great food.

Well, we kicked off this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner with ‘Seventeen’ from Ella Mae Morse and after playing Jackie Wilson’s ‘Sazzle Dazzle’ on an earlier show, I couldn’t resist any longer from playing Bill Haley’s ‘Razzle Dazzle’ . . . . so it’s in the mix this week, along with plenty of other great stuff!

Possibly the most significant event in the diary this week has been some long planned eye surgery, and I am very grateful to fellow Wireless FM DJ Max Quirk for offering to supervise the broadcast this week’s show from his ancestral home at Cutsville Castle, if necessary. In the event, the outstanding skills of Professor Dan Reinstein and the staff at the London Vision Clinic, ensured that all was well enough in time for this week’s show. So, my unreserved recommendation for Dr Dan’s excellent clinical work, which gave me another insight (pun intended), because along the way I discovered his other life as a jazz saxophonist with  his own quintet.

So, I set off (with the benefit of newly rediscovered 20/20 plus vision) to see if I could find  something appropriate in the Cruising library that might celebrate Dr Dan’s love of jazz sax and fit nicely in with the musical themes of Cruising with the Commissioner.   Well, I think I surprised myself, because I discovered a Warner Bros album called Blacknuss released in 1972 by the much-acclaimed jazz saxophonist Roland Kirk. It has some characteristic interpretations of soul classics, including his  version of Junior Walker’s ‘Take Me Girl I’m Ready’.

We certainly crossed a few musical frontiers, genres and time zones this week, with a little jazz, some vintage psyche rock, Detroit soul and some ‘well-seasoned’ rhythm and blues. We revisited the catalogue of The Cues, a band recommended by our good pal Pete Hall and included ‘Next Time You See Me’ from the late Doug Sahm (the voice of the Sir Douglas Quintet). It was particularly good to find a copy of Kenny Martin’s 1961 recording of ‘With All My Heart’, as well as ‘Everybody’s Clown’ by Johnny Dynamite. We even managed to sneak in some more Beatles covers, with ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ from Jeff Healey, ‘Come Together’ from The Hoax and ‘Day Tripper’ from Z-Da . . . . and The Cruisettes particularly liked those.

Our selection had to little or no time for anything from Frank Randall, which will be a disappointment to his fans, but here’s what we did squeeze into the playlist this week:

Cruising down the road a piece . . . .
Seventeen – Ella Mae Morse
Razzle Dazzle – Bill Haley & His Comets
Take Me Girl I’m Ready – Roland Kirk
Rock & Roll Mr Oriole – The Cues
Next Time You See Me – Doug Sahm
With All My Heart – Kenny Martin
Everybody’s Clown – Johnny Dynamite
Too Much In Love – Octopus
And I’ll Be There – The Peppermint Rainbow

Three From Me . . . . with Richard Mann 
Move It Over – Hank Williams
Take Five – Dave Brubeck
Honest I Do – Jimmy Reed

Cruising with the crowd . . . .
Hey Grandma – Moby Grape
Pride Of Man – Quicksilver Messenger Service
Fever – Pete Bennett & the Embers
Day Tripper – Z-Da
Love Machine – The Politicians
Mellow Moonlight – Roy Docker
Tippety Top – The Rays
Baby I Need Your Loving – The Four Tops

Cruising on the outskirts of town . . . .
I Need You Loving – Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford
Come To Me – Marv Johnson
Hawaiian Boogie – Elmore James
While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Jeff Healey
Come Together – The Hoax
Oh No Not My Baby – Linda Ronstadt
Abracadabra – Steve Miller

Memory Lane . . . . with The Commissioner
What’d I Say – Ray Charles

Cruising for home . . . .
Oh Mom Teach Me How To Uncle Willie – The Daylighters
Steppin’ Stone – The Anglos
Good Time Tonight – The Soul Sisters
I Can See For Miles – Tina Turner
Talk That Talk – The Du Droppers
Tell Me Who – Big Maybelle

It was great to welcome back Richard Mann for another ‘Three From Me’ slot, which ranged across country rock, jazz and blues. It’s that sort of mix that we like and Richard’s choice of ‘Move It Over’ by Hank Williams will mean a rummage in the Cruising library to find the version by George Thorogood . . . so watch out for that in a future show.

This week we took another dubious detour down that dark, dusty track that is Memory Lane and did a little time travelling. This took us back to the late 60s and a concert by Ray Charles at London’s Festival Hall and an unforgettable version of ‘What’d I Say’ with only the acoustic instruments and voices to be heard.

There was some good feedback on the playlist choices in the Wireless FM chatroom chatter and even some suggestions about tracks for future shows . . . . which we’ll be digging out of the Cruising library. I hope you found plenty to enjoy in our musical adventures in rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues. We squeezed a lot into the show and I’m relying on you to come back again next week for another opportunity to go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . .  otherwise I’m talking to myself and you know happens then!

