Gotta keep rolling . . . . .

Posted: May 16, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, Thursday night came around again and we packed plenty into the week since we last called by for you in the Cruise Mobile. So, we were pleased to get back to Cruise Control in time to ensure we were primed, poised and positioned to present some great rock, soul and real rhythm and blues on another romp through the records we enjoy, which (for want of a better title) we call Cruising with the Commissioner.

It has been a lively week and our gig list included a blues jam with some luminaries from UK blues bands like The Hoax and Dr Feelgood. The evening’s set list sent us searching for the originals for our playlist, including See See Baby, performed with great gusto by Jon Amor on the night with echoes of the original by Texas CanCruising #112nonball, Freddie King. We got some powerful vocals and keyboards by Pete Gage on ‘Seventh Son’ and we played Willie Mabon’s version. All of which was a reminded of some fine performance at the blues jam and much appreciated by a very enthusiastic crowd.

We have kept our musical postman pretty busy lately and all in a good cause too, because amongst the many gems that he has delivered were several excellent collections, which feature some fine R&B and Northern Soul favourites . . . . some of which we squeezed into this week’s show!

Now the other week, we apparently courted controversy, by playing a song titled ‘Save That Roach For Me’. One or two members of the Cruising Crew suggested that this may have been interpreted as encouragement for the use of illicit substances. So, to avoid any misunderstanding on this subject, we found something appropriate from the most wonderful George Melly and we played it, we pictured George in striped chef’s trousers, brothel creepers, a crumpled and delicately stained blue blazer, a fedora and the requisite smoking item in his hand, giving forth with ‘If You’re A Viper’.

But to set us off at a fine pace, we had the company of Jackie Wilson with his classic, ‘Reet Petite’ and getting us up to full cruising speed was Solomon Burke and ‘Be Bop Grandma’. After that, there was no turning back! So, kick back, relax and enjoy our cruise, as we invite you to feast your eyes and ears on this selection:

Cruising to the city limits . . . .                tee shirt auburn is a jazzer
Reet Petite – Jackie Wilson
Be Bop Grandma – Solomon Burke
Hungry Man – Rick Vito
Time To Boogie – Jamie Oldaker
She Put The Hurt On Me – Doug Sahm
I Would If I Could – The Sweet Three
Don’t Fight It – Wilson Pickett
Lonely Girl – Gloria Edwards
Tie Me Tight – Bob Kayli
Mind Over Matter – Sahara Hotnights
If You’re A Viper – George Melly

Three From Me . . . .  with The Auburn Phantom
Milestones – Charlie Parker
Now Or Never – Billie Holiday
Impromptu – Django Rheinhart

Cruising in good company . . .
Marrakesh Express – Crosby Stills & Nash
Big Time Operator – Zoot Money & His Big Roll Band
Air Travel – Chris Farlowe
Michael (The Lover) – Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
It’s Alright – Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers
Just A Little Bit – The Undertakers
I Can’t Stand It – The Spencer Davis Group
See See Baby – Freddie King
Seventh Son – Willie Mabon
Ain’t That Love – Little Stevie Wonder
Jigsaw Puzzle Blues – Fleetwood Mac
Ice Cream Man – John Brim

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Girl In the Mini Skirt – Era Of Sound

Cruising for home . . . . .
Ride Like The Wind – Christopher Cross
Hole In My Shoe – Traffic
Elija Rock – Earl Thomas
Nothing But Soul – Junior Walker & the Allstars
Worth Every Tear I Cry – Dee Dee Warwick
Armed & Exremely Dangerous – Merry Clayton
I Love To Rock ‘n’ Roll – Eddie Bo
Gotta Keep Rolling – Roscoe Gordon
Bim Bam – Don & Dewey

We received a nod and a nudge from a number of the Cruising Crew, who have hinted (politely) at the myriad joys to be had from sampling some great UK covers of soul and R&B numbers. In the interests of our continuing personal safety, we decided to indulge them with a little selection that included some very worthy contenders, along with the prospect of playing the originals next week, if the celebrated order of the Cruising Library permits.

When it comes to music, we are rarely surprised at the cosmopolitan tastes of the Cruising Crew and just recently, we discovered a couple of jazzers in our midst. But perhaps the real surprise was the revelation that our good pal The Auburn Phantom was a latent jazzer! Now, you wouldn’t anticipate that if you listened to the playlists for his Tuesday night show  on Wireless FM, but he gave us his first Three From Me selection this week. Although he persuaded the cruising orchestra to wear shades, corduroy trousers and sloppy jumpers, despite his further enticements, that was as close as they got to a hip trip

For our Girls & Guitars feature this week, we focused on singer and guitarist Maria Andersson. She’s a member of the Swedish, all girl, rock band, Sahara Hotnights, which was formed around 1991 “due to boredom”, so they say. In their first 5 years, they issued 11 singles and three albums and we took a track from their third album, ‘Kiss & Tell’ and a track that has been played quite a bit here at Cruise Control, ‘Mind Over Matter’.

A few birthdays cropped up this week and for those amongst the Cruising Crew, who are knowledgeable on these matters, it came as no surprise when we revealed that it was Dave Mason’s birthday this week, which proved to be a good excuse to play the song he composed for Traffic and that got them to number 2 in the UK charts in 1967 “Hole in My Shoe”. Doubtless, there was another great night this week for the birthday of Stevie Wonder and we marked the occasion with a dip back into his early album ‘A Tribute To Uncle Ray’, where he sounds very youthful indeed on his version of Ray Charles’ ‘Ain’t That Love’. Fleetwood Mac’s Danny Kirwan also got an honourable mention for his birthday and his guitar work on the old Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang number, ‘Jigsaw Puzzle Blues’.

Well, we kept rolling as long as we could, but sooner than we hoped, some familiar places came into view, and we knew we were running out of road. But we squeezed in Roscoe Gordon’s ‘Gotta Keep Rolling’ and managed to finish with a flourish with  a tear ‘em up number from Don & Dewey titled ‘Bim Bam’. However, sadly, the time came to park up the Cruise Mobile for another week, in the hope that one and all enjoyed our playlist and will be tempted to come back same time same place next week. About then we’ll call by with another invitation to go Cruising with the Commissioner and until then . . . . have fun!

  1. Spinmeister says:

    George Melly, Vipers? I’m shocked.
    Whatever next? the Easy Riding Don’t Bogart that Joint?
    Forest Gate

  2. Spinmeister says:


    Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll?

    I feel a new feature.


  3. Arfa Pinetop says:

    An excellent selection Emp! Very nearly an e mail from AP without a gripe, but then I heard that old George Smelly aagh !!!

    A big ta for the Undertakers that certainly unearthed a great musical memory buried in the depths of my very shallow mind. Ta also for John Brim’s great track and Mr Farlow. May I recommend his versions of All or Nothing and Paint it Black

    all the best


  4. Oh most esteemed Arfa

    Thanks for the feedback. Perhaps our corporate programme of continuous improvement and quality control is cruising in the right direction!

    Will follow up the Chris Farlow suggestions . . . . . and who knows what might pop up on a future playlist . . . . often I’m the last to know !!!!

    We are looking forward to your return to the airwaves soon with your affectionate review of Hit Records and there’s always a chance that your gig list will inspire some future choices too.

    Have fun!


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