The beat that can’t be beat . . . .

Posted: December 29, 2011 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with The Commissioner #39 (29.12.11) 2

Well, here we then, bidding you an enthusiastic welcome to the last Cruising with The Commissioner of 2011. We’ve saved a seat especially for you to join us on this cruise across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres . . . . . and we’re taking a timely look back at some of the many memorable moments on the show in the past year

For our review of 2011, we’ve picked out some of the many tracks that brought both surprise and delight during the year and we started with a cracker of a track from Little Richard and his recording of a Sam Cooke song (written especially for him) . . . . ‘Well, Alright’. Pausing only momentarily to steady the Cruising pending tray, we were joined by Jackie Wilson and ‘So Many Cute Little Girls’.

As we gained musical momentum, we reached for one of the memorable finds during the past year from Billy ‘The Kid’ Emerson with his 1955 recording for the Vee-Jay label, ‘Every Woman I Know Is Crazy ‘Bout An Automobile’ . . . . famously covered by Ry Cooder. Several of the tracks featured in our review were the result of listening to other radio shows and this included a track from Ray Charles that was heard on Johnny Alpha’s ‘Killer Diller’ show on Wireless FM . . . . this was ‘Hide Nor Hair’.

There have been many moments during 2011 when we have demonstrated the art of ‘just in time’ management . . . . and we closed the year with a glorious example. One of the long running endeavours here at Cruise Control has been to persuade Mumbles, a Wireless FM stalwart and regular traveller with us on Cruising with the Commissioner, to give us a ‘Three From Me’ selection. We had all but given up on this, when,  just as we were running out of time in 2011, Mumbles delivered a most welcome festive present. So, we included it this week’s show.

So far, so good . . . . and one of the delights of Cruising with The Commissioner in 2011 has been the many visitors who have joined us to share their choice of music their stories about why some tracks have a special meaning or memory for them. So, we decided to choose some highlights from these selections, just to remind us of what a fascinating array of musical moments and memories we have enjoyed over the past months. Everyone was in the mix and we hope that there will be even more in 2012.

There were far more we had to leave out than we squeezed in, but here’s the playlist for this week:

Cruising for the border . . . .
Well Alright – Little Richard
So Many Cute Little Girls – Jackie Wilson
Every Woman I Know’s Crazy ‘Bout An Automobile – Billy ‘The Kid’ Emerson
Hide Nor Hair – Ray Charles

Three From Me . . . . with Mumbles
The Good The Bad & The Ugly – The Ventures
Green Onions – Booker T & The MGs
Golden Brown – The Stranglers

Cruising in good company . . . .
Two Of Us – The Beatles (presented by Joe Duckworth)
Absolutely Sweet Marie – Bob Dylan (presented by John Burgess)
My Generation – The Who (presented by Lil-Sis)
Get Your Goosebumps On – Kevin Montgomery (presented by Mrs TC)
Move It Over – Hank Williams (presented by Richard Mann)
Put Yourself In My Place – The Elgins (presented by Mr T)
Walk Away – Joe Walsh (presented by Phil Tyler)
Bossy Boss – Fingers Lee & The Upper Hand (presented by DJ Wheeliebag)
The Beat That Can’t Be Beat – Jan & Arnie (presented by DJ Leyton Rocks)
10 Miles High – David and the Giants (presented by Paul Devine)
Giddy Up A Ding Dong – Alex Harvey (presented by Max Quirk)
Transfusion – Nervous Norvus (presented by DJ Captain Scarlet)
Early In The Morning – Bobby Darin & Buddy Holly (presented by Amigo)
Passenger – The Conqueroo (presented by The Spongeman)
Going Back To Miami – The Blues Brothers (presented by The Vikster)
Hope Leaves – Opeth (presented by Mark)
Nobody – The Invincibles (presented by The Majestic)
Eye On You – Killing Floor (presented by Mick Clarke)
Eight Miles High – The Byrds (presented by The Shake)

Cruising for home . . .
Starry Eyes – Roky Erikson
Ain’t Love Wonderful – The Fantastic Four
That’s When The Tears Start – The Blossoms
Tippity Top – The Rays

We rounded off our guest list selection with The Shake reprising one of his trips down Memory Lane . . . . . and maybe we can coax him back for some more in 2012. We even managed to squeeze a few more gems before we had to head for home on our cruise, but not all that we had hoped to play. Amongst these were great tracks that reflected our pursuit of rock, soul and real rhythm and blues and included Roky Erikson, The Fantastic Four, The Blossoms and a particular favourite, The Rays with ‘Tippity Top’.

Well, if you’ve enjoyed Cruising with The Commissioner during 2011, be assured that you will be receive a warm welcome back for more of our Thursday night musical adventures in 2012, and we will look forward to sharing even more great music with you then.

Grateful thanks go to you, to our many guests and of course Wireless FM who continue to provide the time and freedom for all this each week.

So, until we start Cruising with The Commissioner in 2012 . . . . have a great time . . . . and have fun!

  1. The Vikster says:

    I hear The Good The Bad & The Ugly and I think of the Ukulele Orchestra doing their version… can’t help it.

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