Watching the wheels . . . . .

Posted: May 31, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with The Commissioner #60 (31.05.12)

Well, I very much hope that your part of the world has been enjoying some fine, fine weather, as has been the welcome case in the Grand Duchy during this last week. It has encouraged excursions into parts of the wardrobes that have barely seen light in too many months . . . . we have rediscovered long forgotten summer clothes and paraded them with much satisfaction. Indeed, we eschewed our usual tuxedo, bow tie and patent shoes for presenting Cruising with The Commissioner in favour of the lightweight threads more customarily the attire of ‘our man in Havana’.

The sunshine has been accompanied by some al fresco socialising and some joyous encounters with good pals aplenty, including Johnny99, DJ Leyton Rocks, The Shake, The Vikster and even our musical postman has had an even more sprightly step as he’s brought us some more gems to caress our aural orifices. All this renewed the enthusiasm for some visits to our favourites music emporia and worthwhile ventures these proved to be . . . . as we will reveal . . . . . but it has been a good week for catching some inspired selections from other DJs. We caught a live show by fellow Wireless FM DJ, The Shake, on a rare trip to London. He was on top form and was well set for an extended session in a hot and steamy venue with a playlist just jammed with killer tracks and with some enthusiastic contributions from the one man power source that is Brother Jonno. I make no apology for reprising one or two of these tracks on Cruising with The Commissioner this week.

Well, it was Gladys Knight and Bob Dylan’s birthdays this week. We knew what we wanted to play by Gladys, but with such a vast catalogue of recordings it was difficult to decide what to choose to celebrate Mr Zimmerman’s significant event. But meeting up with our ‘Three From Me’ guest, Johnny99, at his cider tasting event solved this, because we indulged his previous selection of ‘Absolutely Sweet Marie’.

We set off on our cruise with a couple of stompers, featuring ‘Don’t Leave Me Baby’ by Dean Barlow and ‘Gee Whiz Liz’ from Charles Senns. After that, we were up to full cruising speed and ready for anything (within reason) . . . . I put in that caveat, because we had a recent ceremonial visit from DJ Leyton Rocks and The Shake, who took the opportunity to pull out boxes of records that all but blinked in the daylight, after so long in the dark and dusty corners of Cruise Control. So, with due apologies to The Shake and DJ Leyton Rocks, we did not find space for any Dick Emery or Bernie Winters tracks on this week’s playlist, but here’s what we did fit in:

Cruising with the crew . . . . .
Don’t Leave Me Baby – Dean Barlow
Gee Whiz Liz – Charles Senns
Gonna Send You Back To Georgia – Timmy Shaw
Boom Boom – The Animals
Irresistible You – Taj Mahal
Our Man In Havana – The McCoy Boys
Homesick – Jimmy Ricks
Ambush – Maria Dallas
Too Much – Billy Young
Come Back And Finish What You Started – Gladys Knight
Absolutely Sweet Marie – Bob Dylan

Three From Me . . . . . DJ Captain Scarlet
Watching the Wheels – John Lennon
2-4-6-8 – Tom Robinson Band
TVC15 – David Bowie

Cruising with the wind in our faces . . .
Ginchy – Bert Weedon
Cerveza – Boots Brown & His Blockbusters
Oh Mom (Teach Me How To Uncle Willie) – The Daylighters
You’ve Got The Power – The Esquires
Uptight – Stevie Wonder
Monkey Man – Toots & The Maytals
I’ve Never Found A Girl To Love Me Like You Do – Calvin Scott
Boogaloo Down Broadway The Fantastic Johnny C
Being Without You – Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs
I Got To Go Back (And Watch That Little Girl Dance) – The McCoys
Eres Tu Cosa – Joe Bataan
Nomad – Santana

Memory Lane . . . . . with The Commissioner
One More Mile – Mick Clarke & Lou Martin

Cruising for Home . . . .
Demons Down – Kevin Montgomery
Steam – Mandrake Paddle Steamer
It’s Mine – Tammy Montgomery
Baby Take Me – Chuck Jackson & Maxine Brown
Question – Roscoe Shelton
Ooh Wee Baby – Roger Ceresi’s Allstars

Our venture down Memory Lane this week, took us back to the 60s when I first encountered Lou Martin at school and realised that we had similar tastes in music. He was a superb pianist and it was no surprise that when he left school, Lou pursued his passion for playing by joining a blues band, Killing Floor, and subsequently played with a number of bands and was a member of Rory Gallagher’s band for some years. Lou has suffered some health problems that have left him unable to play the piano anymore. So, we played a track from an album he recorded with Killing Floor guitarist Mick Clarke in happier days and we savoured Lou’s piano playing on their version of ‘One More Mile’.

This week’s Three From Me brought back that protector of worldly well-being, DJ Captain Scarlet. We haven’t heard from him in a while, but a flurry of intergalactic communications signalled that he was heading this way, immaculately attired (as always) and with a fistful of fine music. All the preparations were well worthwhile and he was no sooner here, than he was gone again. But, we enjoyed his company and his music.

Well, we had to ‘fess up’ this week about last week’s Three From Me feature from our good pal the Spongeman . . . .  it certainly had some great tracks chosen by Sponge, but it wasn’t the selection that we had intended on that occasion. So, we promised to have Sponge back soon with the other selection and that will be something to look forward to.

Well, the chatroom had a few comings and goings during the show, but we enjoyed the company of our good pals The Shake, The Majestic and Johnny99. . . . and the Cruise Mobile got us home safe and sound with just time to say our farewells until next week, when we can do it all again.

I hope there were some goodies in our playlist tantilise yous music taste buds. If so, perhaps we can entice you back again next week when once again we’ll go Cruising with The Commissioner.

So, until then . . . .  have fun!

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