That’ll get it . . . .

Posted: November 29, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with the Commissioner #85 (29.11.12)

Now, life is getting ‘lively’ around the Grand Duchy, with the everyday demands and the inevitable entreaties to prepare for the festive season. Well, ready or not, if you find yourself running out of steam around the middle of the week, then a Thursday night musical cruise in good company can be just the remedy. We’ll help you to wrestle with your priorities, resolve your conflicting demands and treat you to a healthy dose of Cruising with The Commissioner. You’ll soon feel the benefit of that smooth elixir of carefully blended sounds, which is sure to restore your momentum and get you geared up for the weekend.

Here in the Grand Duchy, the social diary has been busy and is looking get a deal more lively in the weeks to come and there are a few ‘pinch points’ that need resolving to fit in everything. The past week has brought its own delights, including visits to Cruise Control from Johnny99, The Vikster and fellow Wireless FM DJ, Johnny Alpha (who was visiting the capital city for a Friday night gig) . . . . .and a fine gig it was too, with an excellent playlist and a very appreciative audience too!

Another treat this week was our special feature on another master of the saxophone, Plas Johnson. Whether his name is familiar to you or not, one thing is certain, you’ve heard his sax more times than you might think. So, we took a little trip through his recorded works courtesy of some edited highlights of an interview with Plas by Paul Jones on his Jazz FM show . . . . and good stuff it is too.

As Thursday night came around, we rolled out the Cruise Mobile and selected the many musical delights to accompany us on our cruise across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres. Our pursuit of the best in rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm & blues started in the company of The Penguins and their recording of ‘Butterball’ . . . . and we got up to full cruising speed with Spookum Russell and ‘Juke Box Boogie Woogie Chick’.

Despite some mischievous prompting from some quarters, we did not include ‘Nice One Cyril’ in our selection this week, but here’s what we did play:

Cruising for the border . . . .
Butterball – The Penguins
Juke Box Boogie Woogie Chick – Spookum Russell
Baby, That’s Why I’m Your Fool – Rudy Ray Moore
Bell Bottoms – Elliott Shavers
Somebody’s Always Trying – Ted Taylor
Hit That Jive Jack – Boyd Bennett & The Rockets
Shoulder Motion – G Hodge & The Jumping Jack’s
Let’s Spend The Night Together – Tina Turner
Talking About – Susan Tedeschi
Love Me Like A Rock – The Dixie Hummingbirds

Three From Me . . . . . . The Spinmeister
Teach Your Children – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Rocking in The Free World – Neil Young
Forever Young – Bob Dylan

Cruising with Plas Johnson
Big Time Scoop – Johnny Otis
Iddley Biddley Be – Ray Johnson
I Never Missed My Baby – Erlene Harris
Margie – Fats Domino
She Said Yeah – Larry Williams
Bim Bam – Don & Dewey
Little Red Riding Hood – The Coasters
Dig – Screaming Jay Hawkins
When Love Comes To Town – B.B. King

Memory Lane . . . . . with The Commissioner
Blue Train – Lord Rockingham’s XI

Cruising for home . . . .
Jingle – Echo Four Two
The Liquidator – Harry J’s Allstars
(Heaven Must Have Sent Your) Precious Love – Tower of Power with Joss Stone
Forever – Lynda Laurence
In Your Spare Time – Cindy Scott
Needle In A Haystack – Dusty Springfield
That’ll Get It – The Imps
Love Train – Jackie Wilson

As you might expect, I enjoy our weekly adventures into the unknown, with our Three From Me guests, because they are always a source of surprise with their choices of music. This week we welcomed back The Spinmeister, who brought us a little sample of the gems on his current playlist which featured Neil Young . . . . and a fine selection it was too. Indeed, the influence of The Spinmeister was also felt in our trip down memory lane this week. He encouraged us to go back to 1958 and Jack Good’s UK TV show ‘Oh Boy’. We featured the show’s house band, Lord Rockingham’s XI, with the flipside of their number 1 hit, ‘Hoots Mon’, which was ‘Blue Train’.

We reprised a couple of the many fine choices from Johnny Alpha’s Friday night playlist and added our own celebration of this week’s birthday of Tina Turner. But, all too soon, we ran out of cruising time, well before we ran out of items for the playlist, so there are plenty of tasty treats in store for our future adventures. So make sure you’re ready . . . . same time same place next week and we’ll send the Cruise Mobile to call for you. But, if you start to get twitchy before then, you can always use our website links to catch some of the other shows we enjoy.

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

  1. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Oh yes it got me alright . . . . there I was on me fav orange box a mug of Bournvita 2 rich tea 1 poor digestive neatly arranged on the tea chest getting hep courtesy of me fav dj and prog. All of a sudden the show’s interrupted by some poc marked maracca waving child of Jesus !!! Whatever next? Sing Something Simple . . . . The Stargazers are on the Air?

    Bring back Emp Robbo


    Di S Gruntled
    Much Effing in the Lounge

    • Most esteemed Arfa

      Do I detect a level of mutual respect between you and that much revered son of R&B?

      I thought it was a worthy indulgence to get to hear Plas Johnson himself, but I’m grateful for your suggestion and I will go looking for some old editions of Sing Something Simple with Jack Emblow on the accordian!

      In the meantime, I hope your tea chest will support you, your mug of Bournvita and your choice biscuits for next week, when some of your other suggested tracks and artists may appear in the playlist.

      May the rhubarb never whither in your garden . . . .


  2. The Spinmeister says:

    Hi, Commissioner,

    Thanks for spinning 3 from me. Slightly disappointed with the country version of Forever Young; cannot surpass the 1974 Planet Waves original, I’m afraid. Still, it’s one of the great things you get with Mr Zimmerman, he reinvents himself and his oeuvre at every gig. You never know what you are going to get. I was disappointed the last time I saw him, at The Hop Farm, this summer. He sounded like an out of tune Snozzle Durante at OK Coral.

    Slightly surprised you went for fantasy fulfilment with Tina, rather than the real nostalgia trip I was expecting.

    Great to hear Susan Tedeschi on the girls with guitars feature. Arfa Pinetop and I saw another excellent Janis-sing-alike at the 100 Club last week, in a band called Bare Bones Boogie Band. The chanteuse sounded like Janis and looked like Marianne. What more could you want on a cold Tues night! Check the band out. They were supporting Paul Lamb, who still plays a great blues harp. It was 3 hours plus exciting music in a “top”(!) London venue for a tenner. A small price to pay to keep music live in the centre of London.

    Not sure who promotes the gigs, but they are on the last Tue s of the month (except Dec). Can be few better ways to spend your money or time’

    The Spinmeister

    • Well, Spinmeister, my copy of the Planet Waves has two versions of Forever Young and we clearly cued up the ‘alternative’ version, but we’ll see if we can catch up with the other cut to bring some further cheer to your Cruising experience.

      Oh, that fantasy fulfillment was anywhere near my thoughts on our selection from Tina, but we were certainly spoilt for choice with her catalogue.

      We have played the Bare Bones Boogie Band here before, after seeing them at Blues On The Farm this Autumn. I think we selected ‘Full Tilt Boogie Man’ on that occasion. As you say, the chanteuse certainly has a superb voice and I’m sure you got best value for your tenner . . . . along with your swift Arf!



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s