Moving on down the line . . . . .

Posted: April 12, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with the Commissioner #54 (12-04-12)

Well, I hope the past week has found you well and enjoying the days in your part of the world. Down in the deep South, around the Dartford Delta, the weather has been decidedly changeable, but at least it has not (yet) seen the warmth of sunshine days turn quickly to snow as it has ‘up’t North’. The rain hasn’t dampened our spirits and we’ve not been too distracted, because there’s always plenty to do here at Cruise Control. We’ve had but a few moments for relaxing and reflecting during the past days . . . . . but, hey, the business gets done (although sometimes running tight against the clock), but we missed the opening night of Max Quirk’s new gig in town and missed some of the friendly faces, like The Spongeman who ventured into The Smoke from his Spongelab in the Deep South. In between all this, we still manage to find a little time for that joyous, but haphazard process of listening to the music that might get included in our future playlists.

The Cruising Crew are a friendly bunch and they keep in touch in between shows, as well as catching some of the Thursday night adventures on Cruising with the Commissioner. DJ Captain Scarlet sent an intergalactic missive to give us due notice of an impending visit soon . . . . for which we have made appropriate preparations and The Cruisettes will be on standby to ensure that he is well cared for while he takes a short break from saving the world. The Vikster was in touch too . . . . calling from America, where she is soaking up the sun, the sights and the sounds . . . . and probably a few beverages too! We heard from The Majestic too . . . . which is always a pleasure. If you caught our anniversary show, you’ll remember that he turned up with a funky birthday ‘Three From Me’ . . . . and he promised to return to Cruise Control soon and was putting aside some more juicy gems for just that purpose. But, his enthusiasm ran away with him and he sent a few ‘tasters’ to include in our playlists. Well, no more encouragement was necessary and we started this week . . . . as you’ll hear!

Well, we arrived at Thursday night with a great pile of tasty tunes, in the hope that these would tempt and tantalise you. As ever, we extended the warmest of welcomes to one and all . . . . and started our musical adventure with The Fabulous Pearls and ‘I Laughed So Hard’. It got us up to full cruising speed pretty quick and, in the interests of health and safety, we recommended holding on tight because we were heading into the blue yonder with a track from DJ Wheeliebag’s recent evening of music and mayhem, Lloyd Price and ‘Chicken & The Bop’.

Well, the great American musical humourist (and academic), Tom Lehrer, celebrated his 85th birthday this week and we’ve included him on a previous trip down Memory Lane and perhaps we’ll do it again soon . . . . . in the meantime, here’s our playlist for this week:

Cruising beyond the city limits . . . .
The Fabulous Pearls – I Laughed So Hard
Chicken & The Bop – Lloyd Price
What Can I Do – Roy Milton
Peppermint Twist – Joey Dee & The Starlighters
Hop Skip & Jump – Anita Tucker
Emulsified – Rex Garvin & The Mighty Cravers
It’s Not Unusual – The Supremes
Every Woman I Know (Is Crazy ‘Bout An Automobile) – Al Vance
Yellow Moon – The Neville Brothers

Three From Me . . . . with Mumbles
With A Little Help From My Friends – Joe Cocker
Coming Into Los Angeles – Arlo Guthrie
Freedom – Richie Havens

Cruising with the breeze . . . . .
Dance Round The Maypole – Acid Rain
It’s All Leading Up To A Saturday Night – Marmalade
Nightjars – Jon Amor
Somebody Stole My Thunder – Georgie Fame
I Take What I Want – James & Bobby Purify
Coming In Out Of The Rain – Maurice Rogers
He Upset Your Dreams – Hank ‘Soul Man’ Mullen
Wiggle Waggle – The Wanderers
Twist & Shout – The Taxi Gang

Memory Lane . . . . with the Commissioner
Ian Dury on BBC Radio 1’s ‘Star Choice’ (1978)
One Step At A Time – Clifton Chenier
Such A Night – Dr John
Spanish Harlem – Aretha Franklin
Tramp – Otis Redding & Carla Thomas
Going Up The Country (Paint My Mailbox Blue) – Taj Mahal

Cruising for home  . . . .
That’s Alright Mama – The Earl Scruggs Revue
How Sweet It Is – Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers
Fever – The Boogie Kings
Voo Doo – Freddy Bell & the Bellboys
Let Me Know – Marvin & Johnny
Mad About You – Laurel Aitken
Bip Bam – Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
Voodoo Love – The Souvenirs
Rama Lama Ding Dong – The Edsels

Well, plenty of gems in our selection this week . . . . and more to come . . . . because there is still a little pile of tracks in the pending tray. We did pull out a bit of history . . . . that was the first single by Rex Garvin and the Mighty Cravers, released on Epic Records in 1961. They released a string of records through the 1960s in a variety of styles and finally got some traction in 1966 with “Sock It To Em J.B.”

Our Three From Me guest this week was our good pal Mumbles, a stalwart of Wireless FM and a man of few words. His return to Cruising with The Commissioner has been long overdue, due he’s not someone to be hurried! His selection took us to Woodstock to catch Richie Havens and a track from Arlo Guthrie . . . . whose ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ is probably too long (18 minutes) for our playlist . . . . but ‘Coming Into Los Angeles’ was a joy as well.

Our venture down Memory Lane this week discovered a long hidden radio show featuring some juicy gems selected by Ian Dury. We are indebted to our good pal Pete Hall for finding this in his extensive archives . . . . and we’re very grateful indeed to sample this brief journey down Memory Lane with Ian Dury.

Like all good things, our cruise had to come to an end and we comforted ourselves with the thought that it was only another seven days before we could wind the windows down again, turn the volume up . . . . all ready to go Cruising with The Commissioner again! So, with deep thanks to all who joined our cruise this week, we tipped our hat ceremonially to Wireless FM and gave notice of the myriad delights of the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM, where The Spongeman, The Shake, Max Quirk and Johnny Alpha will make you a musical offer you can’t refuse and play you music that you’ll never forget.

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


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