Something’s goin’ on in my room . . . .

Posted: April 4, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

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Cruising with The Commissioner #103 (04.04.13)

Well, world events, the state of the economy and the chilly weather have not daunted our enthusiasm or resourcefulness in pulling together another playlist of the music we like and we were well prepared to wish the warmest of welcomes to one and all to our Thursday night cruise. Ready or not, we were on call to extend an open invitation to join us on our musical adventure through some of the best in rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues, that we call Cruising with The Commissioner.
Cruising #103
Now, it’s been a busy week, one way and another, but a great week for catching up with members of the Cruising Crew, including The Vikster, Arfa Pinetop, Lil-Sis, The Shake, Pete Hall and Johnny99 . . . . and it all proved to be good stuff, except for the comments on William Shatner’s contribution to last week’s playlist! But, undaunted, we were inspired us to polish up the Cruise Mobile again, to take us on our weekly adventure across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres.

If you’ve been counting . . . . you will know that next week is the second anniversary of Cruising with The Commissioner and we’ll be celebrating with anyone who happens to turn up here in a party spirit. As we look back, we will doubtless reflect on the success of our Girls & Guitars feature (originally suggested by our good pal The Auburn Phantom). I’m not sure that we thought it roll on this far when we started it, but this week we turned the spotlight on girl singer and guitarist, Brett Anderson, who was a member of Californian all-female rock band, The Donnas, and we played their cover of The Sweet’s hit, ‘Wig Wam Bam’.

Well, the pending tray was near to overflowing with choices from various contributors and we set off in the good company of Jackie Wilson with one of two appearances this week, firstly with his 1963 Brunswick single, ‘Shake Shake Shake’ and getting us up to full cruising speed was Lee Dorsey with ‘Behind The 8 Ball’

The many fans of the Frazer Hayes Four may be disappointed that we didn’t manage to find space for one of their classic performances, but here’s what we did squeeze into the playlist:

Cruising for the fun of it . . . .                                                  tee shirt Oh Well
Shake Shake Shake – Jackie Wilson
Behind The 8 Ball – Lee Dorsey
Mojo Hannah – Henry Lumpkin
Shim Sham Shimmy – Billy ‘The Kid’ Emerson
Detroit – Sounds Incorporated
I Can’t Help Lovin’ You – Paul Anka
You Came, Your Saw, Your Conquered – The Ronettes
Mama Didn’t Lie – Jan Bradley
Mystery – Jimmy Armstrong
Wig-Wam Bam – The Donnas
I Believe My Time Ain’t Long – Elmore James
I Want To Be Loved – Muddy Waters

Three From Me . . . . . with Johnny99
Pink Cadillac – Bruce Springsteen
Red Cadillac & A Black Moustache – Robert Gordon
Brand New Cadillac – The Clash

Cruising in good company . . . .
That Stuff – Supurbia
The Joker – Barclay James Harvest
Still Got The Blues For You – Eric Clapton
Dr Sipher – The Ro-d-ys
I Was The One – Elvis Presley
Brown Sugar – Little Richard
Honky Tonk Woman – The Meters
Start Me Up – Beverley Skeete
I’ll Get You – Giuliano Palma & The Bluebeats

Memory Lane  . . . .  with The Commissioner
I Ain’t Got No Home – Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry

Cruising for home . . . . .
Lay Down – The Strawbs
One Way Love – The James Hunter 6
One Way Love – Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers
You’ll Never Find A Love Like Mine – Bunny Shivel
I Betcha (Couldn’t Love Me) – Manhattans
I Got To Find My Baby – Chuck Berry
Something’s Goin’ On In My Room – Daddy Cleanhead & The Chuck Higgins Band
Tick Tock – The Medallions
Reet Petite – Jackie Wilson

Well, we finished as we started with Jackie Wilson and in between we succumbed to the seductive lure of Memory Lane, which took us back to the 60s and a club date by Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry on his UK tour. It also brought a memory of a good pal whose Uncle was a club promoter and he used to let us into his clubs to see some of the many R&B, soul and blues bands that he booked, as well as the odd mini masterclass on the music that mattered to him. Our ‘Three From Me’ guest this week was our good pal Johnny99, who turned up with his customary cheery smile and a handful of tunes about Cadillacs. As ever, he regale us with stories of his recent adventures in his engaging Welsh lilt. Amidst all, the chatroom was seized with tales of a freewheelin’ gerbil . . . . don’t ask!

For those amongst the Cruising Crew who like a little scratchy blues, we picked out a classic track, recorded in Jackson, Mississippi on August 5th 1951 by Elmore James on electric slide guitar, Sonny Boy Williamson II on harmonica, Leonard Ware on bass and Frock O’Dell on drums. This was ‘I Believe My Time Ain’t Long’ and we were further encouraged to play Muddy Waters’ ‘I Want To Be Loved’ . . . . one of the songs that The Hoax do particularly well and this was inspired by news that The Hoax are planning another album together.

Well, we got home, safe and sound and parked up the Cruise Mobile for another week, with the prospect of tidying up a bit in Cruise Control before heading off for the after show party with Mr Merlot and The Cruisettes. As always, we very much hope that you enjoyed our playlist and, if you did, then we would be really pleased to call by for you next week, same time, same place, when we will be pleased to have your company as we celebrate the second anniversary of Cruising with The Commissioner. All being well, there’ll be a goodly spread for the visitors and a few bottles of fizz to make the celebrations go with a zing.

If that all seems too far off, remember to visit our website, leave some feedback on the show and check out one of the other radio shows we enjoy, including the Tuesday night mafia on Wireless FM.

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

  1. The Vikster says:

    I can’t remember the last time I heard Wig-Wam Bam! What a truly excellent choice. Always a joy to hear Muddy Waters and I’m not sure I’ve heard the Boss’s version of Pink Cadillac that Johnny 99 chose.

  2. Spinmeister says:

    Another great show, Commish. Particularly enjoyed Elmore James cut and the Stones covers.

    Sorry to have missed out on the William Shatner discussion, last week. For what it’s worth, I think his cover of Common People is absolutely excellent, and far better than the original. Not sure I can agree that it was tongue in cheek, as you suggested on the show; rather a superb interpretation of a half decent nineties pop song.

    Let the debate continue, while I raise a (non-alcoholic) toast to celebrate your second anniversary. A glass of vintage Merlot beckons for you and the Cruisettes, though, methinks!


    • The Commissioner says:


      Many thanks for the feedback and for your most insightful comments about the William Shatner track. Doubtless the debate will continue, although I was never to sure how seriously he took himself!

      You are most surely invited to our anniversary celebrations and I want to sit next to you when the wine is served!



  3. Johnny99 says:

    Great show Commissioner – just listening now. Strangely enough I was humming that Strawbs song to myself cycling along the other day – just came into my head. I was about 15 years old when it first came out and was really taken with it I remember. Great to hear it again.

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