I can’t sit down . . . .

Posted: February 2, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

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cruising with the commissioner #44 (02.02.12)

Well, I hope this finds you relaxed and in good humour. Although an arctic chill has descended on the Grand Duchy, we did our best to ensure there was a hot playlist for this week’s cruise and some cosy comfort to take us across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres.

There have still been plenty of social events to organise and enjoy, some worthwhile sorties to sample the delights of the music purveyors in and around our manor, and a few brief (but necessary) visits from cheerful experts to restore our operational systems. So, it was a pleasure to get to Thursday night and return to the sumptuous splendour of Cruise Control, in time to wish an exceeding warm welcome to one and all.

As we embarked on this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner, we were unusually well prepared and focused(!) Indeed, in anticipation of some good company, we wound the windows down, turned the volume up and saved a few seats especially for the Cruising Crew on our latest musical extravaganza. This was all designed to excite some enthusiastic participation as we savoured this week’s fine selection of rock, soul and real rhythm and blues.

The Vikster made a welcome return to Cruise Control this week to bring us another choice ‘Three From Me’ selection. Her theme centred on another of her globetrotting trips, this time to Las Vegas. She brought us Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Cher . . . . not a predictable mix, but excellent choices.

There has been evidence of a concerted campaign to persuade us to feature some tracks by Perry Como and so soon after we spotted a fine collection of his recorded works being snapped up at a local car boot sale. So, as an alternative, we found some other excellent tracks to play you, as you can see from our playlist for this week:

Cruising for the city limits . . . .
Bye Baby Bye – Doc Pomus
She Walks Right In – The Slammers
Keep Me From Crying – The Windsors
Say You Love Me – The Isley Brothers
The Girl Done Got It Together – Bobby Doyle
Moments To Remember – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Worth Every Tear I Cry – Dee Dee Warwick
Ain’t That Peculiar – Fanny

Three From Me  . . . . with The Vikster
Beggin’ – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Deja Voodoo – Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Gypsies Tramps & Thieves – Cher

Cruising way out there . . . .
Hot Potato – King Curtis & The Kingpins
You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down – Jackie Wilson
Surely I Love You – Rosco Gordon
Everything’s Tuesday – The Chairmen of The Board
You Don’t Love Me – Barbara & The Browns
That’s When The Tears Start – Darlene Love
Wherever I Lay My Hat – Marvin Gaye
This Old Heart of Mine – Tammi Terrell
I’m So Glad – Robert Neal
How Many Nights (How Many Days) – Bobby Sheen

Cruising for fun . . . .
For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield
Diddy Wah Diddy – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Ride Like The Wind – The Four Tops
Riff Raff – Music Through Six

Memory Lane . . . . with The Commissioner
Johnny Dark on radio station WCAO, Baltimore
Spooky – Classic IV
Girl Watcher – The O’Kaysions
I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye

Cruising way down yonder . . . .
Hi Hi Hazel – Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
Turn On Your Love Light – Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland
Lovely Dee – The Untouchables
I’m Falling In Love With You Baby – Little Joe Cook
Time’s A Wasting – The Fuller Brothers
Turtle Doving – The Coasters
Gilee – Sonny Spencer
I Can’t Sit Down – Marie & Rex

Well, this week we said a sad farewell to Don Cornelius, long time host of the US TV show ‘Soultrain’, but we were pleased to celebrate Bobby Bland’s birthday this week. It was too good an opportunity to miss, so we primed and poised the Cruisettes ready to strut their stuff while he turned on the lovelights . . . . . and, unconstrained by convention, we managed to include two tracks from Marvin Gaye . . . . so no apologies there! Meanwhile, amongst the arrivals in the Cruising Library this week, we found a great track called ‘ Lovely Dee’ by The Untouchables . . . . take a listen to the opening and tell me what other classic track it sounds like!

For the really adventurous, we extended an invitation to join an expedition into the dark recesses of distant recall, as we ventured down Memory Lane. This week’s look back over the shoulder, took us back to 1968 and radio station WCAO in Baltimore, where we listened in to their top DJ of the day, Johnny Dark, with a reputation for exposing a vast array of musical treasures and breaking new artists.

Well, last week we played The Trogg’s version of ‘Hi Hi Hazel’ and we promised to find the version by Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band. So, we went with our digits dancing along the dusty shelves of the Cruising Library to find their much cherished 45 of that song . . . . and we needed only the flimsiest of excuses to play it again.

Well, we were so enjoying the playlist that time sort of crept up on us from behind and we had to be heading for home. But, we saved some real R&B delights to round off our cruise in style . . . . and to take us home, we had the good company of Sonny Spencer with his recording of ‘Gilee’ and a rousing number from Marie and Rex, ‘I Can’t Sit Down’.

The chatroom chatter picked up on some of the select sounds and favourites in the playlist. So, we closed our Thursday night revels on a high and with the enticing prospect doing it all again next week. . . . . and there are already some juicy gems lined up for the next playlist. But, if that all 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:

    I know “You Don’t Love Me” by Dawn Penn which originates from Bo Diddley via Willie Cobbs if my sources are to believed. Is Barbara & The Browns’ version of similar origin?

    • It’s a much covered blues song (including Junior Wells & Buddy Guy, John Mayall and Peter Green) that has crossed over in various versions. The versions by Barbara & The Browns and Dawn Penn are certainly interpretations the same Willie Cobb song, but I think the Bo Diddley track is a different song called ‘You Don’t Love Me, You Don’t Care’.

      Maybe I’ll play the Willie Cobb version on the next Cruising with The Commission show . . . . who knows . . . . but in the meantime . . . . have fun!

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