Don’t look back . . . . .

Posted: March 15, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen to this week’s show here:
Cruising with The Commissioner #50 (15.03.12)

Well, I really do hope that this week has been packed with thrills and excitement for you, because, frankly, someone must have been getting my share . . . . not that I want to dampen your very welcome high spirits with tales of calamities and failures . . . . but, I will just leave you to ponder (in your copious leisure time) on the anguished wailing and howling heard around these parts, and the accompanying extended and intense counselling required on the loss of a decade (and more) of masterfully stewarded music, videos, photos and business files that evaporated into elephants’ graveyard of digital data (without warning), when a 2 terabyte hard disc embarks on a suicide mission. Even the swift intervention of emergency services and specialist resuscitators applying their mystic arts was to no avail and they were reduced to conveying the message in that solemn manner, so well-practiced by lesser tradesmen (and women), with the audible slow intake of breath through the teeth and the resigned shaking of the head. With all of that as a backdrop, I am hoping that our playlist for this week’s show will still have successfully lifted your spirits and provided you with a heightened measure of bonhomie that may yet get reflected here.

The events of the week were lightened by the wit of Bill Bailey, who involuntarily extended an invitation to join him on a ‘warm up’ night for his forthcoming tour. Plenty of music and humour in there and a fondly remembered quote that “most of jazz sounds like a surrealist car alarm” . . . . which in turn recalled the concept of a surrealists ideal holiday, consisting of seven nights, but only 4 days!

Back amongst the music, we quickly got up to cruising speed this week with The Leaders and their little mover ‘Girl That I Love’ and barely paused for breath before following on with The 5 Royales and their King 45 . . . . appropriately called ‘Right Around The Corner’.

This week we found time (at last) to include a little selection that was inspired by a stage show. The show was based on the songs of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman and, whilst the stage show proved to be pretty awful, the songs demonstrated just how influential this pair of songwriters have been on the music scene. So, we searched out some of my favourites and lined them up for this week’s playlist.

In anticipation of St Patrick’s Day, we pulled together some tracks to celebrate the event, including Van Morrison, Rory Gallagher and The Commitments . . . . but we resisted the siren call to play ‘Delaney’s Donkey’ by Val Doonican . . . . and we turned our attentions to other, more fitting, items for inclusion in this week’s playlist, as you’ll see:

Cruising where the winds take us . . . . .
Girl That I Love – The Leaders
Right Around The Corner – The 5 Royales
Juiced – Billy Love
Come On – Charlie & The Jives
After Last Night – The Revlons
Lovely Woman – Eldridge Holmes
Walk Of Life – Charles Mann
Hold Back the Night – The Trammps
Along Comes Mary – The Association

Three From Me . . . . . with Lil-Sis 
Young Gifted & Black – Bob & Marcia
Margarita Time – Status Quo
Young Boy Blues – The Who

Cruising with Doc and Mort . . . .
Boogie Woogie Country Girl – Big Joe Turner
(Wake Up) Miss Rip Van Winkle – The Tibbs Brothers
Lonely Avenue – Ray Charles
Hushabye – The Mystics
Sweets For My Sweet – The Drifters
This Magic Moment – Marvin Gaye
Turn Me Loose – Fabian
It’s Been Nice – Marty Wilde
I Ain’t Sharin’ Sharon – Bobby Darin
His Latest Flame – Del Shannon
Seven Day Weekend – Gary US Bonds
Viva Las Vegas – Bruce Springsteen

Memory Lane . . . . with The Commissioner (5:04)
Gimme Little Sign – Brenton Wood

Cruising down along the cove . . . .
Knocking Nails Into My House – The Idle Race
Learning To Fly – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Destination Anywhere – The Commitments
Don’t Look Back – John Lee Hooker & Van Morrison
Don’t Start Me Talking – Rory Gallagher
Competition Ain’t Nothing – Little Carl Carlson
Gonna Make Him My Baby – April Young
What’s Wrong With My Baby – The Valadiers
Linda Lou – Ray Sharpe
My Guardian Angel – The Monorays

We took the opportunity to play a track by The Trampps, in tribute to lead singer Jimmy Ellis, who passed away this week aged 74. On his Funky 16 Corners show, Larry Grogan, described Jimmy Ellis as having one of those rare, perfect soul voices that combined a remarkable level of control that allowed him to swing effortlessly between moderation and soaring gospel-inflected shouts. . . . . and who would argue with that!

This week’s detour down Memory Lane this week brought back some previous embarrassment from back in the days when I was on the road as a DJ. At the time, I had a residency at a London club at the ‘gateway to the South’ that is Balham. For three consecutive weeks, two delightful girls in the audience asked for a (then) little known soul track (which subsequently became a great chart success). I tried to find it through my usual sources without success and each week these same two girls would ask cheerily for it, causing me mounting embarrassment. When I found a copy and played at the club and the girls were on the floor like a shot and clearly enjoying it. They thanked me afterwards, but sadly they never returned to club after that. The record went on to hit the charts and every time I hear Brenton Wood and ‘Gimme A Little Sign’ . . . . I think of those days.

The sand in our two hour egg timer ran out before we had played all that we had for our playlist, but we were already looking forward to next week when we hope to have your good company again to go Cruising with The Commissioner. 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 . . . . remember to . . . . have fun!

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