As long as I’m moving . . . .

Posted: January 24, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with The Commissioner #93 (24.01.13)

Well, the snow arrived in the Grand Duchy and seemed to cause disruption and inconvenience for many . . . . but we were snug and well provided for in Cruise Control . . . plenty of good music, good food, good heating and some of Mr Merlot’s best! What more could we want? Fortunately, the events of the week did not distract us from our chosen indulgence of rummaging through the Cruising Library to pull together a pile of fine, fine music for our cruising playlist. So, as Thursday night rolled around, we were all ready to extend the warmest of welcomes to one and all and invite everyone to share some of the best of rock, soul and real rhythm and blues that we could find.Cruising #96

As regular members of the Cruising Crew will know, every once in a while, we’re easily tempted to feature one of the record labels that has been influential in releasing the music we enjoy here. So, this week we did it again and threw the spotlight on the UK’s Stateside label. The Stateside imprint first appeared in 1962 and became EMI’s label for some of the increasingly successful US rock, soul and R&B releases. Stateside soon established links with a wide range of US labels and released many of the current American hits. Perhaps Stateside’s most successful run of hits was to come from picking up Oriole Record’s previous link with the Motown label, through which a host of up and coming American artists became chart names in the UK and established Tamla Motown so well in the UK that EMI eventually gave it its own UK record label. We quickly realised that there was just too much good stuff on Stateside for one session, so watch out future follow up features.

This week’s ‘girls with guitars’ feature focused on a Kansas City guitar slinger called Samantha Fish. She gained some standing on the city’s local blues scene and recorded her first album in 2011, called ‘Runaway’. It was the title song of the album that we chose to show off her talents and it sounded pretty good here . . . . hope you think so too.

We got it all started with the Cruise Mobile heading down the road apiece with ‘Bye Baby Bye’ from songwriter Doc Pomus (although the label has him named as Doc Palmer) and we followed up fast with a Specialty release titled ‘Make A Little Love’ from the very colourful Larry Williams . . . . and it didn’t stop there, as you can see:

Cruising down the road apiece . . . . . tee shirt I may look
Bye Baby Bye – Doc Palmer
Make A Little Love – Larry Williams
Fools Fall In Love – The Drifters
Flat Foot Sam – Oscar ‘TV Slim’ Wills
Hey Hey Baby – Otis Redding
Knock Me a Kiss – Professor Porkchop & The Dirty Dishes
One Kiss – Jackie Wilson
Gangster of Love – Johnny Winter
I Still Got The Blues – Chuck Berry
Where Blue Begins – Sanne Salomonsen
Runaway – Samantha Fish

Three From Me . . . . with Johnny99
Don’t Go Back To Rockville – REM
Shake Some Action – Flaming Groovies
Sparky’s Dream – Teenage Fanclub

Cruising Stateside Records . . . . .
Palisades Park – Freddy Cannon
Any Day Now – Chuck Jackson
Rik-A-Tik – The Fireballs
Everybody Loves A Lover – The Shirelles
Wild Weekend – The Rockin’ Rebels
Can I Get A Witness – Marvin Gaye
My Guy – Mary Wells
Quicksand – Martha & The Vandellas
Wham – Lonnie Mack
Memory Lane . . . . . with The Commissioner
Mr Blue Sky – Joe Brown

Cruising for home . . . . 
Take It While You Can – Alecstar
Tropic Of Capricorn – Hi-Revving Tongues
Whatcha Gonna Do About It – The Heptones
Shout For Joy – Albert Ammons
I Got Nobody To Love – Terry Timmons
As Long As I’m Moving – Janis Martin
Love Machine – Jools Holland & Paolo Nutini
I’m In Love With A Girl – The Cliques
Kiss Me – Marvin & Johnny
I Want To Love You – Willie Wright & The Sparklers

Well, the ordered and well honed ways of Cruise Control were pleasantly disturbed this week by the arrival of our good pal Johnny99 with his latest Three From Me selection and, as you can imagine, we gave him a warm welcome, offered him some hospitality and settled him in behind the Cruise Control microphone and you can hear what happened next. Johnny99’s playlist seemed to go down well with the Cruising Crew and the chatroom chatter during this week’s show, included three of the friendly faces from Wireless FM’s Tuesday night mafia, Lil-Sis and our good pal Mumbles.

Our trip down Memory Lane took us back to the late 50s, when a young London guitarist was hired into the house band for a new TV music programme, ‘Boy Meets Girl’. He was Joe Brown, who went on to work with many visiting American rock ‘n’ roll stars touring the UK, as well as getting hits records in his own right. Still performing and recording, we picked out an unusual track from him which showed off his skills on the ukulele and a novel treatment of Jeff Lynne’s ‘Mr Blue Sky’.

Before we knew it, we were running out of cruising time and we rolled gently to a stop here at Cruise Control with nothing left to do but dust down the Cruise Mobile ready for next week. But, there were plenty more juicy gems in the pending tray to encourage you to jump aboard next week for another unpredictable musical adventure in good company. If that sounds good to you, then we’ll call by for you . . . . same time, same place next week so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner.

So until we meet again, remember . . . . have fun!

  1. Johnny99 says:

    Wild Weekend by the Rockin’ Rebels . . . . never heard that before, brilliant!

    • Indeed it is. Well worth digging around in the dusty corners of the Cruising Library for that one.

      Your Three From Me selection was well received by the Cruising Crew and got some positive comments in the chatroom during the show.


  2. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Superb stuff Emp,

    Especially liked Samantha Fish did she ever play at EEL Pie Island, she certain could ROCK ,what PLAICE does she come from ? Anyway won’t keep CARPING on about her might fall off me PERCH. I look forward to your piscatoral puns in reply

    Flat Foot Sam …you will find an excellent rendition on that Blues Band 1st album

    Just returned from the Chesterfield delta ( where they grow posh settees) picked up an interesting single on London (1962) by one Eddie Hodges no idea which track is the A side here’s the titles ” I make believe its you “CW ( girls girls girls ) “Made to Love “written by Phil Everly.


  3. The Commissioner says:


    Obviously, your fun with a pun was wearing FIN, but thank heaven for little GILLS.

    ‘(Girls, girls, girls) Make To Love’ was the A side of the Eddie Hodges single and it got to #37 in the UK in 1962. It was released on Cadence records in the US, the same label as the Everly’s . . . . which may explain a few others things! There’s another version by Jimmy & The Rackets . . . . . (don’t tell me I don’t give you some good straight lines)!

    More Blues Band references . . . . . do you have pictures of Paul Jones on your wall?

    Have fun!


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