I can’t lose with the stuff I use . . . . .

Posted: August 23, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with the Commissioner #71 (23.08.12)

Well, the jet lag faded fast after our return from the USA and we were soon back in the swing of things here in the Grand Duchy, including preparing to go Cruising with The Commissioner. The sultry weather came and went . . . . and may return, with luck, so it felt very summery, at last! There was plenty of action to occupy us and as Thursday night rolled up, we ensured that we were ready to greet it . . . . . all dressed most elegantly in our finery. So it was that Cruise Control witnessed The Commissioner in tuxedo, bow tie and patent leather shoes, especially to wish the warmest of welcomes to one and all.

There was plenty of feedback on last week’s show (aside from the technical gremlins) and we’ve heard from our good pal Johnny99, who has been enjoying the comments on his Three From Me Selection, especially The Sultans of Ping FC with their ‘Where’s Me Jumper’ . . . . which isn’t a million miles away from Ken Dodd’s ‘Where’s me shirt’ routine (but that may be known to only a select few amongst the Cruising Crew). We’ve heard from The Vikster (recommending The Noisettes), The Spongeman, Lil-Sis, The Shake (who is gigging in London this week), The Spinmeister, DJ Captain Scarlet (who said he was ‘somewhere in the mountians’) and Arfa ‘Pinetop’ (who told tall tales that brought smiles to the faces here)!

The past week included a late booking for the new Tina Turner show in town, which was a great night (despite a few technical gremlins) and the gig list for the weeks ahead is looking like it’s getting mighty crowded too. So, we were in good spirits as we embarked on our weekly cruising adventure . . . . and were eager to set out across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres. As indeed we did, with Wynona Carr and her 1956 Specialty single ‘Til The Well Runs Dry’ . . . . and we followed close on her heels with The Medallions with a fine piece of uptempo doo wop called ‘Tick Tock’.

This week we pulled together a little feature on the UK Ember Record label, which was one the early independent labels to bring some of the rock, soul and rhythm & blues tracks across the Atlantic, as well as providing an outlet for bands like the Dave Clark Five. So, here’s this week’s playlist:

Cruising under blue skies . . . . .
‘Til The Well Runs Dry – Wynona Carr
Tick Tock – The Medallions
Jump Back Honey – Jimmy McCracklin & His Blues Blasters
Take My Love (I Want To Give It All To You) – Little Willie John
Did You Have Fun – Willie West
There You Go – Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
People Gonna Talk – Barbara Lynn
Ain’t That Peculiar – Martha Reeves
Crossfire Time – Dee Clark
I Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely – Marcia Griffins

Three From Me . . . . . with Mr T.
Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever – Full Flava
Everybody’s Wrong – The Cooperettes
Sittin’ In The Park – Bobby McClure

Cruising with Ember records . . . . .
Chaquita – The Dave Clark Five
Miracle Of Love – The Five Royales
I Can’t Lose (With The Stuff I Use) – B B King
Lost Someone – James Brown
Dancing Jenny – Jewel Akens
Doin’ The Philly Dog – Lou Lawton
Do The Temptation Walk – The Checkmates Ltd.
The Whip – Eddie Floyd
I Need Your Lovin’ – Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford
Room In My Heart – Gladys Knight & The Pips

Memory Lane . . . . . with The Commissioner
Born In Chicago – The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Cruising for home . . . . .
Touch of Grey – Grateful Dead
Baby Please Don’t Go – Big Bill Broonzy
Leave My Kitten Alone – The Beatles
That’s All I Need To Know – Sam Cooke
Kick It Around – James Hunter
Tearing Us Apart – Tina Turner & Eric Clapton
You Ain’t Foolin’ Me – Screaming Jay Hawkins
You’re The One For Me – Rudy Green

Well, the magnetic pull of Cruise Control stretches far and wide, for which we’re very grateful, and despite his roving spirit and inclination to foreign travel, this week saw the triumphant return of our good pal Mr T. with another of his fine Three From Me selections from his ever expanding collection. As ever, it was well informed and full of superb tracks, which had the staff at Cruise Control clamouring for the early return of the genial Mr T. . . . . and we’ll certainly encourage that!

Our journey through the shadows of Memory Lane this week took us back to 1966 and the UK tour of one of the legendary Chicago blues bands. The venue was Cooks Ferry Inn, in Edmonton and we remembered a sell out show by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, including their original line up of Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, Elvin Bishop, Mark Naftalin, Jerome Arnold and Sam Lay and starting off the gig with their signature tune ‘Born In Chicago’.

There were a few intriguing stories unfolding in the chatroom during the show and perhaps we should get our good pal, The Spongeman, in to do a Memory Lane session about gunslinging gigsters who have a story well worth telling!

Well, our allotted two hours of cruising seemed to slip past rather too quick and we found ourselves having to head for home. But, if you ‘can’t get enough of that stuff’, we’re hoping you’ll be back for more next week’s Cruising with The Commissioner. 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. The Majestic says:

    I see that you, like myself, have recently returned to this green and pleasant land from fields afar. I am sure your jaunt to visit our colonial cousins has been much more hectic than my time sipping Brandy Sours on a deserted beach in a remote part of Northern Cyprus. I can only hope you have had as good a time, if not as restful, as I.

    I hope my latest Three From Me offering will pass the stringent quality control that keeps your most wonderful Cruising show at the pinnacle of broadcasting.

    Your servant always

    The Majestic

  2. Esteemed Majestic

    Good to know that you’re back, relaxed and revived and taking the time to delve into your most impressive record collection to offer us another of your excellent music playlists. They are most eagerly awaited here at Cruise Control and guaranteed to gather together those rare and much sought after vinyl gems.

    Let’s put the Cruising Crew on standby to savour your collection.



  3. PeterM says:


    Sounds like you had a swell time across the pond. I hear DJ Captain Scarlet has been sailing rather than saving the world and now travelling back via the Oslo to Bergen railway.

    CS offers apologies for his remiss and absence, but will be ready for his next foray very shortly!

    From somewhere in the mountains!

    • The Commissioner says:

      Please pass on our deepest respects to the goodly Captain and tells him we eagerly await his return. He has been missed sorely.


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