It must be the music . . . .

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

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, despite the significant international events, you find us cheery and ever appreciative of good music, good company and some sunny days. Indeed, the prospect of more mild and cheery weather has been tantalisingly dangled before us this past week and helped to melt the memory of dark skies and snow in the Grand Duchy. Fortunately, we had something significant of our own to occupy us, because there’s been a good deal of expectation and some cursory planning for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner. According to the records (the non-vinyl ones), we have both surprised ourselves and confounded the predictions (perhaps not for the first or last time), because we arrived (largely intact) at the show’s second anniversary.
Cruising #106
To mark the occasion, Mr Merlot and I were bedecked in full evening dress and with patent leather dancing shoes, so we could join in the festivities. The Cruisettes had decorated Cruise Control with bunting and banners, Mrs TC had organised some provender and a few bottles of Moet chilled and ready to share with any visitors. We even had some virtual glasses on hand for those in the chatroom!

As we reflected on our past musical adventures with the Cruising Crew, we’ve been charmed by the many guests who have visited us at Cruise Control to share some favourites from their current playlists in our ‘Three From Me’ feature. The musical choices continue to be fascinating and have certainly crossed musical frontiers, time zones and jumped genres. Our guests have brought along some great stories and a real mixture of music, including reggae, latin rock, rock ‘n’ roll, smooth and funky soul, rock-a-billy, raucous R&B, psych rock, jazz, country rock and more. It has been a real joy to welcome them all to the show and particularly to have many of them return for more.

The sense of special occasion this week was underlined by a new feature, which heralded the very welcome return of our good pal Johnny Alpha, who was calling by with a tempting and tasty treat in his ‘Killer Diller Korner’. His ‘Killer Diller’ show has long been a favourite listen here at Cruise Control and has been responsible for bringing us many obscure and fabulous tracks, so we welcomed him warmly.

A recent visitor to Cruise Control, Lil-Sis, left a pile of 45s to play and took the bold step to invite us to select a surprise three from those 45s for her ‘Three From Me’. In the event, The Cruisettes came to supervised the selection and I hope you will approve too!

Rather too late, we realised that we hadn’t managed to find space for a track from Thatcher’s Children, but  here’s what we did squeeze into the playlist:

Cruising for the fun of it . . . . .                                                  tee shirt birthday
One Bad Stud – The Honey Bears
Let’s Have A Party – Eunice Davis
Ain’t Nothing But A House Party – The Showstoppers
Must Be The Music – Mighty Sam McClain
Little Girl Of Mine – Bobby Marchan
Try Rock ‘n’ Roll – Bobby Mitchell
I Wanna Hug Ya, Squeeze Ya and Kiss Ya – Bull Moose Jackson
Love Me – Willie & Ruth
Chills & Fever – Johnny Love & His Orchestra
Me & My Chauffeur – Memphis Minnie
Messin’ With My Bread – Lynwood Slim

Three From Me . . . . . with Lil-Sis
I Second That Emotion – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
It’s Growing – The Upsetters
I’ll Turn To Stone – The Four Tops

Cruising in good company . . . .
If You Think You Know Me – Orianthi
Send Me A Doctor – Meena with Eric Sardinas
The Joker – The Band
Hallelujah I Love Her So – Hugh Laurie
Time Is On My Side – Beverley Knight
Tracks Of My Tears – Aretha Franklin
Let’s Stick Together – The Ovations
Walk That Walk – Eddie Bo
Food For My Soul – The Dragons
Shake Yah Hips – The Mighty Sparrow

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Margio – Rob Hoeke

Cruising for home . . . .
Save The Roach For Me – Adam Franklin
Rock Around With Ollie Vee – The Big Bopper
Walk Of Life – The DiMaggio Brothers
Teach Me How To Shimmy – The Coasters
Take The Last Train Home – King Curtis
Dance The Roach – Dean & Jean
Tell Me Baby – Roland Cook
That’s When The Tears Start – The Velvettes
(Somebody) Share A Little Love With Me – The Monitors
Tune Up – Junior Walker & The Allstars

Well, as we look back on two years of musical adventures, (which is not always a wise thing to do when you’re Cruising), it’s been a bit of a surprise just how many tasty treats we’ve found to fill our Girls & Guitars feature. It seems to be going well and there have been some very helpful suggestions from the Cruising Crew, including this week’s choice . . . . Memphis Minnie. She was a blues guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter who was born in Algiers, Louisiana in 1897 and became well known during the early 1930s to the 1950s for many songs, including ‘Bumble Bee’, ‘Hoodoo Lady’, and ‘I Want Something For You’. But we featured a recording she made in Chicago on May 21, 1941, featuring herself on vocals and guitar, and with Little Son Joe on second guitar with ‘Me & My Chauffeur’

Well, our birthday celebrations turned out to be great fun, but we knew eventually we’d have to turn he Cruise Mobile around and head for home. So, we finished with Junior Walker’s stomping instrumental’Tune Up’ in the hope that it ensured our playlist finished with a flourish. It certainly seemed to go down well with The Cruisettes, who were on their feet most of the time and even got Mr Merlot to join them I their dangerous dancing.

Of course, grateful thanks go to Wireless FM, whose tolerance and endurance, have kept the show on their Thursday night schedules. . . . . but the biggest thanks go to the Cruising Crew, whose numbers have been growing steadily over the past years and whose feedback has always been supportive. It’s good to know that you’re out there and it’s always fun to have your good company, especially on occasions like this and be assured, we’re already planning next week’s show with some more of the best in rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues.

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

  1. Lil-Sis says:

    Cheers TC. Well done on your 2nd anniversary. There you go #VirtualHugs and #VirtualDancing to
    go with the #VirtualGlasses for drink. What more could you ask for 🙂


  2. Mumbles says:

    Nice show Commissioner. Could I slot in an 8 bit ‘Three From Me’ with original Tetris theme, Lemmings theme and Sonic the Hedgehog (Green Hill Theme)? Will do the voice over next week.


  3. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Dear oh dear Hugh Laurie !! whatever next Fry and Laurie play Sonny and Brownie ?

    I’ve got that album of his (well, the charity shop has now). However Memphis Minnie and the Elmore and co. tracks amply made up for this lapse and my application for “The Emps ” fan club has been taken from the grate , ironed, and posted minus the enrolement fee naturally.


    Chair ASSTA (Actors Should Stick To Acting )

    • The Commissioner says:

      Most esteemed Arfa

      It’s a fine tradition . . . . actors not sticking to acting . . . . but you’ve reminded me of a great track by Bruce Willis and Johnny Winter . . . . so keep listening!


  4. The Spinmeister says:

    Happy second anniversary!


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