Can’t stop now . . . . .

Posted: May 24, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with the Commissioner #59 (24.05.12)

Well, it’s been a memorable week and not all for the good, but let’s hope it all worked fine for you in your corner of the world. There was plenty on the schedule to keep us on our toes and quite a bit in the social diary, but much of the enjoyment of those events was dampened by the loss of Donna Summer and Robin Gibb. So, we included our own tributes in this week’s show and even found space to celebrate some birthdays with Joe Cocker and Pete Townsend . . . . it all goes into the mix for Cruising with the Commissioner.

The weather here in the Grand Duchy has taken a turn for the better and there have been some fine evenings relaxing in the open air with a glass of something cool and tangy (with leaves in it) and the requisite accompanying playlist. A few of our favourite record shops also got a visit this week and we returned with some notable gems that will feature over the weeks to come, along with some of the tasty treats that came tumbling through the letterbox here at Cruise Control.

We heard from a number of our previous guests on Cruising with the Commissioner, including Max Quirk, The Shake, DJ Leyton Rocks, Lil-Sis, The Vikster and The Spongeman (who paid a more formal visit with his Three From Me selection for this week’s show).

Changing phone providers and some broadband faults have contributed their due measure of tension and frustration during the past week. So, we approached our Thursday night revels with a hint of hesitancy! But, as is often the case, the imagining was worse than the reality and things seem to settle down OK in the end.

A series of coincidences in our previewing of tracks for this week’s show, suggested pulling together some of the great body of work produced during the relatively short career of Bert Berns. So, we compiled a selection of tracks that we particularly enjoy from his considerable legacy, featuring plenty of well-known artists and songs. I hope it goes well with you too, dear listener.

We have, at last, said goodbye to the 45 copy of Little Jimmy Osmond’s ‘Long Haired Lover From Liverpool’ that has ‘graced’ the cruising library for many a year. So, your pleadings to include it in the show will have to stop . . . . but here’s what we did squeeze in:

Cruising with friends . . . . .
Big Girl – King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys
Hey Little Girl – Big Boy Bloater
Boogie Woogie Teenage – Don Julian & the Meadowlarks
Ain’t That Just Like A Woman – Jeff Healey
Irresistible You – Bobby Darin
Walking Through The Streets Of My Mind – Timebox
Lavender Popcorn – Scrugg
He Can’t Love You – Robin Gibb
Summer In The City – Joe Cocker
The Kids Are Alright – The Who

Three From Me . . . . . . The Spongeman
Millions Of Years – Sugar Creek
One Step Closer To You – The Miracle Workers
Can’t Stop Now – Ferris Wheel

On With The Show – The Idle Race

Cruising with Bert Berns . . .
Everybody Needs Somebody To Love – Solomon Burke
Push Push – Austin Taylor
I’m Gonna Run Away From You – Tami Lynn
You’d Better Come Home – Russell Byrd
A Little Bit Of Soap – The Jarmels
Piece Of My Heart – Erma Franklin
Gotta Go Back (And Watch That Little Girl Dance) – Otis Redding
Hang On Sloopy – The McCoys
Mo Jo Hannah – Little Esther Phillips
Baby Let Me Take You Home – The Mustangs
Twist & Shout – The Isley Brothers

Memory Lane  . . . . with The Commissioner
Boom Boom – John Lee Hooker

Cruising for home . . . .
International Playboy – Wilson Pickett
What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) – Junior Walker & the Allstars
Lovey Dovey – Otis Redding & Carla Thomas
Tell Him – Billie Davis
She Works Hard For The Money – Donna Summer
Put Yourself In My Place – Delroy Wilson
Your Lover Man – The Fleetones
Shake! Shake! – Jump4Joy
Just Right Man – Little Rachel & The Hogs of Rhythm
Little Mummy – Won’tcha Be My Girl

Well, we always look forward to the visits of The Spongeman to Cruising with The Commissioner  and so we turned on the lava lamps, lit the jossticks and joined him  with a characteristically eclectic selection of gems from The Spongelab. Our trip down Memory Lane took us back to San Francisco in 2001 and a visit to John Lee Hooker’s Boom Boom Room.

Before we knew it, the sand in the cruising timer had almost run out and we had to turn for home. But, we got home safe and sound and managed to close our musical adventure on a high with a couple of little scorchers .  . . . . we’ve run out of time but I hope we’ve closed our Thursday night revels on a high. Be assured that there are a few tasty treats already lined up for next week’s Cruising with The Commissioner, but, if that all seems too far off, remember that 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 . . . . . have fun!

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