I can see for miles . . . .

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

Listen here to this week’s show:

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!


  1. The Vikster says:

    An inspired title for the show 🙂 And some excellent tracks as usual. The Hoax made a welcome appearance and I very much enjoyed The Steve Miller Band (in person and in the show). And Ray Charles! An oblique reference to the vision theme?

    • Vikster . . . . glad to have you Cruising with us again . . . . we always enjoy your good company and your feedback!

      Given our title for the show, you may not be surprised to know that this week we had to restrain our enthusiasm for vision related bands, like Focus, and tracks like ‘I Can See Clearly Now’, ‘Eyesight To The Blind’, ‘The More I See You’ and of course ‘Doctor My Eyes’.

      We haven’t abandoned all our glasses yet . . . . at the express request of our good pal Mr Merlot!


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