Got to leave the city . . . .

Posted: July 26, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with The Commissioner #68 (26.07.12)

Well, I hope that you and yours have been having a groovy time in your particular corner of the universe. Spirits have been raised around here by more than brief visits by the sun and the tentative signs that summer may have arrived at last. Call us ‘cautious’ if you will, but we have not put the rainwear away yet . . . . just in case! Well, we’ve learnt to leave nothing to chance when we are Cruising with The Commissioner.

This week has seen a goodly amount of Olympics fever around the Grand Duchy and for those involved, we wish them well. But, there’s just a hint of resentment developing here at the assumption that all souls are going to be continuingly excited by non-stop Olympics topics, events and media coverage of the sporting contests hereabouts.

There is something about Thursday nights as we power up all the equipment and Cruise Control takes on a strange glow. All the little red and green neons create their own flickering light show to accompany the ‘choice choons’ on the playlist. Of course, the true believers would be looking to the skies, expecting that one time when the apparently random light patterns and aural signals will inspire an inter-galactic response from beyond the final frontier.  We set our sights a little lower, because all we expect is a little light traffic, across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres . . . . . all in the interests of bringing you some of the best in rock, soul and real rhythm and blues.

This week we started as we finished last week, in fine style with the song ‘Do Lord’, this time from Big Maybelle and we really got motoring with ‘Zig Zaggin’ by The Capitols. As if that was not enough, we tipped our hats in the direction of the Max Bygraves fan club, who should be satisfied now that they heard their ‘main man’ on Cruising with The Commissioner, along with these juicy gems on the rest of the playlist:

Cruising for the blue horizon . . . . .
Do Lord – Big Maybelle
Zig Zaggin’ – The Capitols
Walking Out On You – Spencer Wiggins
Breakaway – The Valentines
And The Rains Came – The Millionaires
Truly Yours – The Temptations
Twisting Fever – The Marcels
Dancing Jenny – Jewel Akens
Me And You Doin’ The Boogaloo – Lou Courtney
Start Me Up – Toots & The Maytals

Three From Me . . . . with Mumbles
Town Called Malice – The Jam
Peaches – The Presidents of the USA
Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks

Cruising with the breeze . . . .
Got To Leave The City – Bush
Flowers of Evil – Mountain
On The Beach – Finders Keepers
The Healer – Carlos Santana & John Lee Hooker
Don’t Worry Baby – Ronnie Spector
Walk On – Alvin Red Tyler & The Gyros
Ride On Red, Ride On – Louisiana Red  & Little Victor’s Juke Joint
Groovin’ On My Baby’s Love – Freddie Waters
Darling I’m Starving So – Lord Myrie, Cecil Mitchel & James Convery

Memory Lane  . . . .  with The Commissioner
Joe Niagra , WIBG Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bony Moronie – Larry Williams
Suzie Q – Dale Hawkins
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – Jerry Lee Lewis

Cruising for home . . . . .
Got My Mojo Working – Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers
I Don’t Want To Go Home – Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
Hello Stranger – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Roscoe James McClain – The Tymes
Take my love with you – Paul Thorn
Tippety Top – The Rays
Let Me Know, Let Me Know – Oscar McLollie & Jeanette Baker

Now, he may be a man of few words, but he is one of the regular members of the Cruising Crew and we welcomed him back this week to the Three From Me slot. We are talking of that stalwart of Wireless FM, Mumbles. He will be well known to those who venture into the chatroom during our Thursday night cruises, and we are always very glad to have his company and his watchful oversight of the technology. So, we were very pleased when he came back with his latest Three From Me selection and we gave him the warmest of welcomes and ensured that the Cruising Orchestra provided a suitably rousing fanfare. His selection was much enjoyed by those in the chatroom too.

They may have taken their time this week, but we were visited by The Cruisettes, who came shimmying into Cruise Control and looked good dancing in just the glow of all the neons lights on the equipment. But there was an ulterior motive . . . . they wanted to remind everyone of their invitation to come and meet them on their sponsored walk at Beaulieu on August the 4th. It’s all in a good cause, to support the excellent work of the Marie Curie nurses and a very grateful thanks to all those amongst the cruising crew who have made donations already. So, for more details of the walk and the work of the Marie Curie nurses follow this link to the Just Giving website ( and, if you are so minded, you can make a donation.

It was good to find some time this week for some perambulations around the local record shops and very fruitful they were too. We also found some tasty treats in the bargain boxes in the local market, which brightened the week no end. One of the collectables that came our way was a 45 of old time calypso music from Lord Myrie (accompanied by Cecil Mitchel and James Convery) on ‘Darling I’m Starving’ . . . . . and take it from me, this is a very collectable, but I’m not telling you how much it cost! It was all that was needed to set the scene for the Cruising Crew to sit back and imagine the white sandy beaches, the waving palm trees and the sound of the calypso band, as they quaffed the exotic cocktails of their choice.

On our time travelling down Memory Lane this week, we set the Cruise Mobile controls for 1957 and Philadelphia in the USA, which is where we found Joe Niagra, who hosted a popular evening show on Radio Station WIBG back then. He was an enthusiast for rock ‘n’ roll at a time when the music was going through some notable changes and we sampled some of his choices, including Larry Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis and Dale Hawkins.

Before we knew it, time ran out and we were turning the Cruise Mobile around to head for home, but there were still some more tracks that will be kept in easy reach for next week’s show, when once again, we can go Cruising with The Commissioner. If that seems too far off, remember you can always get a 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

So until the next time we go Cruising With The Commissioner . . . . remember to . . . . . have fun!

  1. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Dear Emperor

    Had a prob trying to listen to last nights show, those bloody £ shop batteries ! However, I did manage to catch last week’s and was most impressed .Oh how the memories tried to come flooding back, your DJing put me in mind of those all time greats Jack Jackson , Barry Alldis and his brother Barry Alldat ,Cliff Michelmore etc etc

    Keep on rockin Emp love from us all in Ga Ga ( not the Lady ) land.

    Arfa Pinetop Whitehead Blues and Grave Digger Stanmore Delta

  2. The Commissioner says:

    Esteemed Arfa Pinetop

    You are clearly a connoisseur of revered radio names and we marvel at your powers of recall. By the way, were you (by any chance) the Arfa Whitehead who used to organise the tea dances at Wembley Town Hall and used to request Muddy Waters songs?

    Just need to keep a close watch on what comes flooding back . . . . !


  3. The Spinmeister says:

    Another most enjoyable show, Commissioner.

    Particularly impressed by this week’s Memory Lane feature – and at how “advanced” the music was for the time, particularly the Dale Hawkins Suzie Q track!

    Keep it up!


  4. The Commissioner says:


    A joy to have your good company, as always, and I’m sure Joe Niagra et al would be chuffed to know that their contributions were still being appreciated 55 years later!

    We must arrange your visa to return soon with another of your excellent Three From Me selections.

    Have fun!


  5. The Vikster says:

    You should get Mumbles on more often… excellent taste in music… I salute his choice of “Peaches”.

  6. The Commissioner says:

    You’re spot on there . . . . he may not say much, but he always brings along some excellent tracks. He deserves the shout and I’ll let him know . . . . it might inspire him to come back again soon!


  7. The Vikster says:

    Oh and what a joy to hear a Paul Thorn song. I am a particular fan of his and what a great version of that song he cranks out. Hurrah!

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