She just wants to dance . . . . .

Posted: January 11, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

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Cruising with The Commissioner #91 (10.01.13)

Well, the new year is well and truly here and bringing its own memorable moments already. The environs of the Grand Duchy are returning to some semblance of normality and we’ve returned the festive decorations to their boxes for another year. But, the goodwill has lingered a while longer and we have been enjoying some of the excellent music that Santa left under the tree in Cruise Control, as you will get to hear in future weeks on Cruising with The Commissioner.
Cruising #91
So, with renewed enthusiasm, we took to the open road and, with the advantage of some relatively mild days, we wound the windows down and turned the radio turned up, as we sampled our choices from some of the best on rock, soul and real rhythm and blues.

Now, the events of the week have attracted a soundtrack of certain tunes that have become ‘infectious’, since we played them in our rummaging in the Cruising Library. One was from New Orleans sax man, Alvin ‘Red Tyler and The Gyros with a 1959 single called ‘Snake Eyes’ and another came from a compilation album called Trojan Presents Ska . . . . this was the star studded Granville Williams Orchestra with their number ‘Hi Life’.

Meanwhile, our ‘girls with guitars’ feature this week, focused on Carmelita Rossana Ford . . . . a British-born, American-raised singer/songwriter and rock guitarist. As Lita Ford, she was one time lead guitarist for The Runaways in the late 1970s and she went on to enjoy a successful solo career in the 1980s. To show off her excellent vocals and guitar work we featured her 1988 track ‘Back To The Cave’.

So, to get us underway, we set off with some squeals from our wheels in the company of Alonzo Stewart and a 45 on Nashville’s Athens label called ‘I Get The Blues When It Rains’ and we got up to full cruising speed with a favourite from The Dominos, ‘That’s What You’re Doing To Me’.

Cruising for the hills . . . .
I Get The Blues When It Rains – Alonzo Stewart  tee OOS
That’s What You’re Doing To Me – The Dominoes
I Ain’t Mad At You – Bobby Merrill
The Shape You Left Me In – Gene Simmons
Bad Man Of Missouri – Jimmy Ricks & The Suburbans
A Little You – Dakota Staton
Snake Eyes – Alvin ‘Red’ Tyler & The Gyros
You Hate This Song – Thatcher’s Children
Hi Life – The Granville Williams Orchestra
She Just Wants To Dance – Keb Mo’
Back To The Bat Cave – Lita Ford

Three From Me . . . . . with The Shake
Honey Child – Bobby Blue Bland
Tossin’ & Turnin’ – Damita Jo
Please Mr Playboy – Hot Breath Hannah

Cruising down the highway . . . .
While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Jeff Healey
The Road – Please
Cheatin’ In The Next Room – Z Z Hill
For What It’s Worth – The Staple Singers
Rattlesnake Rumba – Diz & The Doormen
Gotta Go Back (And Watch That Little Girl Dance) – Otis Redding
Teenage Heaven – Eddie Cochran
Your True Love – Carl Perkins
Walk Of Life – Charles Mann

Memory Lane . . . . . with The Commissioner
How Do You Like Your New Love – Jimmy McCracklin

Cruising for home . . . .
A1 On The Juke Box – Dave Edmunds
He’s Doing Well – The Refreshments
Gangster of Love – Johnny Guitar Watson
Similau – Ray McKinley & His Orchestra
Where Will You Be Boy – Beverly Shaffer
Both Ends Against the Middle – Jackie Moore
I Bet You Shut Your Big Mouth – Titus Turner
Sugar Bee – Johnny Mack
Flip Flop & Fly – Jerry Lee Lewis
Lipstick Powder & Paint – Roger Chapman

This week’s trip down Memory Lane brought its own measure of sadness, because we were marking the recent passing of one of those larger than life veterans of R&B, Jimmy McCracklin. He was recording his own brand of R&B from the 40s through to the 90s and wrote some much covered songs along the way. Even the Beatles are rumoured to have recorded his signature hit, ‘The Walk’ at their ‘Let it be’ sessions. So we saluted him with his recording of ‘How’s Do You Like Your New Love’.

This week’s Three From Me brought us another encounter with our good pal The Shake, who charmed us previously with music from some Dutch bands and this time brought a selection of his which had a more R&B flavour.

As time started to run out fast on our cruise, we squeezed in a couple of high powered covers of Joe Turner classics from the Ferraday Fireball (otherwise known as Jerry Lee Lewis) with ‘Flip Flop & Fly’ and Roger Chapman with ‘Lipstick Powder & Paint’. But, all too soon the sound of the rattling cans signalled the close of our evening of cruising, with the only consolation being the thought that we can come back again next week and do it all again.

So until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . . have fun.

  1. The Vikster says:

    Wouldn’t mind one of those t-shirts!

  2. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Nice stuff Emp like the Jerry Lee version of Flip Flop and Fly but for me there’s only one version of ” Gangster of Love ” Johnny Winter !!!

  3. Most esteemed Arfa

    Can’t help hearing Flip Flop & Fly and seeing The Blues Brothers doing ‘that dance’!

    I think there are only two worthy versions of ‘Gangster of Love’ . . . . JW and JGW . . . . and maybe we’ll dig out JW’s for a future show. Hope you enjoyed ‘Rattlesnake Rumba’ by Diz & The Doormen, I know I did!

    Now, we’re already planning the next playlist and we’re expecting another visit from The Spinmeister, before he jets off the Africa, some scratchy stuff and something for the lovely Jill . . . . but you’ll to wait to find out what!

    In the meantime, have fun


  4. Amigo says:

    I don’t know whether you noticed that Fontella Bass died on 27 December. A great singer and, in case you don’t have them here is one of her finest recorded performances on the song ‘You’ll Never Ever Know’ recorded on 25 June 1964 (over a year before ‘Rescue Me’ was recorded and released on a single – Checker 1147 – after that one was a huge hit) and another song ‘Free At Last’ from the same recording session but one which remained unreleased for over thirty years.


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