How did we get here . . . . ?

Posted: March 29, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

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Cruising with The Commissioner #52 (29.03.12)

Well, it sort of crept up on us here at Cruise Control, but according to the records (the non-vinyl ones), we have both surprised ourselves and confounded the predictions . . . .  perhaps not for the first or last time! What is the cause of all this? Well, this week’s show marked the first anniversary of our Thursday night adventures here on Wireless FM and one of the frontiers that we may not have been expected to cross when we started Cruising with The Commissioner.

The origins of these musical adventures can be traced back to the weekly ‘get togethers’ with a few teenage pals of mine, meeting at their various homes to play our favourite records. So, the music has always been important, but so too has been sharing the music in the good company of others. So, Cruising with The Commissioner has provided more of the same and during the past year we have been charmed by the many guests who have visited us at Cruise Control to share some favourites from their current playlists in our ‘Three From Me’ feature. The musical choices have been fascinating and have certainly crossed musical frontiers, time zones and jumped genres. Our guests have brought along some great stories and music, including reggae, latin rock, rock ‘n’ roll, smooth and funky soul, rock-a-billy, raucous R&B, psych rock, jazz, country rock and more. It has been a real joy to welcome them all to the show and even more so to have many of them return to share more of their magical musical moments with us.

The sense of special occasion this week was underlined by a rare visit from The Majestic. He has been responsible for bringing us some truly wonderful ‘Three From Me’ selections on previous cruises and has proved to be a true connoisseur of the music we love here. On his visits, he has brought us many obscure, but fabulous tracks and artists, to which we have frequently returned in subsequent shows. So, it was with real enthusiasm and curiosity that we welcomed him back to Cruising with The Commissioner, looking suave and sophisticated, as ever, and immaculately attired. Fresh from his Go Go Club, he got pretty funky for his latest ‘Three From Me’ selection and it all went down well here with The Cruisettes.

As if that was not enough of a good thing, it was a real thrill this week to welcome back The Shake to our Thursday night cruising. He has been a stalwart of the Tuesday night revels on Wireless FM and the supreme ruler of that oasis of choice music that is The Out of Sight Show. His return was heralded by the Cruising choir and his own trumpeters. He remembered the route from his many previous appearances here in the early days of Cruising with the Commission and he turned up looking resplendent in his flowing robes, exotic pointy shoes, and with his fez worn at a jaunty angle, befitting his characteristic tilt at convention. So, we offered him a soft cushion and a place to rest his record box . . . . and let him take us on a jolly jaunt down Memory Lane.

Another treasured moment was the long awaited return of our good pal DJ Leyton Rocks to Cruising with The Commissioner. There have been many occasions since we started our cruising adventures, when Mr Rocks has taken us off the beaten track for a detour through some of his musical choices and this week he joined our celebrations and brought us Three Cool Tracks . . . . which we sat back and savoured.

Cruising for the horizon . . . .  
Let’s Rock ‘N’ Roll – The Cadets
That’s What You’re Doing To Me – The Dominoes
Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go – Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
Let’s Spend The Night Together – Tina Turner (from the album Acid Queen)
Hold On – The Radiants
Lookin’ For A Love – Bobby Womack & The Valentinos
Tramp – Lowell Fulsom
It’s Not Unusual – Freddie Scott & The Seven Steps
You Can’t Sit Down (Parts 1 & 2) – The Phil Upchurch Combo

Three From Me . . . . with The Majestic 
It’s A New Day – Skull Snaps
Star Child – Kane & Able
What Is Hip – Tower of Power

Cruising in good company . . . .
Shadows & Reflections – The Action
Lazy Day – Tinkerbell’s Fairydust
A Dream For Julie – Kaleidoscope

Memory Lane . . . . . with The Shake 
Hey – Barbara Mercer
Oh Mom (Teach Me How To Uncle Willie) – The Daylighters
I Like It Like That – Chris Kenner

Cruising with the sounds we like . . . .
Too Many Tears – Miles Stone
Cathy’s Clown – The Ideals
Love Machine –  The Politicians
Don’t Be Cruel – The Upsetters
Can’t Do Without You – Dusty Wilson
Ride On Red, Ride On – Louisiana Red & Little Victor’s Juke Joint

Three Cool Tracks . . . . with DJ Leyton Rocks 
Death Row – Bob Seger
Walking The Dog – The Dennisons
Tough Lover – Etta James

Cruising to the party . . . . .
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – Jnr Walker & The Allstars
We Go To Pieces – Forest Hairston
Pony Time – Chubby Checker
Since You’ve Been Gone – Aretha Franklin
Can I Get A Witness – Calvin Scott
Girls Are Out To Get You – The Fascinations
Well Oh Well – Tiny Bradshaw

Well, we were having great fun and enjoying the party, but we knew that eventually we would have to turn he Cruise Mobile around and start heading for home. We decided that there was no better way to close our anniversary show than with that great R&B stomper from Tiny Bradshaw and his 1952 King recording of ‘Well Oh Well’ . . . . and it went down particularly well with The Cruisettes, who had been on their feet throughout our party playlist. Hopefully you enjoyed yourself too tonight.

Little by little over the past year, the numbers in the Cruising Crew have grown and the feedback has always been supportive. We have welcomed the suggestions of tracks and themes for future shows and enjoyed the chatroom chatter during the shows. It’s good to know that you’re out there and it’s always fun to have your good company, especially to celebrate our anniversary show.

So, once we parked up the Cruise Mobile for this week, the party continued awhile here at Cruise Control . . . . . and most seemed to have given up Lent for alcohol! If you too have enjoyed our previous escapades, I hope you’ll join me in my thanks to all those who have contributed to these shows, since we started, both in front of the microphone and behind the scenes. We wouldn’t have got where we are now without all their good will and encouragement for our exploits over the past year. I am particularly grateful to my good pals, DJ Leyton Rocks and The Shake for their early encouragement and to Max Quirk and The Spongeman for setting up the studio equipment.

Mr Merlot has been a regular companion of the show and has assisted greatly in maintaining and restoring the necessary equilibrium and balance (a little creative imagery), especially when we’ve been fighting the technical gremlins on occasions. Mrs TC has provided some excellent provender during the shows and demonstrated amazing self-control in not speaking while the microphone is on. Of course, grateful thanks go to Wireless FM, whose tolerance and endurance, have kept the show on their Thursday night schedules.

So, be assured, we are already planning next week’s show and, if you can’t wait until next Thursday for some more good music, why not join 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!

  1. Amigo says:

    Congratulations on your first year. Some great favourites on this anniversary show. (How good were the Dominoes when Clyde McPhatter was with them?)

    What a shame there was not enough time for Perry Como and his Juke Box Baby – but there’s always next year.

    That black and orange Camaro looks expensive. Let’s hope you’ve filled up the tank and can still afford to buy some hot pasties ready for your next trip.

  2. Amigo

    Good to know you were along for the ride. We had fun here and The Dominoes sound excellent each time they get played. Some time we may do a little feature on Clyde McPhatter, because he has some great tracks to his name.

    There’s always the opportunity for you to do another of your pieces for the show and then you can include Perry Como’s ‘Juke Box Baby’!

    Have fun!


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