Only in America . . . . .

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

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with The Commissioner #70 (16.08.12)

Well, we are returned from our transatlantic hop just in time to bring the warmest of welcomes to one and all. It was becoming a familiar practice to buckle up for another journey, but Cruising with The Commissioner has none of the bureaucracy of other forms of travel. So, we can ensure a speedy take off on our weekly adventure across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres, with no delays as we go in hot pursuit of the very best in rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm & blues.

As we left the UK on our fact finding mission to the USA, there were some amusing memories of the good spirited celebrations after The Cruisettes and The Commissioner came striding back from completing their sponsored walk for the Marie Curie Nurses. The weather for the event turned out fine, the organisation was perfect and there was an amazing number of participants on this year’s Walk 10. So, a big thanks to everyone who sponsored The Cruisettes and you can be sure you have supported a very worthy cause.

If you were listening in last week to the Thursday night cruise, you’ll have heard our good pal The Spongeman sitting in on the show and taking you on his own musical adventure. Experience predicted that this was going to be a good thing and, indeed, it was (because we listened in from the Promised Land).  So, a big thanks to The Spongeman.

Well, we brought back plenty of memories of Washington DC, its sights and sounds. Indeed, there was much music and we caught a number of fine gigs during our stay. We even had an unexpected close encounter with The President and some of The Presidents men!

Now regular members of the Cruising Crew will know that recently we played a single on Westbound records called ‘Now Run & Tell That’ by Denise LaSalle and, at the time, we said that it had an excellent flipside. That track inspired our good pal Pete Hall to commend the album by Denise LaSalle that included that track and the flipside of the single, ‘The Deeper I Go (The Better It Gets)’.

As we were making ourselves comfy in the Cruise Mobile for this week’s cruise, we had Diz & The Doormen along for the ride with ‘She Walks Right In’. We’ve played it before, but this time it went out to Arfa Pinetop who is somewhere out there in cruising land, although he actually wanted something by Chicory Tip! So, with due apologies to Arfa and the many other fans of Chicory Tip, here’s what we did squeeze into this week’s playlist:

Cruising for the horizon . . . .
She Walks Right in – Diz The Doormen
I Don’t Want To Sit Down – O.V. Wright
Let’s Pony Again – The Vibrations
Na Na  Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye – The Supremes
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – The Isley Brothers
You’ve Got The Power – The Esquires
The Deeper I Go (The Better It Gets) – Denise LaSalle
Rag Mama Rag – Blind Boy Fuller
Pata Pata – Miriam Makeba

Three From Me  . . . . . . Johnny99
Where’s Me Jumper – The Sultans of Ping
The Referee’s Alphabet – Half Man, Half Biscuit
Smoke, Smoke, Smoke, That Cigarette – Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen

Cruising only in America . . . . .
Only In America – Jay & The Americans
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Walk Away Renee – The Left Banke
She’s Not There – The Zombies
Riding with the King – Eric Clapton & B B King
Don’t Do Me Like That – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
My Girl – The Temptations
Suspicions – Tim McGraw
Tush – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

With best wishes . . . . .  from The Commissioner
The Cat From Coos Bay – Big Dave & His Orchestra

Cruising for home . . . . .
When All Your Friends Are Gone – Steamhammer
Sunshine Of Your Love – Santana (featuring Rob Thomas)
He Was Really Saying Something – Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers
Move & Groove – Gil Hamilton
Bye Bye Baby – Betty Everett
Don’t Be Angry – Nappy Brown
Seventeen – Ella Morse
Breakaway – Irma Thomas
Koko Joe – Don & Dewey

Now there were lots of little gems on our playlist, including a cover of the 1969 number one hit for Steam, only this time it appeared on the Motown label by The Supremes. For those amongst the Cruising Crew who like a little scratchy blues, we raided the archives for Blind Boy Fuller and his 1935 recording of ‘Rag Mama Rag’. With a big nudge from our good pal, The Spinmeister, we introduced a little South African flavour with Miriam Makeba and ‘Pata Pata’.

All this came along with the welcome return of Johnny99 and another Three From Me selection, which turned out to be full of fun. Meanwhile, the chatroom was getting lively (because we had plenty of technical gremlins to deal with), but in the midst of all this, we learnt that Max Quirk’s band leader Dad was in hospital and so we dug out a Capitol 78 recording of Big Dave & His Orchestra  . . . . ‘The Cat From Coos Bay’ and played it for Mr Quirk Senior with best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Well, we were hoping that you can’t get enough of a good thing and that, after hearing this week’s show, you’ll be back for more next week. That will bring much joy here at Cruise Control and if you need an earlier fix of good music, remember you can check out 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 . . . . remember to . . . . have fun!

  1. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Welcome back, oh mighty Emperor

    Lots happened since u been away . . . . Beatles have reformed with Brian Jones ,Chicory Tip are now in non filter, Muddy Waters being cleansed by Min of Ag and Fish, Blind Willie Mctell been dun by SIU false disability claim, BB King has changed his name to BB Evans and opened a chain of Ladies shops.

    Didn’t manage to catch Spongeman, but have got a severe dose of the boogey woogey flu couldn’t spell newmonia.

    Thanks so much for the dedication very subtle indeed, although not too sure many of my ex colleagues would have spotted it perhaps “Oh Mr Porter” next time?

    I have not been in the public domain since my solving of “the case of the missing ladies tandem seats”, but a good show. When are the tee shirts available?


  2. The Commissioner says:

    My dear ‘Big Boy’

    Well, we have missed a lot, haven’t we . . . . . you sure it wasn’t Peter Jones . . . . if so, it could be curtains for us all . . . . . or the blind leading the blind! I did hear that the RSPCA were investigating Howlin’ Wolf and Groucho is still looking for Slim Harpo.

    Our US visit has confirmed that they have much less history than us . . . . so deja vu is even more boring for Americans . . . . and Wells Fargo was only a stage name.

    Keep your cruise shoes handy,


  3. mandy.hills says:

    Hey TC

    Just listened to the show and it was good. Shame about the buffering problems last night. 

    Just pulling into services. The weather is horrendous. Hope it clears up soon.

    See you soon.

  4. johnny99 says:


    Just got back from an evening out and have been out of circulation on and off for the last three or four weeks hence my silence but I have caught the shows in between camping, glamping and tramping. Look forward to catching up soon.


    • johnny99

      Well, your Three From Me was very well received in the chatroom last night, especially The Sultans of Ping . . . . . so you can bask in the glory of another fine radio contribution . . . . and a collective “Ta” from the Cruising Crew.


  5. The Spinmeister says:

    Thanks, Commissioner,

    Good show, and thanks for the mention and track!

    Sounds like you had a good time in the States.


  6. The Vikster says:

    It’s been a long time since I heard Where’s Me Jumper or Breakaway and I’d forgotten how much I like them.
    On the flip side I’m not sure I’ve ever heard that Tim McGraw track before!

  7. The Commissioner says:

    Well, the inclusion of the Sultans of Ping FC has certainly attracted a lot of comment and interest . . . . so credit to Johnny99 for including it in his Three From Me selection. I enjoyed giving the original of ‘Breakaway’ an airing and it took a bit of rummaging to find that Tim McGraw track, but it wasn’t a bad fit in our playlist was it?

    Keep listening


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