We must be doing something right . . . . .

Posted: May 17, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with The Commissioner #58 (17.05.12)

Well, Thursday night came around again and we packed plenty into the week since we last ventured out with you in the Cruise Mobile. So, we were pleased to get back to Cruise Control in time to ensure we were primed, poised and ready again to present some great rock, soul and real rhythm and blues on our riotous romp through records that (for want of a better title) we call Cruising with the Commissioner.

We have kept our musical postman pretty busy lately and all in a good cause too, because amongst the many gems that he has delivered were several excellent collections, which feature some fine R&B and Northern Soul favourites . . . . some of which we squeezed into this week’s show!

Amongst the social adventures in the cruising diary this week, was a London gig by power pop trio Supurbia . . . . and it was well worth wrestling the cross town traffic to get to hear them. They were on fine form and we decided to include one of the numbers that they featured in their set, just to mark a good night out.

We set off on our cruise in fine style with Solomon Burke and ‘Be Bop Grandma’ and with skillful slight of hand we followed on smartly with Boyd Bennett, who was ‘Rocking Up A Storm’.

Our playlist for this week’s Cruising with the Commissioner came together as a result of a series of snatched listening moments through the past week, but it hangs together pretty well and we managed to catch a few birthdays of some musical significance too. So, kick back, relax and enjoy our cruise, as we invite you to feast your eyes and ears on this selection:

Cruising to the city limits . . . .
Be Bop Grandma – Solomon Burke
Rockin’ Up A Storm – Boyd Bennett
Sucotash – Roy Milton & His Orchestra
Enchilada – The Scamps
I Got Tore Up – Don Julian & The Meadowlarks
Do-Wah-Diddy – The Exciters
Tell Her – Gil Hamilton
Tell Him (That I Love Him) – Patti Drew
We Must Be Doing Something Right – Joan Moody
You’re The Boss – Lavern Baker & Jimmy Ricks
That Ain’t My Name – Big Boy Bloater & His Southside Stompers
Don’t Start Crying Now – Slim Harpo

Three From Me . . . . . . Joe Duckworth
Dancing In The Street – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye

Cruising with the radio on . . . .
Flowers Of Evil – Mountain
White Room – Jeff Healey
Here In The Dark – Taj Mahal
Three Cool Cats – Ry Cooder
Michael (The Lover) – The Mad Lads
Irresistible You – Bobby Peterson
Golden Brown – The Jolly Boys
Ain’t That Just Like A Woman – Lloyd Price

Memory Lane . . . . with The Commissioner
Outrage – Booker T & The MGs

Cruising for home . . . .
Dimples – The Animals
Strong Love – The Spencer Davis Group
Uptight – Stevie Wonder
Do You Dream In Technicolour – Supurbia
Look Of Love – Lesley Gore
You’re So Good To Me – Debra Swisher
It’s Not Unusual – Sanchez
At The Discotheque – Chubby Checker
It’s All Over But the Crying – Baby Washington
The Girl’s Alright With Me – The Temptations
Until You Do – Little Willie John
No Mama, No Papa – Laura B & The Moonlighters

Well, from their 1964 collaboration in the group called The Rising Sons, Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder have gone on to individual acclaim and it so happened that our rummaging in the dark and dusty corners of the Cruising library this week turned up tracks by them both. So, we put them both on the playlist and I believe that the guitar work on ‘Here In The Dark’ by Taj Mahal comes courtesy of Eric Clapton.

Just as we went on air this week we heard of the passing of Donna Summer and we plan to do a little tribute to her in next week’s show. . . . . and it wasn’t the only loss to music this week, sadly.

This week’s dusty detour down Memory Lane took us back to 2001 and a visit to the depths of Devon, where we enjoyed what proved to be the last Bishopstock Music Festival. It was here that we were looking forward to seeing Booker T & The MGs live on stage . . . . at last! They delivered a superb set and that cherished memory came back this week with the sad news of the passing of their bassist, Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn. So, we wanted to pay tribute to the man who was an integral part of the MGs for so many years and also played with a bewilderingly long list of great artists. We selected ‘Outrage’ by Booker T & The MGs to accompany us down Memory Lane.

There were a number of familiar faces in the chatroom during the show and they seemed to be enjoying themselves too, which is just as well because we were too.

During the show ours hands were busy cueing up the tasty tracks, but so were the hands on the clock and all too soon it was time to start heading for home on our cruise. So, when you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go . . . . but not before an enthusiastic thank you for the good company on the night and a moment to dab our eyes with a pristine white linen hankie, as we said our farewells.

As ever, we hope that you have a great week and return refreshed and eager to join us once again as we go Cruising with The Commissioner. Of course, if you need a musical fix before then, why not take a listen to the Tuesday night mafia here on Wireless FM, where they’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse and paly you music you’ll never forget.

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

  1. Lil-Sis says:

    Really enjoyed the show tonight, especially the three from me. Keep playing those good tunes.

  2. Particularly liked You’re The Boss – Lavern Baker & Jimmy Ricks
    this week, and I’m sure I’ve heard Three Cool Cats – Ry Cooder somewhere before… 😉

    • I agree, that’s a great track by Lavern Baker & Jimmy Ricks!

      Yes, we’ve played Three Cool Cats by various folks before on the show . . . . and a foot note here . . . . that was one of the songs that The Beatles recorded as a demo when they were trying to get signed by Decca records . . . . and got rejected!

      Kepp listening . . . . . and . . . . have fun!

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