Can’t get that stuff . . . .

Posted: November 2, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with The Commissioner #81 (01.11.12)

Well, here in the Grand Duchy, we’ve certainly noticed the change in temperatures, as we put the clocks back this week, but this didn’t stop us extending the warmest of welcomes to one and all for this week’s guided tour of some of the best in rock, soul and real rhythm & blues. Call us ‘unimaginative’ or ‘creatures of habit’ if you will, but we continue to call this Cruising with The Commissioner.

However, we should be grateful that we have not faced the weather conditions of the Caribbean and the East of America. Indeed, one of the messages we received from US radio DJ Larry Grogan, who broadcasts his Funky 16 Corners show on Viva-Radio, told the story of stocking up with food and battening down the hatches in anticipation of the impending storm. However, we are grateful to him for pointing us in the direction of an up-tempo number from Eddie Holman called ‘I Surrender’ . . . . . and very good it was too.

It has been a busy week for business, social and family events. We had some long awaited gigs lined up and we also found some excellent vinyl on our excursion to Greenwich this week, where we had a good haul of notable albums of 70s bands and some vintage R&B 45s too.

Well, as soon as Thursday rolled around, we made sure that the Cruise Mobile was ready and we got it humming along to the sounds of Albinia Jones with Sam Price & His Rocking Rhythm and their 1949 release on Decca called ‘Hole In the Wall’, which we followed smartly with Aggie Dukes with her 1957 single on Aladdin, called ‘John John’. Now, that may not have been what fans of The Vernon Sisters were hoping to hear, but ‘never say never’. Here’s what was in the playlist this week:

Cruising for the city limits . . . .
Hole In the Wall – Albinia Jones with Sam Price & His Rocking Rhythm
John John – Aggie Dukes
Buick 59 – The Medallions
I’ll Never Find Another You – Paul Ansell’s Number Nine
I Surrender – Eddie Holman
Baby I’m Yours – Barbara Lewis
Can’t Get The Stuff – Hoggie & The Sharptones
Hi Heel Sneakers – Tommy Tucker
No More Heroes – The Stranglers
My Creole Belle – Mississippi John Hurt

Three From Me . . . . with The Majestic
Won’t You Please Be My Girl – The Soulsville All Stars
I Don’t Know About You – The Constellations
Talkin’ Bout Ya Baby – The Mighty Marvelows

Cruising with King Curtis . . . .
Birth of the Blues – King Curtis
Yakety Yak – The Coasters
Reminiscing – Buddy Holly
Soul Twist – King Curtis
Memphis Soul Stew – King Curtis
Instant Groove – King Curtis (with Jimi Hendrix)
The Stumble – Freddie King
Love The One You’re With – Aretha Franklin
Hot Potatoes – King Curtis
Soul Serenade – King Curtis

Memory Lane . . . . . with The Commissioner
Pity Pity Pity – Little Tony & His Brothers

Cruising for home . . . . .
Doom & Gloom – The Rolling Stones
Run Run Run – Jo Jo Gunne
Anthology of Dreams – Elias Hulk
You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover – Bo Diddley
Something’s Wrong – Chris Clark
Since I Found My Baby – The Metros
The Little Bitty Things – Danny White
Got Nobody To Love – Terry Timmons
Tick Tock – Chris Allen
Motor Head Baby – Chuck Higgins & His Mellotones

We included a few notable rock tracks in this week’s playlist to give the Cruising Crew with an opportunity to rock out, including someone at Casbah Records in Greenwich. We gave a good airing to the Rolling Stones and their latest single ‘Doom and Gloom’, as well as ‘Run Run Run’ from Jo Jo Gunne, which went out to all those who took part in the Great South Run last weekend, including one of the Cruisettes. We even included a couple of tracks that were suggested by covers that we heard on last week’s show. The originals both came into the Cruising Library as singles issued on the Pye International label, which was the UK outlet for most of the Chess releases at the time. We surprised ourselves by finding Tommy Tucker’s ‘Hi Heel Sneakers’ and ‘You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover’ by Bo Diddley.

One of the joys of the week was hearing from our good pal The Majestic. He always seems so cheery and we were impressed that he took time out from his busy schedule to put together some excellent choices for another Three From Me selection. The Cruise Control joy quotient made a notable leap as a result and we can all hear why.

Our trip down Memory Lane took us back to the 60s and a story of finding a very collectable 45 on a trip to a couple of second hand shops in East London. The record was an Extended Play 45 on the Durium label by Little Tony & His Brothers, which came with the give away price of 2/6p, but is now trading for nearly 3 figure sums (£s). We played a track from Little Tony’s EP and noted that he was an Italian and at the time did not speak English, so he had to learn all the song lyrics parrot fashion . . . . . and did pretty well!

We certainly clocked up a few miles on our cruise, as we went through our playlist of rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues. We were having a good time too, but all good things have to come to an end and, too soon, we had to start heading for home with ‘Tick Tock’ from Chris Allen and then Chuck Higgins & His Mellotones with their version of ‘Motor Head Baby’. After that we were starting to put away the records and CDs and clear up the debris that seems to accumulate during the show, but not before thanking one and all for their good company and promising to get the Cruise Mobile out again next week to go Cruising with The Commissioner once more.

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

  1. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Listened to the show . . . . King Curtis good stuff and nice to hear Pete Hogman.

    Paul Ansell and no.9 brought back some pleasant memories. Met him in The Ace one night and booked the band for an Elvis tribute gig at the TH. He’s very good.

    cheers Emp

    • Arfa

      Glad you liked the King Curtis feature, since it was your comment about your aspiring young saxophone player that suggested it. I think we may find some more by Paul Ansell’s Number Nine, as there’s some more good stuff around by them.

      Ought to look out some more by Diz Watson and if you see any up-coming gigs by him, let me know.


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