Hold it . . . .

Posted: November 22, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with The Commissioner #84 (22.11.12)

Well, the intergalactic monitoring service here at Cruising with The Commissioner was following the news this week of other Commissioners being appointed to oversee the police, but they seemed to have attracted little interest. So, accept no imitations and remember the real Commissioner is here every Thursday with some of the best in rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues. Join us and you can be sure of the warmest of welcomes and an expertly guided tour that will take you across musical frontier, in and out of time zones and jumping genres.

We had some real treats in store for this week’s show, not least the debut appearance of The Shake with a Three From Me selection of Dutch bands and an unique collection it was too. It was a joy to hear his dulcet tones on Cruising with The Commissioner and we very much hope that he may be persuaded to return in the not too distant future.

Now, last week we took up the challenge from fellow Wireless FM DJ, The Auburn Phantom, to find some outstanding girl guitar players and we played Bonnie Raitt. Well, the good members of the Cruising Crew have been pitching in with their suggestions too and this week we’ve got another nomination . . . . . . this is Australian girl Orianthi, who came my notice first when Carlos Santana started raving about her on his tour of Australia a few years back. She has clearly soaked up many influences in her guitar style, as you can hear on her track ‘Wouldn’t Change A Thing’.

Something that came as a real surprise this week was finding myself working with a senior executive and discovering that they have a clandestine ‘other life’ in music as a member of a band called ‘Rant ‘n’ Rave’. So, we played a track from their latest album, ‘Love Can Be Murder’, entitled ‘We Gotta Move’ . . . . which seemed rather appropriate for Cruising with the Commissioner.

As you will hear, we started our cruise this week with Don Covay and his 45 on Norton records, ‘Switchen In The Kitchen’ and we followed up swiftly with a little something from The Boulevards and their Everest 45, ‘Chop Chop Hole In The Wall’. This may have come as a disappointment to the many fans of Semprini, but there were plenty of other ‘choice choons’ in our playlist: 

Cruising beyond the city limits . . . .
Switchen In The Kitchen – Don ‘Pretty Boy’ Covay
Chop Chop Hole In The Wall – The Boulevards
A Fool In Love – Johnny Otis with Marie Adams
Ain’t You Glad Nature Did It – Joe Perkins & The Rookies
Barbeque – Jump 4 Joy
Don’t Call My Name – Billy Tate
We Gotta Move – Rant ‘n’ Rave
Love Light Shines – George Tindley & The Modern Redcaps
What Can I Do – Billy Prophet
No No Baby – The Sherries
Rag Doll – Del Shannon
The Angels Watching – Pookie Hudson & The Spaniels

Three From Me . . . . . with The Shake
Windows Of My Eyes – Cubie & the Blizzards
Show Me By Candle Light – The Rodys
The Sunset Show – Sense Of Humour

Cruising down the road apiece . . . .
96 Tears – Eddie & the Hot Rods
Baker’s Daughter – The Seychelles
Wouldn’t Change A Thing – Orianthi
Fever – Oli Brown
Band of Gold – Ronnie Dyson
Hold It – Leo’s Five
Sixteen Tons – Bo Diddley
So Glad You’re Mine – Ernie K Doe
You Succeeded – Sandra Phillips
Baby Jane – Otis Clay
Enjoy Yourself – Prince Buster

Memory Lane . . . . . with The Commissioner
That’s Alright – Freddie King

Cruising for home . . . .
Money – Cherry Wainer
Lollipop Mama – Wee Willie Harris
6345789 – Tower of Power with Huey Lewis
Don’t Cry No More – Phil Humphrey & The Fendermen
Gotta Have Your Love – The Sapphires
Hucklebuck With Jimmy – The Five Keys
Ice – The Penguins

One of the much anticipated events of the week was a gig across town that featured new blues generation singer/guitarist, Oli Brown and his band. He was promoting his latest album ‘Here I Am’, but we picked out an earlier track for our playlist this week, ‘Fever’. . . . which you’ll remember that Ronnie Dyson sang that song for us last week . . . . and he was back again with the classic ‘Band of Gold’.

We were having such a good time during the show that, almost before we knew it, our feast of rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues was over. So, with a sigh we started heading for home and, as ever, we were grateful to have such good company on our cruise and to have the opportunity to play the music we enjoy. If you’ve enjoyed it too, then I hope we can entice you back again next week when we’ll get the Cruise Mobile out again to go Cruising with The Commissioner once more. If you can’t wait till then, why not cruise by and hear 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 together . . . . have fun!

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