It’s great that Wireless FM continue to allow me to play what I like on the show and, if like what you hear and can’t wait till next Thursday for some more choice music, why not catch the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM. If you do, The Spongeman, The Shake, Max Quirk and Johnny Alpha will 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!


Drive my car . . . .

Posted: November 11, 2011 in Hear This . . . . !

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Cruising with the Commissioner #32 (10.11.11)

Well, another busy week with plenty of events to juggle, but we just about did it! The fireworks came and went, the weather kept changing and teased us with bright sunshine, followed by rain with thunder and lightening, but we still fitted in some good gigs and social events with ‘friendly faces’. One consequence of all this activity was little time to visit the various music establishments in the vicinity, but we’ll make up for that soon.

There’s plenty of good stuff in this week’s playlist and regular members of the Cruising Crew will remember our Stones Soul Picnic, from a few weeks back, where we featured some soul covers of Rolling Stones tracks. The feedback was good and it encouraged us to pull together a similar soulful selection of Beatles tunes. So this week we went cruising with a Soulful of Beatles and interpretations of their song from an impressive range of soul artists, even including something from Ella Fitzgerald with her version of Savoy Truffle.

I was particularly pleased to find a track by the esteemed Charlie Wood, a great Memphis keyboard player and vocalist. We picked out a track from a Memphis tribute to the Beatles, called Fried Glass Onions, with Charlie Wood doing a fine, fine version of ‘Back in the USSR’. There was plenty more that we could have put into the soulful pot of Beatles covers, but time ran out and we closed the set with the Gary Tom’s Empire and ‘Drive My Car’

This week’s birthdays included Lulu and Bryan Adams. So, we picked out tracks of theirs that seemed to fit our musical mood this week. The week brought sad news of the passing of UK blues enthusiast, Bob Brunning, who was the first bass player in Fleetwood Mac and later joined Savoy Brown. We picked out a Savoy Brown track where he was the bass player . . . . a single release on Decca called ‘Taste and Try Before You Buy’.

One of the joys of the past week was catching a band called Instant People, who put on an enthusiastic show for a London audience and are clearly building a following now. We also caught the only London gig this year from American rock-bluesman Kenny Wayne Shepherd. What a stunning, full power set put on for a very appreciative crowd . . . . so we played ‘Backwater Blues’ which was on his set list this week.

Our Cruising with The Commissioner selections this week included two tracks from the fabulous Little Richard and nearly included something from Jimmy Durante, but maybe we’ll save it for another occasion . . . . in the meantime here’s this week’s playlist:

Cruising for the city limits
Get Rich Quick – Little Richard
I Need Your Lovin’ – Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford
Driving Wheel – Mac Simms
Have Mercy Baby – Buddy Lamp
But You – Little Grier
Where’s My Money – Willie Jones
Supernatural – Lulu
Please Don’t Tell ‘Em – The Blue Dots
Rakin’ And Scrapin’ – Dean Beard

Three From Me . . . . . with Max Quirk 
Reward – The Teardrop Explodes
World Destruction – Afrika Bambaataa & John Lydon
The Truth Is So Boring – Soulwax

Cruising with a Soulful of Beatles
Got To Get You Into My Lie – Blood Sweat & Tears
Good Day Sunshine – Roy Redmond
I Saw Her Standing There – Little Richard
I Want To Hold Your Hand – Al Green
Eight Days A Week – Billy Preston
Day Tripper – Otis Redding
Savoy Truffle – Ella Fitzgerald
Hard Day’s Night – Ramsey Lewis
And I Love Her So – Reggie Milner
Hey Jude – Wilson Pickett
Back In the USSR – Charlie Wood
With A Little Help From My Friends – Ike & Tina Turner
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window – Joe Cocker
Eleanor Rigby – Aretha Franklin
Drive My Car – Gary Toms Empire

Memory Lane . . . . with The Commissioner
Pat O’Day on Radio station, KJR Seattle (1966)
Lil’ Red Riding Hood – Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs

Cruising for home 
Backwater Blues – Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Do To You – Bryan Adams
Taste & Try Before You Buy – Savoy Brown
Stop Her On Sight – Edwin Starr
Love’s Like A Quicksand – Sandy Wynn
You’re Not My Kind – Paula Durante
Do The Chicken – Billy ‘The Kid’ Emerson
Lipstick Powder & Paint – Delbert McClinton

Well, we packed in plenty of good sounds on this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner and fellow Wireless FM DJ, Max Quirk, brought some extra special tracks from Cutsville Castle for his ‘Three From Me’ set, which was a real treat. Even so, we still found time for a little time travelling on our dubious detour down memory lane, which took us back to 1966. This was about the time music radio was beginning to get very programmed, with pre-determined playlists and more limited chat from DJs than in the past. So, it was remarkable that Seattle DJ Pat O’Day retained his own distinct personality. At the time Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs were following up their chart topper, ‘Wooly Bully’ with ‘Lil Red Riding Hood’.

