Believe it or not . . . .

Posted: June 28, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with The Commissioner #64 (28.6.12)

Well, the days slipped away and in no time we were back again with a piles of records and ready to extend the warmest of welcomes to one and all. The little red light came on and we were all set to whisk you off on this week’s musical adventure that, out of habit, we continue to call Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . and despite the unsolicited ramblings in between, we put together a playlist filled with some of the best of rock, soul and real rhythm and blues.

The past week has been going well here in the Grand Duchy and we are ever hopeful that you have been similarly fortunate in your corner of the world. One event that we nearly missed was Noddy Holder’s recent birthday, so we were pleased to find a copy of Slade with their recording of ‘Knocking Nails Into My House’ to contribute to the celebrations in our own way.

The gig list was looking good for the week, even though we got news that the rain over recent weeks had ensured that our annual weekend revels at ‘Blues On The Farm’ had to be postponed. But, the promise is that come September, we’ll be returning and, hopefully, catching what has always proved to be a great line up in the past.

We still had a superb time when we caught Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on their UK tour at the Royal Albert Hall. There wasn’t an empty seat or any spare standing room and it was a cracking show from start to finish. Having seen the band’s set at the Isle of Wight Festival , I think we got the best of them on this tour.  A few days on and we were back there again for a long awaited gig with Frankie Valli . . . . a fantastic evening, where Mr Valli proved that at 78 he could still rock the house for two solid hours and had everyone (including several celebrities) enthusiastically on their feet and joining in well before the finale. A truly memorable evening!

As a sign of things to come on our cruise this week, we committed ourselves to contributing generously to the collective sense of well-being, by opening the festivities with The DeVilles and their Orbit 45, ‘Tell Me So’ . . . . . followed by Don Covay’s 1958 Firefly recording of ‘Ooh My Soul’ . . . . and then there was no turning back, as you can see from the playlist:

Cruising for the city limits . . . . .
Tell Me So – The DeVilles
Ooh, My Soul – Don Covay
Can’t Do Sixty No More – The Du Droppers
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – Roy Hall
Oh Baby Don’t You Weep – Fred Bridges
Finders Keepers – Soul Children
Nowhere To Run – Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers
Free – Plan B
Thank You – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Three From Me . . . . with The Spongeman 
Intro / Mother Writes – Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera
Open Up Your Eyes – The Churchills
John Doe – Banchee

Cruising with the crew . . . .
Knocking Nails Into My House – Slade
Sunshine Help Me – The Move
Come Home – Davy Knowles & Backdoor Slam
I Want To Be Loved – The Hoax
True Love – Chris Isaak
Somebody Stole My Thunder – Georgie Fame
Alley Oop – The Hollywood Argyles
Sorrow – David Bowie

Memory Lane . . . .  with The Commissioner
Ain’t Gonna Wash For A Week – Eddie Hodges

Cruising for home . . . . .
Louie Louie – Toots & The Maytals
You’re About To Lose Your Clown – The Grandsons
I Can’t Let Go – Evie Sands
Come See About Me – Nella Dodds
I Want Love And Affection (Not The House Of Corrections) – Nathaniel Mayer
Walk A Block And Fall – Piney Brown
Baby That’s Why I’m Your Fool – Rudy Ray Moore
Believe it or Not – Donnie Elbert
Goin’ Round In Circles – Bobby Mitchell & The Toppers

Now, it is entirely possible that no one else experiences this, but every once in a while I hear some words or music that remind me of a song and it happened again recently. I heard a reference to ‘the funny papers’ and it immediately reminded me of a track by The Hollywood Argyles that starts with the words ‘there’s a man in the funny papers we all know’ . . . . and, you’ll know it as Ally Oop . . . . so in an attempt to purge it from my thoughts, at least for a while . . .  . we played it!

Well, it was a joy to welcome back our previous guest, The Spongeman, to the Three From Me slot this week. Regular members of the Cruising Crew, will recall that it was but a few weeks back when he was with us, but what may not have been evident was that on that occasion we played the wrong Three From Me selection. I made my profuse apologies to Sponge after the show and we were keen to bring you the Three From Me selection that we should have heard back then . . . . . so we did . . . . with lava lamps, jossticks and our paisley covered bean bag to accompany his characteristically eclectic selection.

Our adventure in time travel this week took us back to 1961 . . . . when England wasn’t yet swinging, after the rock ‘n’ roll of the 50s and before the Merseybeat revolution that changed everything. Music radio in the UK still featured (mainly) British artists, continuing the custom of covering successful American chart songs.

One such act, were The Brook Brothers who got a good deal of exposure on BBC radio the package shows of the day. Their set list included their first hit ‘Warpaint’ and followed this with a cover of a song by Eddie Hodges, ‘Ain’t Gonna Wash For A Week’.  They beat the American original up the UK charts to #13, but on our venture down Memory Lane, we heard the original from Eddie Hodges.

We were encouraged by some positive feedback in the Wireless FM chatroom during the show, but the time slipped away, almost unnoticed, and we were soon turning to head for home in the good company of Donnie Elbert and Bobby Mitchell & The Toppers. We arrived home safe and sound from our musical adventures and all in good spirits . . . I think . . . . . . and with plenty more to come next week when once again we can go Cruising with The Commissioner. If that all sounds too far off . . . . you can always get a musical fix from the Tuesday Night Mafia here on Wireless FM, where they’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse and play you music you’ll never forget.

Just remember to come back again next week, when we can leap aboard the Cruise Mobile and set the controls for Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . in the meantime . . . . have fun!

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