Don’t start me talkin’ . . . .

Posted: October 25, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with The Commissioner #80 (25.10.12)

Well, there’s been plenty of action here in the Grand Duchy this week, with visits from some friendly faces, some social events and some welcome arrivals of new (and not so new) musical treats. So, here’s hoping that we find you in excellent spirits in your corner of the universe too.

As Thursday night rolled around again, we ensured that the door of the Cruise Mobile was open and we were on hand to extend the warmest of welcomes to one and all, along with this unmissable opportunity to jump aboard with the rest of the Cruising Crew to go Cruising with The Commissioner. It proved to be a rather special week, because our good pal Arfa Pinetop invited us to Pinetop’s Palace, amidst the rolling landscape of the Stanmore Territories, to capture his reminiscences of musical adventures, past and present . . . . and we’ve made it one of our occasional ‘Talk To Me’ features this week. So, no Three From Me or Memory Lane features this week, but with a firm grip on the edge of our seats, we summoned up our sense of adventure and joined Arfa Pinetop for some great music and stories . . . . and discovered that once he got started, there was no stopping him . . . . at least until the Jamieson’s ran out. His selection reminded us of the great film ‘Crossroads’ and inspired us to post a copy of the guitar duel from the film, which we have posted on the webpage.

During the past week, fellow wireless fm DJ the Auburn Phantom paid a visit to Cruise Control and we played through some ‘choice choons’ and found a few soul favourites, as well as some ‘girls with guitars’, which has inspired a possible feature for a future show.

Well, amongst the feedback from last week’s show, we received a special request from last week’s Three From Me guest, Mr T, who invited us to reprise one of his selections in case anyone missed it last week. It was an excellent track from Ollie Nightingale called ‘I Don’t Know Why I Love You’ and so we’re very happy to oblige.

To get us started on this week’s cruise across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres, we set off in the company of Roy Milton and his 1955 recording on Specialty records called ‘What Can I Do’ and with breathless enthusiasm we went on to join Johnny Otis & Marci Lee with ‘Can’t You Hear Me Callin’ . . . .

Cruising for the border . . . . . 
What Can I Do – Roy Milton
Can’t You Hear Me Callin’ – Johnny Otis & Marci Lee
Three Alley Cats – Roy Hall
I Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere – Junior Walker & The Allstars
She’s Almost You – Billy Harner
Untie Me – The Tams
54321 – Manfred Mann
Jitterbug Boogie – Bill Wyman
I Don’t Know Why I Love You – Ollie Nightingale
You Can’t Sit Down (Parts 1&2) – The Phil Upchurch Combo

Talk To Me . . . . . with Arfa Pinetop 
Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie – Pinetop Perkins
Matchbox – Carl Perkins
I’ll Play The Blues For You – Les Wilson & The Mighty Houserockers
Shakin’ All Over – Johnny Kidd & The Pirates
I’m The Face – The High Numbers
Last Chicken In the Shop – The Les Dawson Syndicate
Hi Heel Sneakers – Brian Knight
Call the Cops – Sean Costello
Got My Mojo Working – Muddy Waters
No More Doggin’ – James Cotton
Can Blue Men Sing The Whites – The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
Don’t Start Me Talkin’ – Sonny Boy Williamson
Cotton Needs Pickin’ – Frank Frost
Travellin’ Riverside Blues – Robert Johnson
You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover – Rey Anton & The Peppermint Men
I’m Tore Down – Freddie King

Cruising further down the road . . . .
Living Thing – Electric Light Orchestra
Spooky – Dusty Springfield
Monster Mash – Boris Pickett & The Crypt Kickers
Deep In My Heart – The Blossoms
Need Your Loving – The Flirtations
Wild Child – The Sapphires
I’m Just A Fool For You – Bettye LaVette
My Baby Left Me – The Rockin Dukes
You Broke My Heart – Cornel Gunter & The Ermines

Well, as we approached Halloween, it was too good an opportunity to play something spooky . . . . which is just what we did . . . . although there was plenty more that we could have included! We also found time for some delectable soul covers of Joe South songs, including the Tams and Billy Harner. Our adventures around the music emporia hereabouts was very fruitful this week, especially our visit to one of our favourites record shops, ‘Casbah Records’ in Greenwich Village. But, you’ll hear some more of that in future weeks.

There were a few birthdays that we noted this week, including Manfred Mann and Bill Wyman, so we played something by each as a minor contribution to the celebrations.

Sadly, it seemed, all too soon, our time ran out on us, but we managed to finish with a flourish and we crammed in some fine examples of rock, soul and real rhythm and blues along the way. We were very grateful to our special guest Arfa Pinetop for bringing his own contributions to our playlist this week and perhaps we’ll get him back again soon.

As we parked up the Cruise Mobile, we consoled ourselves that in only 7 days . . . . we could bring it round again to collect you all for another Cruising with The Commissioner, mindful, as ever, that if that sounds too far off, you can always get a fix from the Tuesday night Mafia on Wireless fm, where they’ll make you and 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 Shake says:

    Loved the show Commissioner and loved Wild Child by The Sapphires. Sadly, some of their 45s have entered the higher price brackets.

  2. Lil-Sis says:

    Haven’t heard ELO’s Living Thing for ages 🙂

  3. Arfa Pinetop says:


    Well done! Couldn’t Fred Housego have done with you in his DJ days? He used to buy records off of us at a Watford car boot, said he couldn’t find them at …….Radio London I think it was.

    Thanks ever so for giving me so much time last night much appreciated.

    Am pleased to announce that I will soon be able to reciprocate after being offered to take over “Dessert Island Discs ” where each week a famous ex local gov. officer comes on and eats their favourite sweet. So look forward to seeing and hearing you munching thru your fav pud (which is if I remember correctly “Dappled Richard “?)


    • Arfa

      Many thanks for your excellent selection of music and musings for the show. All much appreciated here and giving us just a glimpse in the ‘adventures of Arfa’.

      I think you’re just trying to sweet talk me with your invitation to “Dessert Island Discs” and your story about Fred Housego might be something for your next appearance on Cruising . . . !

      Rest assured, the door to Cruise Control remains open to you, if you want to come back . . . . hopefully soon!


  4. The Spinmeister says:

    Loved Pinetop’s ever informative musings.

    Btw! I know the world is obsessed with Top of the Pops, in the Jimmy Savile investigation era, but wasn’t 5-4-3-2-1 the theme tune of Ready Steady Go, not TOTP?


  5. The Commissioner says:


    Whoops . . . . you’re right about TOTP and RSG . . . . I feel the taste of humble pie in my mouth!


  6. Spinmeister says:

    I guess you could try the humble pie on Dessert Island Discs. Or play them on the next edition of Cruising.

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