No particular place to go . . . .

Posted: April 25, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, we arrived at Thursday night in good spirits and ready to call by for the Cruising Crew to go Cruising with The Commissioner. All in all, it’s been an eventful week with definitely more highs than lows. There was some, much heralded, celestial activity over the Grand Duchy that the ‘powers that be’ confirmed could be viewed with the naked eye (although they said nothing about whether this should extend beyond eyes). We were easily tempted to join the celebrations for ‘St George’s Day’, wondering whether, in the spirit of equality, we should also have a ‘Dragon’s Day’.
Cruising #109
There were some notable visitors to Cruise Control, including Lil-Sis, The Spinmeister and The Vikster, as well as a number of the Cruising Crew who gathered to support The Vikster along the way on her London Marathon run at the weekend. We suggested a suitable playlist that included ‘Keep On Running’, ‘Born To Run, ‘Run Like The Wind’ and (for occasional moments) ‘The Stroll’, but we avoided ‘The Stumble’ and ‘Crawling Back’. She finished OK and later took the opportunity to offer another Three From Me, with thanks all those who sponsored her worthy cause.

From time to time, we take a look at the labels that have been influential in the music we enjoy. This time we took a mildly ‘tongue in cheek’ look at the Embassy Records label, which was Woolworth’s own ‘covers’ label. It has gained status as ‘collectable’ and ‘sought after’ in some quarters, so we had a quick flick through its catalogue and pulled out a few to play this week.

Despite all the distrations, we launched ourselves on our adventures with extra verve and vigour and in the company of Floyd Dixon & His Band with a fine piece of R&B from 1955 called ‘Roll Baby Roll’  and, barely pausing for breath, we set a cracking pace with Jimmy Nelson and his early 50s recording, ‘Cry Hard Luck’ . . . . with plenty more ‘good stuff’ to follow, as you can see from our playlist:

Cruising for the blue horizon . . . .                                                         tee shirt viva
Roll Baby Roll – Floyd Dixon
Cry Hard Luck – Jimmy Nelson
Do Unto Others – Pee Wee Crayton
Ain’t No Big Deal On You – Mike Sanchez & The Big Town Playboys
Every Day And Every Night – Dolly Cooper
I Never Found A Girl Like You – Calvin Scott
She Put The Hurt On Me – The Spencer Davis Group
Cry Your Eyes Out – Dottie Cambridge
My Sharona – Skaos
Wig Wam Bam – Barbe-Q-Barbies
Save The Roach For Me – Buck Washington

Three From Me  . . . . with The Vikster
How Far We’ve Come – Matchbox Twenty
Lust For Life – Iggy Pop
Soul Survivor – Beverley Knight

Cruising with Embassy Records . . . . .
Roll With Me Henry – Oscar Rabin’s Band with vocals by Patti Forbes
High School Confidential – Johnny Worth
Some Kinda Earthquake – Bud Ashton & His Group
Mother-in-Law – Bobby Stevens
Pony Time – Don Duke
Walk Don’t Run – Steve Stannard
Easier Said Than Done – The Starlings
She’s Not There – The Jaybirds
Um Um Um Um Um Um – The Typhoons
No Particular Place To Go – Paul Rich

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Bogatini – The Four Instants

Cruising for home . . . . . .
Wang Dang Doodle – Dave Edmunds
Little Darling (I Need You) – Marvin Gaye
Lovely Dee – The Untouchables
Seven Day Fool – Etta James
Steppin’ in Steppin’ Out – Ernestine Anderson
Now I’ve Got A Woman – Freddy King
Long Train Running – Richie Havens
Coochie Coo Wi’Chou – Clifton Chenier
Messed Up – Harold Burrage

This week included the birthdays of Mrs TC and Dave Edmunds and we marked the occasions with a couple of tracks, including something from Dave Edmund’s considerable catalogue, with his version of ‘Wang Dang Doodle’. Amidst the celebrations, a low point of the week was the sad passing of the great Richie Havens and ‘those of a certain age’ will recall the sensation he caused in 1969 at the Woodstock festival with his rendition of ‘Freedom’. So we paid tribute to him with a track from his 2005 ‘Dreaming As One’ album, and his magnificent version of ‘Long Train Running’.

Well, our girls and guitars feature this week headed to Helsinki in Finland and the all girl rock group, The Barbe-Q-Barbies. We featured their version of The Sweet’s ‘Wig Wam Bam’ along with some fine guitar-work from band member Kaisa Karjalainen . . . . . . .  and apologies if we did not pronounce that right.

Now, for those who like scratchy records, we took the opportunity to recall a track from a couple of weeks back, when we played a song from Adam Franklin’s interpretation of ‘Save That Roach For Me’. We said at the time the song was originally recorded by Buck Washington back in 1944 and, with a good deal of searching, we managed to track down a copy of the original recording by Buck Washington for our listening pleasure.

Our revels were eventually interrupted by the sound of the rattling tin cans, which encouraged Mr Merlot and The Cruisettes to gather up their belongings, ready to head off to the after show party, leaving yours truly to tidy up and park up the Cruise Mobile for another week. There were plenty of tasty treats still in the pending tray, so every reason to join us when we call by again same time same place next week to take you Cruising with the Commissioner. In the meantime, why not checkout our website, send us some feedback, or take a listen to some of the other radio shows we enjoy.

Whatever you do, wherever you go, remember there’s always the warmest of welcome when you go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . .  and until we meet again, remember to . . . ., have fun!

  1. Lil-Sis says:

    Well TC, thank you for a good show with a good section of tunes. Catch you next week.


  2. The Auburn Phantom says:

    TC, I have some 7″s on Embassy, amongst the inherited collection. The tunes I have on Embassy are: Barry Kendall – ‘More Than Ever’ / ‘It’s All In The Game’, Joe Julian – ‘China Tea’ and Gordon Franks – ‘Tea For Two’.

    I quite like the tea tunes, but the other two are a bit “early” for me.


  3. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Great slot on Embassy label Emp although you did miss the great Eddie Falcon with his superb !!! version of Love me Tender

    The Pee Wee Clayton track listen to the intro I do believe the Beatles nicked that for Revolution!

    All the best burfday greetings to the Empress


    • Most esteemed Arfa

      Glad you enjoyed the Embassy Records feature. I know you have one or two such gems in your collection and, doubtless, watching with keen interest how they are appreciating in price.

      We tried to select ‘acceptable’ tracks from the Embassy catalogue that broadly reflected our focus on rock, soul and real rhythm and blues. As such, whilst we very much value your informed and insightful suggestions, the inclusion of Eddie Falcon’s ‘Love Me Tender’ cover may be a step too far. We have more than enough problems in protecting the tensile strength of our musical boundaries, without the prospect of little known balladeers elbowing their way into the playlist.

      May the spirits be with you . . . . .


  4. Spinmeister says:

    Surprised to hear you promoting the use of illegal substances on the Buck Washington track. Calls for the attention of another kind of Commisioner, perhaps!!

    Great show, again.


    • Spinmeister

      Certain substances may be illegal in the UK, but Cruising with The Commissioner has an international audience and we cater for those where more liberal rules apply! If that isn’t convincing enough, perhaps I can say “the viper made me do it”.

      Thanks for listening.


  5. johnny99 says:

    Commissioner, that song Lovely Dee is so brilliant! And a happy birthday to Mrs TC from me too.

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