Breaking up the house . . . . .

Posted: May 10, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

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Cruising with The Commissioner #57 (10.05.12)

Well, here’s hoping that you have been thriving in the past week and arrived in good spirits for another venture beyond the blue horizon . . . . in the best of company . . . . with that carefully constructed caldron of chaos that we call Cruising with The Commissioner.

Here in the Grand Duchy we’ve been hiding behind the sofa until the local elections were over. Indeed, it got to the point where, we were looking forward to visits from Seventh Day Adventists selling double-glazing in preference to another short and pithy doorstep debate about the integrity of politicians. In contrast, our musical postman brought us much joy this week, with some new albums and some long awaited items to add some addition lustre to the Cruising Library.

Amongst the gigs this past week, we went to catch fellow Wireless FM DJ Max Quirk and his Friday night show in South East London. A fascinating venue, with some great features and a few stories told by the manager about past personalities and some long-time connections with music. A very friendly crowd and some choice music selections by Max made it a great night out and something we’ll enjoy doing again.

We much enjoyed hearing from The Vikster on her return with a Three From Me selection inspired by her recent visit to America. She clearly entered into the spirit of cruising with the radio on and we all got to hear some of the tracks that caught her ear while on the roads in and around Miami and the Florida Keys.

Frankie Valli was celebrating his 78th birthday during the week and we saluted him by playing the Four Seasons version of ‘Peanuts’ . . . .and Frankie is still going strong and, indeed, scheduled to appear in concert next month at the Royal Albert Hall, where we’re looking forward to seeing him live.

We’ve been consumed of late with a quest to find a gatefold, double disc collection of the hits of Erky Grant & The Earwigs, but good fortune has not been with us (so far). So, we travel hopefully and, in the meantime. Why not feast your ears on this week’s playlist:

Cruising into the distance . . . .
Breaking Up The House – Jump4Joy
Lipstick, Powder & Paint – Roger Chapman
Daddy’s Baby A – Lamont Dozier
Don’t Do Me That Way – Joan Moody
Handful Of Memories – Tutti Hill
My Girl – Al Green
It’s Not Unusual – The Impressions
Love Potion No.9 – Giuliano Palma & The BlueBeats
Give Me What You Got – Big Boy Bloater & His Southside Stompers
That’s Alright Mama – Arthur Big Boy Crudup

Three From Me  . . . . . The Vikster
Too Young To Die – Sonny Boy Williamson
King of The New York Streets – Dion
Sorrow – The Prissteens

Cruising with friends . . . .
Peanuts – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
A Band’s Gotta Do What A Band’s Gotta Do – The Refreshments
Go Bully Some Other Gal – Little Rachel & The Hogs of Rhythm
Downstairs – Plas Johnson
I’m So Glad – Lee Garrett
She Said Goodbye – Billy Hambric
But It’s Alright – J.J. Jackson
Tell It Like It Is – Otis Redding & Carla Thomas
Tell Him – The Exciters
Can I Get A Witness – Dusty Springfield

Memory Lane . . . . with The Commissioner
Rain & Tears – Aphrodite’s Child
Cruising for home . . . . . .
Riders On The Storm – The Jolly Boys
Show Me The Money – Buddy Guy
Start It Again – Oli Brown
Trouble In My Life – Killing Floor
Soul Galore – Jackie Wilson
Ain’t That Just Like A Woman – Louis Jordan
Fever – Patti Drew
Nobody Seems To Want Me – Curly Bridges
Mumbles Blues – Bobby Lewis
Holy Mackrel – Prentice Moreland

We risked a little ‘anoaraknophobia’ this week with our story about the Bert Berns song ‘Tell Him’. Over the years I long believed that the 1963 version by The Exciters was the original . . . . . but, I am wiser now! The song was first recorded  in 1962 as “Tell Her” by Gil Hamilton aka Johnny Thunder and we will find that version to play on another occasion. But, the song has a greater significance, because it was hearing The Exciters’ recording while taking a late night walk down New York’s Broadway that decided Dusty Springfield to embark on her solo career.

We enjoyed some chatroom chatter and some long distance texting and tweeting with some of the Cruising Crew during the show, but all too soon, we came to that point on our cruise where there was nothing left to do, but put the Cruise Mobile away and start tidying up the music strewn around Cruise Control. There were still plenty of tasty treats still in the pending tray, so we were cheered that we could start planning next week’s show and another expedition in search of the very best in rock, soul and real rhythm and blues. So, we parted with thanks for the good company of the Cruising Crew this week and to Wireless FM for keeping us on their programme schedule. Of course, if you need a ‘fix’ of good music before next Thursday, why not stop by Wireless FM and catch the Tuesday Night Mafia, 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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