Driving sideways . . . . .

Posted: March 8, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with The Commissioner #49 (08.03.12)

I hope that the week has treated you well and that you have received the glorious glimpses of spring as positive signs. That’s certainly been the case here at Cruise Control, where the planning and pursuit of events in the Cruising diary has attracted even more enthusiasm and purpose, as a result. Arrangements for the next stateside trip are being finalised by the day and some recent and impending social outings are ensuring we maintain an ever positive mood. Of course, the preparations for our weekly adventure across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones, and jumping genres continued throughout and, indeed, has been much encouraged by the kindly feedback from those who choose (of their own free will and accord) to go Cruising with The Commissioner.

It seems to have been an equally busy time for some of our previous guests on Cruising with The Commissioner, because this week we heard from Max Quirk, Richard Mann, The Spongeman, The Majestic, The Vikster, Johnny99 and Joe Duckworth. We are expecting their return here soon and we ‘seized the moment’ of our surprise encounter with The Vikster to share a little more from her current playlist with us all . . . . as you will hear!

Last week’s Cruising playlist had a distinctly ‘rock’ feel to it, with various shades ranging from psych rock, country rock, bayou rock through to latin rock, and stopping along the way for some western swing and some Welsh rock . . . . courtesy of our Welsh Wizard, Johnny99. So, this week we shifted the emphasis a little, not least, because our rummaging in the dark recesses of the Cruising Library produced some hidden delights, as well as some that we got our hands on after a visit from our musical postman.

So, we jump started our Cruise mobile with Mickey & Sylvia and their 1956 single ‘No Good Lover’, which was one of the juicy gems that arrived at Cruise Control this week . . . . . and we followed up with another from Jeanette Baker & Oscar McLollie, ‘Hey Boy Hey Girl’. We even found time to ‘follow that tune’ with another version of ‘Move It On Over’ from The Griffin Brothers and ‘See Emily Play’ from The Grapes of Wrath.

We pulled together some ‘road records’ for this show and it gave us the opportunity to play some ‘tippity top tunes’ (as DJ Wheeliebag calls them) from amongst our long-time favourites. We pulled out far more than we could fit into this week’s show, so we’ve made another list of the rest for a future opportunity. Well, the boy scouts would be proud that we should ‘be prepared’!

Of course, we are ever mindful of the breadth of musical tastes that inspire folks out there in Cruising land and the enthusiastic champions of Charlie Drake and his classic recordings are always in our thoughts. However, to date, our playlists have been a disappointment to his staunch supporters, but never say never . . . . so until then, here’s this week’s playlist:

Cruising for the city limits . . . .
No Good Lover – Mickey & Sylvia
Hey Boy, Hey Girl – Oscar McLollie
Try Rock ‘n’ Roll – Bobby Mitchell
Lonely Teardrops – Jackie Wilson
Quarter To Three – Gary US Bonds
Move It On Over – The Griffin Brothers
Smokey Joe’s – Candy & The Kisses
The Way You Do The Things You Do – The Temptations
It’s Growing – Otis Redding

Three From Me . . . . with The Vikster – Girls ‘n’ Guitars
Pink Cadillac – Natalie Cole
Girls With Guitars – Wynonna Judd
Hazy Shade of Winter – The Bangles

Cruising down the line . . . .
She Loves My Automobile – Seppo Valjaka
Red Cadillac & A Black Moustache – Warren Smith
Down The Road Apiece – Chuck Berry
Cadillac Baby – Roy Brown
Crazy ‘Bout An Automobile – Johnny Vernazza
Driving Sideways – Freddy King
Red ’69 Oldsmobile – Howard Livingston & Mile Marker 24
Heaven In A Pontiac – Bill Perry
Drive My Car – Gary Toms

Memory Lane . . . . with The Commissioner
Curtis Mayfield on the radio
Try Me – James Brown
Raindrops – Dee Clark
Let The Good Times Roll – Shirley & Lee
Shout – The Isley Brothers

Cruising for home . . . .
Shake Rattle & Roll – Arthur Conley
Band Of Gold – Marcia Griffiths
Come and Get These Memories – Mary Wilson & The Supremes
The Day Will Come Between Sunday and Monday – Kiki Dee
See Emily Play – Grapes of Wrath
He’s A Flirt – The Sequins
Be That Way Sometimes – Bobby Well
We Go To Pieces – Forest Hairston
Route 66 – Asleep At The Wheel
Party Time – The Down Beats
Keep A Rockin’ – The Champions

We welcomed back The Vikster to our ‘Three From Me’ spot this week and it was good to have her company again. This time she arrived at Cruise Control with some tracks that followed her theme, ‘Girls & Guitars’. So, we were content to sit back and relax as she settled into the studio’s executive chair and positioned the microphone.

On our meanders down Memory Lane, regular members of the Cruising Crew will know that we have often featured extracts from the DJs on some of the notable radio stations in the US and UK. This week, our dabble in deja vu took us back to the 80s and a rather special radio show presented by veteran soul man Curtis Mayfield. The show featured some stories about his time with The Impressions and a selection of Curtis’s own favoured songs and artists, which captured some valuable glimpses into the sights and sounds that influenced this highly talented artist. Once again, I am indebted to our good pal Pete Hall for giving us access to his archives for this recording and it is a rich source that I hope we can return to in the future.

Well, all too soon The Champions brought us safely home on this week’s cruise. Looking back, we seemed to have covered plenty of musical ground along the way and here’s hoping that there were plenty of juicy gems in the playlist to entice you back again next week for even more rock, soul and real rhythm & blues. But, if you need an earlier ‘fix’, why not stop by and take a listen to the Tuesday night mafia here 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. If that’s not enough, try to catch the Paul Jones show on BBC Radio 2 and Larry Grogan’s Funky 16 Corners show on Viva Radio.

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

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