Cruising for Christmas . . . .

Posted: December 20, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with The Commissioner #88 (20.12.12)

Well, we were dressed up in our festive finery to welcome one and all to our rather special festival of rock, soul and real rhythm and blues. With all that’s going on at this time of the year, we were very pleased to have your good company and whether you stumbled here through some internet accident, or the hand of destiny brought you here, be assured that you’re in good hands when we take you Cruising with The Commissioner. Our mission, as ever, is to take you on a whirlwind journey across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres . . . . all in the interests of pursuing the music we like.

After just too much ‘encouragement’ from the Cruising Crew we decided to include a seasonal selection this week, on our last show before Christmas. So, in the best traditions of Cruising with The Commissioner, we went looking for some festive rock, soul and real rhythm and blues, quite determined to avoid the obvious and anything that just might remotely get played in the department stores or supermarkets at this time of year.

So, we found some superb ‘alternative’ seasonal songs for your discerning approval and we even found three kings to bring some gifts to the playlist. The Cruisettes brought a couple of bottles chilled bubbly and some very tasty pastries into Cruise Control and we set out to have a very merry rockin’ good Christmas.

The celebrations started early for some with a number of birthdays, including Dionne Warwick, Connie Francis and Dave Clark . . . . and we started it all off with The Cadets and a little stomper called ‘Let’s Rock ‘n’ Roll’, which we followed with fine piece of R&B from Tommy Ridgley and his ‘Boogie Woogie Mama’.

Our playlist was jammed packed with juicy gems and much as we love the Big Ben Banjo Band, there was just too much else already on the list, but who knows what awaits us in 2013. So, here’s our playlist for this week:

Cruising with friends . . . . 
Let’s Rock ‘n’ Roll – The Cadets
Boogie Woogie Mama – Tommy Ridgley
I Can’t Forget About You – Big Boy Bloater & The Limits
I’m Gonna Be Sweeter – Clay Hammond
I Played For Keeps – Carla Thomas
I Smiled Yesterday – Dionne Warwick
I’m Gonna Be Warm This Winter – Connie Francis
Doctor Rhythm – Dave Clark Five
Sidetracked – Debbie Davies

Three From Me . . . . with The Vikster 
Run Rudolph Run – Chuck Berry
Backdoor Santa – Clarence Carter
Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea

Cruising with Santa . . . . . 
I’m The Real Santa – The Refreshments
Santa Was A Skinhead – The Midtown Boys
It’s Christmas Time – Status Quo
Dig That Crazy Santa Claus – Brian Setzner
Hey! Santa Claus – The Moonglows
Santa Is Rockin’ – The Boppers
Boogie Woogie Santa Claus – The Tractors
Merry Christmas Baby – Otis Redding
She’ll Be My Everything For Christmas – Los Lonely Boys
Please Come Home For Christmas – Johnny Winter
Christmas Celebration – B B King
I Hear Jingle Bells – Freddy King
Christmas Comes But Once A Year – Albert King
Jolly Old St Nicholas – Chicago
Santa Loves To Boogie – Asleep At The Wheel
Rockin’ ‘n’ Rollin’ With Santa Claus – The Hepsters
All I Want For Christmas – Huey Piano Smith & The Clowns
I Want A Present For Christmas – Doc Bagby Orchestra (featuring JB Summers)
Father Christmas – The Kinks
Santa’s Gonna Rock – The Refreshments
A Very Merry Rockin’ Good Christmas – The Rockabilly Boogie Band

A treat for Cruising with The Commissioner this week was the very welcome and festive return of The Vikster to the ‘Three From Me’ slot. She came wearing a Santa’s hat and jewellery that, rather appropriately, jingle jangle jingled to accompany her Christmas music choices. She was on good form too and there were those (less charitable than myself) who suspected she may have been getting in some early training for ‘the season to be jolly’, but it seemed to work well and we much enjoyed her visit.

We traded our ‘Memory Lane’ slot for some more seasonal sounds for our ‘Cruising with Santa’ selection, but it will return again . . . . unless the feedback starts threatening violence.

Sadly, all too soon the bubbly ran out and Cruising clock  told us we should too. So, with pristine white linen hankies to dab our eyes, we cued up the last track on our seasonal playlist and we were ready to go out in style with the Rockabilly Boogie Band with the very wish of us all here at Cruise Control . . . . to have a very merry rockin’ good Christmas.

We had a great time in finding and playing this week’s selection of fine sounds and hope it was good for you. The Cruisettes join with me in sending you our best wishes for the festive season and the warmest of invitations to come back next week for our review of 2012 and some of the rock, soul and real rhythm and blues music that we have much enjoyed during the year on Cruising with The Commissioner. But if your musical taste buds need to be tantilised before then, why not take a listen to the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM, where they’ll make you a offer you can’t refuse and play you music you’ll never forget.

So, be of good cheer until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . and until then . . . . have fun!

  1. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Superb stuff Emp although you missed these Xmas rareties

    She Loves Yule

    Pudding on the Style

    Whaddaya wanna make those mince pies at me for ?

    Little Eva’s Turkey Trot

  2. Most esteemed Arfa

    Some fine additions to the playlist for next year’s selection unless, of course, The Mayans are a year adrift in their calculations!

    The Cruisettes join me in raising a glass of Mr Merlot’s best, to you and the lovely Mrs Pinetop . . . . . have a good one!


  3. Arfa Pinetop says:

    The Mayans were they on Oriole ?

    Xmas cheers to you and yours Emp The Pinetops raise a glass of Sainsburys sparkling water to you all

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