I can’t get enough . . . .

Posted: August 30, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with The Commissioner #72 (30.08.12)

Well, after a busy week that, fortunately, included more social than business events, we arrived at Cruise Control on Thursday night with breathless enthusiasm and eager to wish the warmest of welcomes to one and all . . . . which is just what we did.

One of the enjoyable outings of the week was to catch UK soulman, James Hunter, at his London appearance, following his recent return from his US tour. It was a great night out and we were pleased that we wrestled the cross-town traffic, because he was definitely on good form and quickly got the crowd in good spirits with some favourites from his repertoire and even some tasters from his new album, which may emerge early next year. So, we included his ‘Way Down Inside’ on our playlist and the gig was even more enjoyable because we met up with a few of the Cruising Crew in the crowd and some quality testing of local beverages ensued, accompanied by some music related chatter that suggested Eugene Church’s ‘Pretty Girls Everywhere’.

Ever mindful of our mission, to bring you the very best in rock, soul and real rhythm & blues, we started off our cruise with Joe Lutcher and ‘Rockin’ Boogie’ and in anticipation of our Cruising Dance Party, we followed on with Pee Wee Crayton and that old Robert Parker hit ‘Barefootin’. We also rummaged in the old records boxes from my time on the road and we found a few of ‘goodies’ to add to the playlist, including something from The Staple Singers and Booker T & The MGs that remind Mrs TC of our visit to the Stax Studios in Memphis. . . . and you read about that incident on the Cruising website. . . . and while you’re there you can scribble something on the wall.

As you might have guessed, we lined up a fine selection of dance tracks for the Cruising Dance Party and The Cruisettes (and occasionally Mr Merlot and me) threw ourselves into the high energy experience with more enthusiasm thamn style on occasions, which may yet bring more joy to physiotherapists than the inveterate gyrators. So, check out this week’s playlist and see what’s there:

Cruising for fun . . . . .
Rockin’ Boogie – Joe Lutcher
Barefootin’ – Pee Wee Crayton
Flat Foot Sam Meets Jim Dandy – T.V. Slim & His Heartbreakers
I Can’t Lose With The Stuff I Use – Lester Williams
Way Down Inside – James Hunter
Pretty Girls Everywhere – Eugene Church & The Fellows
What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) – 5th Dimension
Heavy Makes You Happy – The Staple Singers
I Can Dig It – Booker T & The MGs
Up Above My Head (I Hear Music Everywhere) – Sister Rosetta Tharpe (with Marie Knight)
San Francisco Bay Blues – Jesse Fuller

Three From Me  . . . . . with Mrs TC
Nouvelle Vague – Richard Anthony
Bang Bang – Sheila
Et Moi, Et Moi, Et Moi – Jacques Dutronc

Cruising dance party . . . . . .
Earthquake – Troy Dodds
Hoochie Coochie Coo – Lloyd Price
Pony Time – Chubby Checker
The Kangeroo – The Panics
Let’s Do The Funky Boogaloo – Barry Jones
Shout & Do The Duck – Larry Hale
Do The Bird – Dee Dee Sharp
Twistin’ Beat – Phil Flowers and the TNT Tribble Combo
Hucklebuck Baby – Jimmy Preston
Mashed Potato Time – The Orlons
Humpback – Eldridge Holmes
Monkey Time – Major Lance
Shimmy Shimmy – Bobby Freeman
Oh Mom (Teach Me How To Uncle Willie) – The Daylighters

Memory Lane  . . . . .  with The Commissioner
Papa Was A Rolling Stone – Michael Hill’s Blues Mob

Cruising to the sunset . . . . 
Twelve Minutes To Go – The Skatalites
It Won’t Be Wrong – The Byrds
Widowmaker – Poco
Share A Little Love With Me (Somebody) – The Monitors
I Can’t Get Enough – Willie Hutch
Bad Man Of Missouri – Jimmy Ricks & The Suburbans
A Little You – Dakota Staton
Crazy Mixed Up World – Little Walter
Saturday Night Boogie Woogie Man – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops of Joy

We certainly heard some great music on our Saturday night out this week at one of London’s music venues, although it wasn’t quite what we expected. We turned up in good spirits to catch a favourite DJ of ours, but we couldn’t find him and he didn’t appear to be on the programme for the night. Instead, we found some very stylishly dressed folks, clearly out for a rock ‘n’ roll night and so we stayed awhile to enjoy the playlist and watch the dancers. After a while we guessed that our pal was not DJing that night and we went out to eat . . . . . . missing our pal by minutes, as we found out afterwards. But we caught some good music while we were there and decided to play a few of the tracks on the show.

Always mindful of the sirens call, I have resisted the entreaties of Mrs TC to return to the microphone in Cruise Control . . . . but with the influence of Mr Merlot she has returned, clutching some musical memories of her youthful time spent (or misspent) across the channel in France. So, our Three From Me feature this week comes with a warning that it is unsuitable for those with a phobia about frogs. What was only marginally safer was our venture down Memory Lane which took us back to 2000 and the antics of a couple of pals at the Bishopstock music festival. As well as being captured on video, their enthusiastic contributions to events were all accompanied by one of the festival acts, Michael’s Hill’s Blues Mob, with powerhouse performance of ‘ Papa Was A Rolling Stone’.

Well, we were having such a good time on our cruise that time caught up with us and we had to make a hasty exit, with just enough time to fit in Jimmy Liggins & His Drops of Joy with their ‘Saturday Night Boogie Woogie Man’ . . . . and then we were done. . . . . with nothing left to do, but say our goodnights in the knowledge that we can come back again next week all ready to go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . so until then . . . .  have fun!

  1. Vikki Roberts says:

    Some guy from AC/DC has a radio show tonight but he doesn’t stand a chance against Cruising With The Commissioner on wireless fm at 8pm

  2. The Spinmeister says:

    Hi, Commissioner,

    I have just listened to this week’s prog – another goodie! I particularly enjoyed Jesse Fuller’s San Francisco Blues – amazing stuff for its recording date.

    Didn’t realise Mrs TC was such a Francophile. Took me back to the very serious “hots” I had for Francoise Hardy and the lesser known Sylvie Vartan – who, if I remember, couldn’t sing too well, but I don’t think that was the main appeal!

    I also enjoyed the Bishopstock anecdote. Sounds like you had a good time! Wonder how your chums are these days??

    The Spinmeister

    • Esteemed Spinmeister

      So glad there were some ‘moments’ for you in the show and I am clearly in a minority that struggle to appreciate the myriad delights of French 60s pop.

      Somewhere, I’m sure I still have the video record of my dancing pals, but it’s probably best that I don’t put a lot of effort into finding it . . . . at least until we’ve agreed the extent of the ‘consideration’!

      Rest assured, we’ll continue our efforts to enable you to have fun!


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