Having a party . . . .

Posted: January 20, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with The Commissioner #42 (19.01.12)

Well, if the start of 2012 so far is anything to go by, it’s going to get lively and I’m hoping that this is a good sign for our weekly journeys of discovery and the juicy gems that we find along the way to include in that extravaganza of rock, soul, and real rhythm in blues that we call Cruising with The Commissioner.

In the best traditions of the show (and you’d expect no less, I know) we launched ourselves with guile and gusto into our multi-terrain musical voyager, wound the windows down and turned the volume up as we got off to a great start with Party Time from The Downbeats. They were signed up by Motown and Berry Gordy  changed their name to The Elgins (a name he had considered for the group that we know now as the Temptations) and we kept everything heading in the right direction with Jeannette Baker & Oscar McLollie and their ‘Hey Boy, Hey Girl’.

Our considerable efforts to tantilise your musical taste buds were clearly resented by the technical gremlins, who interrupted the show on a few too many occasions this week . . . . the exterminators will be round shortly!!!

Amongst our ‘finds’ this week was a Tammi Terrell song called ‘Oh How I’d Miss You’. This was (for a long time) an unreleased demo version by Tammi with an unknown male duet partner. It was finally released on The Complete Duets compilation with one or two differences from the later duet version with Marvin Gaye. Another ‘ooooh’ moment this week was finding The Blossoms on a Duane Eddy 45. Now, we’ve played The Blossoms a few times on the show before and we particularly like them. So, it was a pleasant surprise to find that they were the vocal group behind ‘Mr Twang’ on his early 60′s track ‘Your Baby’s Gone Surfin”.

We took the opportunity to salute Bob Weston with a Fleetwood Mac track from when he was with the group and to mark his sad passing during the past week. He was the guitarist and singer who joined Fleetwood Mac in 1972 for two albums, as they completed their transition from blues to pop, following the departures of Peter Green and Danny Kirwan. We chose a track from their album ‘Mystery To Me’ which included their inventive treatment of the familiar song, ‘For Your Love’.

Well, I’m not sure if you can have too much fun, but we came close to our limit, I suspect, with this week’s playlist. It was a very pleasurable indulgence to put together the Sam Cooke Songbook segment and I’m hoping we found something good for you in the mix there somewhere. Sadly, no room for anything from Manuel & His Music Of The Mountains, but here’s what we did squeeze in:

Cruising for the city limits . . . .
Party Time – The Downbeats
Hey Boy, Hey Girl – Jeannette Baker & Oscar McLollie
Air Travel – Ray Bob
After Last Night – The Revlons
Oh How I’d Miss You – Tammi Terrell
Your Baby’s Gone Surfiin’ – Duane Eddy & The Blossoms
Bumbershoot – Phil Harvey
For Your Love – Fleetwood Mac

Three From Me  . . . . with The Spongeman
Painterman – The Creation
Arthur Brown
Them Changes – Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles

Cruising . . . . with the Sam Cooke Songbook
Shake – Otis Redding
Bring It On Home To Me – ZZ Hill
Only Sixteen – The Heptones
You Send Me – Sam & Dave
Chain Gang – The Persuasions
Win Your Love For Me – Snooks Eaglin
Another Saturday Night – Cat Stevens
Ain’t That Good News – The Supremes
Everybody Likes To Cha Cha Cha – The Olympics
Good Times – Eugene Hideaway Bridges
I Know I’ll Always Be In Love With You – Jackie Wilson
Cupid – Dobie Gray
Having A Party – The Ovations

Memory Lane  . . . . with The Commissioner
The Emperor Rosko
Everybody Needs Somebody To Love – Wilson Pickett
Soul Man – Sam & Dave

Cruising for home . . . . .
Kites – Arthur Brown
Statesboro Blues – Taj Mahal
Louisiana Hannah – Larry Williams & Johnny Guitar Watson
If You Gotta Make A Fool Somebody – Maxine Brown
Meet Me Down At Soulville – Little Joe Cook & The Thrillers
Twist Twist Senora – Gary US Bonds
Gonna Get Along Without You Now – The Vibrations 
Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While) – Kim Weston
Flip Flop & Fly – The Goofers

Our Three From Me spot this week featured one of the celebrities that you’ll hear on Tuesday nights on Wireless FM . . . .  the Spongeman. So, it was a joy to have him moonlighting on Cruising with The Commissioner and bringing his musical elixir, guaranteed to cure your ills and raise your spirits. As if to demonstrate why I enjoy his selections so much, we both managed to select an Arthur Brown track . . . . fortunately not the same one! Meanwhile, our detour down Memory Lane featured another DJ with impeccable taste in music, the Emperor Rosko. We went back in time to hear him with his soul extravaganza of the 60’s and 70s The Rosko Show . . . . and it was good to hear him again.

Well, just when we were really enjoying ourselves, the time ran out and we had to stop our Thursday night revels. But, we were cheered by the thought that we can do it all again next week. . . . . and in the meantime we’ll try to bring a little order out of the chaos at Cruise Control and find some more juicy gems for our next adventure. If that seems too far off, you can always get a fix from the Tuesday night mafia on Wireless FM, where they’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse and play you music you’ll never forget.

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

  1. The Vikster says:

    An excellent set as always. I’m glad I stayed to the end for Flip, Flop & Fly!

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