The chatroom chatter was pretty lively and the feedback certainly registered some real appreciation for a number of the tracks in this week’s playlist. But, all too soon, we reached that sad moment where I reached for my pristine white linen hankie to dab away the tears in the corners of my eyes, as we came to the close of the show. I hope, there was something in the playlist to ensure your enjoyment and to entice to return for more musical adventures in rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues, when we go Cruising with The Commissioner again.

My thanks go also to Wireless FM who allow me the space and freedom to play what I like on the show and, as always, 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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Cruising with the Commissioner #31 (03.11.11)

Well, as the evenings get a little more chilly, our welcome on Cruising with The Commissioner gets decidedly warmer. Even for those who  might have stumbled upon the show by accident or through a malfunction of some technology, we’re pleased to have your company.

As well as Halloween, there’s been plenty going on at Cruise Control and lots of friendly faces calling by or being in touch, including  Lil-Sis, Richard Mann, DJ Leyton Rocks and Max Quirk. We managed to squeeze in a little adventure to catch a gig by DJ Wheeliebag and it was a riotous event  indeed . . . . ghostly, spooky theme and some great audience participation.

Once again, we scoured the Cruising library to pull together  a soundtrack for our weekly adventure across musical frontiers, in and out of  time zones and jumping genres. We set off in fine style in the company of a  couple outstanding R&B groups, The Clovers and The Drifters . . . . and followed on with Jesse Stone, with another side from the catalogue of Atlantic records.

Regular Cruising Crew members will remember that on Cruising with The Commissioner a couple of weeks back, we played ‘Gotta Get Away’ by Billy Butler & The Enchanters and, after some fruitful research, this week we found a copy of the song by Major Lance. Following close on his heels came a trio of tracks from the girls, because our previous selection seemed to go down rather well. We also pulled out some album tracks featuring early recordings by Jimi Hendrix, where he was a member of various studio and road bands for other artists.

Cruising for fun . . . .
Love Bug – The Clovers
Drip Drop – The Drifters
Runaway – Jesse Stone
Gotta Get Away – Major Lance
The Wrong Girl – The Showmen
Gonna Make Him My Baby – April Young
Sing Me A Love Song – The Glories
One Boy Tells Another – The Surfer Girls
I’m So Glad – Frank Howard & The Commanders (ft. Jimi Hendrix on guitar)
Move Over And Let Me Dance – The Isley Brothers (ft. Jimi Hendrix on guitar)

Three From Me – Lil-Sis
Uptight – Stevie Wonder
Time Is Tight – Booker T & The MGs
Pictures Of Matchstick Men – Status Quo

Cruising way out there . . . .
I Can See For Miles – Lord Sitar
You Tore Me Down – The Flaming Groovies
Turning Night Into  Day – Octopus
Still Nights – Mike Stuart Span
None of Us Are Free – Solomon Burke & The Blind Boys of Alabama
Can’t Find No Happiness – Barbara Brown
Champagne & Reefer – The Rolling Stones (ft. Buddy Guy)
Tip On In – Slim Harpo

Cruising into the breeze . . . .
Carl Lattimore – Carl’s Dance Party
Turn Around Baby – Lena & The Deltanettes
The Adorables – Ooh Boy
The Marvelettes – I’ll Keep On Holding On
Good Grease – Mark III Trio
Wiggle Tail – Googie Rene
Man of Mystery – The Shadows
Voodoo Woman – Laurel Aitken
I May Be Wrong – Little Johnny Jones & The Chicago Hound Dogs

Memory Lane  . . . . with The Commissioner
Ahab The Arab – Jimmy Saville

Cruising for home . . . .
Sazzle Dazzle – Jackie Wilson
That Someone Don’t Know It – Jimmy Robins
Hot Dog – The Four Shells
Please Don’t Tell ‘Em – The Blue Dots
Night Air – The Four Mints
I Guess I’ll Always Love You – The Isley Brothers
Shake ‘Em Down – Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes

Our good cruising was eventually interrupted by the clock, telling us we had to head for home, with barely enough time to say thank you to  everyone for their good company during the show. But we did and managed to thank Wireless FM for letting me play the  music I like on the show every Thursday. If we played some things that you enjoyed on the show, then I hope we can entice you back next week for another extravaganza of rock, soul and real R&B, when once again we’ll go Cruising with The Commissioner.

If you can’t wait till then, I recommend taking a listen to the Tuesday Mafia on Wireless fm, where The Spongeman, The Shake, Max Quirk and Johnny Alpha will make you an offer you can’t refuse and play you music you’ll never forget.

So, until we meet again to go Cruising with the Commissioner . . . .  have fun!